History

Doughty Street Chambers was formed in 1990 and has since forged an international reputation as a first class set of barristers’ chambers. Its ethos has been and will always be to improve access to justice and promote human rights and civil liberties through the law.

As the first chambers to set up outside the Inns of Court, the traditional working location for barristers in private practice, Doughty Street has innovated from the start. Our barristers are renowned as pioneers of the progressive development of the law who also provide an excellent, friendly and accessible service.

Practice areas

Our breadth of practice is unique. We provide world class legal services in criminal, civil and public law, including all aspects of human rights law and civil liberties. Our clients include individuals, business owners, companies, NGOs and those from civil society, regulators, Sovereign States, and others. 

You can find more information on our areas of practice by clicking here or by scrolling down the page.

With our specialist barristers working alongside each other in several, complementary, areas of practice, we can assemble a cross-disciplinary team of advisers to offer a genuinely holistic and creative view on the legal issues our clients face.  Our barristers are supported in their work by our panel of leading international legal experts and scholars.

Please find here, the BSB’s Barristers’ Register which gives you information on the barristers who have a current practising certificate, and whether a barrister has any disciplinary findings, which are published on the Barristers’ Register.

Where we work

Chambers has offices in London and Manchester Our members advise clients all over the world in multiple legal jurisdictions, and many are called to overseas Bars allowing them to appear in foreign courts.

Governance

Our Joint Heads of Chambers are Geoffrey Robertson QC and Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC.  Our Management Board is jointly chaired by Tim Moloney QC and Fiona Murphy.  

Client Care

Doughty Street Chambers is committed to providing a first-class service to its clients.  We welcome your comments on our performance and want to know if it meets your expectations.  If you are not satisfied with any aspect of the service you receive, please contact our Secretariat/HR Executive, Isi Onwukwe-Anyadike by sending an email.  You can download a full copy of our complaints procedure by clicking here.

Clients can complain to LeO if they are unhappy with the final response to their complaint, or if their complaint has not been dealt with in eight weeks.

Please find here, the LeOs decision data where you can find details of those providers who have received an ombudsman’s decision in the previous 12 months.

Diversity Data

The Bar’s Code of Conduct requires us to invite our workforce (barristers and staff) to provide diversity data about themselves. We are further required to publish an accurate and anonymised summary of that data, and we do so on this page of our website. To see our diversity data report of June 2019, please click here.  We are required to update this report at least every three years, although we aim to do so more frequently.

The survey is entirely voluntary and is conducted in such a way to guarantee the anonymity of those contributing.  A large percentage of our workforce responded to the invitation to supply diversity data.

Equality 

Doughty Street Chambers has always had a deep commitment to equality and human rights. We are committed to non-discrimination in our recruitment – including pupillage, tenancy and staff. We have an Equality, Diversity and Wellbeing overarching strategy committee is made up of the Joint Deputy Head of Chambers Fiona Murphy, and Henrietta Hill QC. The group reports directly to the Management Board.

Our diversity groups within Chambers – each of whom report into to the Overarching Diversity, Equality & Wellbeing Committee – comprises of a:

  • Barrister Diversity Working Group. The purpose of the group is to increase diversity amongst Doughty Street Barristers and secure barrister diversity at a level representative of the general population (UK). The group is also responsible for various streams of outreach work, content and policy reviews.

  • Fair Allocation Working Group. The purpose of the group is to ensure we capture all necessary data and make all efforts necessary to ensure the fair allocation of work to Barristers and to ensure compliance with Bar Council requirements

  • Inclusion Working Group. The purpose of the group is to increase the overall sense of Doughty Street's inclusive ethos, building awareness of cultural diversity and unconscious bias and to address the factors that have the potential to lead to alienation and separation. This group is responsible for owning and taking appropriate steps to build a general sense of inclusion and recognise the diversity within Chambers, including training, marketing (e.g., website and news coverage) and events, and to push forward any other appropriate action within Chambers.

  • Staff Diversity Working Group. The purpose of the group is to ensure diversity amongst Doughty Street staff. The aim is to aspire to be as diverse as the local demographic of London, while acknowledging this will happen over time. This group is also responsible for various streams of outreach work, content and policy reviews.

  • Wellbeing Working Group. The purpose of the group is to increase wellbeing at Doughty Street and build awareness of matters pertaining to, and the importance of, wellbeing. This group is responsible for various streams of internal activity, external signposting, content creation and policy reviews relating to wellbeing.

Chambers has various active communities including:  

OUTy Street. Our LGBT group OUTy Street was formed in 2019 and is open to LGBT barristers, pupils and staff who wish to join. It supports LGBT people in Chambers and promotes LGBT rights externally. Follow its work on Twitter at @OUTyStreet.  

The Green Team are a welcoming collective of members and staff motivated to act on the climate and ecological emergencies. Our primary aim is to get our own house in order, by helping Chambers go green. We’re doing this by getting to grips with Chambers environmental impact and then taking steps to make it better. But we’re also a place to exchange ideas for how we can use our professional skills to make Doughty Street a leader on green issues and work.

Contact Us

For details on how to get in touch with us including outside of work hours click here.

Instruct Us

For details on how to instruct any of our barristers click here.

Social Responsibility

We aim to be socially responsible in our work and to support positive social change. Click here to read more about our efforts.