Administrative and public law is at the heart of Doughty Street Chambers, with most of our barristers having experience of public law issues arising out of their respective practice areas. However, in addition we house a number of heavyweight public law practitioners who are well-equipped to deal with complex constitutional, administrative and human rights related public law cases. There is also a considerable body of junior practitioners who specialise in social welfare cases, regularly dealing with urgent cases.

Doughty Street Chambers is pre-eminent in acting for claimants in administrative and public law cases and members have been involved in many of the leading cases in recent years. A particular strength of members of Doughty Street is the breadth of their expertise, with many leading practitioners in areas as diverse as prison law, immigration, local government, mental health and terrorism. All members of Doughty Street Chambers have a commitment to human rights and civil liberties which they bring to their cases. Doughty Street Chambers is at the forefront of human rights related public law cases.

Although the primary focus of Doughty Street Chambers is acting for claimants members also work for local authorities, central government and regulatory bodies. It has long been recognised as a leading set in administrative and public law by both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. Our team was shortlisted for "Public Law Set of the Year" at the 2019 Legal 500 Bar Awards.

What the directories say

Chambers and Partners 2023 - Band 3

"The set has an exceptional breadth of expertise in numerous areas of law."

"The clerks are exceptional - they respond extremely promptly and are extremely efficient and easy to work with."

The Legal 500 2023 - Tier 3

"Doughty Street always remains one of the sets that is claimant focused. They attract many of the brightest and most passionate counsel."

"Doughty Street are a top notch chambers filled with stellar brains. They are extremely bright, creative and tenacious."

"A fantastic set of barristers."

"The clerks are approachable, efficient and provide instructing solicitors with everything that one could ask for."

The public law team have an established rota system whereby counsel are available every day to undertake out of hours judicial review applications.

The rota system can be accessed through the clerks on 07713 168999

For further details on the rota or any other client care issues, please contact the clerks.

Practice Manager, Rachel Finch

Practice Assistant, Emily Norman