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Doughty Street Chambers

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Nicholas Bowen QC

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Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)


Administrative and public law, professional negligence 1 damages claims against public authorities, civil liberties, human rights and professional discipline. Interests include interaction between the state and family life, all forms of education law, child care and disability issues including discrimination claims; tort and human rights claims both for claimants and defence of public bodies in education, social services, child care, mental health, police, prisons and criminal justice. Practice includes judicial review and statutory appeals acting both for and against public bodies, mental health & community care, health, prison law, compensation for miscarriage of justice victims, inquests & procurement law. Known for ground breaking tort cases where novel duties of care found to be owing or arguable against teachers, educational psychologists, special educational needs officers, police officers, tax inspectors and probation officers. Recent and current cases include: R (otao O) v East Riding of Yorkshire County Council (2011) (successful appeal establishing relationship between Education Act 1996 & Children Act 1989 in context of looked after children & education); Ahmad v Brent LBC & others (2011) (establishing for first time arguability of a common law duty against the probation service); Law Society (Creighton Group & others intervening) v Legal Services Commission) (2010)(successful litigation resulting in Legal Services Commission’s competitive tendering process for the award of contracts for the provision of publicly funded family law services declared as irrational (Supreme Court; scope of a child’s right to education under the European Convention on Human Rights Protocol 1 art.2).


Called 1984; Gray’s Inn; QC 2009. Current directorships: National Federation for Children with Visually Impaired Children (‘LOOK’)


ALBA; HRLA; Liberty; Committee member of the Law Society Mental Health & Disability Committee, 2001-08; member of the Editorial Board, Community Care Law Reports.


Cardiff High School; Sussex University (1983 BA Law); Council for Legal Education (1984).

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Administrative and public law (including local government)

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

Nicholas Bowen QC - Doughty Street ChambersHe is prepared to go beyond what would normally be required on behalf of his clients.

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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

Nicholas Bowen QC - Doughty Street ChambersA fearless, honourable, and committed barrister, who has an excellent cross-examination technique.

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