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Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers
53-54 DOUGHTY STREET
LONDON
WC1N 2LS
London

Inquests and inquiries Tier 1

Considered 'one of the very best' Doughty Street Chambers is an 'excellent set for inquest work', acting on behalf of bereaved families in cases including  deaths in clinical and custody settings such as immigration detention, secure hospitals and prison. As an example, Alison Gerry acted at an inquest on behalf of the sister of Kirsty Walker, a prisoner at Sodexo-run HMP Bronzefield who after engaging in over two hundred acts of self harm took her own life in the prison. Heather Williams QC represents the families of three of the deceased in the resumed inquests into the 1974 Birmingham Pub Bombings, which killed 21 and led to six men ("The Birmingham Six") being wrongfully convicted. Members are involved in all the major ongoing public inquiries, with Henrietta Hill QC acting as deputy counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Leading Juniors

Adam Straw - Doughty Street ChambersHis drafting is excellent, he has a sharp brain and is good to strategise with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersExtremely intelligent, passionate and a phenomenal advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Jesse Nicholls - Doughty Street ChambersHe really is a powerful advocate, with encyclopaedic knowledge at his fingertips.
Ranked: Tier 2

Alison Gerry - Doughty Street ChambersShe is impressively thorough in her analysis and advice as well as incredibly rigorous.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Henrietta Hill QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn acknowledged doyenne of the inquests Bar with an encyclopaedic knowledge of coronial law.
Ranked: Tier 1

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street ChambersIntellectual hefty, a superb cross-examiner and total dedicated to her role.
Ranked: Tier 1

International crime and extradition Tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers 'has a strong team dealing with extradition and at all levels of seniority', according to clients, and is also well known for acting in prominent international criminal cases. In a major instruction, Edward Fitzgerald QCTim Moloney QCPeter Caldwell, and Graeme Hall successfully defended Arti Dhir and Kaval Raijada against an extradition request made by the government of India, on the grounds that the extradition would breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights; the defendants were requested for alleged conspiracy to murder a child.

2019 Silks

Steven Powles QC - Doughty Street ChambersHis manner in court is calm and authoritative.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Peter Caldwell - Doughty Street ChambersA charming barrister who is very knowledgeable on extradition law.
Ranked: Tier 1

Ben Cooper - Doughty Street ChambersA creative advocate with a keen eye for overlooked points of argument.
Ranked: Tier 1

Malcolm Hawkes - Doughty Street ChambersA fierce fighter with compelling advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 1

Amal Clooney - Doughty Street ChambersShe acts in complex human rights cases and is unafraid to raise novel points of law.
Ranked: Tier 3

Graeme Hall - Doughty Street ChambersVery intelligent and very committed to his clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Joe Middleton - Doughty Street ChambersWell known for his expertise in cases involving Interpol red notices.
Ranked: Tier 3

Mary Westcott - Doughty Street ChambersShe is extremely thorough, and will consider all the angles of a case.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn outstanding practitioner in the extradition field.
Ranked: Tier 1

Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street ChambersA silk you want on your side.
Ranked: Tier 2

Clinical negligence Tier 1

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersA first-rate barrister who is meticulous, thorough and exceedingly well-prepared.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Hough - Doughty Street ChambersHe excels in cases involving multiple medical experts.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersA first-rate barrister who is meticulous, thorough and exceedingly well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 1

Product liability Tier 1

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersTechnically very strong and has a phenomenal work rate.

Leading Silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersTechnically very strong and has a phenomenal work rate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Social housing Tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers garners praise from instructing law firms, who note that it 'provides excellent service and has a number of standout barristers'. Its reputation as one of the leading sets for social housing (notably on the tenant side) is underpinned by its consistent involvement in many of the leading decisions in this area, as well as cases involving novel legal issues. Martin Westgate QC and Dominic Preston acted for Abdelrahim Alibkhiet at the Supreme Court in Alibkhiet v Brent LBC, which concerns a challenge to the local authority's procurement and allocations policy in relation to the provision of temporary accommodation. The matter is now pending before the Supreme Court. Also notable is that Westgate QC and others represented the non-governmental organisation Liberty as an intervening party in Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Goloshvili v Secretary of State for the Home Department. These are two linked, systemic challenges to the government's 'Right to Rent' scheme.

Leading Juniors

Jamie Burton - Doughty Street ChambersHe has a particularly strong track record in the area of homelessness, where has featured in a number of leading cases
Ranked: Tier 2

David Carter - Doughty Street ChambersHe has expert knowledge and will always assist
Ranked: Tier 2

Lindsay Johnson - Doughty Street ChambersHis experience spans all areas of housing law. Homelessness cases are a notable area of strength
Ranked: Tier 2

Zia Nabi - Doughty Street ChambersHe manages to challenge settled thinking on a legal issue so often but so well that you end up seeing a case in a completely different light
Ranked: Tier 3

Dominic Preston - Doughty Street ChambersHis forensic and thorough approach is perfect on difficult cases. He digs in and it makes a real difference
Ranked: Tier 3

Jim Shepherd - Doughty Street ChambersHe is such a pleasure to work with and gives all cases his utmost attention
Ranked: Tier 3

Ben Chataway - Doughty Street ChambersHe is particularly strong in cases involving discrimination and public law issues, such as those concerning homelessness and allocation schemes
Ranked: Tier 4

Sarah Steinhardt - Doughty Street ChambersShe is knowledgeable about mental capacity and discrimination in housing
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersHis contribution to housing, social welfare and public law is already immensely impressive and looks set to increase for years to come
Ranked: Tier 1

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) Tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers is known for its 'excellence in bringing claims against the police and in the inquest field' and has vast expertise in immigration, extradition, and claims against the state. Recent instructions of note for members include Heather Williams QC representing clients in McGlone & Others v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police and Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, which concerns the role of the police in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster. She has also been instrumental in the Undercover Police Inquiry, undertaking considerable advisory work for the core participants which include Neville Lawrence and six victims of deceptive sexual relationships initiated by undercover officers. Edward Fitzgerald QC is acting for Maha El Gizouli, the mother of one of the 'IS Beatles', El Shafee Elsheikh, in her application for a judicial review into the Home Secretary's decision to cooperate with the US authorities and assurances that her son won't be subject to the death penalty. Others members of note include Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, who acted for Just for Kids Law in a test case concerning the use of children as ‘covert human intelligence sources’ by the police in R (Just for Kids Law) v Secretary of State for the Home DepartmentStephen Cragg QC who acted in Miah v Independent Police Complaint Commission challenging the use of illegal stops at Heathrow airport under the Terrorism Act 2010; and ‘standout junior’ Adam Wagner who acted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in AB, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Justice regarding the prolonged detention of a minor in solitary confinement.

2019 Silks

Charlotte Kilroy QC - Doughty Street ChambersHas a very good grounding in asylum, human rights law, and jurisprudence, and offers thorough and well-thought through advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ruth Brander - Doughty Street ChambersShe has a brilliant mind and is able to retain complicated detail going back years.
Ranked: Tier 1

Alison Gerry - Doughty Street ChambersAn incredibly rigorous and exceptionally talented advocate who engages with the minutiae of cases.
Ranked: Tier 2

Adam Straw - Doughty Street ChambersIncredibly clever and very good on prison law.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersThoroughly impressive and detailed in his analysis of the law and facts.
Ranked: Tier 3

Jamie Burton - Doughty Street ChambersTenacious and highly rated.
Ranked: Tier 3

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street ChambersShe is a powerhouse of knowledge when it comes to immigration, detention, and EU law.
Ranked: Tier 3

Nick Stanage - Doughty Street ChambersA skilled and calm advocate who has worked across jurisdictions.
Ranked: Tier 3

Adam Wagner - Doughty Street ChambersA great legal mind who puts a lot of time into his material and gets very good results.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn absolute titan in the human rights field.
Ranked: Tier 1

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn extremely knowledgeable silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street ChambersIncredibly hardworking, extremely persuasive and a bright leader.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Nicholas Bowen QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is at the vanguard of developments in the police law field and is utterly charming.
Ranked: Tier 4

Stephen Cragg QC - Doughty Street ChambersVery well respected due to the innovative cases he take and his breadth of experience.
Ranked: Tier 4

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street ChambersExceptionally tenacious and an expert in her fields. She combines her legal skills with her campaigning prowess.
Ranked: Tier 4

Court of Protection and community care Tier 2

Doughty Street Chambersis a formidable set with a depth of expertise’. This 'excellent' set's members handle the full array of community care and Court of Protection matters. In one example, Aswini Weereratne QC acted for MIND in Welsh Ministers v PJ. The case looked at whether it was lawful to deprive a patient of their liberty with a community treatment order under the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended).

Leading Juniors

Ulele Burnham - Doughty Street ChambersForesees the issues which are likely to arise and advises accordingly – her drafting is excellent and she is a very capable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Sophy Miles - Doughty Street ChambersIt’s her eye for detail that sets her apart.
Ranked: Tier 3

Dominic Preston - Doughty Street ChambersExperienced in deprivation of liberty issues.
Ranked: Tier 3

Stephen Reeder - Doughty Street ChambersHas an encyclopedic knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, and an impressive amount of practical experience in this field.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Aswini Weereratne QC - Doughty Street ChambersA highly recommended silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersA silk worthy of note.
Ranked: Tier 3

Crime Tier 2

'One of the go-to sets for fighting cases against the state', Doughty Street Chambers has particular strengths in terrorism cases, criminal appeals, and cases where mental health issues are involved. Tim Moloney QC represented the first successful joint enterprise appellant after the Jogee Supreme Court case in 2016, and also represented the parents of Jack Letts (dubbed "Jihadi Jack" by the media), who received suspended sentences for sending money to their son; Letts had travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State group, which he subsequently left. Before trial, the matter went before the Supreme Court to consider if the test for mens rea in terrorism finance offences is objective or subjective. Rebecca Trowler QC represented autistic Islamist convert Lewis Ludlow, who was convicted of plotting a truck attack on Oxford Street. A number of the set's juniors handle terrorism work, unled, too: Liam Walker represented the reported leader of proscribed neo-Nazi group National Action, who was convicted of a plot to behead a Labour MP; in an entirely separate trial involving the same group, Piers Marquis represented the first of six defendants convicted of membership of the organisation. Walker also represented television personality Ant McPartlin in a drink-driving case. Paul Taylor QC represented one of two anonymised appellants in the R v AS Court of Appeal case concerning the sentencing of severely ill convicts.

2018 Silks

Paul Taylor QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn excellent communicator both in court and conference.
Ranked: Tier 1

Katy Thorne QC - Doughty Street ChambersGreat with forensics, especially baby-shaking cases, and appeal work.
Ranked: Tier 1

2019 Silks

Steven Powles QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe has a track record of terrorism cases and appeals.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Piers Marquis - Doughty Street ChambersHe fights for his clients like there is no tomorrow.
Ranked: Tier 1

Liam Walker - Doughty Street ChambersFearless and able, he can argue the most unpalatable of points.
Ranked: Tier 1

Farrhat Arshad - Doughty Street ChambersShe has had particular success appealing against discretionary life sentences and IPPs.
Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Thomas - Doughty Street ChambersInstructed in high-profile terrorism cases.
Ranked: Tier 2

Philippa Eastwood - Doughty Street ChambersShe has a fantastic rapport with lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Emma Goodall - Doughty Street ChambersA brilliant junior in serious and complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Garry Green - Doughty Street ChambersHe can be counted on to deliver a superb closing speech that is a delight to listen to.
Ranked: Tier 3

Benjamin Newton - Doughty Street ChambersHe has an instinctive feel for the right approach and tactics.
Ranked: Tier 3

Kate O’Raghallaigh - Doughty Street ChambersShe has extensive knowledge in the field and sensitive to the vulnerabilities of clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Lauren Soertsz - Doughty Street ChambersExcellent counsel – a top-class advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Sarah Vine - Doughty Street ChambersShe has a track record of sex offence cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Joel Bennathan QC - Doughty Street ChambersParticularly brilliant at appeal cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street ChambersAbsolutely first-rate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Isabella Forshall QC - Doughty Street ChambersA personable advocate who can melt the hardest judicial heart.
Ranked: Tier 2

Rebecca Trowler QC - Doughty Street ChambersVery bright and leaves no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 2

David Bentley QC - Doughty Street ChambersA superb advocate who gets results.
Ranked: Tier 3

Kirsty Brimelow QC - Doughty Street ChambersInstructed in matters at the crossroads of crime and human rights.
Ranked: Tier 3

Sarah Elliott QC - Doughty Street ChambersThe go-to silk for sex cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street ChambersInstructed in Privy Council criminal appeals.
Ranked: Tier 3

David Hislop QC - Doughty Street ChambersA superb tactician who fights to the end.
Ranked: Tier 3

James Wood QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn intellectual titan compared to those around him.
Ranked: Tier 3

Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers is a 'go-to set for immigration' with 'depth and breadth of experience'. As such, chambers undertakes a broad spectrum of immigration work from personal immigration, EU, family, student and nationality applications to business and commercial migration, as well as asylum and human rights-related immigration claims. In one represenative instruction, Laura Dubinsky was leading counsel for a high profile former ETA (Basque separatist) militant convicted of 22 murders who resisted his deportation to Spain.

2019 Silks

Charlotte Kilroy QC - Doughty Street ChambersA specialist in human rights and asylum work.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street ChambersShe is one of the best juniors around and definitely a future QC.
Ranked: Tier 1

Joe Middleton - Doughty Street ChambersAn extremely astute barrister with exceptional knowledge of the law and the ability to use it to the client’s best advantage.
Ranked: Tier 1

Phil Haywood - Doughty Street ChambersSeriously intelligent, methodical and perfectionist in his preparation and written work.
Ranked: Tier 3

Alasdair Mackenzie - Doughty Street ChambersHe has both vast legal knowledge and a practical, down-to-earth approach.
Ranked: Tier 3

Michelle Knorr - Doughty Street ChambersTenacious and legally innovative with a never say die attitude.
Ranked: Tier 4

Michelle Knorr - Doughty Street ChambersTenacious and legally innovative with a never say die attitude.
Ranked: Tier 4

David Lemer - Doughty Street ChambersVery clear in his advice and has strength of winning the case.
Ranked: Tier 4

Catherine Meredith - Doughty Street ChambersThe go-to junior for trafficking work.
Ranked: Tier 4

Rowena Moffatt - Doughty Street ChambersVery approachable and collaborative, excellent with vulnerable clients as well as very passionate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 2

Nichola Higgins - Doughty Street ChambersA thorough and incisive junior barrister.

Leading Juniors

Nichola Higgins - Doughty Street ChambersA thorough and incisive junior barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2

Employment Tier 2

David Stephenson - Doughty Street ChambersBright, hardworking and fights his client’s corner.

Leading Juniors

David Stephenson - Doughty Street ChambersBright, hardworking and fights his client’s corner.
Ranked: Tier 2

Amanda Hart - Doughty Street ChambersHighly intelligent and has an excellent knowledge of employment law.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn absolute brain box, puts legal knowledge quickly into context and has the ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 4

Defamation and privacy Tier 2

Caroline Addy - Doughty Street ChambersAble and experienced senior junior with a broad practice.

Leading Juniors

Caroline Addy - Doughty Street ChambersAble and experienced senior junior with a broad practice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Claire Overman - Doughty Street ChambersSpecialised in all aspects of media and information law.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Heather Rogers QC - Doughty Street Chambers'Re-emerging as one of the foremost advocates and advisors in defamation and privacy law.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture Tier 2

Richard Fisher QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is a first-rate advocate.

Leading Silks

Richard Fisher QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is a first-rate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Defamation and privacy Tier 2

Heather Rogers QC - Doughty Street Chambers'Re-emerging as one of the foremost advocates and advisors in defamation and privacy law.’

Leading Juniors

Caroline Addy - Doughty Street ChambersAble and experienced senior junior with a broad practice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Claire Overman - Doughty Street ChambersSpecialised in all aspects of media and information law.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Heather Rogers QC - Doughty Street Chambers'Re-emerging as one of the foremost advocates and advisors in defamation and privacy law.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Administrative and public law (including local government) Tier 3

Doughty Street Chambers handles various public law matters, frequently crossing over with its other areas of expertise where it acts for individuals against the state. Edward Fitzgerald QC represented a Grenadian revolutionary convicted of murder after the Grenadian Bar rejected his application to practice law due to a failure to meet its "good character" requirement. Among the juniors, Jude Bunting represented Michael Segalov, a left-wing commentator and Labour Party activist, in a challenge to Sussex Police's decision to refuse him accreditation to attend the 2017 Labour Party conference; in court proceedings it transpired that this was based on his reporting.

Leading Juniors

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersHe has an in-depth knowledge of practice, procedure and tactics.
Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Straw - Doughty Street ChambersHe represents claimants against public authorities.
Ranked: Tier 2

Adam Wagner - Doughty Street ChambersHe represents various claimants and is particularly good at explaining complex points of law in a straightforward and convincing manner.
Ranked: Tier 3

Ruth Brander - Doughty Street ChambersShe has a track record of prison law.
Ranked: Tier 3

James Burton - Doughty Street ChambersEffective at carving a legal argument out of a mass of facts.
Ranked: Tier 3

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street ChambersHer practice crosses over public law and immigration.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street ChambersA brilliant advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersA seriously respected public lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 3

Stephen Cragg QC - Doughty Street ChambersInstructed in various challenging public law cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street ChambersInstructed in benefits cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Fraud: crime Tier 3

Doughty Street Chambers houses 'a solid team of fraud practitioners'. Rupert Bowers QC is representing West Ham United in an ongoing investigation into alleged tax evasion regarding the transfer of football players, while Benjamin Newton successfully defended Barry Jefferd, an accountant who was acting as financial advisor to Armande Cohen, a former member of the French Resistance, against allegations of fraud by abuse of position and forgery.

Leading Juniors

Benjamin Newton - Doughty Street ChambersVery robust, and demonstrates exceptional client care.
Ranked: Tier 2

Philippa Eastwood - Doughty Street ChambersHer advocacy and written work are compelling and cogent.
Ranked: Tier 3

Peter Caldwell - Doughty Street ChambersHis courtroom manner is one of unruffled, steely calmness.
Ranked: Tier 4

Liam Walker - Doughty Street ChambersA fearless junior.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Rupert Bowers QC - Doughty Street ChambersStrong on his feet, with an excellent court presence.
Ranked: Tier 3

Richard Fisher QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe gives clear and concise advice and is a calming presence when clients are in stressful situations.
Ranked: Tier 3

Public international law Tier 3

Amal Clooney - Doughty Street ChambersExtremely good at handling a case, and really, really competent, with a knack for making things happen.

Leading Juniors

Amal Clooney - Doughty Street ChambersExtremely good at handling a case, and really, really competent, with a knack for making things happen.
Ranked: Tier 3

Clinical negligence Tier 3

Christopher Hough - Doughty Street ChambersHe excels in cases involving multiple medical experts.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Hough - Doughty Street ChambersHe excels in cases involving multiple medical experts.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersA first-rate barrister who is meticulous, thorough and exceedingly well-prepared.
Ranked: Tier 1

Employment Tier 4

Amanda Hart - Doughty Street ChambersHighly intelligent and has an excellent knowledge of employment law.

Leading Juniors

David Stephenson - Doughty Street ChambersBright, hardworking and fights his client’s corner.
Ranked: Tier 2

Amanda Hart - Doughty Street ChambersHighly intelligent and has an excellent knowledge of employment law.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn absolute brain box, puts legal knowledge quickly into context and has the ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 4

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 4

Sue Sleeman - Doughty Street ChambersA versatile advocate who provides great strategic advice.

Leading Juniors

Gemma Hobcraft - Doughty Street ChambersVery knowledgeable on GMC disciplinary cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Louise Price - Doughty Street ChambersInstructed in cases from the healthcare and education sectors.
Ranked: Tier 4

Sue Sleeman - Doughty Street ChambersA versatile advocate who provides great strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 4

Louise Price - Doughty Street ChambersInstructed in cases from the healthcare and education sectors.

Leading Juniors

Gemma Hobcraft - Doughty Street ChambersVery knowledgeable on GMC disciplinary cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Louise Price - Doughty Street ChambersInstructed in cases from the healthcare and education sectors.
Ranked: Tier 4

Sue Sleeman - Doughty Street ChambersA versatile advocate who provides great strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Defamation and privacy Tier 4

Claire Overman - Doughty Street ChambersSpecialised in all aspects of media and information law.

Leading Juniors

Caroline Addy - Doughty Street ChambersAble and experienced senior junior with a broad practice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Claire Overman - Doughty Street ChambersSpecialised in all aspects of media and information law.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Heather Rogers QC - Doughty Street Chambers'Re-emerging as one of the foremost advocates and advisors in defamation and privacy law.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 4

Gemma Hobcraft - Doughty Street ChambersVery knowledgeable on GMC disciplinary cases.

Leading Juniors

Gemma Hobcraft - Doughty Street ChambersVery knowledgeable on GMC disciplinary cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Louise Price - Doughty Street ChambersInstructed in cases from the healthcare and education sectors.
Ranked: Tier 4

Sue Sleeman - Doughty Street ChambersA versatile advocate who provides great strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Employment Tier 4

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn absolute brain box, puts legal knowledge quickly into context and has the ear of the court.

Leading Juniors

David Stephenson - Doughty Street ChambersBright, hardworking and fights his client’s corner.
Ranked: Tier 2

Amanda Hart - Doughty Street ChambersHighly intelligent and has an excellent knowledge of employment law.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Silks

Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn absolute brain box, puts legal knowledge quickly into context and has the ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘top-classDoughty Street Chamberstends to be involved in most high profile and/or legally significant cases’. It is ‘one of the best sets for civil liberties and criminal instructions’ and, with a ‘solid team’ of fraud practitioners, it is building itself ‘a strong reputation as a business-crime set’. Chambers also provides pro bono assistance in death penalty and constitutional/human rights cases in the Caribbean and other Commonwealth countries. ‘They have a big team of gifted advocates at all levels who can do the most serious trials as well as appeal work. They are the go-to set for fighting cases against the state.’ Overall, chambers is described as ‘excellent; from reception to senior management they have a real friendly, can-do attitude and a professional feel about how they conduct themselves that can be missing at other sets’. The set also ‘regularly hosts interesting legal events and see the bigger picture in trying to keep their solicitors happy’. The clerks are praised for resolving listing issues thanks to the maintenance of good relationships with both listing offices and other sets, which ‘allows for collaborative resolutions’. Senior practice manager (civil) Sian Wilkins is ‘excellent, friendly, and helpful’. ‘She suggests the right barrister for the work at hand and knows solicitors requirements without prompting.’ Matthew Butchard, senior practice manager (crime), is also a name to note. At practice manager level, Marc Gilby and Rebecca Gilchrist are ‘efficient and easy to deal’, while Callum Stebbing is ‘always very helpful and pleasant’ and Richard Vile ‘is extremely responsive, efficient, and friendly – just what you want from a clerk’. In recent news, general crime practitioner Karlia Lykourgou joined from 3 TEMPLE GARDENS; Adrian Waterman QC moved to Matrix Chambers; the set has moved its Manchester office to 3 Hardman Square in the business district of Spinningfields; and what seems to be becoming a trend at the Bar, after five years in chambers former business development director Marurice MacSweeney has joined Harbour Litigation Funding as a director; and in the clerking team, Georgia Pilbro joined Wilberforce Chambers . Offices in: London, Bristol, Manchester, and The Hague

 

This buoyant and cutting-edge set, renowned for and committed to defending freedom and civil liberties, has a truly national and international profile across its wide range of practice in criminal law, civil law, administrative and public law, international law and human rights.

The set: Doughty Street Chambers was set up in 1990 with the aim of ‘breaking the mould’ and setting new standards of excellence in the legal world. Striving for justice, professionalism and excellence remains the driving force behind all that chambers does today, along with the desire for innovation in its approach to business. It has grown to become one of the largest sets in the country, with 133 members, of whom 33 are QCs, and now has established chambers in Manchester and Bristol as well as London. Standards of excellence and quality have been both maintained and improved with this expansion, with 8 new silk appointments in the last three years and targeted recruitment at all levels of seniority to ensure a balanced structure to each of the practice teams. Members are noted as leaders in their field, for intellectual excellence and a collegial, team-based approach which allows the set to commit to providing a genuinely first-class, fully accountable service to clients. Many barristers are qualified to accept work directly from lay clients through the public access scheme and chambers can provide mediators and facilities for dispute resolution.

Types of work undertaken: Doughty Street provides specialist practitioners at all levels of seniority in civil and criminal work, offering advice and representation before all the courts of England and Wales and the rest of the UK as well as in Europe and other jurisdictions worldwide. Members are often involved in high-profile, precedent-setting cases. Principal areas of practice include administrative and public law, civil liberties and all aspects of criminal law including the following:

Actions against the police and public authorities; administrative and public law; clinical negligence and personal injury; community care and health; corporate governance and policy; education law; employment law and industrial relations; equality and discrimination; freedom of information and data protection; housing and social welfare; asylum and personal immigration; business and commercial immigration; inquests and public inquiries; public and private international law; land and property; media law and defamation; mental health and Court of Protection; national security; prison law and criminal justice; product liability and group actions; professional discipline and regulation; solicitors’ negligence and professional liability; sports law.

Criminal appeals; courts martial; extradition; homicide and related grave offences; international crime; protest cases; regulatory and financial crime; terrorism.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Members of Chambers ROBERTSON QC, Geoffrey (1973)
Members of Chambers FITZGERALD CBE QC, Edward (1978)
Members of Chambers KENNEDY QC, Helena (1972)
Members of Chambers O'CONNOR QC, Patrick (1970)
Members of Chambers SALLON QC, Christopher (1973)
Members of Chambers CARTER QC, Peter (1974)
Members of Chambers WOOD QC, James (1975)
Members of Chambers HALL QC, Andrew (1991)
Members of Chambers ROGERS QC, Heather (1983)
Members of Chambers BENNATHAN QC, Joel (1985)
Members of Chambers WILLIAMS QC, Heather (1985)
Members of Chambers OPPENHEIM QC, Robin (1988)
Members of Chambers WATERMAN QC, Adrian (1988)
Members of Chambers BOWEN QC, Nicholas (1984)
Members of Chambers BENTLEY QC, David (1984)
Members of Chambers FORSHALL QC, Isabella (1982)
Members of Chambers WESTGATE QC, Martin (1985)
Members of Chambers WHITFIELD QC, Jonathan (1985)
Members of Chambers HUCKLE QC, Theo (1985)
Members of Chambers WEERERATNE QC, Aswini (1986)
Members of Chambers HISLOP QC, David (1989)
Members of Chambers STONE QC, Joe (1989)
Members of Chambers BRIMELOW QC, Kirsty (1991)
Members of Chambers FISHER QC, Richard (1994)
Members of Chambers TROWLER QC, Rebecca (1995)
Members of Chambers ELLIOTT QC, Sarah (1996)
Members of Chambers CRAGG QC, Stephen (1996)
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