Civil

Our key strength lies in our multi-disciplinary approach to casework. With such diverse expertise our barristers are uniquely placed to address the cross-over issues often interwoven within our cases.

Doughty Street is particularly renowned for its public law expertise and our barristers apply this knowledge for the benefit of clients in each of our specialist civil areas as well as within criminal cases and international work. Members of several teams, including Community Care & Health, Housing & Social Welfare and Immigration, are regularly instructed in urgent applications for Judicial Review, often outside of court hours, and our clerks may be contacted at any time to consider the availability of counsel.

 

Members are expert in damages claims, usually but not exclusively, on behalf of claimants. We have a number of counsel who specialise in personal injury litigation as well as in negligence claims including catastrophic clinical negligence of the very highest quantum.  Since Chambers’ inception our counsel have been involved in some of the landmark product liability actions and we continue to be instructed within numerous substantial domestic and international group actions.  Doughty Street is well known for its work compensating the victims of misconduct by public officials including the police, immigration and prison authorities and following miscarriages of justice.

 

Chambers’ Employment Team is especially regarded for its work for members of trade unions, both individually and in collective disputes and industrial relations.  Our professional discipline practitioners work alongside, invariably in the defence of professionals facing issues of misconduct before their industry regulators.   Many of our employment cases arise from incidences of discrimination, an area of expertise that extends to nearly all of our practice areas where private and public law remedies arise such as from the equality duties of public authorities.

 

There is an obvious synergy between many of our practice areas where there is particular focus on the vulnerable, such as children and the elderly.  Our mental health, community care, housing, education and immigration specialists are notable for their work against central government, Local and Health authorities but the latter also instruct our counsel, often for advice on policy decision making and Corporate Governance, including data protection and Freedom of Information, another area of interest within our specialist practice areas. Our immigration team are expert in cases for a diverse range of clients from those claiming asylum to businesses with employee difficulties.

 

Members of Chambers have been instructed in many milestone defamation and privacy cases and whilst our Media Team generally focus on work for publishers and broadcasters, press related issues often arise for other clients such as prisoners and defendants in criminal proceedings.  We also have a number of counsel who are regularly instructed in the fields of entertainment and sport, another area of significant overlap for our teams who represent sports professionals in everything from disciplinary hearings to personal injury cases and in criminal proceedings for offences such as fixing.

 

Several other of our civil practice areas overlap closely with the work of our criminal team. Members are expert in applying public law to criminal cases, effectively challenging issues including arrest warrants, searches and seizure whilst our Prison Team often advise on such issues as categorisation and conditions and our Police specialists consider the potential for civil actions that may arise.  National Security is an important practice area and a number of our barristers are instructed within control orders and before SIAC whilst others are authorised Special Advocates or have the benefit of security clearance.

 

Whilst a commitment to human rights and public funding runs clearly through the whole of Chambers, our clients can be seen to extend beyond the legally aided to multi-national corporations, NGOs, Local Authorities and international governments.  Our clerks will be pleased to consider the availability of appropriate counsel and whether cases can be taken within the full range of funding arrangements such as conditional fee agreements or fixed fees.

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