Pippa Woodrow > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

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Pippa practises in the areas of criminal justice, immigration and human rights. She maintains a particular interest in defending the rights of vulnerable, young, marginalised or disadvantaged individuals.


Alongside her core practice defending serious allegations in the criminal courts, Pippa has a keen interest in related areas, including international criminal law and death penalty cases, actions against the police, extradition, prison law and crime-related public law, She practises in all areas of immigration and asylum law and also acts for professionals before their regulatory bodies. 

Recent instructions range from defending serious terrorism charges and she has recently been instructed in four terrorist cases, including representing an individual who faced allegations relating to travel abroad to fight for Islamic State.  She also undertakes large-scale conspiracy to defraud, cases of murder, representing appellants challenging convictions for murder, acting for children accused of serious sexual offences and other offences (see more substantial information below on youth work).  She also works with young people on immigration and criminal matters, such as child trafficking victims seeking asylum.  Pippa has also assisted appellants in capital cases before the Ugandan Supreme Court. 

Pippa never gives up on a case and is fast developing a reputation for first-rate client care, clinical preparation, and fearless advocacy.

Before coming to the Bar, Pippa worked for the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies in Uganda where she acted for individuals facing the death penalty, and advised the judiciary, domestic legal professionals and international bodies on international obligations, human rights, and criminal justice reform.

Pippa has also worked for a broad array of domestic and international organisations including the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; the UN SRCT Drones Inquiry; Barnet Law Centre’s immigration department; Reprieve; the London Innocence Project, and the National Centre for Domestic violence.

Pippa has experience teaching at primary, secondary and undergraduate levels and has delivered training to students, practitioners and the judiciary both in the UK and internationally.

Outside of the law, Pippa has played hockey at international level and was an opera singer, performing on stages including the Royal Opera Houses in London and Vienna. She continues to sing to support organisations promoting civil liberties including Advocates for Human Dignity – a small Human Rights NGO that Pippa founded with fellow students whilst completing her law degree.


  • Criminal Bar Association

  • Human Rights Lawyers Association

  • Immigration Law Practitioners Association

  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers 


BPTC, City University, Outstanding
Graduate Entry LLB, City Law School, 1st Class (top in year)
BA Hons, History, Cambridge