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Fiona Murphy is Joint Deputy Head of Chambers and is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers & Partners 2020 in Police Law and Band 2 in Inquest and Inquiries work.


 2013 (1993 – Solicitor, England and Wales)

Fiona Murphy is Joint Deputy Head of Chambers and co-chair of our management board.

Fiona specialises in regulatory work including civil claims against public authorities, judicial review and inquest and inquiry work.  She has expertise in both private and public law and represents individuals who seek redress for violations of their human rights.

Many of Fiona’s cases are high-profile: she is currently instructed in the ongoing inquests and public inquiries into the controversial deaths following police restraint of Dalian Atkinson, Darren Cumberbatch and Shane Bryant and the police shootings of Jermaine Baker and Anthony Grainger. She represented 70 individuals in relation to phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and is currently representing several women deceived into entering abusive sexual relationships by undercover police officers in relation to their civil claim and before the Undercover Policing Inquiry.  She acted for 77 of the families bereaved by the Hillsborough Disaster at the new inquests and is a member of the claimant counsel team in the ongoing group litigation for misfeasance in public office against South Yorkshire Police.

Fiona has a particular interest in remedies to address violence against women and is currently instructed in a number of cases concerning failures by the police to protect victims.

Fiona was one of the founders of leading police law specialist solicitors’ practice, Bhatt Murphy and gained 20 years’ experience as a solicitor conducting complex litigation before transferring to the bar in 2013.

Outside the courts, Fiona has contributed to various inquiries and reviews including the 1997 Butler Inquiry (concerning the handling of deaths in custody by the CPS), the 1997 European Committee on the Prevention of Torture’s investigation into the United Kingdom’s compliance and the United Nations.

Fiona co-presents the annual advanced Actions Against the Police and advanced Inquests Law courses run by the Legal Action Group.


Police Actions Lawyers Group

Inquest Lawyers Group

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers


LLB, London School of Economics

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Fiona MurphyDoughty Street ChambersFiona is the best junior around for this area. She has an unrivalled grasp of the law and is a powerful advocate both in writing and orally. Undoubtedly she should be a silk.

Representing ‘the gold standard for its quality of barristers and clerking‘, Doughty Street Chambers is well known for its assistance to bereaved families during significant inquests and public inquiries, while the set is also increasingly instructed as counsel to Inquiries and Inquests. With extensive expertise in inquests, Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC secured the sought-after instruction by Facebook in relation to the Molly Russell inquest, while Maya Sikand KC‘s long history of involvement in public inquiries includes the current Undercover Policing Inquiry. Within the junior pool, the recent experience of Fiona Murphy, includes being instructed in the Inquiry into the circumstances of Jermaine Baker’s death during a 2015 Metropolitan Police Service operation. Boosting the set further, public law and human rights expert Jude Bunting KC took silk in 2022.

London Bar > Police law (claimant)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Fiona Murphy  – Doughty Street Chambers ‘Clients absolutely love her. A fierce advocate, incredibly intelligent and always a calming presence. A real joy to work with.’

Doughty Street ChambersNicholas Bowen KC , who handles high-profile cases at first instance and on appeal, is instructed in a case by the former owner of London Fields Brewery, which was said to have been destroyed by HM Revenue and Customs out of revenge for a perceived lenient sentence the business owner received for cocaine trafficking, with it being alleged that the Revenue deliberately misled a judge. Several members of the ‘wide range of experienced counsel’ represent core participants in the ongoing high-profile Undercover Policing Inquiry, including ‘extremely knowledgeable‘ junior Fiona Murphy. ‘Strategic‘ barrister Nick Stanage has a strong track record in high profile claims against the police such as two high value High Court claims relating to human rights violations within policing in 2021.