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Doughty Street Chambers

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Martin Westgate QC

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Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)


Since taking silk in 2010, Martin has continued his wide ranging practice taking in public law, housing and social welfare, civil liberties, and employment, including internal union organisation and labour relations. He also undertakes related professional negligence cases and costs litigation. He has a particular specialism in police pensions and has appeared in many of the key cases in this area. Recent notable cases include: KM (Jamaica) and WL (Congo) v SSHD SC [2011] – false imprisonment resulting from unlawful application of a secret policy; R (Salih & Parsipoor) v SSHD CA [2011] – power to decide case without a hearing; R (Kiana) v SSHD [2010] EWHC 1002 (Admin). and CA 2011 pending – Scope of support available to failed asylum seekers; Mayor of London v Hall [2010] EWCA Civ 817 appeal against an order granting possession and an injunction against Brian Haw to exclude him from Parliament Square Gardens; G v E [2010] EWCA Civ 822 – The relationship between deprivation of liberty under the best interests jurisdiction in the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Article 5 ECHR; Martin acted for the father of Baby RB in an action brought a declaration that it would be lawful to withdraw treatment in respect of a child suffering from congenital myasthenia – [2009] EWHC 3269 (Fam); Wood v Commissioner of Police [2010] 1 WLR 123 – challenge under Article 8 to the police practice of taking and retaining photographs of an arms trade protestor.


Called 1985; Middle Temple; QC 2010.


Executive committee Administrative Law Bar Association; member Housing Law Practitioners Association.


Oxford (1984 BA Jurisprudence).

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersHis intellectual heft is unrivalled and his contribution to public law is impressive.

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

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

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersSuperb presentation skills.

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Court of Protection and community care

Within: Court of Protection and community care – Leading silks

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersAn impressive barrister.

Within: Court of Protection and community care

Doughty Street Chambers is a ‘professional and efficient set that operates to a very high standard’. It is one of the pre-eminent claimant sets and handles the full range of community care and Court of Protection matters. Martin Westgate QC successfully acted for the claimant in R (RF) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in a challenge to the regulations amending the qualifying criteria for personal independence payments.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing – Leading silks

Martin Westgate QC - Doughty Street ChambersHis intellectual heft and precision is unrivalled.

Within: Social housing

Committed to fighting for the underdog’, Doughty Street Chambers is ‘a set of fantastic lawyers’, which ‘is known for going the extra mile’ for its tenant-side clients. The set has ‘a number of distinguished barristers’, including Martin Westgate QC, who has particular expertise in bedroom tax cases, and was involved in a Supreme Court case regarding a conflict between decisions at the Supreme Court and Strasbourg concerning whether Article 6 of the ECHR applies to homelessness decisions. Further, Lindsay Johnson represents a number of survivors at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

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