Clair Dobbin QC > Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC
Three Raymond Buildings
3 RAYMOND BUILDINGS, GRAY'S INN
LONDON
WC1R 5BH
England

Position

Clair Dobbin QC practices in the fields of public law, human rights (with a particular expertise in children’s rights), international co-operation law (extradition, mutual legal assistance and diplomatic law), inquests and  inquiries and civil recovery

 

Prior to taking silk, Clair was Counsel to the Crown (civil) for 17 years, seven of which she spent on “A” Panel of Treasury Counsel. She has been in many of the seminal cases in her areas of expertise, in recent years. Recent or current instructions include United States v Assange (in which she is counsel for the United States); Secretary of State for the Home Department v El Gizouli (Supreme Court litigation concerning the death penalty and the so- called Jihadi Beatles); Terra Services v Home Secretary (concerning the investigations in the United Kingdom of associates of former President Trump); EVAW v DPP (judicial review litigation concerning the decline in rape cases being charged and prosecuted); the inquiry  into Children’s Homes in Lambeth (as part of her role as counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) and the East London Inquests (concerning the investigations into the murders of four young men).

 

Clair has appeared alone before the Supreme Court, the Privy Council and in the European Court of Human Rights. She  is recommended as a leading practitioner across six different practice areas (public law, extradition law, inquests and inquiries, professional discipline, police law and civil liberties).

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Career

MA Hons (Cantab), Call 1999, Treasury ‘C’ Panel 2004; ‘B’ Panel 2007. “A” Panel 2014.

Education

Cambridge (BA Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Clair Dobbin QCThree Raymond BuildingsExcellent and incisive drafting skills. Merticulous preperation. Is always fully and completely prepared.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Clair Dobbin QCThree Raymond BuildingsA superb lawyer and outstandingly able.

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Clair Dobbin QCThree Raymond BuildingsClair has a remarkable work ethic, and turns significant bits of work around with great speed but also with care.

Three Raymond Buildings leverages its criminal and regulatory expertise for complex, sensitive and controversial inquests and inquiries; and the set is sought out for matters concerning the police, medical negligence, product liability, industrial disease, fatal workplace accidents and criminal/terrorist activities. Stephen Walsh QC leads a team of juniors, including Sarah Le Fevre, in representing the London Fire Brigade at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; and Richard Horwell QC and Patrick Gibbs QC (leading Reka Hollos) represent Greater Manchester Police and the British Transport Police, respectively, at the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquest. Further strengthening the set, Clair Dobbin QC took silk in 2021.

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Clair Dobbin QCThree Raymond BuildingsExcellent and incisive drafting skills. Meticulous preparation. Is always fully and completely prepared. Brilliant mind.

Three Raymond Buildings ‘is a phenomenal set‘. Key names in the team include Hugo Keith QC, who regularly appears in high-profile extradition cases. In one prominent example, Keith QC represented Arif Naqvi, founder of collapsed Dubai-based private equity house Abraaj, who was being sought by the United States for alleged fraud and money laundering. Clair Dobbin QC and Ben Watson QC were new silk appointments in March 2021; Watson QC is acting for the CPS in securing the extradition of Alexandre Djouhri to France, concerning his alleged role in a corrupt electoral financing scheme to support former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who was convicted of corruption offences in 2021.

London Bar > Police law (defendant)

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Clair Dobbin QCThree Raymond BuildingsShe has mastery over the details in a case.

Three Raymond Buildings ‘has an unassailable lead in defending police officers in police misconduct hearings‘. The set also undertakes the full gamut of police law civil work as well, including for the IOPC and forces, on top of the set’s long track record of representing rank and file officers through the Police Federation’s preferred firms of solicitors. Hugh Davies OBE QC is representing two central command officers in relation in the Manchester Arena bombing inquiry. In another matter, Luke Ponte represented a Hampshire Police detective inspector, the most senior of a number of officers in the Hampshire Serious and Organised Crime Unit alleged of running a unit with a homophobic, racist and sexist culture. Clair Dobbin QC and William Emlyn Jones QC were elevated to silk in March 2021.