Antonia Benfield > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

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Antonia is an immigration and public law specialist with particular expertise in asylum, immigration, community care and trafficking claims.


Antonia works across the fields of asylum, immigration and public law with a specialism in refugee and asylum claims. Before joining the Bar, Antonia worked for NGOs including the Refugee Council, and has accumulated over 14 years of experience working in support of refugee and migrant rights.

Antonia is regularly instructed in the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals, High Court and Court of Appeal on asylum and public law cases, with a particular focus on complex claims and those involving victims of torture and sexual violence. Combining her backgrounds in the NGO field, Antonia is highly regarded for her ability to engage with particularly vulnerable clients and to approach her cases with a strong client-focus.  She is particularly well placed to undertake cross-cutting work in the fields of immigration, children’s rights and public law.

Antonia is regularly instructed in public law challenges on behalf of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children whose age is disputed by the Home Office or local authorities in addition to asylum support challenges.

She also acts in deportation and human rights cases and is regularly instructed in EEA and criminal deportation cases as well as challenges to unlawful detention. Antonia has extensive experience in emergency and out of hours applications.

Antonia is currently appointed as Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse on the Children outside the UK (Phase 2) and Child Sexual Exploitation by Organised Networks investigations.

She has been a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel since 2019.



Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC)
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)
Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA)
European Society of International Law (ESIL)
The Frontline Club


MA Social Anthropology of International Development, SOAS, 2006
BA History of Art and Archaeology (Asia and Africa), SOAS, 2004
Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law, 2012
BPTC, University of Law, 2013

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Rising stars) Ranked: Tier 1

Antonia BenfieldDoughty Street ChambersAntonia has excellent skills in picking up points that others would miss, her keen eye for detail is combined with her powerful advocacy. Antonia is not only a great example for current practicing junior barristers. She is highly passionate in preparing and representing cases on sexual violence, victims of torture, rape and child abuse.

London Bar > Court of Protection and community care

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