Administrative and Public Law


Chambers & Partners 2016


Doughty Street Chambers is well equipped to provide first-class service in public and administrative law cases. Members act for claimants in challenges to injustices carried out by the state and its agents. They handle judicial review proceedings, especially those which overlap with human rights claims. Further areas of strength are asylum, extradition, police law, prison law and criminal justice cases. Solicitors say: "They have a huge amount of expertise, compassion and brilliance." Recent cases have included challenges to deportation on human rights grounds and cases against the police for failure to disclose documents that may render a conviction unsafe. Client service: Richard Bayliss and his team are "the best in terms of clerking. They get back to you quickly and if a barrister is not available, because they know you and your case, they will line up someone else appropriate."

Edward Fitzgerald QC  - A silk held in high esteem for his administrative and public law work for claimants. He is recommended for constitutional challenges in Commonwealth jurisdictions and claims against the UK Government for breaches of Article 6. Strengths: "He is an extraordinary advocate who has the Supreme Court captivated." "Superb on extradition and the judicial review of warrants." Recent work: Acted for Mr Othman in an appeal by the Home Secretary challenging the finding of the SIAC that deporting him to Jordan would be a breach of Article 6.

Martin Westgate QC  - Predominantly acts for claimants and interveners in public law cases which cross over with social welfare and housing issues. He offers further expertise in immigration-related claims. Strengths: "The most approachable silk you will ever meet, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, plus he gets results." "A source of wisdom, he is truly charming with a measured and modest attitude that judges respect." Recent work: Represented a number of legal aid firms in a judicial review challenge to a decision by the Lord Chancellor to do away with funding in judicial reviews which have not been granted permission by the court.

Henrietta Hill QC - Acts on public law cases in the fields of police complaints, discrimination and inquests. She is strong on judicial review proceedings against the decisions of coroners and prosecutors. Strengths: "Henrietta is an excellent barrister who is very easy to get along with." "A top-drawer new silk." Recent work: Represented an interested party in an important decision concerning the powers of the IPCC. The Court of Appeal held that where the IPCC reports on special requirements investigations it must not conclude whether or not the officer's actions were substantively unlawful. 

Adam StrawEstablished junior who represents claimants in public law cases that intersect with human rights and criminal justice issues. He is highly recommended for claims against unlawful acts of the state relating to immigration detention and miscarriages of justice. Strengths: "An extremely good draftsman, very thorough and a real fighter." "His attention to detail and the breadth of his knowledge are unrivalled. He really stands out.Recent work: Acted for a claimant, a convicted offender, in a case against the police for failure to disclose relevant materials where such disclosure may have undermined the safety of the conviction. 

Caoilfhionn Gallagher - Focuses her practice on public law cases involving human rights claims. She is experienced in right to die and social welfare matters.  Strengths: "Very dedicated, passionate and an effective advocate." "Extremely thorough and particularly good at acting on behalf of litigants seeking to challenge the role of the state." Recent work: Acted for the appellants in a Supreme Court case challenging the legality of the decision of the Secretary of State to impose a cap on welfare benefits.

Alison PickupSpecialises in representing claimants in public law challenges arising out of immigration issues. She is also proficient in human rights, prison law and community care cases. Strengths: "An outstanding public lawyer, incredibly hard-working, writes really well and legally solid." "The quality of her work is outstanding. She is focused and committed, processes huge amounts of evidence like a computer and produces beautifully drafted and tight analysis.Recent work: Junior counsel in a challenge to the lawfulness of the residence test for civil legal aid. 

Jude Bunting - Centres his public law practice on matters relating to human rights. He is adept at cases involving data retention by security services and the treatment of prisoners. Strengths: "Very intelligent, exceptionally hard-working and takes on novel cases which push the boundaries of the law." "One of the most enthusiastic barristers I know, he will look at new ideas and angles and is a terrific advocate." Recent work: Represented the lead appellant in a Supreme Court case concerning the delay of transfers of life prisoners to open conditions. The question was whether the courts must follow previous decisions of the House of Lords or ECHR. 

Jamie Burton - Acts for marginalised claimants in complex judicial review proceedings. His cases arise from community care, housing, prison, asylum, healthcare and cuts in public services. Strengths: "Jamie is an excellent advocate who is able to successfully focus on the winning points." "A good advocate and public lawyer, he produces work almost instantly and has strength of character." Recent work: Represented the claimant in a leading Supreme Court case on the requirements of lawful consultation, which found that government changes to council tax benefits would be detrimental to the poorest members of society. 

Legal 500 2015


First-class set’ Doughty Street Chambers is praised for its ‘wealth of talent, especially at junior level’. Its ‘breadth of experience across immigration, public law, crime, and other areas’ ensures that ‘when instructing counsel on a specific area, one knows that he or she can go to colleagues and bring added angles to a case’.

Edward Fitzgerald QC - 'Fantastic'

Judith Farbey QC - 'Very impressive; excellent on detail and always runs strong points.'

Martin Westgate QC - 'He has a first-rate intellect and understands public law inside out.

Nicholas Bowen QC - 'He is thorough, thinks outside of the box and is unafraid of complex, difficult cases.'

Henrietta Hill QC - ‘An intelligent, hardworking and very able advocate.

Adam Straw - 'Highly impressive.

Alison Pickup - ‘Shines on Herculean tasks.

Caoilfhionn Gallagher - ‘A highly persuasive advocate.

David Lemer - ‘Incredibly good at cutting through the minutiae of a case and going with the arguments that win.

Jamie Burton - ‘An excellent advocate who is able to focus in on the key winning point.

Jude Bunting - ‘An exceptional barrister with a commending grasp of the law.

Mark Henderson - ‘His mind is as sharp as a razor blade, and he is a masterful legal tactician.'

Ruth Brander - 'A formidable junior.'

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