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Doughty Street Chambers

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Manchester, London, Bristol

London Bar

Within Administrative and public law (including local government), Doughty Street Chambers is a third tier set,

Doughty Street Chambers impresses with its ‘breadth of knowledge', and for its barristers’ ‘fresh and bold approach to litigation'. The set has a strong reputation for human rights and civil liberties related matters.

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Within Civil liberties and human rights (including public inquiry law and actions against the police), Doughty Street Chambers is a first tier set,

Doughty Street Chambers is praised for its ‘depth and range of expertise', and fields ‘intelligent barristers who are committed to representing claimants and vulnerable individuals, with an eye on the wider public interest'. Adam Straw and Jude Bunting joined from the recently dissolved Tooks Chambers, and Kate Markus QC was appointed as a Judge of the Upper Tribunal in May 2014.

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Within Clinical negligence, tier 4

Doughty Street Chambers houses ‘approachable' barristers, who are ‘prepared to push boundaries to achieve the best results for their clients'.

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Within Crime, Doughty Street Chambers is a second tier set,

Doughty Street Chambers is an ‘extremely strong set with experienced and able advocates at all levels'. Recent cases include numerous high-profile murders, and major terrorist trials.

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Within Defamation and privacy, Doughty Street Chambers is a third tier set,

Doughty Street Chambers has appeared in a number of well-publicised cases such as Cruddas v Calvert, Blake and Times Newspapers, and Hunt v Times Newspapers. Three practitioners recently left for Matrix Chambers.

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Within Education, Doughty Street Chambers is a third tier set,

Doughty Street Chambers has ‘developed a real team of specialists' in education and community care matters. Nicholas Bowen QC successfully acted for a professor being sued by a mature law student whom he had a relationship with.

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Within Employment Employment - Leading silks

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

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Within Immigration (including business immigration), Doughty Street Chambers is a second tier set,

The individuals at Doughty Street Chambers are ‘extremely professional and will always go the extra mile to ensure instructing solicitors are happy'. ‘It is a set where people come first.' Chambers handles all aspects of asylum, human rights, EU, family, student and nationality applications, as well as unlawful detention. Practitioners are also experienced in business, commercial and employment migration.

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Within Media and entertainment Media and entertainment - Leading silks

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Within Personal injury Personal injury - Leading juniors

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Within Product liability, Doughty Street Chambers is a third tier set,

Doughty Street Chambers is ‘a go-to set for claimant product liability work', and is ‘particularly expert in metal-on-metal hip litigation'. Numerous members are also acting in the PIP breast implants litigation.

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Within Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) - Leading juniors

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Within Property litigation Property litigation - Leading juniors

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

Doughty Street Chambers is best known for public and criminal law. For some, it is ‘the best set for social welfare disputes', and others say ‘it has emerged as one of the largest and most talent-heavy criminal law sets with barristers who can cover the entire range of criminal cases'. Members are ‘dedicated, highly intelligent, and show a good understanding of their clients’ businesses', and are also rated for their expertise in other practice areas such as clinical negligence, product liability, defamation and privacy. The ‘helpful, personable and well-organised' clerks are ‘a joy to liaise with'; ‘they always ensure that counsel can assist at short notice'. In particular, civil clerks Paul Friend and Richard Bayliss are both ‘very approachable and always willing to assist', and senior criminal clerk Graham Briggs is ‘an excellent communicator'. Robin Jackson is the chief executive. Offices in: London, Manchester, Bristol

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Within Social housing, Doughty Street Chambers is a second tier set,

Housing and public law set Doughty Street Chambers‘strong advocates' predominantly represent tenants, in cases that ‘push boundaries'. Martin Westgate QC appeared in R (MA and others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, challenging the ‘bedroom tax’ on disability discrimination grounds. Westgate is leading Jim Shepherd in Peel Investments v Persons Unknown - the first application of article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1988 to private landlords. Lindsay Johnson represented the persons unknown. David Carter is acting in Supreme Court case Samin v Westminster CC, challenging the ‘right to reside’ test in homelessness cases. Tracey Bloom joined the judiciary.

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