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

Inquests and inquiries Tier 1

'One of the go-to chambers in this area', Doughty Street Chambers 'has excellent barristers and the clerks are always responsive and helpful'. In the resumed inquests into the 1974 Birmingham Pub Bombings, Heather Williams QC recently led the team that represented the families of three of the 21 deceased. Also in recent work of note, Henrietta Hill QC is currently instructed as deputy counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (and is leading counsel in four of the inquiry’s investigations); Fiona Murphy acted in the Anthony Grainger Inquiry, which involved a fatal police shooting by Greater Manchester Police; and Alison Gerry represented the sister of Annabella Landsberg, who died in HMP Peterborough's custody. 'Future star of the Bar' Katherine O’Byrne is an up-and-coming member of chambers.

Rising stars

Katherine O’Byrne - Doughty Street ChambersA superb barrister in the field of inquiry and inquest work, and her work rate is phenomenal. Katherine is also intellectually brilliant and razor-sharp - a future star in the field.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Henrietta Hill QC - Doughty Street ChambersHas a remarkable work ethic, with a number of heavyweight high-profile instructions ongoing at any one time, and she is a master of organisation with excellent tactical nous.
Ranked: Tier 1
Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street ChambersExtremely astute, knowledgeable, tactical and always impeccably prepared. She drills down into the detail of cases, is measured, thoughtful and willing to work collaboratively. At the very top of her game.
Ranked: Tier 1
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street ChambersHas an enormous amount of respect from clients and legal peers because she approaches everything she does with passion, commitment and a clear strategic approach.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Adam Straw - Doughty Street ChambersFantastic drafting and he is great for strategy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersAn excellent barrister to instruct in inquest cases; he is incredibly bright, a great jury advocate, writes fantastic submissions, is prepared to be involved in all aspects of a case, and has a great manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jesse Nicholls - Doughty Street ChambersA joy to work with - a real team player who has phenomenal knowledge of the law. His written work is also outstanding, and he is an accomplished jury advocate who is not afraid to ask the difficult questions. It's no wonder he's so in demand - a true star.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alison Gerry - Doughty Street ChambersIncredibly thorough, conscientious and thoughtful in her approach.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fiona Murphy - Doughty Street Chambers ‘Unrivalled command of her brief. Fearless, real depth of knowledge, innovative thinker, and fabulous drafting skills. Great judgement and people skills, including handling judges and opponents.

Ranked: Tier 3
Alex Gask - Doughty Street ChambersDrafting is excellent and his advocacy is great. He is also excellent at questioning witnesses and getting the information needed.
Ranked: Tier 4
Angela Patrick - Doughty Street ChambersHer strengths are integrity, rigour, intellect, efficiency and, particularly in relation to this area, wide-ranging expertise and insight.
Ranked: Tier 4

International crime and extradition Tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers 'has an excellent, in-depth extradition team', with particular strength in human rights cases, and is also 'pre-eminent in international criminal law', according to clients. In a recent highlight, 'impressive advocateEdward Fitzgerald QC represented the appellant before the Supreme Court in Elgizouli v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision to provide mutual legal assistance to the USA for a capital trial, without seeking assurances that the death penalty would not be imposed; the Supreme Court upheld the challenge. In other recent news of note, the 'fearlessBen Cooper QC took silk in March 2020 further strengthening the set at the senior end. Elsewhere in chambers, the 'meticulous' Amal Clooney is 'tactically first class and a natural lead advocate in cases'; Australia- and English-qualified Megan Hirst has developed 'a preeminent role in acting for victims in international courts'; and Amelia Nice's experience of family law is 'an added bonus and places her ahead of many of her peers when there is an overlap of family law in extradition cases'.

Leading Silks

Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn impressive advocate who combines passion with intellectual rigour. His knowledge of the law of extradition is unbeatable and no Counsel can compare to him. The opposition always fear when he is instructed by the defence.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Moloney QC - Doughty Street ChambersTim combines a wonderfully engaging courtroom manner with a a very fine intellect. He is thoughtful and cosmopolitan in his approach to the law, which he deploys in clear and lucid submissions. He is warm and empathetic with clients, and quickly gains their confidence.
Ranked: Tier 2

2019 Silks

Steven Powles QC - Doughty Street ChambersA brilliant advocate, dedicated and diligent. Tremendous and unmatched international experience.

2020 Silks

Ben Cooper QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is extremely tenacious and will leave no stone unturned in the defence of his clients. He has immense experience in the field of extradition law. He very often brings a new insight to a case, particularly where issues of human rights are involved.

Leading Juniors

Peter Caldwell - Doughty Street ChambersCerebral and measured. Peter is able to quickly grasp the import of evidence and to see how it can be deployed given the relevant legal principles.
Ranked: Tier 1
Malcolm Hawkes - Doughty Street ChambersMalcom is an extremely experienced and highly regarded extradition specialist. His breadth of knowledge in the field is very impressive. His advice based on extensive knowledge and experience, but he is not afraid to be bold and imaginative. He is fearless in running difficult arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mary Westcott - Doughty Street ChambersShe has a fantastically quick mind and is outstanding with vulnerable clients; an asset to any extradition case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Amal Clooney - Doughty Street ChambersShe is an extremely articulate, careful, thoughtful and pragmatic lawyer. She does not hesitate to dig into the legal merits of issues, always being attentive to potential weaknesses in the case and how best to address them. She is a rare combination of intellectual depth and pragmatism.
Ranked: Tier 3
Graeme Hall - Doughty Street ChambersA skilled extradition lawyer with considerable experience and technical knowledge, Graeme is an extremely intelligent and gifted advocate. It is always an immense challenge being against him in court and he fights for each client.
Ranked: Tier 3
Megan Hirst - Doughty Street ChambersExceptional depth of knowledge and expertise in their field. Incisive legal analysis and argument, combined with a strategic and pragmatic approach. Outstanding teamwork, coordination and interpersonal skills. Add to that a ferocious work ethic and faultless client service.
Ranked: Tier 3
Amelia Nice - Doughty Street ChambersShe is a charming, authoritative yet sympathetic advocate who manages to get the confidence of the tribunal with ease. Extremely client friendly, with an ability to take a holistic approach to what can be the competing complexities of any given case, this is particularly so in the context of the family law/extradition cross over. Good at representing the interests of victims and the vulnerable.
Ranked: Tier 3

Immigration

Leading Juniors

Paul Draycott  - Doughty Street Chambers 'His passion and dedication to his work is second to none, and it shows in the quality of his work, both written and oral. His Grounds of Appeal and Skeleton Arguments are highly intricate and comprehensive, and his oral advocacy is equally impressive, and indeed the breadth of his legal knowledge never ceases to amaze.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Clinical negligence

Leading Silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersA highly intelligent barrister with a fantastic eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 1

Data protection

Rising stars

Claire Overman - Doughty Street ChambersShe is very confident and authoritive with the client. She has great knowledge, presence and personality.
Ranked: Tier 1

Public international law

Rising stars

Emilie Gonin - Doughty Street ChambersAn excellent and committed junior who is a great team player and a joy to work with, she works seamlessly across French and English, and fights like a tiger for her clients.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Amal Clooney - Doughty Street ChambersShe is a brilliant legal mind, with strong interpersonal skills - highly diligent and detailed in her work, with a passionate commitment to the law and compassion for the people it serves.
Ranked: Tier 2

Social housing Tier 1

Doughty Street Chambers has a first-rate reputation acting for individuals (including tenants and homelessness applicants) in many of the leading cases seen in the social housing arena. It has a strong presence in housing cases that interface with issues such as mental health, physical disability, immigration, community care and public law, among others. In 2019, Martin Westgate QC represented Shelter an intervening party at the Supreme Court in R (DA & others) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and DS v SSWP, which involved linked challenges to the revised, lower benefit cap. In another matter, Westgate QC acted for Shelter and Child Poverty Action Group in Samuels v Birmingham City Council, which was a homelessness appeal regarding whether a person can be intentionally homeless if they lose their home through non-payment of rent when they cannot pay their rent without using subsistence benefits. Ben Chataway successfully represented the defendant in Waltham Forest LBC v Saleh, which concerned a local authority's obligations where it sought to house a homelessness applicant outside of its own district.

Rising stars

Daniel Clarke - Doughty Street ChambersDan is very quick at turning instructions around, he provides in-depth and clear advice, works very well together with the instructing solicitor, he is very sensitive to the client’s specific requirements and needs, he will have great ideas about how to push the current legal boundaries to our clients’ advantage.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersMartin is flawless on his feet and fights tooth and nail to win cases. It is no surprise when a judge accepts his compelling submissions.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Jamie Burton - Doughty Street ChambersControlled and convincing. Extremely knowledgeable about cross-over between housing and disability/community care law. Authoritative manner in court.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lindsay Johnson - Doughty Street ChambersVery clever, creative, unafraid to challenge standard thinking. Very quick and a good choice for urgent cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Zia Nabi - Doughty Street ChambersZia is an outstanding advocate. Zia commands huge respect in the courtroom because of his vast experience and knowledge. He is a great communicator. He is persuasive because he is brilliant at explaining complex legal principles in an easy to understand manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dominic Preston - Doughty Street ChambersVery thorough in preparation of cases and advising. Pragmatic and will give unpalatable advice where needed. Very knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of housing law and my go-to person for unusual cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Carter - Doughty Street ChambersProvides good quality advice given in a timely manner, and sometimes even quicker when there is a requirement for urgent advice. David is an extremely good and reliable barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jim Shepherd - Doughty Street ChambersA solid counsel. Very experienced and pragmatic. Good procedurally, is efficient and returns papers quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Chataway - Doughty Street ChambersCalm and considered, intelligent and has great judgement.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Kirk - Doughty Street ChambersHe is a strong choice for homelessness proceedings, including both statutory appeals and claims for judicial review, as well as possession cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Steinhardt - Doughty Street ChambersSarah is highly intelligent, pragmatic and committed. She works incredibly hard. She is a high-quality advocate - she is clear, concise and very persuasive. Her written work is exceptional. She is always happy to discuss the strategy on a case. She is friendly and able to discuss complex legal issues in a way which our clients find easy to understand.
Ranked: Tier 4

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

Doughty Street Chambers is considered the 'preeminent set when it comes to the assertion and advancement of human rights' and has an 'excellent' reputation in civil liberties and human rights; particularly in the area of extradition, international law and actions against the state, and is, according to some, 'an impressive chambers with highly intelligent, and politically savvy barristers'. Recent instructions include Edward Fitzgerald QC and Jennifer Robinson representing Julian Assange in his fight against extradition to the United States, whilst Heather Williams QC continues to be engaged in the Undercover Policing Inquiry. 'Fantastic junior' Jude Bunting has an extensive public and police law interface to civil liberties work and acted in a Supreme Court test case pertaining to bail conditions and whether it requires a person to stay indoors throughout the night. Other members of note include Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC who is one of three silks acting in The Hillsborough Victims Litigation. In recent news that has further strengthened the set, Leonie Hirst has joined chambers, along with Maya Sikand and Shu Shin Luh from Garden Court Chambers.

Leading Silks

Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC - Doughty Street ChambersHis knowledge of the law of extradition is unbeatable and no counsel can compare to him.
Ranked: Tier 1
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street ChambersA complete force of nature. She is exceptionally committed to the work that she does and is incredibly dynamic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersVery clever and insightful lawyer. He has an impressive ability to analyse cases and give a concise analysis of the pertinent issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street ChambersOne of the foremost silks of her generation and is a leading light in police law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nicholas Bowen QC - Doughty Street ChambersOne of the leading silks in challenging negligence in police cases. He has an enviable appellate practice and an excellent understanding of this area of law. His advocacy style is relaxed, he has an ability to engage with the court and get his point across in a calm and clear way.
Ranked: Tier 4
Stephen Cragg QC - Doughty Street ChambersSteve has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law on biometric data retention. As a former solicitor, he has a keen understanding and empathy with solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Ruth Brander - Doughty Street ChambersShe has a brilliant mind and is able to retain complicated detail going back years.
Ranked: Tier 1
Maya Sikand - Doughty Street ChambersFormidable advocate. She is very articulate and persuasive, forcefully putting her client's case, whilst at the same time getting the judge on her side.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersA superstar in court who makes the case sing. Extremely bright and analytical.
Ranked: Tier 2
Alison Gerry - Doughty Street ChambersIncredibly thorough and detailed and leaves no stone unturned in her advice. Takes on new and untested areas of law and is formidable in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adam Straw - Doughty Street ChambersHe is unflappable in the face of unexpected or adverse developments, very strong on his feet and is a formidable opponent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Shu Shin Luh - Doughty Street ChambersA force of nature - energetic, creative and industrious. She combines great strategic thinking with creative solutions for clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennifer Robinson - Doughty Street ChambersA brilliant human rights lawyer, who is willing to take on the most difficult cases, clever in her tactics and prepared to stay with cases for years.
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
Jamie Burton - Doughty Street ChambersGo-to counsel for particularly complex cases involving victims of sexual violence and privacy breaches, as well as discrimination.
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street ChambersA powerful advocate, her ingenuity and ability to come up with novel points of law is unrivalled.
Ranked: Tier 3
Leonie Hirst - Doughty Street ChambersAn expert in complex immigration detention and immigration public law matters. She is thorough but also quick and concise.
Ranked: Tier 3

Court of Protection and community care Tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers is an ‘excellent set that is always motivated to help. Its barristers are the cream of the crop.’ Also, various clients have praised  its webinars during the Covid-19 and have said’ Chambers is well ahead of other Chambers in keeping others updated with the knowledge it has collated and that has been so useful.’ The ‘brilliant’ set is able to handle the full range of community care and Court of Protection matters. One highlight to note is the promoted Martin Westgate QC acting for Liberty R (JCWI) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 452 (Admin), EHRC, Residential Landlords Association and Liberty intervening. He also acted for the claimant in MK v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 3573 (Admin), a judicial review challenge to the delays in the process for deciding asylum claims by unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC joins this year's silk rankings, and Ulele Burnham's practice continues to go from strength to strength, while in rising stars Antonia Benfield and Daniel Clarke, the future of the team looks bright.

Rising stars

Antonia Benfield - Doughty Street ChambersAstonishingly bright. Antonia’s strengths include being incredibly fast to grasp all details of the case and having a mastery of every minute detail of the claim. She has amazing analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 1
Daniel Clarke - Doughty Street ChambersVery thorough, hard working, goes the extra mile, reliable, provides in-depth advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersA hugely experienced silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street ChambersHugely intelligent and tenacious, but with tremendous judgement, which makes her incredibly effective.
Ranked: Tier 3
Aswini Weereratne QC - Doughty Street ChambersExcellent advocacy skills in terms of being able to set out nuanced arguments, excellent drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ulele Burnham - Doughty Street Chambers ‘An excellent advocate: calm but tenacious with great courtroom presence. She has excellent judgement: judges respect her, clients like her.

Ranked: Tier 2
Shu Shin Luh - Doughty Street ChambersShe is my first port of call in trafficking cases for her expert knowledge and quality work. Always willing to help, will respond very quickly. Goes the extra mile to assist on a matter. Cares about the outcomes for the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sophy Miles - Doughty Street ChambersHas a very good eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Dominic Preston - Doughty Street ChambersIs a fearless advocate who will work tirelessly to achieve the best outcome on a case. He is quick on his feet and delivers submissions in a succinct and persuasive manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephen Reeder - Doughty Street ChambersIs very constructive and fights his client’s corner well in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rowena Moffatt - Doughty Street ChambersRowena is a star in the making. Her specialism is the intersection between immigration and community care law.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jamie Burton - Doughty Street ChambersHe always gives realistic advice, pointing out the weaknesses of the case, but then fights tooth and nail for what the client needs.
Ranked: Tier 4
Oliver Lewis - Doughty Street ChambersOliver is committed to protecting the rights of vulnerable people and will always provide advice based on that objective. He is always prepared and provides in-depth advice considering a range of options.
Ranked: Tier 4

Crime Tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers is 'an excellent set' with 'a huge range of very talented barristers'. Defence work is a core pillar of strength for the set, alongside its established capabilities in criminal appeals and terrorism cases. Katy Thorne QC led Kate O’Raghallaigh in defending Adrian Hoare against charges of manslaughter after her three-year-old son died from asphyxiation after being allegedly crushed to death behind a car seat; Hoare was acquitted of manslaughter but received a two-year sentence for child cruelty. Emma Goodall acted for Sajid Idris, who pled guilty to four counts of distributing terrorist material; he received a suspended sentence. Liam Walker and Benjamin Newton represented Alice Cutter and Mark Jones, respectively, who were convicted of being members of proscribed neo-Nazi group National Action in a retrial after the jury failed to reach a verdict in an earlier trial.

Leading Silks

Joel Bennathan QC - Doughty Street ChambersAffably authoritative. Excellent on the law and both his written work and advocacy are first class. He focuses on the real issues in the case, fights his client's corner, and has a great jury manner: jurors and others in the courtroom can't help but like him. Truly a leading counsel.
Ranked: Tier 1
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
Rebecca Trowler QC - Doughty Street ChambersDeep strategic thinker, exceptionally bright, sure footed, team player, commands the courtroom and has the ear of judges and juries alike. Sees the big picture but also the individual at the centre of the case. Masters complex facts, issues and law with ease - a true pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Isabella Forshall QC - Doughty Street ChambersA clear vision, determination, wonderful advocacy, good lawyer. An iron fist in a velvet glove, which comes out and hits the court, the judge and the jury at a key moment. A brilliant lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Bentley QC - Doughty Street ChambersDavid is a calm, tactically astute and diligent QC who goes the extra mile for his clients. He is not a showman but relies on conversational, easy going advocacy to get the best results for his client. He is easy on the ear and accordingly exudes low key authority and reliability to the jury.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Wood QC - Doughty Street ChambersTactically very good and has an excellent manner with clients. He will always stand his ground on issues and will take difficult points with relish. Incredibly bright and formidable in court. Fearless as an advocate and brilliant at tactics. Very approachable, works incredibly hard and keeps in close contact. Turns work around immediatley and totally reliable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kirsty Brimelow QC - Doughty Street ChambersA painstaking and attentive silk. Counsel is very thorough and attentive to the cases, exploring all avenues and available defences.
Ranked: Tier 3

Sarah Elliott QC-Doughty Street ChambersHer core strengths are having an incredible attention to detail; but also an ability to step back from a case and provide overall strategic advice. Her cross-examination of witnesses perceived as being vulnerable is incredibly skillful. It is an incredibly difficult art; but Sarah is a master of it.

Ranked: Tier 3
Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street ChambersA brilliant advocate. In a standout market he is exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Hislop QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is a wonderful lawyer. He is hugely charismatic, massively persuasive and devastatingly effective. Nothing is impossible with David on your side.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Taylor QC - Doughty Street ChambersPaul is a first-rate criminal appeal barrister. He is meticulous, thoughtful and provides well structured advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Katy Thorne QC - Doughty Street ChambersCombines an eye for detail with a persuasive and engaging court style. Clients always like her and she gets the best from them. Is energetic and enthusiastic with advice in preparation for trial and then has the experience and poise to get results in court.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Steven Powles QC - Doughty Street ChambersA dedicated and passionate barrister. A very impressive advocate.

Leading Juniors

Piers Marquis - Doughty Street ChambersThoroughly prepared and excellent with both lay clients and solicitors. Jury friendly and a great junior. Fights for his clients with every sinew of his body and great passion.
Ranked: Tier 1
Liam Walker - Doughty Street ChambersLiam is a clever, tactical barrister, a great jury advocate as he presents and speaks as a “man of the people” and is highly regarded and respected by the judiciary. Clients quickly feel confidence in his representation as he gives very clear advice in terms a lay person can easily understand and presents a strategy for each case at the outset showing his consideration and detailed preparation of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Farrhat Arshad - Doughty Street Chambersis the consumate appeals barrister with an instinctive feel for the shape of an appeal. She is a leader in this field.
Ranked: Tier 2
Emma Goodall - Doughty Street ChambersIndefatigable and full of verve. Her intelligence and tenacity make her a brilliant lawyer. She is able to digest huge amounts of information in order to enact clinical cross examination. She is able to deal with high-pressured situations calmly with precision.
Ranked: Tier 2
Kate O’Raghallaigh - Doughty Street ChambersShe is succinct, compelling, and formidable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Thomas - Doughty Street ChambersRichard is hugely clever, sought after barrister. He is always two steps ahead of everyone else. He is great at teasing out fine legal detail and tactics and judges love him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Garry Green - Doughty Street ChambersConfident, eloquent and persuasive. He is a real safe pair of hands and has unparalleled interpersonal client skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Benjamin Newton - Doughty Street ChambersA great strategist. He is a real team player. He never misses a trick, he's always one or two steps ahead of the opponent. He also has an impressive encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, and is one of the most highly skilled advocates I know who is also able to put clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lauren Soertsz - Doughty Street ChambersLauren is extremely thorough when preparing cases and is very good with all different types of clients. She is able to adapt well depending on the case at hand . She has a very calming effect on clients even when they are charged with the most serious of offences and when they are not particularly easy to deal with. As well as working hard behind the scenes, Lauren is excellent on her feet in court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Vine - Doughty Street ChambersBrilliant attention to detail. Fantastic rapport with clients. Very bright and able to identify niche legal argument. Articulate and tenacious advocate. She has a keen eye for niche legal arguments.
Ranked: Tier 3

Immigration (including business immigration) Tier 2

Doughty Street Chambers is known for its 'outstanding work in human rights law' and for 'providing very high-quality service and client care'. Alasdair Mackenzie acted in ADL v SSHD, a judicial review challenge to the Home Office policy of charging fees for human rights applications; Charlotte Kilroy QC led Michelle Knorr in R (MS) v SSHD, a landmark judgment concerning the SSHD's investigative duties and children's right of review. Catherine Meredith acted for Liberty in its application to intervene as a third party in MS (Pakistan) over the scope of Article 4 ECHR, which reached the Supreme Court. In recent news, Shu Shin Luh and Anthony Vaughan (previously from Garden Court Chambers) have joined the set.

Rising stars

Antonia Benfield - Doughty Street ChambersAntonia's oral submissions are outstanding and very persuasive; she is extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of immigration law.
Ranked: Tier 1

2019 Silks

Charlotte Kilroy QC - Doughty Street ChambersHas done really excellent work in developing the law in relation to unaccompanied children and other vulnerable refugees stranded across Europe with family members in the UK.

Leading Juniors

Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street ChambersThe extent of her knowledge is astounding, covering public law, immigration and detention; her ingenuity and ability to come up with novel points of law is unrivalled.
Ranked: Tier 1
Joe Middleton - Doughty Street ChambersJoe is a delight to work with - not only does he have a wealth of experience and a tremendous intellect but also an excellent manner with lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alasdair Mackenzie - Doughty Street ChambersHis written work is immaculately written and both forceful and measured. His advocacy is likewise focused and powerful.
Ranked: Tier 2
Phil Haywood - Doughty Street ChambersHe is highly intelligent, thorough and tactical, putting to excellent use his understanding of the finer points of the law.
Ranked: Tier 3

Anthony Vaughan - Doughty Street Chambers ‘Technically excellent, great rapport with clients, leaves no stone unturned.

Ranked: Tier 3

Michelle Knorr - Doughty Street Chambers ‘She provides high-quality written work and is a tenacious advocate.

Ranked: Tier 4
David Lemer - Doughty Street ChambersHis knowledge of UK immigration law is exceptional, as is his understanding of Tribunal procedure and persuasive arguments to pursue.
Ranked: Tier 4

Shu Shin Luh - Doughty Street Chambers ‘Shu Shin is very committed to public immigration work and her clients, she has strategic approach, is thorough but also very quick, produces high-standard written work and has an excellent track record.

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 ChambersShe is uniformly excellent; she provides strong technical advice and quickly understands the material issues on a file.
Ranked: Tier 4

Employment

Leading Silks

Henrietta Hill QC - Doughty Street ChambersRated very highly; she is always innovative, creative and reliable, with impeccable research and unblemished integrity.
Ranked: Tier 4
Heather Williams QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn extremely knowledgeable, heavyweight leading counsel - she is outstanding.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

David Stephenson - Doughty Street ChambersHis advice is clear, frank, sensitive and sensible.
Ranked: Tier 2
Amanda Hart - Doughty Street ChambersAmanda is a great barrister. She has an exceptional eye for detail, is very client friendly, and has a very effective methodical cross-examination and advocacy style, ensuring she gets across all the points she needs in order to win.
Ranked: Tier 4
Louise Mankau - Doughty Street ChambersPuts clients at ease, is empathetic and can speak to clients in their language (sometimes quite literally given her fluent German and competence in other European languages).
Ranked: Tier 5
Kate Annand - Doughty Street ChambersHas a fantastic manner with clients, and is able to deal with difficult issues and give advice sensitively. She always has the client's interests at heart, and as an advocate her diligence and technical brilliance serve her well.
Ranked: Tier 5

Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

Leading Silks

Richard Fisher QC - Doughty Street ChambersErudite and effective advocacy. He is extremely knowledgeable in both the criminal and the civil POCA regimes. He is utterly professional, whilst being down to earth and friendly to work with at the same time.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Lennon - Doughty Street ChambersAn astute barrister.
Ranked: Tier 3

Education

Leading Silks

Nicholas Bowen QC - Doughty Street Chambers 'Good knowledge of law; thinks outside of the box; takes on difficult cases'
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Louise Price - Doughty Street Chambers 'Her attention to detail is second to none. Louise is articulate, fair, and will really fight for her client.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Shu Shin Luh - Doughty Street Chambers ‘Hard-working, motivated, and her drafting and advocacy is very good.

Ranked: Tier 5

Product liability

Leading Silks

Robin Oppenheim QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe has two brains and is an excellent cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 2

Administrative and public law (including elections) Tier 3

'In terms of admin and public law' Doughty Street Chambers 'has a wealth of talent'. 'The set is very strong, especially at junior level', with members primarily focusing on work representing individuals. Edward Fitzgerald QC  represented a number of Chagossians, the community displaced in the 1960s and '70s by the construction of the military base on Diego Garcia, in prolonged litigation concerning their potential return; Martin Westgate QC represented the defendant in RB Kingston v Moss, a High Court case concerning the local authority's selling on of watering and sewerage service at a profit. Unled, Jude Bunting represented the British Pregnancy Advisory Service in a Court of Appeal case concerning the meaning of the "exceeded" in the Abortion Act 1967. In the political space, Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC  advised Stella Creasy MP on clearing with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority the appointment of a "locum" to cover constituency casework during her maternity leave from the house.

Leading Silks

Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is peerless in this field. His unparalleled experience and advocacy skills as well as his commitment to his work place him ahead of all his competitors.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Cragg QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law on biometric data retention. As a former solicitor, he has a keen understanding and empathy with solicitors. He is incisive but approachable and friendly too!
Ranked: Tier 3
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC - Doughty Street ChambersCaoilfhionn is formidable in terms of written and oral submissions - her preparation and thoroughness is clear and she is highly persuasive. Lay clients love her - she is relatable and authoritative.
Ranked: Tier 3
Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street Chambers He is excellent on this feet and judges really respect him.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Jude Bunting - Doughty Street ChambersJude is a genuine star. He has fantastic judgment and excellent writing skills and is always ready to advise at any stage of a case. He has a varied range of work which allows him to feed in expertise from different areas.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Burton - Doughty Street ChambersEffective at carving a legal argument out of a mass of facts.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adam Straw - Doughty Street ChambersAdam is one of the best juniors in the area, with fantastic written skills and excellent, focused advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Angela Patrick - Doughty Street ChambersShe is confident and takes the measure of her clients, the court and those she is in contention with. She can grasp the essence of a matter quickly and has a tremendous work ethic. She works well as a team including with those she is instructed by.
Ranked: Tier 3
Adam Wagner - Doughty Street ChambersAn excellent junior for public law work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Laura Dubinsky - Doughty Street ChambersShe has a forensic approach to cases and thorough, leaving no stone unturned helping to ensure success.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Lemer - Doughty Street ChambersHe is well organised, good with clients, and has a good knowledge of the law.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jesse Nicholls - Doughty Street ChambersJesse is a brilliant all-rounder with an excellent legal mind. He is a clear and forceful advocate and his written work is second to none. He covers all bases.
Ranked: Tier 4
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
Shu Shin Luh - Doughty Street Chambers 'Extremely diligent and committed. Provides written work of very high standard. Has the ability to marshal clear arguments in complex cases – has expertise over a wide range of areas.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Defamation and privacy Tier 3

Doughty Street Chambers 'offers a wide range of services' and has a 'deserved high reputation' for domestic as well as international media and information law issues. Recent work saw a number of chambers' members, who are known to 'offer in-depth analyses in their specialist areas', appear in landmark Supreme Court cases: Claire Overman and Jonathan Price were instructed for the claimant and the defendant, respectively, in social media defamation case Stocker v Stocker. Together with Heather Rogers QC, Price also acted for the Media Lawyers Association in Serafin v Malkiewicz, the first defence of publication on a matter of public interest case based on section 4 of the Defamation Act 2013.

Rising stars

Beth Grossman - Doughty Street ChambersAbsolutely excellent, very conscientious and focused on a strategic approach.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Heather Rogers QC - Doughty Street ChambersExceptionally forensic, she has a clear understanding of the client's objectives and their needs.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Caroline Addy - Doughty Street ChambersAn able and experienced senior junior with a broad practice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Claire Overman - Doughty Street ChambersExceptionally intelligent, forward thinking, practical, pragmatic, collaborative, insightful, hard working, pleasure to work with, client focused, great knowledge of the wider sector and industry issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Price - Doughty Street ChambersA fabulous client barrister, technically very good and hugely persuasive and articulate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jennifer Robinson - Doughty Street ChambersCalm and very committed, an accomplished lawyer and extremely well connected on the international advocacy circuit.
Ranked: Tier 4

Fraud: crime Tier 3

'A very good set that has real breadth and depth in terms of expertise' and 'a huge pool of very talented barristers', Doughty Street Chambers' recent instructions include boiler room cases, carbon credit frauds, and tax evasion matters. In recent work of particular note, Benjamin Newton successfully defended Marcus Allen, one of eight defendants on trial for an alleged carbon credits fraud; Allen was acquitted following the trial's collapse when an expert witness was discredited. In August 2020, Jonathan Lennon joined from Carmelite Chambers.

Leading Silks

Richard Fisher QC - Doughty Street ChambersRichard is a first rate barrister. He has vast experience in financial crime and is well trusted by clients. He is very commercial and a great team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rupert Bowers QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn excellent silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Benjamin Newton - Doughty Street ChambersBen is a phenomenally intellectual person who is very compassionate with clients. He is reliable and dependable. An iron fist in a velvet glove.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Caldwell - Doughty Street ChambersA very cerebral lawyer. He has an extremely calm manner that he is able to put clients at ease coupled with his deep understanding of the law and a good work ethic in term of preparation of cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Philippa Eastwood - Doughty Street ChambersPhilippa is extremely hardworking and diligent in the preparation of cases and ongoing work throughout the trial process. She is responsive and very easy to work with both individually and as part of a defence team. She has a smart and charming manner with clients and judges.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Lennon - Doughty Street ChambersAbsolutely outstanding defender in major fraud trials. Good at seeing the bigger picture in a case. He always thinks out of the box to see a new angle or a gap in the prosecution shield wall.
Ranked: Tier 4

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Leading Juniors

Louise Price - Doughty Street ChambersHer attention to detail is second to none. Louise is articulate, fair and will really fight for her client.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gemma Hobcraft - Doughty Street ChambersShe is very knowledgeable about the GMC disciplinary process with some useful practical insights.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sue Sleeman - Doughty Street ChambersSue has excellent knowledge of regulatory/professional discipline procedure. She very clearly has the client’s best interests at heart. Her advocacy is skilled and she is highly adaptable. She is enjoyable to work with and an asset to a case.
Ranked: Tier 4

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Personal injury - Leading Silks

Theo Huckle QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn irrepressible advocate who really pushes his opponents around with his intellect and knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 4

Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

Doughty Street Chambers is 'a go-to set for police actions and civil liberties work'. With a practice that benefits from experience in international human rights law abroad, Nick Stanage is 'extremely able on his feet, exuding in good measure calm and charisma, and excellent at incisive cross-examination'. Recent instructions for Stanage include the Public Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Undercover Policing Inquiry, and acting for the claimant in John Hemming v Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, a human rights claims in relation to the police's investigation into false allegations of rape made against the former Liberal MP.

Leading Juniors

Nick Stanage - Doughty Street ChambersNick listens to his Instructing Solicitor and takes time to absorb what is being said rather than just being the one who talks. He writes simply and powerfully and advocates using the same style as well - very simple, straightforward, easy to understand but very effective advocacy style which gets straight to the point of the argument. He has his own unique style of oratory which works for him and grabs the attention.
Ranked: Tier 2

Crime (general and fraud)

Doughty Street Chambers' crime team has several of the most serious and high-profile cases of alleged homicide and terrorism, including the Manchester Arena bomb attack. A key name in the set's Manchester office, Erim Mushtaq recent cases have included cases involving allegations of terrorism, historic sexual abuse, and organised crime.

Leading Juniors

Erimnaz Mushtaq - Doughty Street ChambersRecommended for terrorism-related offences.
Ranked: Tier 3
Amos Waldman - Doughty Street ChambersRecommended for drug conspiracy cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Employment

At Doughty Street Chambers in Manchester, the set's members are particularly known for their expertise in high value and complex discrimination claims. Paul Draycott has particular specialisms in whistleblowing, TUPE, and discrimination claims and has also handled a number of cases concerning the interplay of the criminal law and employment law. Also of note, Paras Gorasia, working with local advocates, advised on the Manx Sutton v Creechurch Capital case in the Isle of Man, in which a whistleblower was awarded compensation of around £600,000, a sum thought to be a jurisdiction record. Instructing solicitors are full of praise for 'the friendly barrister' Gorasia: 'First and foremost, Paras is an excellent team player. For instructing solicitors, the fact he always makes himself available at short notice to review a document or provide input, or just to give his view, is priceless and makes him stand out from others.'

Leading Juniors

Paul Draycott - Doughty Street ChambersQuickly grasps the key issues in a case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paras Gorasia - Doughty Street ChambersParas is a leading practitioner who is highly knowledgeable and committed to his field. His advice and approach are concise and commercial, which are what our clients want. Above all, he is incredibly personable and I would not hesitate to recommend him to any client. Client feedback is consistently 100% positive.
Ranked: Tier 2

Personal injury

Doughty Street Chambers' personal injury team in Bristol has recently been strengthened following the arrival of Andreá Risoli from Old Square Chambers. Risoli has a particular focus on high-value claims involving complex medical causation issues and is regularly instructed in cases involving catastrophic injuries and high-value fatal accidents. In recent work of note, he successfully acted for a 39-year-old claimant who suffered lower-limb fracture injuries and a wrist fracture in a road traffic accident; a £900,000 settlement was achieved on the basis of future needs against background ageing and loss of potential self-employment earnings.

Leading Juniors

Andreá Risoli - Doughty Street ChambersI have always been very impressed by Andrea preparation and thorough approach to conferences with the client and experts. He prepares clear and detailed advice in advance of the meetings which enables our lay clients to clear follow and understand the advice given and is manner with the clients is professional yet approachable and understanding.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

With offices in London, Bristol, Manchester, and The Hague, Doughty Street Chambers has a wealth of expertise in public, civil liberties, criminal, and associated practice areas, and is among the top ten chambers for most leading junior and rising star rankings in the 2021 guide. Ben Cooper QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020. The set was further strengthened by a host of new members. In the public law and civil liberties and human rights teams, Stephen Knafler QC has joined from Landmark Chambers, while Maya Sikand, Shu Shin Luh, and Anthony Vaughan arrived from Garden Court Chambers. Sarah Palin joined the media and information law team from 1 Brick Court, while Beth Grossman  joined from the now-closed Ely Place Chambers; Jonathan Lennon joined the crime team from Carmelite Chambers, as did Peta-Louise Bagott  from Kingsley Napley and Rabah Kherbane from 2 Bedford Row; Leonie Hirst joined the Court of Protection and mental health team; Alice Irving joined the housing and social welfare team. In other news, Stephen Cragg QC and Benjamin Newton  have been appointed as Recorders, sitting on the South Eastern and Western Circuit respectively, and David Lammy MP joined as an associate tenant.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The Court of Protection Clerks (Emily, Rachel and Sian) are all excellent. Friendly, responsive and practical.

A very good standard of clerking.

Adam Todd brings a depth of experience to the Clerking team. He has moved mountains for me and stops at nothing to help his clients. It’s a pleasure to do business with him and you know he has your interests at heart.

Adam Todd is a wonder and helpful in every respect. A key individual.

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.

Sam Verner and Richard Vile are very approachable clerks, and will go above and beyond to assist.

Ben Fitzgerald is a fantastic clerk. He is the highest calibre of clerk I have worked with.

Callum Stebbing and Sam Cooper are brilliant and always responsive.

Callum Stebbing is a very capable clerk, but the addition of Melvin Warner has really strengthened the team. Melvin is a very experienced clerk having spent many years at One Brick Court and is widely regarded as a very safe pair of hands.

Callum Stebbing provides a fantastic service. He makes finding and instructing counsel a breeze.

Great clerks who give a personal service – Richard Vile and Matthew Butchard are efficient, friendly and responsive.

Great service from clerks who know their stuff and don’t simply try to fill a barrister’s diary. They clearly listen to who or what we need and respond appropriately.

I believe the clerks’ room is excellent and they are frequently praised by solicitors for their availability and helpfulness. Sian Wilkins, the senior civil clerk, has a particularly high reputation for her judgment and accessibility to solicitors.

I have interacted most frequently with Callum Stebbing and Luke Christmas, who have both been highly professional and very pleasant to work with.

I would like to think I have built up a good relationship with the clerks in the civil team. In particular, the service I have received from Luke Christmas is excellent.

Luke Christmas is unfailingly helpful.

Matt Butchard was a great hire for the team in 2019. He has real integrity and is very straightforward in fee negotiations.

Richard Vile, Marc Gilby and Sam Verner are always reachable and will bend over backwards to help you solve a problem. They are a credit to the excellent barristers that they work with.

The clerks are fantastic and special mention has to go to Rachel Finch, Emily Norman and Sian Wilkins. Not only do they run a tight ship but they’re also extremely friendly and remain calm even during very busy periods. Furthermore, they have even helped solicitors to prepare electronic bundles during Covid-19 where the solicitor/firm does not have the required software. A remarkable service by all accounts.

The clerks are fantastic and very personal. Calling to check how things are going and offering extra help with bundling and other tasks during the Covid-19 pandemic was particularly appreciated.

The employment team, led by Callum Stebbing, are just excellent. Callum is well supported by Sam Cooper who has really impressed over the last 12 months.

Set:

During the Covid19 pandemic they have offered very insightful and relevant training sessions in relation to the Mental Capacity Act

A dynamic set with barristers who particularly stand out for human rights and freedom of expression.

A first class set with a depth of experience and knowledge especially in the areas we cover which is largely unmatched. They simply go from strength to strength. A go-to defence set.

A really good, hard working and friendly team involved in some of the most high profile extradition cases.

An excellent chambers with many wonderful barristers.

Doughty Street have made great inroads into the personal injury and clinical negligence market.

As a whole Doughty Street is an excellent set. Their immigration team is fantastic across the board. If the counsel you ask for is not available they always have a great range of alternatives. They put on excellent training.

During the covid-19, we have been offered and attended many different webinars which have been so useful to keep up to date with the developments during the pandemic. Clearly, Chambers is well ahead of any other Chambers in keeping others updated with the knowledge they have collated.

Doughty Street , like my Chambers ( Garden Court) is one of the pre-eminent defence sets . Very good standard of counsel from top to bottom .

Doughty Street are a forward thinking, professional and dynamic set, focussed on defending individual rights. They provide frequent informative and useful training programmes, which enhance our practice and knowledge of the law.

Doughty Street are an excellent set of chambers and their barristers are the cream of the crop. The clerking team are absolute superstars and seem to always go above and beyond to assist.

Doughty Street are an excellent set who I’ve been instructing regularly since I moved and began to practice in London in 2017. The clerking team are among the most friendly, professional and efficient in the country. Their regular training sessions are always informative. And their counsel are excellent without fail. A real 10/10 chambers.

Doughty Street are an excellent set, I cannot fault them. They provide pertinent training, they have a variety of experienced counsel in the field of Court of Protection and in my view they are the best set and our ‘go to’ set for Court of Protection work. Doughty Street also hold engaging events, such as on International Women’s Day, on regarding LGBTQ issues.

Doughty Street are one of the top London sets. They have first class silks and juniors. Their human rights commitment and progressive political pedigree still marks them out.an rights focused which helps for certain cases that involve civil claims.

Doughty Street Chambers is a formidable set of chambers in civil liberties and human rights and is my go to chambers when considering counsel for inquests, actions against detaining authorities and judicial review. The representation and advice from many barristers I have instructed is of a high quality and standard.

Doughty Street Chambers is a set with an immense breadth of renowned barristers with a broad range of expertise, offering advice and representation in relation to international multi-jurisdiction areas of law.

Doughty Street Chambers is a slickly oiled machine and is very well served by a competent & professional clerking team who are always very quick to react to requests for counsel assistance.

Doughty Street Chambers is an impressive chambers with highly intelligent, smart and politically savvy lawyers that push the law for the benefit of their clients and wider society.

Doughty Street has one of the best teams of barristers for acting for bereaved families in the country, all the barristers I have used in their team have been excellent.

Doughty street have a well deserved reputation as a strong extradition set.

Doughty Street have run incredibly useful training seminars for free during the pandemic.

Doughty street is a class act, across the board. They attract bright and dedicated lawyers so, at every level you have confidence in those offered to you and those you instruct.

Doughty Street is a consistently excellent chambers.

Doughty street is one of the best chambers we have in London.

Doughty Street offer a significant human rights support network.

I have worked with a few barristers at Doughty Street and overall I can safely say that the set does produce high quality barristers and I don’t recall ever having had a bad or negative experience.

They provide useful and well-pitched training sessions, and have recently also been holding very progressive and much-needed sessions on stress management for lawyers and promoting mental health awareness in the legal sector.

They are very down-to-earth for such an established set, and put considerable effort into maintaining genuinely good, friendly and collaborative relationships with instructing solicitors.

The chambers are a top set with an extensive array of very talented barristers, who have a passion for rights and justice. They understand client needs and will try to assist whenever possible.

The chambers are fantastic in all respects, including their extremely approachable/friendly/efficient clerking. They are a joy to work with.

You know that whoever holds a brief on a matter, at Doughty Street, is going to be a first class barrister. I’d say they have the best calibre of barristers, in great depth.

Set overviews: England and Wales

With offices in London, Bristol, Manchester, and The Hague, Doughty Street Chambers has a wealth of expertise in public, civil liberties, criminal, and associated practice areas, and is among the top ten chambers for most leading junior and rising star rankings in the 2021 guide. Ben Cooper QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020. The set was further strengthened by a host of new members. In the public law and civil liberties and human rights teams, Maya Sikand, Shu Shin Luh, and Anthony Vaughan arrived from Garden Court Chambers. Sarah Palin joined the media and information law team from 1 Brick Court, while Beth Grossman  joined from the now-closed Ely Place Chambers; Jonathan Lennon  joined the crime team from Carmelite Chambers, as did Peta-Louise Bagott  from Kingsley Napley and Rabah Kherbane  from 2 Bedford Row; Leonie Hirst joined the Court of Protection and mental health team; Alice Irving joined the housing and social welfare team. In other news, Stephen Cragg QC and Benjamin Newton  have been appointed as Recorders, sitting on the South Eastern and Western Circuit respectively, and David Lammy MP joined as an associate tenant.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The Court of Protection Clerks (Emily, Rachel and Sian) are all excellent. Friendly, responsive and practical.

A very good standard of clerking.

Adam Todd brings a depth of experience to the Clerking team. He has moved mountains for me and stops at nothing to help his clients. It’s a pleasure to do business with him and you know he has your interests at heart.

Adam Todd is a wonder and helpful in every respect. A key individual.

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.

Sam Verner and Richard Vile are very approachable clerks, and will go above and beyond to assist.

Ben Fitzgerald is a fantastic clerk. He is the highest calibre of clerk I have worked with.

Callum Stebbing and Sam Cooper are brilliant and always responsive.

Callum Stebbing is a very capable clerk, but the addition of Melvin Warner has really strengthened the team. Melvin is a very experienced clerk having spent many years at One Brick Court and is widely regarded as a very safe pair of hands.

Callum Stebbing provides a fantastic service. He makes finding and instructing counsel a breeze.

Great clerks who give a personal service – Richard Vile and Matthew Butchard are efficient, friendly and responsive.

Great service from clerks who know their stuff and don’t simply try to fill a barrister’s diary. They clearly listen to who or what we need and respond appropriately.

I believe the clerks’ room is excellent and they are frequently praised by solicitors for their availability and helpfulness. Sian Wilkins, the senior civil clerk, has a particularly high reputation for her judgment and accessibility to solicitors.

I have interacted most frequently with Callum Stebbing and Luke Christmas, who have both been highly professional and very pleasant to work with.

I would like to think I have built up a good relationship with the clerks in the civil team. In particular, the service I have received from Luke Christmas is excellent.

Luke Christmas is unfailingly helpful.

Matt Butchard was a great hire for the team in 2019. He has real integrity and is very straightforward in fee negotiations.

Richard Vile, Marc Gilby and Sam Verner are always reachable and will bend over backwards to help you solve a problem. They are a credit to the excellent barristers that they work with.

The clerks are fantastic and special mention has to go to Rachel Finch, Emily Norman and Sian Wilkins. Not only do they run a tight ship but they’re also extremely friendly and remain calm even during very busy periods. Furthermore, they have even helped solicitors to prepare electronic bundles during Covid-19 where the solicitor/firm does not have the required software. A remarkable service by all accounts.

The clerks are fantastic and very personal. Calling to check how things are going and offering extra help with bundling and other tasks during the Covid-19 pandemic was particularly appreciated.

The employment team, led by Callum Stebbing, are just excellent. Callum is well supported by Sam Cooper who has really impressed over the last 12 months.

Set:

During the Covid19 pandemic they have offered very insightful and relevant training sessions in relation to the Mental Capacity Act

A dynamic set with barristers who particularly stand out for human rights and freedom of expression.

A first class set with a depth of experience and knowledge especially in the areas we cover which is largely unmatched. They simply go from strength to strength. A go-to defence set.

A really good, hard working and friendly team involved in some of the most high profile extradition cases.

An excellent chambers with many wonderful barristers.

Doughty Street have made great inroads into the personal injury and clinical negligence market.

As a whole Doughty Street is an excellent set. Their immigration team is fantastic across the board. If the counsel you ask for is not available they always have a great range of alternatives. They put on excellent training.

During the covid-19, we have been offered and attended many different webinars which have been so useful to keep up to date with the developments during the pandemic. Clearly, Chambers is well ahead of any other Chambers in keeping others updated with the knowledge they have collated.

Doughty Street , like my Chambers ( Garden Court) is one of the pre-eminent defence sets . Very good standard of counsel from top to bottom .

Doughty Street are a forward thinking, professional and dynamic set, focussed on defending individual rights. They provide frequent informative and useful training programmes, which enhance our practice and knowledge of the law.

Doughty Street are an excellent set of chambers and their barristers are the cream of the crop. The clerking team are absolute superstars and seem to always go above and beyond to assist.

Doughty Street are an excellent set who I’ve been instructing regularly since I moved and began to practice in London in 2017. The clerking team are among the most friendly, professional and efficient in the country. Their regular training sessions are always informative. And their counsel are excellent without fail. A real 10/10 chambers.

Doughty Street are an excellent set, I cannot fault them. They provide pertinent training, they have a variety of experienced counsel in the field of Court of Protection and in my view they are the best set and our ‘go to’ set for Court of Protection work. Doughty Street also hold engaging events, such as on International Women’s Day, on regarding LGBTQ issues.

Doughty Street are one of the top London sets. They have first class silks and juniors. Their human rights commitment and progressive political pedigree still marks them out.an rights focused which helps for certain cases that involve civil claims.

Doughty Street Chambers is a formidable set of chambers in civil liberties and human rights and is my go to chambers when considering counsel for inquests, actions against detaining authorities and judicial review. The representation and advice from many barristers I have instructed is of a high quality and standard.

Doughty Street Chambers is a set with an immense breadth of renowned barristers with a broad range of expertise, offering advice and representation in relation to international multi-jurisdiction areas of law.

Doughty Street Chambers is a slickly oiled machine and is very well served by a competent & professional clerking team who are always very quick to react to requests for counsel assistance.

Doughty Street Chambers is an impressive chambers with highly intelligent, smart and politically savvy lawyers that push the law for the benefit of their clients and wider society.

Doughty Street has one of the best teams of barristers for acting for bereaved families in the country, all the barristers I have used in their team have been excellent.

Doughty street have a well deserved reputation as a strong extradition set.

Doughty Street have run incredibly useful training seminars for free during the pandemic.

Doughty street is a class act, across the board. They attract bright and dedicated lawyers so, at every level you have confidence in those offered to you and those you instruct.

Doughty Street is a consistently excellent chambers.

Doughty street is one of the best chambers we have in London.

Doughty Street offer a significant human rights support network.

I have worked with a few barristers at Doughty Street and overall I can safely say that the set does produce high quality barristers and I don’t recall ever having had a bad or negative experience.

They provide useful and well-pitched training sessions, and have recently also been holding very progressive and much-needed sessions on stress management for lawyers and promoting mental health awareness in the legal sector.

They are very down-to-earth for such an established set, and put considerable effort into maintaining genuinely good, friendly and collaborative relationships with instructing solicitors.

The chambers are a top set with an extensive array of very talented barristers, who have a passion for rights and justice. They understand client needs and will try to assist whenever possible.

The chambers are fantastic in all respects, including their extremely approachable/friendly/efficient clerking. They are a joy to work with.

You know that whoever holds a brief on a matter, at Doughty Street, is going to be a first class barrister. I’d say they have the best calibre of barristers, in great depth.

Social housing

With 'detailed knowledge of housing and social welfare law' Doughty Street ChambersJohn Hobson 'quickly grasps the relevant issues from instructions and provides expert opinion quickly. Undertakes legal aid work. Is committed to clients and can explain complex issues/legal points in a clear and easily understood manner'. Hobson has a strong record in disrepair, unlawful eviction, and possession proceedings involving anti-social behaviour and the Equality Act 2010.

Leading Juniors

John Hobson - Doughty Street ChambersJohn is great to work with. John is exceptionally knowledgeable in what is still fairly niche area, John is very approachable and down to earth and always good to have on board.
Ranked: Tier 2

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

Doughty Street Chambers is 'a go-to set for police actions and civil liberties work'. With a practice that benefits from experience in international human rights law abroad, Nick Stanage is 'extremely able on his feet, exuding in good measure calm and charisma, and excellent at incisive cross-examination'. Recent instructions for Stanage include the Public Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Undercover Policing Inquiry, and acting for the claimant in John Hemming v Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, a human rights claims in relation to the police's investigation into false allegations of rape made against the former Liberal MP.

Leading Juniors

Nick Stanage - Doughty Street ChambersNick listens to his Instructing Solicitor and takes time to absorb what is being said rather than just being the one who talks. He writes simply and powerfully and advocates using the same style as well - very simple, straightforward, easy to understand but very effective advocacy style which gets straight to the point of the argument. He has his own unique style of oratory which works for him and grabs the attention.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

Doughty Street Chambers' crime team has several of the most serious and high-profile cases of alleged homicide and terrorism, including the Manchester Arena bomb attack. A key name in the set's Manchester office, Erim Mushtaq recent cases have included cases involving allegations of terrorism, historic sexual abuse, and organised crime.

Leading Juniors

Erimnaz Mushtaq - Doughty Street ChambersRecommended for terrorism-related offences.
Ranked: Tier 3
Amos Waldman - Doughty Street ChambersRecommended for drug conspiracy cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Employment

At Doughty Street Chambers in Manchester, the set's members are particularly known for their expertise in high value and complex discrimination claims. Paul Draycott has particular specialisms in whistleblowing, TUPE, and discrimination claims and has also handled a number of cases concerning the interplay of the criminal law and employment law. Also of note, Paras Gorasia, working with local advocates, advised on the Manx Sutton v Creechurch Capital case in the Isle of Man, in which a whistleblower was awarded compensation of around £600,000, a sum thought to be a jurisdiction record. Instructing solicitors are full of praise for 'the friendly barrister' Gorasia: 'First and foremost, Paras is an excellent team player. For instructing solicitors, the fact he always makes himself available at short notice to review a document or provide input, or just to give his view, is priceless and makes him stand out from others.'

Leading Juniors

Paul Draycott - Doughty Street ChambersQuickly grasps the key issues in a case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paras Gorasia - Doughty Street ChambersParas is a leading practitioner who is highly knowledgeable and committed to his field. His advice and approach are concise and commercial, which are what our clients want. Above all, he is incredibly personable and I would not hesitate to recommend him to any client. Client feedback is consistently 100% positive.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

With offices in London, Bristol, Manchester, and The Hague, Doughty Street Chambers has a wealth of expertise in public, civil liberties, criminal, and associated practice areas, and is among the top ten chambers for most leading junior and rising star rankings in the 2021 guide. Ben Cooper QC was appointed Queen's Counsel in March 2020. The set was further strengthened by a host of new members. In the public law and civil liberties and human rights teams, Stephen Knafler QC has joined from Landmark Chambers, while Maya Sikand, Shu Shin Luh, and Anthony Vaughan arrived from Garden Court Chambers. Sarah Palin joined the media and information law team from 1 Brick Court, while Beth Grossman  joined from the now-closed Ely Place Chambers; Jonathan Lennon joined the crime team from Carmelite Chambers, as did Peta-Louise Bagott  from Kingsley Napley and Rabah Kherbane from 2 Bedford Row; Leonie Hirst joined the Court of Protection and mental health team; Alice Irving joined the housing and social welfare team. In other news, Stephen Cragg QC and Benjamin Newton  have been appointed as Recorders, sitting on the South Eastern and Western Circuit respectively, and David Lammy MP joined as an associate tenant.

Testimonials

Clerks:

The Court of Protection Clerks (Emily, Rachel and Sian) are all excellent. Friendly, responsive and practical.

A very good standard of clerking.

Adam Todd brings a depth of experience to the Clerking team. He has moved mountains for me and stops at nothing to help his clients. It’s a pleasure to do business with him and you know he has your interests at heart.

Adam Todd is a wonder and helpful in every respect. A key individual.

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.

Sam Verner and Richard Vile are very approachable clerks, and will go above and beyond to assist.

Ben Fitzgerald is a fantastic clerk. He is the highest calibre of clerk I have worked with.

Callum Stebbing and Sam Cooper are brilliant and always responsive.

Callum Stebbing is a very capable clerk, but the addition of Melvin Warner has really strengthened the team. Melvin is a very experienced clerk having spent many years at One Brick Court and is widely regarded as a very safe pair of hands.

Callum Stebbing provides a fantastic service. He makes finding and instructing counsel a breeze.

Great clerks who give a personal service – Richard Vile and Matthew Butchard are efficient, friendly and responsive.

Great service from clerks who know their stuff and don’t simply try to fill a barrister’s diary. They clearly listen to who or what we need and respond appropriately.

I believe the clerks’ room is excellent and they are frequently praised by solicitors for their availability and helpfulness. Sian Wilkins, the senior civil clerk, has a particularly high reputation for her judgment and accessibility to solicitors.

I have interacted most frequently with Callum Stebbing and Luke Christmas, who have both been highly professional and very pleasant to work with.

I would like to think I have built up a good relationship with the clerks in the civil team. In particular, the service I have received from Luke Christmas is excellent.

Luke Christmas is unfailingly helpful.

Matt Butchard was a great hire for the team in 2019. He has real integrity and is very straightforward in fee negotiations.

Richard Vile, Marc Gilby and Sam Verner are always reachable and will bend over backwards to help you solve a problem. They are a credit to the excellent barristers that they work with.

The clerks are fantastic and special mention has to go to Rachel Finch, Emily Norman and Sian Wilkins. Not only do they run a tight ship but they’re also extremely friendly and remain calm even during very busy periods. Furthermore, they have even helped solicitors to prepare electronic bundles during Covid-19 where the solicitor/firm does not have the required software. A remarkable service by all accounts.

The clerks are fantastic and very personal. Calling to check how things are going and offering extra help with bundling and other tasks during the Covid-19 pandemic was particularly appreciated.

The employment team, led by Callum Stebbing, are just excellent. Callum is well supported by Sam Cooper who has really impressed over the last 12 months.

Set:

During the Covid19 pandemic they have offered very insightful and relevant training sessions in relation to the Mental Capacity Act

A dynamic set with barristers who particularly stand out for human rights and freedom of expression.

A first class set with a depth of experience and knowledge especially in the areas we cover which is largely unmatched. They simply go from strength to strength. A go-to defence set.

A really good, hard working and friendly team involved in some of the most high profile extradition cases.

An excellent chambers with many wonderful barristers.

Doughty Street have made great inroads into the personal injury and clinical negligence market.

As a whole Doughty Street is an excellent set. Their immigration team is fantastic across the board. If the counsel you ask for is not available they always have a great range of alternatives. They put on excellent training.

During the covid-19, we have been offered and attended many different webinars which have been so useful to keep up to date with the developments during the pandemic. Clearly, Chambers is well ahead of any other Chambers in keeping others updated with the knowledge they have collated.

Doughty Street , like my Chambers ( Garden Court) is one of the pre-eminent defence sets . Very good standard of counsel from top to bottom .

Doughty Street are a forward thinking, professional and dynamic set, focussed on defending individual rights. They provide frequent informative and useful training programmes, which enhance our practice and knowledge of the law.

Doughty Street are an excellent set of chambers and their barristers are the cream of the crop. The clerking team are absolute superstars and seem to always go above and beyond to assist.

Doughty Street are an excellent set who I’ve been instructing regularly since I moved and began to practice in London in 2017. The clerking team are among the most friendly, professional and efficient in the country. Their regular training sessions are always informative. And their counsel are excellent without fail. A real 10/10 chambers.

Doughty Street are an excellent set, I cannot fault them. They provide pertinent training, they have a variety of experienced counsel in the field of Court of Protection and in my view they are the best set and our ‘go to’ set for Court of Protection work. Doughty Street also hold engaging events, such as on International Women’s Day, on regarding LGBTQ issues.

Doughty Street are one of the top London sets. They have first class silks and juniors. Their human rights commitment and progressive political pedigree still marks them out.an rights focused which helps for certain cases that involve civil claims.

Doughty Street Chambers is a formidable set of chambers in civil liberties and human rights and is my go to chambers when considering counsel for inquests, actions against detaining authorities and judicial review. The representation and advice from many barristers I have instructed is of a high quality and standard.

Doughty Street Chambers is a set with an immense breadth of renowned barristers with a broad range of expertise, offering advice and representation in relation to international multi-jurisdiction areas of law.

Doughty Street Chambers is a slickly oiled machine and is very well served by a competent & professional clerking team who are always very quick to react to requests for counsel assistance.

Doughty Street Chambers is an impressive chambers with highly intelligent, smart and politically savvy lawyers that push the law for the benefit of their clients and wider society.

Doughty Street has one of the best teams of barristers for acting for bereaved families in the country, all the barristers I have used in their team have been excellent.

Doughty street have a well deserved reputation as a strong extradition set.

Doughty Street have run incredibly useful training seminars for free during the pandemic.

Doughty street is a class act, across the board. They attract bright and dedicated lawyers so, at every level you have confidence in those offered to you and those you instruct.

Doughty Street is a consistently excellent chambers.

Doughty street is one of the best chambers we have in London.

Doughty Street offer a significant human rights support network.

I have worked with a few barristers at Doughty Street and overall I can safely say that the set does produce high quality barristers and I don’t recall ever having had a bad or negative experience.

They provide useful and well-pitched training sessions, and have recently also been holding very progressive and much-needed sessions on stress management for lawyers and promoting mental health awareness in the legal sector.

They are very down-to-earth for such an established set, and put considerable effort into maintaining genuinely good, friendly and collaborative relationships with instructing solicitors.

The chambers are a top set with an extensive array of very talented barristers, who have a passion for rights and justice. They understand client needs and will try to assist whenever possible.

The chambers are fantastic in all respects, including their extremely approachable/friendly/efficient clerking. They are a joy to work with.

You know that whoever holds a brief on a matter, at Doughty Street, is going to be a first class barrister. I’d say they have the best calibre of barristers, in great depth.

 

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)
Members of Chambers HILL QC, Henrietta (1997)
Members of Chambers GALLAGHER QC, Caoilfhionn (2001)
Members of Chambers MOLONEY QC, Tim (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 KILROY QC, Charlotte (1999)
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 COOPER, Jonathan (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 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 HIGGINS, Nichola (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 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 KIRK, James (2011)
Members of Chambers MASON, Paul (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 DALY, Gemma (2017)
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 Farrhat Arshad  photo Farrhat Arshad Described by Chambers and Partners as, “excellent in Court” and Legal 500…
 Peta-Louise Bagott  photo Peta-Louise Bagott Peta-Louise specialises in crime, international crime, and regulatory law.
 Paul Barker  photo Paul Barker Paul Barker is a barrister specialising in International Arbitration and Public International…
 Kate Beattie  photo Kate Beattie  
 Antonia Benfield  photo Antonia Benfield Antonia is an immigration and public law specialist with particular expertise in…
 Joel Bennathan QC photo Joel Bennathan QC Joel Bennathan QC has an established defence practice in serious and complex…
 David Bentley QC photo David Bentley QC David Bentley QC is a highly regarded criminal defence specialist, whose practice…
 Nicholas Bowen QC photo Nicholas Bowen QC Nicholas Bowen QC specialises in damages claims in tort and under the…
 Rupert Bowers QC photo Rupert Bowers QC Rupert Bowers QC was called to the Bar in 1995 and took…
 Ruth Brander  photo Ruth Brander Ruth specialises in civil actions against the police, public law, prisoners’ rights,…
 Abigail Bright  photo Abigail Bright With a strong academic background, Abigail’s practice is diverse. She brings a…
 Kirsty Brimelow QC photo Kirsty Brimelow QC Kirsty is the winner of the First 100 years Inspirational Barrister Woman…
 Althea Brown  photo Althea Brown Althea Brown is a specialist in employment, equality law, both public and…
 Nick Brown  photo Nick Brown Before coming to the Bar, Nick worked for a firm of solicitors,…
 Jude Bunting  photo Jude Bunting
 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…
 David Carter  photo David Carter David specialises in housing, local government, human rights, discrimination and public law.
 Peter Carter QC photo Peter Carter QC
 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,…
 Jonathan Cooper  photo Jonathan Cooper Jonathan Cooper is a Human Rights specialist with experience before English and…
 Ben Cooper  photo Ben Cooper Ben defends some of the most complex and difficult extradition and criminal…
 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 QC photo Stephen Cragg QC 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 QC photo Sarah Elliott QC Sarah has a proven track record in achieving successful outcomes for clients…
 Richard Fisher QC photo Richard Fisher QC Richard Fisher QC provides advice and advocacy for clients whose cases involve…
 Edward Fitzgerald QC photo Edward Fitzgerald QC Edward Fitzgerald QC has been named Human Rights and Public Law Silk…
 Isabella Forshall QC photo Isabella Forshall QC sabella Forshall is a specialist criminal practitioner who listens carefully to clients…
 Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC photo Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in…
 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
 Phil Haywood  photo Phil Haywood Prior to being called to the Bar, Phil Haywood qualified as a…
 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 QC photo Henrietta Hill QC Henrietta Hill QC specialises in inquests and public inquiries, claims against the…
 Megan Hirst  photo Megan Hirst
 David Hislop QC photo David Hislop QC “Hislop possessed calm and charm in great measure, but could strike like a cobra.”–…
 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…
 Theo Huckle QC photo Theo Huckle QC Head of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Team at Doughty Street
 Sam Jacobs  photo Sam Jacobs Sam has significant experience in both private and public law matters, primarily…
 Christopher Johnson  photo Christopher Johnson Christopher’s practice encompasses medical/healthcare disputes and complex personal injury disputes.
 Lindsay Johnson  photo Lindsay Johnson Lindsay’s practice involves advocacy, advice and drafting, predominately in public law matters,…
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC photo Baroness Helena Kennedy QC 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 QC photo Tim Moloney QC 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…
 Tunde Okewale  photo Tunde Okewale Tunde Okewale MBE is a leading junior Barrister at the Criminal Bar.…
 Robin Oppenheim QC photo Robin Oppenheim QC Chambers and Partners describe Robin as “A go-to barrister for extremely high-value…
 Claire Overman  photo Claire Overman Claire specialises in all aspects of media and information law, including defamation,…
 Katherine O’Byrne  photo Katherine O’Byrne Katie has a broad practice specialising in international law, human rights, public…
 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.
 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…
 Steven Powles  photo Steven Powles He has represented a number of high profile clients, accused of the…
 Dominic Preston  photo Dominic Preston Dominic Preston is a public law lawyer specialising in housing, community care…
 Louise Price  photo Louise Price Louise specialises in employment, discrimination and education law. She also undertakes work…
 Jonathan Price  photo Jonathan Price
 Clive Rawlings  photo Clive Rawlings
 Stephen Reeder  photo Stephen Reeder Stephen specialises in the allied fields of public & administrative law, housing,…
 David Rhodes  photo David Rhodes “David’s closing speech was powerful, reasoned and engaging” – a recent client…
 Geoffrey Robertson QC photo Geoffrey Robertson QC Geoffrey Robertson QC is founder and joint head of Doughty Street Chambers.
 Jennifer Robinson  photo Jennifer Robinson Jen specialises in media law, public law and international law.
 Heather Rogers QC photo Heather Rogers QC
 Gerwyn Samuel  photo Gerwyn Samuel Gerwyn acts for substantial numbers of Claimants in a wide range of…
 Zimran Samuel  photo Zimran Samuel   Zimran Samuel is an experienced human rights practitioner with a wide…
 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…
 Nick Stanage  photo Nick Stanage Nick Stanage specialises in actions against the police, inquests, immigration and related…
 Sarah Steinhardt  photo Sarah Steinhardt
 David Stephenson  photo David Stephenson David practises principally in the fields of employment and discrimination law and…
 Tom Stevens  photo Tom Stevens Tom is a specialist criminal defence barrister with extensive experience of both…
 Joe Stone QC photo Joe Stone QC Joe Stone QC has specialised in criminal defence for over 30 years. …
 Adam Straw  photo Adam Straw
 Christopher Sykes  photo Christopher Sykes Christopher specialises in criminal and regulatory advocacy
 Jake Taylor  photo Jake Taylor Jake is a specialist defence barrister with expertise in defending those accused…
 Paul Taylor QC photo Paul Taylor QC Paul specialises in criminal appeals. He has developed a particular expertise in…
 Richard Thomas  photo Richard Thomas Richard has extensive experience of complex and high-profile trials and appeals. He…
 Katy Thorne QC photo Katy Thorne QC 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
 Rebecca Trowler QC photo Rebecca Trowler QC Chambers & Partners describe Rebecca as: “an exceptional silk” who is in…
 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
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 Liam Walker  photo Liam Walker Liam Walker is recognised by both The Legal 500 and Chambers &…
 John Walsh  photo John Walsh John represents clients in immigration tribunals, parole hearings and special educational needs…
 Aswini Weereratne QC photo Aswini Weereratne QC Aswini Weereratne has built a diverse practice in challenging areas.  Her expertise…
 Mary Westcott  photo Mary Westcott Mary is an extradition barrister with a first-rate reputation for her specialist…
 Martin Westgate QC photo Martin Westgate QC Martin Westgate has a consistent track record of advice and representation in…
 Quincy Whitaker  photo Quincy Whitaker Quincy Whitaker’s work encompasses all aspects of domestic and international criminal justice…
 Jonathan Whitfield QC photo Jonathan Whitfield QC Jon specialises in defending cases of homicide, terrorism, regulatory & financial crime…
 Heather Williams QC photo Heather Williams QC Heather specialises in civil liberties and human rights cases, including civil actions,…
 James Wood QC photo James Wood QC Enormously experienced, driven, gutsy, calm and determined, James has a broad based…
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 Keina Yoshida  photo Keina Yoshida Keina practises in the areas of human rights, public law, inquiries and…