Jennifer Robinson > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

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Jen specialises in media law, public law and international law.


She has been instructed in human rights related judicial review cases, has advised individual and state clients in international law, appeared in the International Court of Justice and has given expert evidence at the UN and in Parliament. Jen has a particular focus on free speech and civil liberties, advising media organisations, journalists and whistle-blowers on all aspects of media law, including defamation, privacy, contempt, freedom of information, national security and reporting restrictions.

Many of her cases and clients are high-profile and involve novel cross-jurisdictional and comparative law issues. Her work developing the Bertha Justice Initiative, a global program to support strategic public interest litigation and educate the next generation of human rights lawyers, allowed her to develop a unique global network and comparative perspective to her practice. Having practised as a solicitor, she has an in-depth understanding of both sides of practice and is easy to use for professional and direct access clients.

Jen serves as a trustee of Article 19 and the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, as well as on the advisory board of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights. She is a founding board member of the Grata Fund, Australia’s first independent public interest litigation fund, which has supported key strategic human rights cases. She has previously served on the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Law Association and conducted trial observation and human rights missions for the International Bar Association.

She is admitted to practice in England and Wales and in Australia. She is also direct access qualified.

Jen is a contributing author for media law texts Borrie and Lowe: The Law of Contempt (2010, 4th edition) and Philip Coppel QC, Information Rights and Practice (2014, 4th edition). She has also taught law at the University of Sydney and worked as a judicial associate.




LLB (First Class Honours), Australian National University
BA Asian Studies (Distinguished Scholar), Australian National University
BCL (Distinction), Balliol College, Oxford
MPhil in Public International Law, Balliol College, Oxford

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Jennifer RobinsonDoughty Street ChambersStrong knowledge of the law, clear and succinct ways of communicating and an ability to make complex law and processes understandable to someone without a law degree. Genuine commitment to human rights and a sincerity of compassion for her clients.

London Bar > Defamation and privacy

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Jennifer RobinsonDoughty Street Chambers