Alison Gerry > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Alison GerryDoughty Street ChambersIncredibly thorough, conscientious and thoughtful in her approach.

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.

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Alison GerryDoughty 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.