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Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) Tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers is the ‘foremost set for civil liberties, public and international law‘ and ‘boasts astonishing strength in depth‘. The set has a growing claimant side police law practice, which has been bolstered by the arrival of Maya Sikand QC and the appointment of new silks, Adam Straw QC and Jamie Burton QC. Nicholas Bowen QC is ‘highly capable and not afraid to challenge the status quo‘, and regularly acts in appellate cases in actions against the police and public authorities. In Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police v. Dyer, Straw represented the family of Andrew Hall, a man who died after being restrained by police in custody, in a successful High Court judicial review challenge to the Coroner’s decision that all police officers giving evidence in the case would be hidden from the public by screens. Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC is representing the Equality and Human Rights Commission in R (AB) v Secretary of State for Justice and the Youth Justice Board, a case concerning the compliance of solitary confinement of children in Young Offender Institutions with Article 3 ECHR’s ban on inhuman and degrading treatment. Elsewhere, Edward Fitzgerald QC is representing the claimants in Day v The Government of the Cayman Islands, a challenge to the unavailability of same-sex marriage in the British Overseas Territory under its constitution. In March 2021 Graham Denholm joined from Landmark Chambers.

Leading Silks

Edward Fitzgerald CBE QCDoughty Street ChambersHigh Court judges have admiration for him and his ability to memorise and cite case law when performing in court. In this highly specialised area, he smoothly articulates legal points with great force.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nicholas Bowen QCDoughty Street ChambersA serious thinker on the emerging law on Human Rights, statutory duties and negligence of statutory authorities. He is a highly skilful advocate advancing irresistible arguments.
Ranked: Tier 3
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street ChambersCaoilfhionn is fiercely intelligent, with a razor sharp eye for detail. Above all, and what sets Caoilfhionn apart from any other QC I have seen are her outstanding advocacy skills and her strong sense of justice and fairness. The legal profession is a much better place to be because of Caoilfhionn.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephen Cragg QCDoughty Street ChambersStephen has encyclopaedic knowledge of the law on biometric data retention.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Jamie Burton QC - Doughty Street ChambersJamie is a strong all-rounder. His advocacy is excellent , he is hard- working and he is very bright. He is extremely committed, energetic and creative in his approach to complex legal issues and very good with vulnerable clients.
Maya Sikand QC - Doughty Street ChambersVery bright, exceptionally hard working, has a forensic attention to detail and is a pleasure to work with. She isn't afraid to speak her mind, and can hold her own powerfully in any setting. She provides detailed and nuanced advices, and you can totally trust her analysis.

Leading Juniors

Ruth Brander - Doughty Street ChambersTotally authoritative on claims against the police arising from failings to investigate sexual violence. Wonderful with clients and very easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersQuick to grasp the issues and develop a cohesive approach. He is able to offer in depth analysis of the law. He is always on hand to provide advice and assistance, and provide thorough detailed advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Graham Denholm - Doughty Street Chambers ‘ He combines encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration detention powers and policies with sound public law analysis.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura DubinskyDoughty Street ChambersAn incredibly astute barrister with many years of experience in the field of human rights and immigration law. She is capable of helping judges understand complex issues and placing them in their context.
Ranked: Tier 3
Leonie HirstDoughty Street ChambersLeonie is a persuasive and powerful advocate with gravitas. Her legal mind is second to none. She accepts instructions at short notice and gets through vast amounts of paperwork at speed.
Ranked: Tier 3
Shu Shin Luh - Doughty Street ChambersShu Shin is quite simply an amazing barrister. She has worked on a huge amount of leading and important test cases on rights of migrants, children, care leavers and victims of trafficking.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennifer Robinson - Doughty Street ChambersStrong knowledge of the law, clear and succinct ways of communicating and an ability to make complex law and processes understandable to someone without a law degree. Genuine commitment to human rights and a sincerity of compassion for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nick StanageDoughty Street ChambersHe has an impressive grasp of emerging issues and is always up to date with the developing case law. He is a probing cross-examiner and a respectful but tenacious advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam WagnerDoughty Street ChambersA creative thinker, who works very hard to get the outcomes for clients and is very committed to the cases. His work is at the cutting edge of civil liberties and human rights.
Ranked: Tier 3



‘Doughty Street Chambers is full of excellent barristers practising in public law and criminal law. They put on excellent training and send round interesting legal updates.’

‘Doughty Street, rightly, have a leading reputation in civil rights/human rights on the claimant side.’

‘They are a strong set with a lot of strength in depth. I have instructed various silks, senior juniors as well as junior juniors. Even the junior juniors have been very impressive. They are often involved in leading cases and have great knowledge across the entire set.’

‘Doughty Street Chambers is the ‘go to’ set for actions against the police. They have an abundance of talent in this field and their expertise is second to none.’


Extremely efficient clerks.’

Sian Wilkins is wonderfully responsive and provides an excellent all round service.’

‘Callum Stebbing is a star; astute, helpful and guaranteed to go the extra mile.’

‘Luke Christmas is personable, knowledgeable and effective. My go to when I need to a solution to a problem.’

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries Tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers is a 'first-rate set' for inquests and public inquiries, typically representing victims and their families, while increasingly attracting work as counsel to inquiries and inquests. Henrietta Hill QC is currently engaged as deputy counsel to the Inquiry on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and turning to inquests work Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC represented the family of Stephen Dymond in to an inquest in to his suicide days after the filming of The Jeremy Kyle Show, in which a polygraph test was used to support the contention that he was a "love cheat". Growth for the set includes Maya Sikand QC and Tom Stoate joining from Garden Court Chambers in September 2020 and March 2021, respectively, with Sikand subsequently taking silk alongside Adam Straw QC in early 2021.

Leading Silks

Henrietta Hill QC - Doughty Street ChambersHenrietta is exceptionally bright, always three steps ahead, empathetic with clients and a dream to work with - organised, diligent, forensic in cross-examination, and fights fearlessly for clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn extremely impressive advocate who is well known for her work on behalf of children at risk of being abused - very collaborative and always put clients' interests first.
Ranked: Tier 2

2021 Silks

Maya Sikand QC - Doughty Street ChambersReally great with clients - a strong advocate that gets to the point, with direct advice and strong drafting skills.
Adam Straw QC - Doughty Street ChambersAdam has an encyclopaedic knowledge of inquest law and is the go-to barrister for police firearms deaths. He is extremely bright, has great judgement, is very measured, and has a solution for all situations. Lay clients warm to him, and he is a pleasure to work with.

Leading Juniors

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersJude is very impressive. Extremely knowledgeable and persuasive, he is equally great on his feet with a jury or with other decision makers, and his written submissions are excellent. He is also fantastic at knowing the best points to make, and clients really warm to him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Fiona Murphy - Doughty Street ChambersFiona is outstanding in many areas. She is a specialist in Article 2 law, has great judgement, and nothing phases her - she has no weaknesses.
Ranked: Tier 2
Angela Patrick - Doughty Street ChambersAngela has valuable experience in the area, very responsive, and willing to work to a tight timetable. Fantastic attention to detail, gives very practical advice, and able to handle diverse and challenging issues with ease, including very sensitive issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Stoate - Doughty Street ChambersFantastic advocacy and tactical skills - he is excellent in front of a jury. Tom is extremely knowledgeable in all inquest law matters, very bright, and inspires confidence in clients. He also has a fantastic work ethic and is very collegiate to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alison Gerry - Doughty Street ChambersA strong opponent.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Wagner - Doughty Street ChambersAdam has a first-rate intelligence and a highly personable manner. He is able to make soundly reasoned decisions quickly and effectively, and his judgement is excellent and his written advocacy is of a very high quality. He also relates well to lay clients and quickly wins their trust.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alex Gask - Doughty Street ChambersAlex has excellent drafting skills and is a measured and effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sam Jacobs - Doughty Street ChambersSam is a very experienced inquest practitioner. He has an in-depth knowledge of the law and takes a tactical view on cases. He is also approachable and offers ongoing support throughout a case, which is invaluable when dealing with complex cases and vulnerable clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Katherine O’Byrne - Doughty Street ChambersA good inquiry junior, hard-working and stays the course of a long inquiry.
Ranked: Tier 4



First-rate set with able, adaptable barristers.

Excellent set with real depth – Doughty Street has some of the best barristers representing families and claimants in inquiries and inquests.

DSC is our go-to chambers for civil work -they have a good range of tried and trusted talent.

There are a number of excellent barristers at this set who I regularly use.

Experienced and reliable set that we frequently instruct.


Effective clerks who are able to match the right barristers to complement the team.

The civil clerks team is really good and works hard to find solutions.

The clerks are good – helpful, organised and responsive.

The clerks are very helpful and approachable. No complaints!

Practice assistant Grace Walton is very helpful and efficient.

London Bar > International crime and extradition Tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers is the ‘pre-eminent set in this area‘, with ‘excellent silks and juniors at all levels‘. Representing individual victims backed by non-profit organisation Reprieve, deputy head of chambers Tim Moloney QC and Megan Hirst successfully appealed against the decision of the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber to refuse the prosecutor permission to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity arising from the Afghan conflict. In extradition work, Peter Caldwell, Malcolm Hawkes and Amelia Nice have a strong defence practice in this area, with deep knowledge of the political and human rights issues in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Nice appeared in Russia v Zmikhnovskiy, a widely reported extradition case involving allegations of a £40m fraud, with arguments concerning whether the Russian prosecution was being used as a way to persecute the individual based on his connections to a former Russian defence minister.

Leading Silks

Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street ChambersEdward is a gifted advocate who can persuade a skeptical court, which is a very rare skill.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn absolute delight. Diplomatic and collaborative, and always goes the extra mile for the client. Excellent oral advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Steven Powles QC - Doughty Street ChambersSteven is an expert in this field and a compelling advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Ben Cooper QC - Doughty Street ChambersBen is extraordinarily committed to achieving the best possible outcome for his clients and puts enormous effort into trying to do this.

Leading Juniors

Peter Caldwell - Doughty Street ChambersPeter is a giant in this field. He has a deep knowledge of international crime and extradition and the constitutional principles which underpin this area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Malcolm Hawkes - Doughty Street ChambersOne of the most hardworking barristers I know. Very good with vulnerable clients, especially good with clients with mental health problems.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mary Westcott - Doughty Street ChambersMary is a forceful and determined advocate who is renowned for identifying every possible ground of challenge and exploring it to its maximum. She is thorough in preparation, cares about her clients and doggedly determined.
Ranked: Tier 2
Amal Clooney - Doughty Street ChambersAmal combines real expertise across several related areas (human rights law, international criminal law, and public international law), with superb advocacy at all levels. She is a natural leader, with a commanding presence before courts and international tribunals.
Ranked: Tier 3
Graeme Hall - Doughty Street ChambersVery intelligent, thorough and leaves no stone unturned. Graeme is never afraid to raise challenges on his clients’ behalf. Also very impressive in the level of his preparation work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Megan HirstDoughty Street ChambersA true subject matter expert, she is strategic and insightful in her approach. Excellent legal drafting and oral advocacy. Exemplary interpersonal skills, including managing challenging situations with diplomacy and integrity.
Ranked: Tier 3
Amelia Nice - Doughty Street ChambersAmelia is sympathetic, client focussed, you really know that she cares about her clients. She is an authority on the interplay between extradition and family law in particular appearing in many of the significant cases on the subject.
Ranked: Tier 3



‘Doughty Street is a top-notch set, with a wide range of quality advocates who have all been first-rate in their advice and presentation and prompt in their reporting outcomes and when providing advice.’

‘Arguably the top set in international crime and extradition with a range of extremely capable and excellent counsel.’

‘A set which is incomparable to others. Truly unique as they house some of the biggest names in the industry and offer a variety of disciplines.’

‘Doughty Street is an outstanding extradition set, with excellent silks and juniors at all levels.’


‘Very polite, helpful and efficient. I have dealt with Marc Gilby who was very pleasant to work with.’

‘We have always had positive experiences with the clerks; Rebecca Gilchrist and Marc Gilby are very efficient in all dealings, replying quickly in arranging cover and conferences.’

‘Rebecca Gilchrist is very efficient and thorough. Always on hand to assist.’

‘Matt Butchard is an excellent clerk.’

London Bar > Social housing Tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers offers a 'fantastic range of barristers' that represent predominantly individual applicants, such as tenants and individuals facing homelessness. Due to the teams overlap of work with community care, administrative law and Court of Protection, the set has a noted specialism in regard to cases involving vulnerable clients with physical or mental health issues as well as acting for asylum seekers. Martin Westgate QC , 'one of the foremost leading figures in social welfare and public law', lead Sarah Steinhardt on R (Imam) v LB Croydon, a mandatory relief claim now pending before the Court of Appeal regarding the homeless status of a disabled person in an allegedly inappropriate property. Zia Nabi appeared before the Court of Appeal in 2020 in Trecarrell House Ltd v Rouncefield, which clarified that the failure to provide a gas safety certificate prior to a tenants occupation does not prevent a landlord serving a s.21 notice. Jamie Burton QC took silk in 2021.

Leading Silks

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersMartin is always one step ahead, with the most persuasive of answers to every judge's question. A barrister of the highest intelligence.
Ranked: Tier 1

2021 Silks

Leading Juniors

Zia Nabi - Doughty Street ChambersZia has been bringing the leading cases in housing law, particularly homelessness cases for a number of years now. Those who instruct him know why. It is because Zia brings an extraordinary intellect to bear on an already comprehensive knowledge and skill set.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Dominic Preston - Doughty Street ChambersDominic is a fearless and determined advocate who works tirelessly on behalf of clients and often achieves spectacular results. His fierce intellect enables him to come up with novel arguments and creative solutions to get the very best for clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Chataway - Doughty Street ChambersSuch is his talent in seeing in to the core aspects of social welfare cases that his advice is frequently determinate of positive outcomes for clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jim Shepherd - Doughty Street ChambersJim is committed to the social housing cause and is a fabulous warrior for justice. He is unflappable in the face of obnoxious opponents, and complex clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Steinhardt - Doughty Street ChambersHer vast knowledge and very sharp thinking gives her a facility with novel and complex arguments that is often staggering to see.
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Clarke - Doughty Street ChambersHis thoroughness and attention to detail alongside his steely determination to achieve the best possible outcome for the clients have often yielded fantastic results way beyond what might have been expected.
Ranked: Tier 4



‘Great – nothing but praise. All barristers are considered a safe pair of hands. The training they have offered over the lockdown period has been very well tailored and thought out.’

‘Doughty Street is a truly outstanding set in the field of social welfare, housing and public law and one of the only two sets that I use.’

‘Doughty Street Chambers are my “go to” Chambers as a housing lawyer. They have a fantastic range of barristers with a wide variety of strengths in different areas. It is almost always possible to secure counsel, even at short notice, and you know you will be in safe hands when you do. Counsel do not stand on ceremony and always go the extra mile to help instructing solicitors and their clients.’

‘Doughty Street has developed its housing team and has a breadth of knowledge and experience. I use a range of barristers and if the usual ones are not available, the proposed replacement is not a disappointment.’

‘Doughty Street Chambers is exceptional. Their barristers are highly skilled, empathetic and passionate in fighting for social justice and advocating for the vulnerable.’


‘The clerking at Doughty Street is second to none. I am always particularly grateful to Rachel Finch for assistance that goes well beyond that which is expected including helping me with roles I have outside of directly instructing chambers.’

‘The clerks are lovely and very efficient – a real pleasure to deal with even at short notice or late in the day.’

‘The clerks are superb, always incredibly prompt, efficient and friendly and always willing to go the extra mile!’

‘Fantastic, they go above and beyond to accommodate, nothing is too much. Of note is an example where at the beginning of lockdown they assisted with electronic bundling. Emily Norman, Rachel Finch and Sian Wilkins are all particularly helpful and friendly.’

‘Excellent – very approachable, organised and efficient.’

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care Tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers is 'a power set' with 'a plethora of excellent barristers in this area'. The team of 'strong COP practitioners' is well versed in advising on deprivation of liberty matters, contentious property and affairs cases, and issues surrounding capacity, to name a few areas of expertise. Aswini Weereratne QC is 'a strong advocate who is able to untangle complicated and knotty issues'; she 'is one of my first choices for complex Court of Protection cases with a mental health aspect, given her excellent knowledge of both areas and her ability to approach such cases with great care and skill', said one client. This year sees Jamie Burton QC elevated to silk, while Tom Stoate, Zia Nabi, Antonia Benfield, Daniel Clarke and rising star Mary-Rachel McCabe are new entrants at the junior end.



‘Doughty Street is particularly good on the public law side of matters, and is reliable for crossover work involving human rights litigation that also affects the COP.’

The barristers are down to earth, take the time to talk to you, and are great advocates.’

‘Doughty Street has incredible strength in depth, ensuring it is able to provide high quality advocates at short notice. This is particularly important for safeguarding and medical treatment cases, which often require same day applications and hearings that involve complex facts and law.’

‘A large team of excellent barristers – one of the first I would approach in Court of Protection and community care cases.’

‘Doughty Street is a leading set for Court of Protection work. It offers a breadth of experience, and the barristers are friendly whilst meticulous with their work.


‘They are amazing, very friendly, approachable, organised and responsive.’

‘I would say that the service provided both by counsel and the clerks is second to none. Sian Wilkins, Rachel Finch and Emily Norman are all incredibly helpful, efficient and available to meet our needs.’

‘Rachel Finch and Emily Norman go the extra mile to help, and always respond within five minutes of an enquiry being made.’

The clerks are friendly and fantastic.’

‘Doughty Street’s clerks will always try their best to find someone suitable for your case and the clerks are incredibly friendly and helpful. The fee notes always arrive promptly, which is a huge relief when dealing with legal aid cases.

London Bar > Crime Tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers stands out as ‘one of the pre-eminent sets in crime‘, with members frequently acting for the defence in a broad range of high-profile criminal cases, including homicide, terrorism, and serious sexual offences. Tim Moloney QC appeared for the lead defendant in R v Ronan Hughes, who pled guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to commit unlawful immigration following the discovery of the bodies of 39 Vietnamese migrants in the trailer of an articulated lorry in Grays in October 2019; he received a 20-year sentence. In recent chambers news, Emma Goodall QC was elevated to silk in March 2021, and Lauren Soertsz has retired from practice.

Leading Silks

Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is an absolute star to work with. He is thorough in his preparation and very engaging with clients. What is most impressive is his ability to analyse the evidence and develop a case theory - which he then sets about developing in and out of court. He is a superb jury advocate. His approach is very understated but fierce and robust when he needs to be.
Ranked: Tier 1
Isabella Forshall QCDoughty Street ChambersIsabella has a fantastic manner with clients. She is loved by judges, is good at law, and gets fantastic results. Through her self-deprecating manner she charms the court, and lures witnesses into saying what is necessary to secure her clients acquittal. A great all round criminal defence lawyer. She is one of the very best.
Ranked: Tier 1
Steven Powles QCDoughty Street ChambersSteven is an expert in this field and a compelling advocate. In potentially very emotive proceedings Steven is calm and authoritative and of great re-assurance to clients. He excels in criminal appeals, demonstrating thorough preparation and encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
James Wood QCDoughty Street ChambersJames is truly one of the top silks in higher tier terrorism Cases. No point gets by him. He is relentless in his preparation and never gives up, no matter how hostile the judge. If I was in trouble, I’d ask for James.
Ranked: Tier 2
Katy Thorne QCDoughty Street ChambersKaty is an exceptional QC. She has very good rapport with clients, and most importantly of course she has an in depth knowledge of the evidence and is a highly skilled advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Bentley QCDoughty Street ChambersDavid is a very understated advocate who presents his case with calmness and efficiency. Never one to make a point that doesn’t need to be made. He deals with difficult cut-throats well, giving ground when he ought to and standing ground when he has to. His performances are impressive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kirsty Brimelow QCDoughty Street ChambersKristy  is an experienced, committed and hard working silk, who goes the extra mile for clients. Kristy has particular expertise in criminal cases involving issues of international law and human rights, deriving from vast, unparalleled experience in the field. She fights hard for the clients, but is unfailingly courteous, engaging, and is a pleasure to have as an opponent.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Elliott QC - Doughty Street ChambersSarah is a superb cross-examiner. She is forensic in her approach to examining witnesses and she is brilliant at exploiting points that may assist the defence case. Sarah knows how to make the pitch perfect closing speech — she is exceptional at presenting her clients case to a jury. She is also a very sensible tactician and her approach strategic approach to cases is invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Fitzgerald QCDoughty Street ChambersHe has a brilliant knowledge of constitutional and human rights case law. He is very well-prepared and able to grasp complex ideas and explain them to the tribunal. He has a great  manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Hislop QCDoughty Street ChambersDavid is incredibly versatile. He is able to apply his formidable mind to an array of complex situations and he is able to instil justified confidence in his team. His written advices are particularly helpful although he is extremely good in client conferences as he adapts well to his variety of clientele. Best of all, he is magnificent on his feet commanding respect from the courts he addresses. The opposition should be nervous if David is instructed. His preparation is meticulous and ingenious. David is respected and admired by clients and professionals alike.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Taylor QC - Doughty Street ChambersPaul's expertise in appeal matters is exceptional. He has an impressive meticulous attention to detail - ascertains key issues and tactically is very astute. He's a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

2021 Silks

Emma Goodall QCDoughty Street ChambersEmma is incredibly hardworking and dedicated. She is very good in court and her submissions are always clear, concise, and to the point. She has a very good manner with clients. When instructed on a case, Emma is very easy to work with and her case preparation is superb.

Leading Juniors

Piers MarquisDoughty Street ChambersPiers is just a top barrister — hard working, committed, unflappable and totally dedicated to the cause. He has an excellent manner with clients and is respected by all for his professional, no nonsense approach in all of his cases. He can master and assimilate vast amounts of material.
Ranked: Tier 1
Liam WalkerDoughty Street ChambersHe has a reputation for being excellent in cases involving allegations of murder, drugs offences, gang violence and cross-examination of experts.
Ranked: Tier 1
Farrhat ArshadDoughty Street ChambersFarrhat is a very hard working and intelligent advocate who is also tactically astute. She has a very easy manner with clients and is able to quickly gain their trust.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate O’Raghallaigh - Doughty Street ChambersKate is extremely clever. She is deeply passionate about her cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Thomas - Doughty Street ChambersRichard is a fantastic advocate and strategist. He really has the ear of the court. He is great on his feet and is a fearless cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Garry GreenDoughty Street ChambersGarry is a talented and skilful cross-examiner who effortlessly adapts his questioning style according to the witness. When the case involves questioning of police officers, there is no better barrister for a defendant to have in his corner. Lay and professional clients love him. He has a tremendously successful criminal defence practice and is always at the Old Bailey conducting serious criminal cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Benjamin NewtonDoughty Street ChambersBen is a rare breed in that he is exceptionally clever, phenomenally responsive to the needs of those instructing him, empathetic and personable; all while maintaining a necessary and welcome sense of humour. Clients — and solicitors — feel completely safe in his hands. He has what can only be described as an almost eidetic memory when it comes to his recall of prosecution and defence case papers. We has worked with tricky clients over the years and he has teaches solicitors some of the best techniques for putting a client at ease and managing their anxiety. Hands down, he is one of the very best.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Vine - Doughty Street ChambersSarah is an incredibly hard worker, and diligent in her preparation. Her use of English in her written pleading phenomenal, which makes any written argument succinct and effective. Sarah also has an easy and affable charm which puts clients at their ease, which professional clients love her for.
Ranked: Tier 3



Excellent set, strength in depth, knowledgeable and helpful clerks-really one of the very best sets.’

Doughty Street are a good set across the board from the junior end to the senior end.’

Doughty Street are a very good set of chambers. The criminal clerks are extremely helpful and they have always provided me with suitable counsel.’

Doughty Street has a number of extremely capable and bright barristers at both QC and junior counsel level.’


The very efficient criminal clerks’ room is headed up by the excellent practice manager Matthew Butchard.

Marc Gilby and Sam Verner are excellent clerks – they do a brilliant job!

The clerks at Doughty Street Chambers ensure a very high standard of service and professionalism.’

‘Sam Verner is a spectacular clerk and never fails to provide excellent service and solutions for all of my cases with the set.’

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 2

Clients praise Doughty Street Chambers for its 'real depth of expertise' and classify it as a claimant-focussed set that has a 'deserved reputation as an intellectual powerhouse'. Recent standout matters include Alasdair Mackenzie's role in in R (Al-Siri) v SSHD, a matter regarding the state's decision to raise new reasons for refusing asylum. Laura Dubinsky's represented the claimant in R (Kaitey) v SSHD, a key case concerning immigration bail powers and Anthony Vaughan's victory over the Home Secretary in Medical Justice v SSHD, in which a policy of "no notice removals" was found to be unlawful.

Rising stars

Antonia Benfield - Doughty Street ChambersAntonia has excellent skills in picking up points that others would miss, her keen eye for detail is combined with her powerful advocacy. Antonia is not only a great example for current practicing junior barristers. She is highly passionate in preparing and representing cases on sexual violence, victims of torture, rape and child abuse.
Ranked: Tier 1
Agata Patyna - Doughty Street ChambersAgata is several years above her call and has become an indispensable part of the firm’s support infrastructure. Her advice is thorough, sensible, level-headed, and practical. She is our first port of call for any thorny issues.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street ChambersLaura has an unparalleled work ethic and is forensic when it comes to detail. She puts the needs of her clients at the forefront of her litigation and is an extremely compelling advocate. Put simply, Laura is a legal powerhouse.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alasdair Mackenzie - Doughty Street ChambersAlasdair's written work is impeccable. It is thorough, articulate, well-presented, on point and persuasive. Alasdair's advocacy is first class. It is measured and compelling and without doubt it flows so well based on detailed preparation and consideration of the facts and law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Joe Middleton - Doughty Street ChambersJoe has huge intellectual firepower but also he presents things in an easily understandable format.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Anthony Vaughan - Doughty Street ChambersSharp focused thinking of a jaguar coupled with the hard graft preparation of a shire horse. A leader in the field, outstanding and my first choice for complex asylum extradition work. QC material for the future.
Ranked: Tier 2
Phil Haywood - Doughty Street ChambersPhil is a go-to, razor-sharp barrister, tactical and very reliable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michelle Knorr - Doughty Street ChambersA brilliant barrister. Michelle is incredibly thorough and so quick to get to the heart of the issue. She is very clever, she never misses anything. And she is a real fighter, she never gives up. She is so inspiring to work with, and solicitors always feel confident of the outcome when Michelle is instructed on a case. No barrister will do more for a case or a client.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
David Lemer - Doughty Street ChambersDavid is responsive, respectable and approachable counsel, he has good client care skills and values the opinion of clients and instructing solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 4
Catherine Meredith - Doughty Street ChambersCatherine is a top barrister in immigration law especially when it applies to victims of trafficking.
Ranked: Tier 4
Rowena Moffatt - Doughty Street ChambersRowena is exceptionally bright and is able to deliver her advice in an easily understandable manner. She is also good at focussing on the crucial issues.
Ranked: Tier 4



My go to chambers- professional, committed, approachable and extremely knowledgeable- would highly recommend.”

Doughty Street is one of top immigration chambers in the UK , we have been instructing them for over 10 years.”

Extremely strong set with a deserved reputation as an intellectual powerhouse.”

Doughty Street has an amazing set of barristers for immigration work. There are numerous barristers there that I would instruct without hesitation.”

The set are excellent – from the Immigration team clerks to the finance department – everyone is professional, organised and knowledgeable. Really one of the best sets in the country.”



Fantastic- Sean, Rachel and Emily are amongst the best clerks around- professional always responsive, easy to work with and go out of their way to be helpful.”

I am very impressed with Emily Norman who responds really promptly to inquiries and is also pro-active.”

Extremely efficient, polite and respectful.”

Excellent clerking service: efficient, reliable and very responsive, even out of hours. We often need to brief Counsel to work on urgent applications at short notice and I can rely on Sian Wilkins, Rachel Finch and Emily Norman to respond quickly and be ready to find a solution.”

The clerks’ room are an asset to Doughty Street and have made our life much easier.”

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 3

Among the 'very top sets for administrative and public law', Doughty Street Chambers is 'often involved in leading cases and has great knowledge across the entire set', which specialises in representing individuals and companies in public law proceedings against the State. Martin Westgate QC represented a claimant in R (Ncube) v Brighton and Hove City Council, a judicial review challenge concerning the issue of local authorities' powers to provide shelter for those without recourse to public funds during the Covid-19 pandemic. Westgate QC is also acting alongside Daniel Clarke and Jamie Burton QC for Liberty, in R (JCWI) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, in a challenge to the “right to rent” scheme, under which landlords must check the immigration status of prospective tenants, with Liberty’s submissions focused on the scope of Article 8 and when the state can be liable for a human rights violation by a third party who is not an agent of the state.

Leading Silks

Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street ChambersEdward has the ability to find points that no one else would think of and would achieve a victory in court which everyone concluded was perhaps impossible. Engaging, brilliant and perhaps one of the finest leading counsel I have ever worked with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Cragg QC - Doughty Street ChambersHighly intelligent and able to explain complex legal issues in very simple language. A calming presence in high-pressure situations.
Ranked: Tier 3
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street ChambersUtterly brilliant. Sharp, insightful, incisive, articulate and passionate. She inspires everyone around her - clients included - to do better and be better.
Ranked: Tier 3
Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersMartin's attention to detail in impeccable. He is able to navigate the most complex of matters with apparent ease.
Ranked: Tier 3

2021 Silks

Jamie Burton QC - Doughty Street ChambersJamie is one of the leading silks in town. He has a real understanding of the needs of some of the most vulnerable clients, in particular vulnerable adults. He is really great on his feet.
Adam Straw QCDoughty Street ChambersAdam is extremely bright, very calm and measured, with a solution for every situation. His written work is excellent, and you can tell judges love to hear from him.

Leading Juniors

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersJude is extremely bright, with a fantastic work ethic. His written work is excellent and he is fantastic on his feet. He is formidable on public law matters and is very much in demand.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3
Angela Patrick - Doughty Street ChambersAngela is adept at assimilating the details of factually complex cases at rapid speed. Her legal knowledgeable is also highly impressive. Her drafting is good and she is able to use her background in legal NGO work to inform her strategic acumen.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Wagner - Doughty Street ChambersAdam is a fantastic public law and human rights specialist. He is particularly adept at legal issues involving the application of, and implications, of information technology.
Ranked: Tier 3
Katherine O’Byrne - Doughty Street ChambersShe has a clear and mature drafting style in written pleadings. She's also a pleasure to work with - responsive, extremely hard-working and organised, practical and very user-friendly from the solicitor perspective.
Ranked: Tier 4
Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street ChambersAn incredibly astute barrister with encyclopaedic knowledge of public Law, and an ability to identify immediate benefits and long term consequences of pursuing legal argument, in the best interests of her clients, but also to achieve beneficial change in the Law. One of the best barristers in her field.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Lemer - Doughty Street ChambersDavid provides straightforward practical advice and communicates well with clients, including in challenging circumstances.
Ranked: Tier 4



‘Doughty Street are, in my opinion, one of the very top sets for administrative and public law. They have a very strong team of barristers, and are probably the team I would turn to first to instruct in a public law case.’

‘They are a strong set with a lot of strength in depth. I have instructed their juniors a number of times and found them to be very good. They are often involved in leading cases and have great knowledge across the entire set.’

‘Doughty Street is my go-to chambers for most of the work I do. They have such an array of talent, which means they will always have someone to help even in very urgent matters. This is a real positive feature. I find all the barristers to be knowledgeable and skilful, and a great source of help and support.’

‘Doughty Street remains committed to pro-bono work.’

‘The leading set for actions against the police, with a real commitment to using the law to advance social justice.’


‘Luke Christmas is personable, knowledgeable and effective. My go to when I need to a solution to a problem.’

‘Sian Wilkins is wonderfully responsive and provides an excellent all round service.’

‘Melvin Warner is extremely quick and usually able to revert with an answer to a query very promptly.’

Very good. Well organised and helpful in finding suitable counsel when needed. Ben Davis is particularly reliable.’

London Bar > Defamation and privacy Tier 3

A small but very strong selection of defamation and privacy practitioners’, members of Doughty Street Chambers advises media organisations, investigative journalists, and high-net-worth individuals involved in defamation, privacy, and data protection matters. Heather Rogers QC  is currently acting with Jonathan Price for the defendants in Barclay v Barclay & another, a privacy claim stemming from allegations of surreptitious recordings made by members of billionaire Sir Frederick Barclay’s family of each other. Mark Henderson represented the former leader of the Labour Party in Millett v Corbyn, a Court of Appeal case concerning allegations that the claimant was one of a number of “Zionists” who had been “very, very abusive” to the Palestinian diplomatic representative in London.  In Re Al Maktoum, a matter concerning family proceedings involving the current Ruler of Dubai, Sarah Palin successfully acted solo for the media and got the president of the Family Division to lift reporting restrictions and release his judgments.

Rising stars

Beth Grossman - Doughty Street ChambersBeth is the definition of rising star at the Bar. She is razor-sharp, her written work is excellent and combined with her clarity of advocacy, she is operating at a level far in excess of her call. She's incredibly popular with clients and her no-nonsense style is very refreshing.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Heather Rogers QC - Doughty Street ChambersFerociously intelligent but down to earth and practical. She has the best forensic brain of any barrister I've dealt with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Claire Overman - Doughty Street ChambersAn exceptional legal mind with the ability to provide clear and decisive advice. An expert in her field with the ability to chart a way through difficult issues and dilemmas.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Henderson - Doughty Street ChambersMark is an excellent barrister, both technically and as an advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Palin - Doughty Street ChambersSarah is tremendously experienced in defamation/privacy and one of the best juniors around in my opinion. She has very sound judgement, a deep knowledge and understanding of this area of the law, and a great attention to detail, making her extremely dependable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Price - Doughty Street ChambersUser-friendly, helpful and pro-active. Hugely intelligent and well-liked by judges.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersJude is a fantastic barrister. Able to turn to work extremely quickly and deal with our issues as urgently as is necessary. He is a star advocate too and one of the key team of people we regularly turn to.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4



‘Exceptional all-round set which handles many areas of law to the highest standards. Exceptionally good barristers, both juniors and silks. Strength and depth at all levels and all areas of practice.’

‘Doughty Street are a really good set with a small but effective media team.’

‘They have a decent throng of media barristers, especially given the 5RB market dominance.’


‘Melvin Warner is an excellent clerk in the civil team. Very calm and efficient.’

‘Melvin Warner is one of the best (if not the best) media litigation clerks around. Has seriously upped Doughty Street chambers’ game in the media field.’

‘Melvin Warner is a great clerk to the media team. Lots of experience in this area.’

‘Melvin Warner is simply first-class.’

London Bar > Employment Tier 3

Doughty Street Chambers is 'a very steady set with several renowned barristers.' The employment and discrimination team undertakes the full range of employment cases, while clients additionally benefit from its leveraging of expertise in human rights, public law, data protection, professional discipline, immigration, personal injury, crime, and media and reputation management. In  al-Qasimi  v RobinsonHeather Williams QC recently successfully led David Stephenson for the claimant in the Court of Appeal, which restated the test for common law illegality in employment claims.  Junior-end growth saw rising star Beth Grossman join from Ely Place Chambers, which disbanded in 2020.

Rising stars

Beth Grossman - Doughty Street ChambersBeth is extremely clever and thorough, and her written work is beautifully put together.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

David Stephenson - Doughty Street ChambersA very experienced and able employment practitioner. Easy to work with and a burgeoning reputation for complex discrimination claims.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paras Gorasia - Doughty Street ChambersParas is always on hand to help and provides pragmatic advice - down to earth with clients and simplifies complex matters.
Ranked: Tier 4
Amanda Hart - Doughty Street ChambersAmanda is a great advocate. She gets to grips with the detail of the case quickly, focusing on the important issues. She is also extremely client friendly and a great team player - a pleasure to work with and super-smart.
Ranked: Tier 4
Louise Mankau - Doughty Street ChambersLouise is an excellent, straight-talking advocate with astonishing attention to detail. She is meticulous in her preparations, pointed in her cross-examination, and her advice is thorough yet accessible. In short, she is a real asset to the Bar. Her real talent, however, is her ability to put her clients at ease and to create a strong connection with them and their witnesses in what is invariably a stressful situation for them.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicholas Toms - Doughty Street ChambersVery approachable and available, great with clients, and great advocacy and written work - always a go-to.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kate Annand - Doughty Street ChambersKate is really thorough. She is able to spot and resolve tricky legal issues that others may miss. She is thoroughly pleasant and professional to be against - a real asset to the profession.
Ranked: Tier 5
Sue Sleeman - Doughty Street ChambersEloquent, good at thinking on the spot, clear, convincing, empathetic, and open to any thoughts/feedback from instructing solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 5



Doughty Street is a very steady set with several renowned barristers.

Doughty Street’s employment team has incredible strength in depth. When my barrister of choice is not available, I am spoilt by incredibly well-qualified alternatives.

Doughty Street has an excellent employment team.

A strong and very reliable set.

Training has been such a blessing during lockdown – lots of very useful webinars on hot topics in employment law.


The clerks at Doughty Street are very co-operative and great to work with.

I have had nothing but good experiences with the clerks at this set.

Very prompt turnaround of fee quotes and availability requests.

Practice manager Callum Stebbing stands out as being helpful, informative, and prompt in dealing with enquiries.

Practice assistant Sam Cooper is particularly helpful.

London Bar > Fraud: crime Tier 3

The broad 'leading heavyweight' set at Doughty Street Chambers is known for its 'substantial experience' and 'strong reputation in criminal defence', which includes a range of heavyweight fraud cases. Recent work includes Philippa Eastwood's instruction in an upcoming case concerning an alleged £700,000 fraud on a local authority by way of fraudulent disability support claims.

Leading Silks

Richard Fisher QCDoughty Street ChambersRichard is an excellent trial advocate and has a very good bedside manner with clients - he quickly gains their trust.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rupert Bowers QCDoughty Street ChambersA confident advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Benjamin NewtonDoughty Street ChambersBenjamin is exceptionally responsive to the needs of clients and instructing solicitors. He is supremely good at condensing complicated and voluminous material into a digestible format. He is a charming and erudite advocate who is able to cut to the core issues in a case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter CaldwellDoughty Street ChambersPeter is bright, laser-focused, and builds good relationships with opponents and judges. He is particularly good with difficult clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Philippa EastwoodDoughty Street ChambersPhilippa is an incredibly astute and clever barrister, who effortlessly gets to the heart of an issue really quickly. She is also very personable and easy to work with – clients love her.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan LennonDoughty Street ChambersJonathan is a meticulous barrister, whose emphasis on detailed preparation enhances a measured and unflappable approach in court.
Ranked: Tier 4



Great chambers overall, substantial experience, exceptional members, clerking is superb and always keeps instructing solicitors up-to-date even with last minute changes by courts.’

A set with a great reputation in criminal defence and white collar fraud work that is well deserved.I have never been disappointed.’

Doughty Street is a leading heavyweight Criminal set.’

Doughty Street has a strong reputation in criminal defence.’

The chambers have a very wide spread of distinguished Counsel and are always able to assist at times of emergency. They cover every aspect of fraud and have specialist teams dealing with criminal appeals.’


Matthew Butchard is a modern thinking senior clerk.’

Matthew Butchard is a first-rate and conscientious clerk.’

Very good clerking for their criminal barristers. Matthew Butchard is first class.’

The clerking service is excellent.’

The clerking team is very efficient, very helpful, and very knowledgeable.’

London Bar > Data protection

Rising stars

Claire Overman - Doughty Street ChambersAn exceptional legal mind with the ability to provide clear and decisive advice. An expert in her field with the ability to chart a way through difficult issues and dilemmas.
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Education

Rising stars

Alice Irving - Doughty Street ChambersNo doubt as a result of pursuing an academic career prior to the Bar, she has brilliant attention to detail skills, and don't shy away from getting to grips with the finer points of case law.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Nicholas Bowen QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is excellent with clients and his advice is spot on.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 4
Shu Shin Luh - Doughty Street ChambersShe will leave no stone unturned for her client, ensuring that every brief she receives is carried out to an exceptional standard.
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Personal injury - Rising Stars

Christopher Johnson - Doughty Street ChambersHas great attention to detail, and an analytical mind - a confident and persuasive advocate who connects well with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Theo Huckle QC - Doughty Street ChambersA charismatic, clear calm and compelling advocate who can be trusted entirely to do a brilliant job.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Clinical negligence

Leading Silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe has a redoubtable intellect, which he combines with an excellent client manner. He has a fantastic understanding of medical issues in complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

Leading Silks

Richard Fisher QC - Doughty Street ChambersRichard is a very capable advocate who quickly gains the trust of the client. He is an excellent trial advocate and is trusted by judges.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Lennon - Doughty Street ChambersJonathan is a first-rate lawyer with an outstanding legal mind. He is a seriously accomplished counsel who glides through hugely demanding cases with ease.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Product liability

Leading Silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn experienced silk.
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Public international law

Leading Juniors

Amal Clooney - Doughty Street ChambersAmal is a first-class international lawyer: she always knows her brief inside out, exercises impeccable judgement, and is a dream performer before international tribunals.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Barker - Doughty Street ChambersExcellent team-player, very strong intellect. Paul is fantastic with clients and his former role as a solicitor really shines through in this regard.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emilie Gonin - Doughty Street ChambersEmilie is a brilliant lawyer, thorough in her analysis, precise in her drafting and clear in her thoughts. She is a pleasure to work with under any circumstance, including when faced with the stress of a filing deadline or hearing.
Ranked: Tier 3

Northern Circuit > Immigration

Leading Juniors

Paul Draycott  - Doughty Street Chambers 'Absolutely excellent written work on submissions and superb acuity on complicated points of law especially where they interface with human rights and international obligations. Paul is an appellate advocate in the highest class in this regard.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Northern Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

Northern Circuit > Employment

Leading Juniors

Paul DraycottDoughty Street Chambers 'Absolutely excellent written work on submissions and superb acuity on complicated points of law. Paul is an appellate advocate in the highest class in this regard.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Paras GorasiaDoughty Street Chambers 'Paras is an exceptional barrister and an expert in all aspects of employment law. He is an extremely effective advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Northern Circuit > Social housing

Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

Leading Juniors

Erimnaz Mushtaq - Doughty Street ChambersShe is meticulous and fearless in her defence of clients. She quickly builds rapport and instils confidence.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

Leading Juniors

Emilie Gonin - Doughty Street ChambersA brilliant lawyer, thorough in her analysis, precise in her drafting and clear in her thoughts. She is a pleasure to work with under any circumstance, including when faced with the stress of a filing deadline or hearing.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Juniors

Louise Price - Doughty Street ChambersLouise is tenacious and forceful in the right way at the appropriate moments. A delight to instruct.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sue Sleeman - Doughty Street ChambersSue is a very caring, dedicated barrister, who cares deeply about her clients and will always go the extra mile. She has superb client handling skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Matrix Chambers offers ‘a large talent pool at several different levels of seniority’ and multi-disciplinary approach to enforcement proceedings. The set enjoys a strong reputation internationally, thanks in part to its strong work relationships with firms in the US and Hong Kong, as well as its extensive experience of engaging with foreign authorities the likes of the US DoJ; in addition, Tim Owen QC is also noted for his focus on offshore jurisdictions, including a judicial appointment to the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. Another strength of the team lies in its representation of a mix of global companies, banks and financial institutions in fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering investigations conducted by UK agencies, including the SFO and the FCA; Clare Montgomery QC and Alex Bailin QC remain among the country’s most highly regarded specialists in this space. In October 2020, the set expanded its market visibility in the financial regulatory space with multiple lateral hires, including those of Nichola Higgins of Doughty Street Chambers and former First Senior Treasury Counsel Richard Whittam QC of 2 Bedford Row.



‘Matrix Chambers has a large talent pool at several different levels of seniority, covering libel, white-collar crime, human rights and other areas.’

‘Chambers has a wealth of counsel who are able to assist in the field of regulatory offences.’

‘I know several barristers in different practice areas in the set. Many are at the top of their game and very well-regarded. Their white-collar department is actively growing.’


‘A great clerking team.’

‘Paul Venables is excellent.’

Heads of chambers: Geoffrey Robertson QC, Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC
Senior practice managers: Sian Wilkins, Matthew Butchard
Tenants: 159

The chambers: Doughty Street Chambers is a set of internationally renowned barristers with a reputation for excellence, passion, and the provision of fresh perspectives on the law. Chambers specialises in many fields across multiple jurisdictions, often in cases with a strong emphasis on human rights and civil liberties. Clients are offered a commitment to hard work and an innovative, multi-disciplinary approach. The set comprises over 150 barristers all with a fundamental commitment to going ‘above and beyond’ for clients. Clients include homeless families, children, victims of trafficking, the socially disadvantaged, the mentally and physically disabled, asylum seekers, those accused of criminal offences, regulated professionals, company directors, magic circle and Big 4 firms, United Nations officials, ministers and heads of government, and sovereign states as well as the instructing solicitors who represent them. Members practise in crime, civil law, public and administrative law, international law, mediation, and arbitration from our offices in London and Manchester.

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)
Members of Chambers HILL QC, Henrietta (1997)
Members of Chambers GALLAGHER QC, Caoilfhionn (2001)
Members of Chambers MOLONEY QC, Tim (2010)
Members of Chambers KNAFLER QC, Stephen (2010)
Members of Chambers BOWERS QC, Rupert (1995)
Members of Chambers THORNE QC, Katy (1994)
Members of Chambers POWLES QC, Steven (1997)
Members of Chambers COOPER QC, Ben (2020)
Members of Chambers CARTER, David (1971)
Members of Chambers HOUGH, Christopher (1981)
Members of Chambers SAMUEL, Gerwyn (1986)
Members of Chambers SOERTSZ, Lauren (1987)
Members of Chambers MILES, Sophy (2015)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR QC, Paul (1989)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Nick (1989)
Members of Chambers MAIDMENT, Kieran (1989)
Members of Chambers WHITAKER, Quincy (1991)
Members of Chambers REEDER, Stephen (1991)
Members of Chambers NABI, Zia (1991)
Members of Chambers ADDY, Caroline (1991)
Members of Chambers COX, Simon (1992)
Members of Chambers MURPHY, Fiona (2013)
Members of Chambers WALSH, John (1993)
Members of Chambers HENDERSON, Mark (1994)
Members of Chambers DRAYCOTT, Paul (1994)
Members of Chambers RAWLINGS, Clive (1994)
Members of Chambers MACKIE, Jeannie (1995)
Members of Chambers BROWN, Althea (1995)
Members of Chambers PRESTON, Dominic (1995)
Members of Chambers CALDWELL, Peter (1995)
Members of Chambers CHATAWAY, Ben (1995)
Members of Chambers GOODALL, Emma (1996)
Members of Chambers MUKHERJEE, Krishnendu (1996)
Members of Chambers TOMS, Nicholas (1996)
Members of Chambers BURNHAM, Ulele (1997)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, LIndsay (1997)
Members of Chambers MIDDLETON, Joe (1997)
Members of Chambers STANAGE, Nick (1997)
Members of Chambers VINE, Sarah (1997)
Members of Chambers LENNON, Jonathan (1997)
Members of Chambers SKIAND, Maya (1997)
Members of Chambers ARSHAD, Farrhat (1998)
Members of Chambers SHEPHERD, Jim (1998)
Members of Chambers BURTON, Jamie (1999)
Members of Chambers COOPER, Ben (1999)
Members of Chambers GREEN, Garry (1999)
Members of Chambers HOBSON, John (1999)
Members of Chambers NARAIN, Benjamin (1999)
Members of Chambers LEMER, David (2000)
Members of Chambers MUSHTAQ, Erim (2000)
Members of Chambers LEWIS, Oliver (2000)
Members of Chambers BRANDER, Ruth (2001)
Members of Chambers HART, Amanda (2001)
Members of Chambers HAYWOOD, Phil (2001)
Members of Chambers MARQUIS, Piers (2001)
Members of Chambers SLEEMAN, Sue (2001)
Members of Chambers WALDMAN, Amos (2001)
Members of Chambers WALKER, Liam (2001)
Members of Chambers DUBINSKY, Laura (2002)
Members of Chambers RHODES, David (2002)
Members of Chambers THOMAS, Richard (2002)
Members of Chambers EASTWOOD, Philippa (2003)
Members of Chambers GERRY, Alison (2003)
Members of Chambers PATRICK, Angela (2003)
Members of Chambers MACKENZIE, Alasdair (2004)
Members of Chambers NEWTON, Benjamin (2004)
Members of Chambers PRICE, Jonathan (2004)
Members of Chambers STRAW, Adam (2004)
Members of Chambers HAINES, David (2005)
Members of Chambers MANKAU, Louise (2005)
Members of Chambers GORASIA, Paras (2005)
Members of Chambers STEPHENSON, David (2005)
Members of Chambers BUNTING, Jude (2006)
Members of Chambers NICE, Amelia (2006)
Members of Chambers LUH, Shu Shin (2006)
Members of Chambers HIRST, Leonie (2006)
Members of Chambers VAUGHAN, Anthony (2006)
Members of Chambers HAWKES, Malcolm (2006)
Members of Chambers HOBCRAFT, Gemma (2006)
Members of Chambers HIRST, Megan (2015)
Members of Chambers ROBINSON, Jennifer (2016)
Members of Chambers PRICE, Louise (2006)
Members of Chambers ANNAND, Kate (2007)
Members of Chambers BEATTIE, Kate (2007)
Members of Chambers EATWELL, Tatyana (2007)
Members of Chambers OKEWALE, Tunde (2007)
Members of Chambers TIMAN, Annabel (2007)
Members of Chambers WAGNER, Adam (2007)
Members of Chambers WESTCOTT, Mary (2007)
Members of Chambers GASK, Alex (2008)
Members of Chambers KNORR, Michelle (2008)
Members of Chambers MEREDITH, Catherine (2008)
Members of Chambers SAMUEL, Zimran (2008)
Members of Chambers STEINHARDT, Sarah (2008)
Members of Chambers STEVENS, Tom (2008)
Members of Chambers MOFFATT, Rowena (2009)
Members of Chambers BRIGHT, Abigail (2010)
Members of Chambers CLOONEY, Amal (2010)
Members of Chambers COHEN, Marisa (2010)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Harriet (2010)
Members of Chambers MIR, Maryam (2010)
Members of Chambers NICHOLLS, Jesse (2010)
Members of Chambers ROCHE, Maria (2010)
Members of Chambers HALL, Graeme (2011)
Members of Chambers JACOBS, Sam (2011)
Members of Chambers MASON, Paul (2011)
Members of Chambers BAGOTT, Peta-Louise (2011)
Members of Chambers O'RAGHALLAIGH, Kate (2011)
Members of Chambers SCOTT, Emma (2011)
Members of Chambers GONIN, Emilie (2015)
Members of Chambers COOKE-HURLE, Tim (2012)
Members of Chambers DOUGLAS, Hayley (2012)
Members of Chambers TAYLOR, Jake (2012)
Members of Chambers BENFIELD, Antonia (2013)
Members of Chambers CLARKE, Daniel (2013)
Members of Chambers O'BYRNE, Katherine (2013)
Members of Chambers SANE, Jelia (2013)
Members of Chambers YOSHIDA, Keina (2013)
Members of Chambers LYKOURGOU, Karlia (2013)
Members of Chambers JOHNSON, Christopher (2014)
Members of Chambers PATYNA, Agata (2014)
Members of Chambers WADDOUP, Daniella (2014)
Members of Chambers WOODROW, Pippa (2014)
Members of Chambers OVERMAN, Claire (2014)
Members of Chambers BARKER, Paul (2015)
Members of Chambers MCCABE, Mary-Rachel (2015)
Members of Chambers SYKES, Christopher (2015)
Members of Chambers HARPER, Zoe (2015)
Members of Chambers GROSSMAN, Beth (2016)
Members of Chambers KHERBANE, Rabah (2016)
Members of Chambers DALY, Gemma (2017)
Members of Chambers HURSIT, Turan (2017
Members of Chambers POWELL, Frederick (2017)
Members of Chambers CORNAGLIA, Margherita (2017)
Members of Chambers DUFFY, Clare (2017)
Members of Chambers IRVING, Alice (2018)
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 Ulele Burnham  photo Ulele Burnham Ulele Burnham’s practice spans the law relating to mental capacity and mental…
 Jamie Burton  photo Jamie Burton Jamie’s main areas of practise are human rights, community and health care,…
 Peter Caldwell  photo Peter Caldwell Peter is ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a leading…
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 David Carter  photo David Carter David specialises in housing, local government, human rights, discrimination and public law.
 Ben Chataway  photo Ben Chataway Ben specialises in housing and social welfare, community care and public law.
 Daniel Clarke  photo Daniel Clarke Daniel has a wide range of experience across private law, public law…
 Amal Clooney  photo Amal Clooney Amal represents clients before international courts including the International Criminal Court, the…
 Marisa Cohen  photo Marisa Cohen
 Tim Cooke-Hurle  photo Tim Cooke-Hurle Tim Cooke-Hurle practices in a broad range of civil and international law,…
 Margherita Cornaglia  photo Margherita Cornaglia During pupillage, Margherita was supervised by Adam Straw, Steven Powles QC and…
 Simon Cox  photo Simon Cox Simon’s work includes judicial review, immigration, European Union and international law, social…
 Stephen Cragg photo Stephen Cragg Stephen Cragg QC is an experienced specialist in public law and human…
 Gemma Daly  photo Gemma Daly Gemma specialises in mental capacity and mental health law, inquests, and public…
 Hayley Douglas  photo Hayley Douglas Hayley specialises in crime, public law and human rights. In addition to…
 Laura Dubinsky  photo Laura Dubinsky Laura works extensively in public law at all levels, with a particular…
 Clare Duffy  photo Clare Duffy Clare joined Chambers in October 2019 upon completion of her pupillage under…
 Philippa Eastwood  photo Philippa Eastwood Philippa is an established criminal defence advocate, regularly instructed in complex and…
 Tatyana Eatwell  photo Tatyana Eatwell
 Sarah Elliott photo Sarah Elliott Sarah has a proven track record in achieving successful outcomes for clients…
 Richard Fisher photo Richard Fisher Richard Fisher QC provides advice and advocacy for clients whose cases involve…
 Edward Fitzgerald photo Edward Fitzgerald Edward Fitzgerald QC has been named Human Rights and Public Law Silk…
 Isabella Forshall photo Isabella Forshall sabella Forshall is a specialist criminal practitioner who listens carefully to clients…
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 Alex Gask  photo Alex Gask Alex is a specialist in the protection of civil liberties and human…
 Alison Gerry  photo Alison Gerry
 Emilie Gonin  photo Emilie Gonin Emilie specialises in investment treaty arbitration, public international law, human rights and…
 Emma Goodall  photo Emma Goodall Emma is a specialist criminal practitioner.
 Paras Gorasia  photo Paras Gorasia Paras is a leading senior junior barrister specialising in Employment and Employment…
 Garry Green  photo Garry Green A passionate and committed advocate, Garry Green fearlessly defends his clients’ right…
 Beth Grossman  photo Beth Grossman Beth is a specialist in media and employment, equality and discrimination law.
 Graeme Hall  photo Graeme Hall Graeme is at the forefront of defence extradition work, both nationally and…
 Andrew Hall QC photo Andrew Hall QC Andrew Hall is consistently named as a leader in his field and…
 Zoe Harper  photo Zoe Harper Zoe practises in immigration, human rights and public law. She specialises in…
 Amanda Hart  photo Amanda Hart Amanda is a highly experienced lawyer in the practice areas of employment,…
 Malcolm Hawkes  photo Malcolm Hawkes
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 Mark Henderson  photo Mark Henderson According to the legal directories, he is “one of the finest legal…
 Nichola Higgins  photo Nichola Higgins A leading practitioner in the field of financial and corporate crime, Nichola…
 Henrietta Hill photo Henrietta Hill Henrietta Hill QC specialises in inquests and public inquiries, claims against the…
 Megan Hirst  photo Megan Hirst
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 Gemma Hobcraft  photo Gemma Hobcraft Gemma practises in professional discipline and regulatory work and public law. Gemma…
 Christopher Hough  photo Christopher Hough Chris Hough specialises in clinical negligence, catastrophic personal injury and solicitors’ negligence…
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 Sam Jacobs  photo Sam Jacobs Sam has significant experience in both private and public law matters, primarily…
 Lindsay Johnson  photo Lindsay Johnson Lindsay’s practice involves advocacy, advice and drafting, predominately in public law matters,…
 Christopher Johnson  photo Christopher Johnson Christopher’s practice encompasses medical/healthcare disputes and complex personal injury disputes.
Baroness Helena Kennedy photo Baroness Helena Kennedy Helena Kennedy practises predominantly in the criminal law, undertaking leading work of…
 Rabah Kherbane  photo Rabah Kherbane Rabah specialises in crime, and the range of issues which arise in,…
 Michelle Knorr  photo Michelle Knorr Michelle is a specialist practitioner in immigration, asylum, human rights and public…
 David Lemer  photo David Lemer David practises predominantly in immigration, asylum, public law, and employment and as…
 Jonathan Lennon  photo Jonathan Lennon Jonathan Lennon’s practice encompasses serious and complex crime as well as financial,…
Dr Oliver Lewis  photo Dr Oliver Lewis Oliver Lewis specialises in public law and human rights, with a focus…
 Karlia Lykourgou  photo Karlia Lykourgou Karlia is a defence barrister who specialises in crime, extradition and public…
 Alasdair Mackenzie  photo Alasdair Mackenzie Alasdair Mackenzie is an experienced specialist in immigration and asylum law. Alasdair…
 Kieran Maidment  photo Kieran Maidment Kieran Maidment specialises in criminal law. 
 Louise Mankau  photo Louise Mankau
 Piers Marquis  photo Piers Marquis Piers Marquis is a committed criminal defence barrister best, but not exclusively,…
 Paul Mason  photo Paul Mason
 Mary-Rachel McCabe  photo Mary-Rachel McCabe Mary-Rachel specialises in mental capacity, community care and housing law, with a…
 Catherine Meredith  photo Catherine Meredith Catherine is human rights and public law specialist with particular expertise in…
 Joe Middleton  photo Joe Middleton Joe Middleton is a versatile practitioner with crossover expertise in immigration, extradition,…
 Sophy Miles  photo Sophy Miles
 Maryam Mir  photo Maryam Mir
 Rowena Moffatt  photo Rowena Moffatt Rowena is a public law practitioner whose main areas of practice are…
 Tim Moloney photo Tim Moloney Tim is the Joint Deputy Head of Chambers. Chambers and Partners describe…
 Krishnendu Mukherjee  photo Krishnendu Mukherjee Krishnendu Mukherjee is a barrister a specialising in immigration and business and…
 Fiona Murphy  photo Fiona Murphy Fiona Murphy is Joint Deputy Head of Chambers and is ranked in…
 Zia Nabi  photo Zia Nabi Zia specialises in civil and public law.
 Benjamin Narain  photo Benjamin Narain Ben has been regularly instructed in all areas of criminal law: murder; serious…
 Benjamin Newton  photo Benjamin Newton Benjamin Newton is instructed to defend those accused of the most serious…
 Amelia Nice  photo Amelia Nice
 Jesse Nicholls  photo Jesse Nicholls Jesse specialises in public law, human rights, inquests and civil actions against…
 Patrick O’Connor QC photo Patrick O’Connor QC Patrick O’Connor Q.C. practices in the broadest range of criminal and civil…
 Kate O’Raghallaigh  photo Kate O’Raghallaigh Kate specialises in crime, extradition and crime related public law.
 Katherine O'Byrne photo Katherine O'Byrne Katie has a broad practice specialising in international law, human rights, public…
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 Claire Overman  photo Claire Overman Claire specialises in all aspects of media and information law, including defamation,…
 Angela Patrick  photo Angela Patrick Angela is a specialist in public law, civil liberties and human rights.…
 Agata Patyna  photo Agata Patyna Agata specialises in an immigration and public law and has particular expertise…
 Alison Pickup  photo Alison Pickup Alison is the Legal Director of the Public Law Project, a national…
 Frederick Powelll  photo Frederick Powelll Frederick represents vulnerable claimants who have been subject to mistreatment at the…
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 Jonathan Price  photo Jonathan Price
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 Clive Rawlings  photo Clive Rawlings
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 David Rhodes  photo David Rhodes “David’s closing speech was powerful, reasoned and engaging” – a recent client…
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 Jennifer Robinson  photo Jennifer Robinson Jen specialises in media law, public law and international law.
 Heather Rogers photo Heather Rogers
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 Jelia Sane  photo Jelia Sane Jelia practises in the areas of immigration and asylum, human rights, public…
 Jim Shepherd  photo Jim Shepherd Jim is a member of the Housing and Social Welfare Team and…
 Sue Sleeman  photo Sue Sleeman Sue has a mixed civil practice covering employment and professional disciplinary/regulatory law.…
 Lauren Soertsz  photo Lauren Soertsz Described in the Legal 500 (2015) as a “Class Act” and ranked in Chambers and…
 Martha Spurrier  photo Martha Spurrier Martha is a human rights lawyer and campaigner. She is the Director…
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 Sarah Steinhardt  photo Sarah Steinhardt
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 Tom Stevens  photo Tom Stevens Tom is a specialist criminal defence barrister with extensive experience of both…
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 Adam Straw  photo Adam Straw
 Christopher Sykes  photo Christopher Sykes Christopher specialises in criminal and regulatory advocacy
 Paul Taylor photo Paul Taylor Paul specialises in criminal appeals. He has developed a particular expertise in…
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 Richard Thomas  photo Richard Thomas Richard has extensive experience of complex and high-profile trials and appeals. He…
 Katy Thorne photo Katy Thorne Katy Thorne QC has over 25 years’ experience of defending in the…
 Annabel Timan  photo Annabel Timan Annabel is a leading junior with particular expertise in international criminal and…
 Nicholas Toms  photo Nicholas Toms
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 Sarah Vine  photo Sarah Vine Sarah is a specialist practitioner who is instructed alone and as a…
 Daniella Waddoup  photo Daniella Waddoup The focus of Daniella’s practice is criminal justice and mental health and…
 Adam Wagner  photo Adam Wagner
 Amos Waldman  photo Amos Waldman Criminal defence specialist with an emphasis on regulatory and financial crime, including…
 Liam Walker  photo Liam Walker Liam Walker is recognised by both The Legal 500 and Chambers &…
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 Aswini Weereratne photo Aswini Weereratne Aswini Weereratne has built a diverse practice in challenging areas.  Her expertise…
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 Jonathan Whitfield photo Jonathan Whitfield Jon specialises in defending cases of homicide, terrorism, regulatory & financial crime…
 Heather Williams photo Heather Williams Heather specialises in civil liberties and human rights cases, including civil actions,…
 James Wood photo James Wood Enormously experienced, driven, gutsy, calm and determined, James has a broad based…
 Pippa Woodrow  photo Pippa Woodrow
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At Doughty Street Chambers, diversity is welcomed, celebrated, essential. We aim to stifle the myth that there is an acceptable way to look, talk or act to be a member of the Bar.

A commitment to promoting human rights and equality has always been part of our ethos. Securing equality, diversity and inclusion is one our five key values.

Diversity at the Bar is a driver of excellence. It is necessary to improve public confidence in the justice system: legal representatives need to reflect the society we live in. We also know that diversity is not just a fad, nor is it merely a ‘numbers’ game.

Our policies and culture play a vital role in ensuring we build an inclusive environment where all our people can grow and flourish. To achieve this, Doughty Street takes a systematic approach, with bold action on diversity and inclusion. We have a clear, innovative, impactful and joined-up diversity and inclusion strategy across Chambers that reflects our values and needs.

Our Equality, Diversity, Wellbeing and Inclusion Strategy Committee co-ordinates the initiatives of all diversity groups within chambers through a dynamic action plan for chambers towards achieving its diversity and inclusion goals. Doughty Street ensures there is cross representation of diversity across all governing committees within Chambers, as represented in all KPI data.

Doughty Street promotes diversity-targeted initiatives via partnerships and chambers diversity groups which cover all EDI aspects of Chambers life, including: Anti-Racist Pledges, OUTy Street LGTB+ group, #DoughtyStWomen, Fair Allocation of Work, Wellbeing and Inclusion, Neurodiversity in Law, Disabled Lawyers Network, City Disabilities (we are a Disability Confident Employer), Sutton Trust, The Bar Council, Diversity Working Group, Bridging the Bar, Stamma and Urban Synergy. We hold selected inclusive events such as Holocaust Memorial Day, International Justice Day, and the International Women’s’ Day conference.

Our new website now clearly showcases Doughty Street’s commitment to securing equality, diversity and inclusion, and our first Diversity-specific page demonstrates best practice  throughout for the legal profession with regard to this agenda.

We are committed to promoting careers in the law to those from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds. Our outreach initiatives page details more information about this, together with Chambers’ E&D Policy and Chambers’ Bullying and Harassment Policy.

Some of the improvements achieved in creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace at Doughty Street Chambers are indicated by diversity data and statistics covering the past 3 years to date, which can be found here and here.

CLIENT: Neil Hudgell
COMPANY/FIRM: Hudgell Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Hudgell Solicitors have been delighted to work alongside and instruct Doughty Street Chambers for a number of years now. Their knowledge and expertise has been invaluable to our legal team in many cases involving complicated areas of law, and in cases of high national significance and profile, including Public Inquiries, High Court Appeals and Inquests. What appeals to us is the client focussed approach of the Doughty Street team, which matches that of our own, their speed of work, clarity in communication and direction and their willingness to work together commercially to achieve a model that suits all parties.

CLIENT: Merry Varney
TESTIMONIAL: Doughty Street is a formidable Chambers offering a wide range of services and expertise. DSC lives up to its reputation as a leader in the field of human rights, public law and civil liberties with creative and dynamic barristers across the levels of seniority, who work collaboratively with us to deliver the best for our clients. The clerking service has gone from strength to strength and now delivers a fantastic service, with clerks easily accessible and ever helpful. DSC also offers an impressive array of seminars, delivered by their leading barristers and highly recommended!

CLIENT: Anita Vasisht
COMPANY/FIRM: Wilson Solicitors LLP
TESTIMONIAL: We are immensely proud of our longstanding and close relationship with Doughty Street’s recently expanded “elite force” immigration team led by the brilliant Joe Middleton and Alasdair Mackenzie. There are so many stars in the team it seems unfair to name individuals: every single counsel is thoroughly committed, supportive, client-focused, extraordinarily able, tenacious and ferocious when it counts. Those with greater experience possess the most in depth legal knowledge as well as the ability to skillfully prosecute cases in the highest courts.

CLIENT: Amirah Ajaz
TESTIMONIAL: Doughty Street ticks all the boxes. It is one of the most reputable chamber sets out there. The clerks are super-efficient and work tirelessly to provide a professional and first class service. Doughty Street has a wealth of outstanding Counsel and Queens Counsel who are very well respected within the industry and are highly sought after for their excellence. Their expertise is multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional making them a leading set in the UK.

CLIENT: Anna Lees
COMPANY/FIRM: Analysis Legal LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Analysis Legal have been working with Doughty Street for a number of years and they are our “go to” Chambers.  The team at Doughty Street offer high quality advice at competitive rates. They offer excellent Clerking via a great team who are helpful and responsive. The Barristers are first class, they are knowledgeable but also commercial and accessible, which is very important to us.  They are pragmatic, approachable and down to earth and we can’t speak highly enough about them. We work with them regularly and feel like they are an extension to our team of Employment Lawyers. We work with their junior barristers on certain cases, and know that we will receive high quality, well beyond their level of qualification and we also work with their senior barristers on the more complex claims and know that we will get first class service.

CLIENT: Nicholas Dent
COMPANY/FIRM: Kingsley Napley LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Doughty Street Chambers is a leading set of criminal defence barristers renowned for the advocacy skills of its Counsel, from Pupils to Senior QCs.  Barristers cover the full spectrum of criminal defence work, from serious crimes to complex white collar investigations. The set is also well known for its commitment to human rights and access to justice, adept at dealing with public law and judicial review matters arising from criminal cases. The enthusiastic and proactive clerking team is led by Matt Butchard. We commend their collegiate approach towards working with us, and find the clerks both personable and conscientious.