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Henrietta Hill QC specialises in inquests and public inquiries, claims against the police, related public law cases and discrimination law.

She is ranked as a leading practitioner in Chambers and Partners 2019, which describes her as “phenomenal – razor sharp…an excellent advocate who has the ear of the court” and one who “has an amazing ability to establish a rapport with everyone on each side”. It is also said that “instructing her immediately has the effect of conferring authority and seriousness on your client’s claim”

Previous comments include that “She goes the extra mile and gives you practical, very good advice”, is “very easy to get along with” and is “recommended for her ability to act for clients in high-profile cases which are subject to intense media scrutiny”.

Henrietta is described as having “extensive experience in high-profile inquests” and “outstanding presentational skills” in this year’s Legal 500, which rates her as a leading silk in Inquests and Inquiries law.

Henrietta regularly writes and lectures in her specialist areas. She has co-authored Promoting Equality and Diversity: A Practitioner’s Guide and wrote the Right to Equality section of Halsbury’s Laws: Rights and Freedoms. She also has a wide international experience including work with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York and teaching/research in Colombia, Montenegro and Hong Kong. Henrietta is a former recipient of the Liberty/JUSTICE Peter Duffy Award (previously the Young Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award).

She has been appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Panel of counsel. Henrietta also sits as an Assistant Coroner for Inner South London and as a Deputy Master of the High Court Queen’s Bench Division.


Called 1997; Queen’s Counsel 2015.


Police Action Lawyers Group


Discrimination Law Association



Amnesty International

Peace Brigades International


Gateways School, Leeds; Emmanuel College, Cambridge (MA Hans, Law, First Class, 1994); Harvard University (Herchel Smith Fellow, 1997); Centre for Constitutional Rights New York (Pegasus Fellow, 2002).


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Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Employment

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Henrietta Hill QCDoughty Street ChambersRated very highly; she is always innovative, creative and reliable, with impeccable research and unblemished integrity.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Henrietta Hill QCDoughty 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.

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 BarKatherine O’Byrne is an up-and-coming member of chambers.