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Doughty Street Chambers

53-54 DOUGHTY STREET, LONDON, WC1N 2LS, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7404 1313
Fax:
Fax 020 7404 2283
DX:
223 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.doughtystreet.co.uk
Manchester, London, Bristol

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Solicitors have ‘confidence in all barristers’ at Doughty Street Chambers, which had a strong start to 2015 when five members were appointed silk – more than any other set in the latest round. Despite some recent barrister departures, there is ‘excellent strength in depth’, ‘cross-fertilisation of ideas’ and members who are ‘very committed to their areas of expertise’. The set has a pre-eminent reputation in the field of human rights and related experience across the public law spectrum. It is also strong in crime, clinical negligence and product liability. The clerks’ room has been through a period of change caused by a recent restructuring and a number of departures, but the quality of clerking is ‘extremely high’. Clerks to note on the criminal side are Maurice Macsweeney and Richard Vile. On the civil side, Richard Bayliss and Anthony Ward are recommended, as is Sian Wilkins who is ‘very efficient and friendly’. Offices in: London, Manchester, Bristol

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Doughty Street Chambers

First-class setDoughty Street Chambers is praised for its ‘wealth of talent, especially at junior level’. Its ‘breadth of experience across immigration, public law, crime, and other areas’ ensures that ‘when instructing counsel on a specific area, one knows that he or she can go to colleagues and bring added angles to a case’.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC - Doughty Street ChambersFantastic.

Ranked: tier 4

Judith Farbey QC - Doughty Street ChambersVery impressive; excellent on detail and always runs strong points.

Ranked: tier 6

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe has a first-rate intellect and understands public law inside out.

Ranked: tier 5

Nicholas Bowen QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is thorough, thinks outside of the box and is unafraid of complex, difficult cases.

Ranked: tier 6
Administrative and public law (including local government) – New silks

Henrietta Hill QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn intelligent, hardworking and very able advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Adam Straw - Doughty Street ChambersHighly impressive.

Ranked: tier 4

Alison Pickup - Doughty Street ChambersShines on Herculean tasks.

Ranked: tier 4

Caoilfhionn Gallagher - Doughty Street ChambersA highly persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

David Lemer - Doughty Street ChambersIncredibly good at cutting through the minutiae of a case and going with the arguments that win.

Ranked: tier 4

Jamie Burton - Doughty Street ChambersAn excellent advocate who is able to focus in on the key winning point.

Ranked: tier 3

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersAn exceptional barrister with a commending grasp of the law.

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Henderson - Doughty Street ChambersHis mind is as sharp as a razor blade, and he is a masterful legal tactician.

Ranked: tier 4

Ruth Brander - Doughty Street ChambersA formidable junior.

Ranked: tier 4

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Francis FitzGibbon QC - Doughty Street ChambersA popular choice for matters involving financial crime regulation.’

Ranked: tier 3
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Nichola Higgins - Doughty Street ChambersAble to distil complex legal issues down to the salient points very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers has ‘an excellent selection of skilled advocates and legal minds’ who ‘are committed to their areas of expertise and are very effective counsel’. Recent high- profile cases include R (T) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, examining the possible discriminatory impact of the ‘benefit cap’. Chambers is also noted as ‘the leading claimant police law set’.

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC - Doughty Street ChambersOutstanding.’

Ranked: tier 1

Geoffrey Robertson QC - Doughty Street ChambersA creative and dedicated advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street ChambersA brilliant legal mind.’

Ranked: tier 3

Helena Kennedy QC - Doughty Street ChambersShe has advised on cases of the highest stature.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Wood QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn expert in terrorism and national security cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Judith Farbey QC - Doughty Street ChambersA formidable opponent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersCareful, considered, and not afraid to bring new argument or challenge.’

Ranked: tier 4

Patrick O’Connor QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe has a strong police law practice.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – New silks

Aswini Weereratne QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn expert in mental health law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Henrietta Hill QC - Doughty Street ChambersHighly impressive.’

Ranked: tier 1
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Adam Straw - Doughty Street ChambersHe has a broad civil liberties practice with areas of expertise including terrorism, surveillance and prison law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alison Gerry - Doughty Street ChambersShe can break through the complexities to see the core issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alison Pickup - Doughty Street Chambers ‘Extremely able; she punches well above her weight given her call.’

Ranked: tier 2

Caoilfhionn Gallagher - Doughty Street ChambersA dedicated and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersVery capable, engaging and efficient.’

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street ChambersExtremely bright and capable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nick Stanage - Doughty Street ChambersA “go-to” for actions against the police.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ruth Brander - Doughty Street ChambersExtraordinarily sharp, very experienced internationally, and an immense asset to global strategic litigation.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers is highly regarded for its ‘strength in depth’ and ‘professional clerking’. It is a claimant-focused practice notable for its commitment to patient rights.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe always gets the best possible results for clients and is an excellent choice for complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Christopher Hough - Doughty Street ChambersA great tactician, with nerves of steel.’

Ranked: tier 2

Gerwyn Samuel - Doughty Street ChambersWithout fail, he adds value to any case he is involved in.’

Ranked: tier 4

Paula Sparks - Doughty Street ChambersA good fighter for clients, who will take complex and more unusual cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Crime
Crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers is ‘particularly strong in niche areas of criminal law’, such as international criminal tribunals, terrorism and matters touching on human rights issues, including appeals of criminal cases to the European Court of Human Rights.

Crime – Leading silks

Christopher Sallon QC - Doughty Street ChambersA great jury advocate and strong in the Court of Appeal.’

Ranked: tier 2

Joel Bennathan QC - Doughty Street ChambersA pre-eminent criminal practitioner at trial and in appeals.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Whitfield QC - Doughty Street Chambers‘Authoritative without being overbearing.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kirsty Brimelow QC - Doughty Street ChambersEffective at cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Trowler QC - Doughty Street ChambersResolves contentious issues with diplomacy and steel.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street ChambersHis preparation is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 2
Crime – New silks

Jonathan Mann QC - Doughty Street ChambersRecommended for his wide-ranging criminal practice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Fisher QC - Doughty Street ChambersA barrister of standout quality.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Ben Cooper - Doughty Street ChambersA fighter willing to put all his efforts into his client’s case.’

Ranked: tier 2

Benjamin Newton - Doughty Street ChambersA thorough, caring and articulate barrister

Ranked: tier 3

Lauren Soertsz - Doughty Street ChambersShe is a real class act.’

Ranked: tier 3

Piers Marquis - Doughty Street ChambersJust fantastic at anything from terrorism to Magistrates trials.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education – Leading silks

Nicholas Bowen QC - Doughty Street ChambersRecommended for representing parents in actions against education authorities.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Employment
Employment – Leading juniors

Amanda Hart - Doughty Street ChambersShe has great skill at getting into the detail of a case, and is also very accessible.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture)
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading silks

Christopher Sallon QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is a great strategist and has a great presence in court.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – New silks

Richard Fisher QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe has particular expertise in money laundering cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors

Benjamin Newton - Doughty Street ChambersCompletely attentive and client oriented.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers

The ‘extremely impressiveDoughty Street Chambers is home to ‘knowledgeable barristers who work as a team’ and ‘have a detailed knowledge of the field’. The set is notable for its barristers’ wide-ranging expertise, across private and publicly funded immigration matters.

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

Judith Farbey QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn absolutely brilliant barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

Alasdair Mackenzie - Doughty Street ChambersVastly knowledgeable, incredibly thorough and always ready to help.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alison Pickup - Doughty Street ChambersAn exceptional barrister.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Lemer - Doughty Street ChambersAlways thorough and on top of his cases; ideal to work with in the fast-paced world of asylum law.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Walsh - Doughty Street ChambersHe can identify issues no barrister had seen or noticed and win seemingly hopeless cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Joseph Middleton - Doughty Street ChambersHis immigration practice benefits from the ability to deal with parallel extradition requests.’

Ranked: tier 1

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street ChambersA true expert.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Henderson - Doughty Street ChambersDevoted, inventive and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 2

Phil Haywood - Doughty Street ChambersExtremely bright, thorough and practical; good at suggesting an unanticipated line of argument.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Adam Straw - Doughty Street ChambersA formidable barrister who has incredible intelligence and brilliant judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersAn exceptional advocate, whose subject knowledge is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Personal injury
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Gerwyn Samuel - Doughty Street ChambersHe is diligent, thorough and always well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers is a claimant set that is ‘renowned for its group litigation and product liability experience’. Robin Oppenheim QC’s caseload is a roll-call of headline matters: the DePuy Pinnacle and DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip group actions and the PIP breast implant litigation. Eloise Power moved to Serjeants’ Inn Chambers.

Product liability – Leading silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersFormidably bright, with a huge brain and knowledge of the subject; you definitely want him on your team.’

Ranked: tier 1
Product liability – Leading juniors

Daniel Bennett - Doughty Street ChambersKnowledgeable in medical device claims.’

Ranked: tier 3

Harry Lambert - Doughty Street ChambersHe has a superb intellect, and outshines his contemporaries.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law)
Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) – Leading juniors

Amanda Hart - Doughty Street ChambersShe combines empathy and professionalism in equal measure.’

Ranked: tier 4

Louise Price - Doughty Street ChambersShe is highly knowledgeable with excellent analytical skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sue Sleeman - Doughty Street ChambersMeticulous attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Property litigation
Property litigation – Leading juniors

Dominic Preston - Doughty Street ChambersWell regarded for his social housing expertise.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Solicitors have ‘confidence in all barristers’ at Doughty Street Chambers, which had a strong start to 2015 when five members were appointed silk – more than any other set in the latest round. Despite some recent barrister departures, there is ‘excellent strength in depth’, ‘cross-fertilisation of ideas’ and members who are ‘very committed to their areas of expertise’. The set has a pre-eminent reputation in the field of human rights and related experience across the public law spectrum. It is also strong in crime, clinical negligence and product liability. The clerks’ room has been through a period of change caused by a recent restructuring and a number of departures, but the quality of clerking is ‘extremely high’. Clerks to note on the criminal side are Maurice Macsweeney and Richard Vile. On the civil side, Richard Bayliss and Anthony Ward are recommended, as is Sian Wilkins who is ‘very efficient and friendly’. Offices in: London, Manchester, Bristol

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Social housing
Social housing – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers is a ‘tenant-friendly’ set with ‘a number of excellent barristers’ who primarily ‘fight for the underdog’ but also take on small amount of work for landlords. Martin Westgate QC acted for the appellants in a Court of Appeal judicial review challenge against the ‘bedroom tax’. Chambers has strengthened its profile in this area, following the arrival of members from 1 Pump Court.

Social housing – Leading silks

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersJudges respect his analytical approach.’

Ranked: tier 1
Social housing – Leading juniors

David Carter - Doughty Street ChambersGreat on paper and in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dominic Preston - Doughty Street ChambersSensible, realistic and robust.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jamie Burton - Doughty Street ChambersExtremely intelligent and committed to his clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jim Shepherd - Doughty Street ChambersHe has an excellent grasp of all housing matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lindsay Johnson - Doughty Street ChambersWhen he is around, things get done.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Reeder - Doughty Street ChambersAlways worth contacting.’

Ranked: tier 4

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