Mr Rory Dunlop KC > Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC
39 Essex Chambers


Barrister specialising in public law, human rights, immigration and employment law. He is currently writing the OUP textbook on immigration detention, due to be published at the end of 2014.


Called 2002, Lincoln’s Inn; Lord Bowen, Lord Mansfield and Lord Wolfson scholarships to Lincoln’s Inn; Pegasus scholarship to European Court of Human Rights 2005; Attorney General’s C panel (2007), Attorney General’s FOI panel (2008), Attorney General’s B panel (2011).


Liberty; ELBA; ILPA; ALBA; Bar Pro Bono Unit.


Magdalen College, Oxford (1999 1st class); City University (2001 distinction).


Cricket, tennis, skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Rory Dunlop KC39 Essex ChambersRory combines a razor-sharp intellect with an understated and courteous manner. He is a powerful advocate and a pleasant and sensible opponent. Since taking silk he has gone from strength to strength.

Lisa Giovannetti KC, regarded as ‘probably the best and most experienced barrister at the UK immigration Bar‘, is a cornerstone of the immigration practice at 39 Essex Chambers. Other prominent silks include Rory Dunlop KC and Zane Malik KC, and chambers also boasts a strong bench of juniors such as Colin Thomann and Emily Wilsdon, who joined from Temple Garden Chambers in March 2022. Notable cases include Dunlop’s leading for the government in AM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD in the Upper Tribunal, following on from his work led by Giovannetti in the Supreme Court case of the same name.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Rory Dunlop KC39 Essex ChambersDefinitely a rising Silk in solicitors regulatory matters.’

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Rory Dunlop KC39 Essex ChambersAn outstanding advocate. He is very clever, pragmatic and commanding.

With expertise in matters relating to the Freedom of Information Act, the barristers at 39 Essex Chambers often handle matters in the public and regulatory law sphere. In Maurizi v ICO & CPS, Rory Dunlop KC, who is widely regarded as ‘an outstanding advocate‘, successfully represented the Crown Prosecution Service in an appeal brought to the Upper Tribunal, stemming from the CPS’ refusal to disclose emails in connection to Julian Assange. In addition, David Mitchell acted for the defendant in Lownie v Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office & ICO, a case concerning the public body’s refusal to provide records on Guy Burgess, a member of the Cambridge spy ring from the 1930s through to his defection to the Soviet Union in 1951.

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Rory Dunlop KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Rory is a very fair and considered barrister. His reasonable approach comes across well before the court.’

39 Essex Chambers is thought of by one client as a ’leading chambers for health and social care cases, including judicial reviews.’ The set is known best for its government work, including instructions on closed material proceedings, but is not exclusively focussed on GLD instructions. ‘Fair and considered’ barrister Rory Dunlop KC acted for the Secretary of State in R (Challis) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, a challenge to the government’s decision to operate a cut-off date to the Skipton Fund, a scheme of ex-gratia payments to those affected by the contaminated blood scandal. Katherine Apps, an ‘incredibly bright’ barrister with ‘an exceptional breadth of legal knowledge’, is regularly involved in high-profile public law litigation, such as that relating to COVID-19. Steve Broach is an expert on the law regarding children with special educational needs. He was recently involved in two judicial reviews for Article 39, a group which campaigns for children in institutionalized settings, the latter in 2022 concerning placements of children by councils in unregulated settings. Crossing over with the set’s expertise in health care law and Court of Protection work, members of chambers often represent clients in complex medical treatment and right to die cases.

London Bar > Education

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Rory Dunlop KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Rory is great at negotiating settlements, and sorting through the minutiae of a client’s requirements without losing sight of the end goal.’