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Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

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From the beginning, Alison’s practice has had at its heart state accountability for those in detention, those who claim to have been abused, and those who have been discriminated against.  This has seen her practice develop from mainly mental health and inquest work, to expand to include prison law, actions against the police and Court of Protection. She now has extensive experience of appearing in wide variety of jurisdictions, including civil, administrative, coronial and the Court of Protection. 

Alison plays the saxophone and when time allows she also sings in her community choir. She likes to keep fit and practices yoga as well as being a regular runner. Alison is also keen to keep learning and is currently studying part time for a degree at Birkbeck University in Politics, Philosophy and History. 


Chair of the Human Rights Lawyers Association


LLM: International Human Rights Law (Distinction)
LLB: Law (First Class)
Princess Royal Scholarship Inner Temple

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

Within: Leading Juniors -

Alison Gerry

Doughty Street Chambers

She is impressively thorough in her analysis and advice as well as incredibly rigorous.

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

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

Within: Leading Juniors -

Alison Gerry

Doughty Street Chambers

An incredibly rigorous and exceptionally talented advocate who engages with the minutiae of cases.