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Doughty Street Chambers

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Edward Fitzgerald QC

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Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)


Edward Fitzgerald QC, joint head of Doughty Street Chambers, practises in the field of criminal law, judicial review, extradition, international law and public law. He has appeared in leading cases in the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and the Caribbean Court of Justice. Edward has been called to the Bar in numerous jurisdictions including Belize, Grenada and St Vincent and has been granted rights of audience to appear in cases in Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands.  As a criminal practitioner he has featured in many leading cases involving high profile defendants, extradition, appeals against miscarriages of justice, and international law. He has extensive experience of jury trials and has won a name as a skilful cross examiner in a number of high profile inquests and inquiries. He also frequently appears in the Privy Council in cases involving the constitutions of the Commonwealth Caribbean, death penalty appeals and extradition. In the field of public law he has argued many of the leading cases on inquest law, prisoners' rights, mental health law and refugee law. In June 2008 he was awarded the CBE for services to human rights.


Called 1978; resides Inner Temple; QC 1995.


Oxford and Cambridge (BA (Hons) Congratulatory First, MPhil Criminology, qualified in New York and American Law).

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Leading Silks

Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street Chambers ‘ A brilliant advocate. ’

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government)

Doughty Street Chambers handles various public law matters, frequently crossing over with its other areas of expertise where it acts for individuals against the state. Edward Fitzgerald QC   represented a Grenadian revolutionary convicted of murder after the Grenadian Bar rejected his application to practice law due to a failure to meet its "good character" requirement. Among the juniors, Jude Bunting represented Michael Segalov, a left-wing commentator and Labour Party activist, in a challenge to Sussex Police's decision to refuse him accreditation to attend the 2017 Labour Party conference; in court proceedings it transpired that this was based on his reporting.

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

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Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC - Doughty Street Chambers ‘ An absolute titan in the human rights field. ’

Within: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Doughty Street Chambers is known for its 'excellence in bringing claims against the police and in the inquest field' and has vast expertise in immigration, extradition, and claims against the state. Recent instructions of note for members include Heather Williams QC representing clients in McGlone & Others v Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police and Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, which concerns the role of the police in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster. She has also been instrumental in the Undercover Police Inquiry, undertaking considerable advisory work for the core participants which include Neville Lawrence and six victims of deceptive sexual relationships initiated by undercover officers. Edward Fitzgerald QC is acting for Maha El Gizouli, the mother of one of the 'IS Beatles', El Shafee Elsheikh, in her application for a judicial review into the Home Secretary's decision to cooperate with the US authorities and assurances that her son won't be subject to the death penalty. Others members of note include Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, who acted for Just for Kids Law in a test case concerning the use of children as ‘covert human intelligence sources’ by the police in R (Just for Kids Law) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; Stephen Cragg QC who acted in Miah v Independent Police Complaint Commission challenging the use of illegal stops at Heathrow airport under the Terrorism Act 2010; and ‘standout junior’ Adam Wagner who acted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in AB, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Justice regarding the prolonged detention of a minor in solitary confinement.

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Within: Leading Silks

Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street Chambers ‘ Instructed in Privy Council criminal appeals. ’

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International crime and extradition

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Edward Fitzgerald QC - Doughty Street Chambers ‘ An outstanding practitioner in the extradition field. ’

Within: International crime and extradition

Doughty Street Chambers 'has a strong team dealing with extradition and at all levels of seniority', according to clients, and is also well known for acting in prominent international criminal cases. In a major instruction, Edward Fitzgerald QC, Tim Moloney QC, Peter Caldwell, and Graeme Hall successfully defended Arti Dhir and Kaval Raijada against an extradition request made by the government of India, on the grounds that the extradition would breach Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights; the defendants were requested for alleged conspiracy to murder a child.

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