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Abigail Bright

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Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)


Abigail frequently appears in the most serious and complex cases. She has particular expertise in financial crime and warrants – extradition warrants and search warrants. She is recognised as a specialist in judicial reviews of investigatory bodies who exercise powers of search and seizure. Serious crime – Operation Panacea (Manchester Crown Square, July-August 2014): Unanimous acquittal of MN in cut-throat conspiracy to fraudulently evade the prohibited importation of several kgs of cocaine, 51-55% purity, packaged into 40g deals. The co-defendant was unanimously convicted; Operation Monty (Isleworth Crown Court, October-November 2013): Unanimous acquittal of SH in cut-throat six-week trial of six defendants, all charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent. SH was the only defendant to be acquitted; Operation Planestoke I and II (both linked trials were at Leeds Crown Court, March-April2014 and September 2014): led counsel for AD and RG, in Planestoke Trial I and Planestoke Trial II, linked Gypsy and Travellerrevenge attack murder trials, tried by Simon J. and Edis J.; Operation Edgar (December 2014): led counsel for HP, accused of murder of his wife after thirteen days of an arranged marriage; Operation Wasabi (Southwark Crown Court, March-April 2015): Instructed to represent RB, a director of several companies alleged to have been vehicles for money laundering; value of fraud is £1.6m.


Called 2010; Middle Temple. Editor-in-Chief, UCL Jurisprudence Review (2006-07); Honorary research assistant, UCL, Faculty of Laws (2006-07); Honorary research assistant, Law Faculty, University of Oxford (2008-09); Faculty teaching fellow, UCL, Faculty of Laws, Evidence and criminal law (2009-10). Current directorships: Guest lecturer (2013 to present) on the MSc in Clinical Forensic Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, convened by Dr Tim Exworthy and Professor Nigel Eastman; Executive committee member (2014 to present) of the Criminal Bar Association. Publications of note: Research interests are psychiatry, law and human rights, security and coercion in secure forensic services. Recent publications include: 'Dangerousness Revisited: Extended Sentences', Institute of Psychiatry teaching materials (2014); 'Psychiatric Issues in Sentencing', Institute of Psychiatry teaching materials (2014). Case digester for the Administrative Court Digest, 2007-10.


Extradition Lawyers Association; Fraud Lawyers Association; Criminal Bar Association; Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.


Newport Girls' High (State) School, Shropshire 5 A Levels (2000-02); UCL, Faculty of Laws, Law with Advanced Studies First Class (2002-06); Bachelor of Civil Laws (BCL) Masters, Balliol College, University of Oxford (2007-08), Distinction; Diploma in forensic medical sciences, Barts and the London School of Medicine (2010).


Highbury Fields running club, London Fields swimming club.

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Abigail Bright - Doughty Street ChambersShe has a fantastic legal mind and excellent judgement to go with it.

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