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Doughty Street Chambers

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Bristol, London, Manchester

Jamie Burton

Work 020 7404 1313
Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)


Jamie Burton is a public lawyer with expertise in judicial review. He practises in human rights, social and clinical care, housing, social security and environmental law. In addition to his public law work Jamie is also experienced in damages claims (both in the county and the high court) in contract, actions against the police, landlord and tenant and professional negligence matters. The breadth of Jamie’s public law work is considerable. He has acted in many cases concerning the provision of support/accommodation to vulnerable groups in society and has a thorough understanding of both central and local government’s responsibilities in all areas of the welfare state. He regularly advises on NHS continuing care, clinical provision, community care (including charging), children services, welfare benefits, homelessness, housing allocations and asylum support. He has also acted on behalf of persons affected by confiscation orders, the actions of enforcement receivers and the decisions of the Independent Safeguarding Authority. Jamie’s work is often conducted on an emergency basis – he accepts instructions at short notice and has extensive experience of making urgent applications for injunctive relief. In terms of environmental work Jamie acts in planning matters and has a sound knowledge of the planning system. He acts pro-bono for the Environmental Law Foundation. Jamie spent six months working on welfare and environmental issues in India. He was involved in a group action concerning the largest anti-poverty scheme in the world (‘the Right to Food’) and claims relating to environmental damage caused by mining in India.


Called 1999; Inner Temple. Current directorships: Just Fair. Publications of note: Buterworths Human Rights Bulletin (regular contributions); ‘Humanity 1 Policy 0’ – NLJ 2010 160 1000; ‘A new gateway?’ – NLJ 2010 160 964; ‘An impartial review?’ – NLJ 2009 159 1933.


Housing Law Practitioners Association; the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association.


Hynland Secondary Scool, Glasgow (1992, Scottish Highers); Bristol University (1998, LLB, 2:1); Inns of Court School of Law (1999, BVC, very competent); London School of Economic Science (2002, introductory economics); Institute for Human Rights, Abo Akademie University, Turku, Finland (2006, economic and social rights).


Football, tennis, theatre.

London Bar

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

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

Jamie Burton - Doughty Street ChambersIncredible knowledge of his subject. A real joy to work with.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing – Leading juniors

Jamie Burton - Doughty Street ChambersBrings energy and enthusiasm to any challenge.

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