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Doughty Street Chambers

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

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

As one of the largest sets in the UK, Doughty Street Chambers provides β€˜good availability of quality counsel’. It is best known for representing claimants in public law and human rights cases, however, the set is also strong in civil law as well as being considered β€˜a go to set for extradition and criminal proceedings’. β€˜Renowned globally’ for its β€˜stellar group of talented barristers’, chambers has a noteworthy international practice and is in unique in having an office in The Hague. The set provides an β€˜excellent and cost-effective’ service through the β€˜really friendly, helpful and responsive’ clerks’ room, which is rated by some as β€˜second to none’. In the civil team, business development director Adam Wyse and team leader Richard Bayliss are key contacts. On the crime side, business development director Maurice MacSweeney and team leader Tom Street are the names to note. Mark Dembovsky joined in 2015 as chief executive, bringing previous experience working in various law firms. 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

Claimant set Doughty Street Chambers contains β€˜top-quality barristers’ instructed in leading matters, such as the Duggan and Litvinenko inquests.

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

Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜In demand for international constitutional cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Modest with nothing to be modest about.’

Ranked: tier 4

Judith Farbey QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Second to none.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nicholas Bowen QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A naturally gifted advocate, who is utterly engaging.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Caoilfhionn Gallagher - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A brilliant advocate with the most amazing energy and creativity.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jamie Burton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An exceptional barrister and incredibly well clued-up on the law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alison Pickup - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Outstanding and definitely QC material.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Straw - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has an amazing brain and picks the winning points from the outset.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Lemer - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An enormously bright barrister, who is very easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Impressively intelligent and well informed on the law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Beattie - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her knowledge of domestic and European case law is outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A true expert in the law on immigration detention.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Henderson - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has an awesome intellect and really gets into the detail of a case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ruth Brander - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Writes beautifully and is good on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Doughty Street Chambers

Continuing along its strong theme of international criminal law, Doughty Street Chambers’ white-collar crime practice extends to sanctions and international bribery matters. Benjamin Newton is instructed to defend in the Euribor case.

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

Christopher Sallon QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has enormous expertise.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Carter QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜His advocacy style is very good – juries like him.’

Ranked: tier 3
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – New silks

Siobhan Grey QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She takes every proper point and fights the whole way.’

Ranked: tier 1
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Benjamin Newton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A hardworking junior, who brings out the best in silks.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nichola Higgins - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She is experienced in international corruption matters.’

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 2

Doughty Street Chambers

β€˜A market leader’, Doughty Street Chambers is widely known for representing claimants in actions against the police but the human rights practice is far wider. The set has β€˜top-quality and proactive barristers’, who β€˜work very closely with social welfare lawyers’.

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

Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Undoubtedly a leader in the field.’

Ranked: tier 1

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A brilliant legal mind.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Superb presentation in the Supreme Court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Geoffrey Robertson QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Distinguished in the field.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helena Kennedy QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Recommended for terrorism-related matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Judith Farbey QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Able to grasp complex legal issues and easily translate them for clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Bowen QC - Doughty Street Chambersβ€˜A fearless advocate, who is always prepared to take difficult points.’

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

Caoilfhionn Gallagher - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Extremely sharp, bright and innovative.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ruth Brander - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A leader in the field of civil liberties and actions against the police.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alison Gerry - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Razor-sharp on the law and a powerful advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alison Pickup - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She has the magic touch and sheds light on the darkest parts of civil liberties and human rights jurisprudence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Straw - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An all-round star with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charlotte Kilroy - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Recommended for immigration and national security matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An absolutely excellent advocate, who wins over even the most difficult of judges.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jamie Burton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜The go-to barrister in failures to investigate/protect cases, who is sensitive towards vulnerable clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A rottweiler when it comes to fighting for civil liberties.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Henderson - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜One of the finest legal minds at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nick Stanage - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He provides solid advice and works constructively with the difficulties of a case.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers is recommended for claimant work in this field, with strength in all ranks. Members have recently undertaken several cases involving spinal injuries and mental illnesses.

Clinical negligence – Leading silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A superb tactician with a razor-sharp mind and encyclopaedic medical knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1
Clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Christopher Hough - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Always looking for innovative ways to push a case forward.’

Ranked: tier 2

Gerwyn Samuel - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An inspirational barrister, who uses his intellect and compassion to push legal boundaries.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Crime
Crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers covers the full range of criminal defence work, but is best known for its expertise in terrorism and international criminal matters. Joel Bennathan QC defended Erol Incedal in a trial for Terrorism Act offences.

Crime – Leading silks

Joel Bennathan QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜It is a joy to watch the court listen to him with avid interest.’

Ranked: tier 1

Francis FitzGibbon QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has an ability to charm judges and jurors alike.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜His ability to interact with different types of clients is a real asset.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adrian Waterman QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Outstanding on serious and complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Hall QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜His closing speeches are eloquent and spellbinding.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Bentley QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He remains calm in any storm and his judgement is always spot-on.’

Ranked: tier 3

Isabella Forshall QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her work includes defending in complex grooming and baby-shaking cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Whitfield QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate with a mastery of the facts of every case he conducts.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Wood QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜His work ranges from international appeals to gang crime cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kirsty Brimelow QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her work ranges from novel domestic law points to international issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Trowler QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her tactical and forensic knowledge is first-rate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Elliott QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A superb jury advocate, who knows the law back to front.’

Ranked: tier 3

Wayne Jordash QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An exceptional barrister with a wealth of experience in international criminal law.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime – Leading juniors

Ben Cooper - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜It is rare to find a barrister so fearless.’

Ranked: tier 2

Liam Walker - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is easy to get along with and gives clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Piers Marquis - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He brings a commitment to his clients and to court, which is rarely seen these days.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Taylor - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has an unrivalled encyclopaedic knowledge of appeal issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Benjamin Newton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An exceptional junior, who obtains excellent results.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Rhodes - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜His work ranges from historical rapes to Privy Council appeals.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Goodall - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her advocacy is forceful, carefully argued and subtly persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Katy Thorne - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Always thorough and well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lauren Soertsz - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She defends in sexual abuse cases and more.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Thomas - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Supremely intelligent and quick-minded.’

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Powles - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Very intellectually and practically able.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education – Leading juniors

Clive Rawlings - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Impressive and great to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment
Employment – Leading silks

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her absolute commitment to her cases really inspires confidence.’

Ranked: tier 4
Employment – Leading juniors

Amanda Hart - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She has extremely good judgement and is able to deploy her knowledge of discrimination law.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture)
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers’s criminal defence practice extends into the fraud arena. Rupert Bowers QC is representing Lord Hanningfield on further charges regarding his parliamentary expenses.

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

Christopher Sallon QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A superb lawyer with excellent client skills.’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Carter QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜His easily approachable manner makes him a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Fisher QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He defends in MTIC fraud trials and confiscation proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rupert Bowers QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Brilliant on the law and at getting cases stopped before they’ve even begun.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors

Benjamin Newton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He quickly builds a rapport with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Thomas - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He knows everything you need to know about confiscation.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers represents refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees in a range of judicial reviews. Mark Henderson successfully represented a man who had been detained for over two years, despite it being impossible to deport him to Zimbabwe, in High Court case R (Babbage) v SSHD.

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

Judith Farbey QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Exceptional at picking out the relevant technical arguments.’

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

Joe Middleton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He explains the issues clearly and is a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She is a true expert on the law on immigration detention.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Henderson - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has an awesome intellect and really gets into the gritty detail of a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alasdair Mackenzie - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Dogged and determined.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alison Pickup - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A real fighter, who really cares about her work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Phil Haywood - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Sharp and analytical, with a great sense of foresight.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Meredith - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A good barrister for cases where the facts are difficult.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Lemer - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An enormously bright barrister able to deliver a biting argument.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michelle Knorr - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Personable, responsive and particularly good with vulnerable clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers

Counsel at Doughty Street Chambers make β€˜a very impressive team’ with experience in the major public inquiries of recent times, including Hillsborough and Litvinenko. The set is particularly well regarded for its claimant work.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Nobody works harder and performs at such a consistently high level.’

Ranked: tier 2

Henrietta Hill QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She has an exceptional eye for detail and an exceptional legal mind.’

Ranked: tier 3
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Adam Straw - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is extremely intelligent and always pushing the boundaries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Clients adore him, and he is a strong and thoughtful advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alison Gerry - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She combines confidence and approachability with an empathetic approach towards clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Caoilfhionn Gallagher - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her ability to quickly grasp the important points and make useful tactical decisions is fantastic.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jesse Nicholls - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has exceptional knowledge of coronial law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kate Beattie - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Very approachable, knowledgeable and passionate about inquests.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Personal injury
Personal injury – Leading juniors

Gerwyn Samuel - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He works extremely hard and forensically examines the papers.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers is a leading claimant set with arguably the top product liability claimant barrister in Robin Oppenheim QC. The set has key roles on all the headline group actions, including the Thalidomide, PIP breast implants, ASR hips and Pinnacle hips cases.

Product liability – Leading silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has a razor-sharp mind and leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 1
Product liability – Leading juniors

Daniel Bennett - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Very professional in conference with a broad knowledge of product liability case law.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Joel Bennathan QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He has a very well-developed command of strategy.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) – Leading juniors

Amanda Hart - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜She defends nurses and appears against dentists.’

Ranked: tier 4

Louise Price - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her approach to cases is strategic, pragmatic and efficient.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sue Sleeman - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Her advocacy skills, attention to detail and client care are impressive.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

As one of the largest sets in the UK, Doughty Street Chambers provides β€˜good availability of quality counsel’. It is best known for representing claimants in public law and human rights cases, however, the set is also strong in civil law as well as being considered β€˜a go to set for extradition and criminal proceedings’. β€˜Renowned globally’ for its β€˜stellar group of talented barristers’, chambers has a noteworthy international practice and is in unique in having an office in The Hague. The set provides an β€˜excellent and cost-effective’ service through the β€˜really friendly, helpful and responsive’ clerks’ room, which is rated by some as β€˜second to none’. In the civil team, business development director Adam Wyse and team leader Richard Bayliss are key contacts. On the crime side, business development director Maurice MacSweeney and team leader Tom Street are the names to note. Mark Dembovsky joined in 2015 as chief executive, bringing previous experience working in various law firms. Offices in: London, Manchester, Bristol

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

Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers’ tenant-focused social housing practice appears in homelessness, eviction and housing-related social security litigation. Martin Westgate QC represents the applicants in R (MA and others) v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which concerns the compatibility of the housing benefit’s under-occupancy penalty (better known as the β€œbedroom tax”) with the Human Rights Act.

Social housing – Leading silks

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He appears for applicants in some of the biggest cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Social housing – Leading juniors

David Carter - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is very easy to work with and clearly knows his stuff.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lindsay Johnson - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He helps bring cases around.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jim Shepherd - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He provides reassurance at every stage of the litigation process.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jamie Burton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Very good at finding lines of argument in difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Zia Nabi - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He inspires confidence in solicitors and clients alike.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Chataway - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate, who is willing to push the boundaries.’

Ranked: tier 4

Dominic Preston - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He is not afraid to make tough calls on case strategy.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Steinhardt - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Particularly knowledgeable on discrimination in the housing arena.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Reeder - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜His practice crosses over with mental health matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Fraud and corporate crime

At Doughty Street Chambers, James Wood QC represented Peter Chan in his appeal against conviction for forging Nina Wang’s will.

Fraud and corporate crime – Leading silks

Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜He defends in Hong Kong fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Wood QC - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Instructed against top silks in high-stakes fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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