Abimbola Johnson joins Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to welcome Abimbola Johnson who joins our Actions Against the Police & Inquests and Inquiries team from 25 Bedford Row.

With expertise in criminal law, professional misconduct and inquiry work, Abimbola is well placed to advise in relation to civil claims against the police. This includes matters relating to false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office as well as breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 and violations of the Human Rights Act 1998.

A persuasive advocate with a keen eye for detail and a tenacious approach to legal argument, Abimbola’s career at the Bar started in criminal defence where her practice encompassed all areas of criminal law. She often appeared in serious and complex cases co-defending with, and against, far more senior members of the Bar.

Abimbola appears in all healthcare tribunals and sits as a legal assessor for Social Work England. She has worked on a number of high-profile public inquiries and reviews:

  • She is currently instructed as counsel to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry

  • Between 2019 and 2021 Abimbola was part of the Dame Linda Dobbs Review Team

  • Between 2018 and 2019, Abimbola was part of the Aftermath Team in the Grenfell Public Inquiry

  • In 2012, Abimbola was instructed as part of the team on the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry. Instructed by the Department of Health.

Abimbola chairs the Independent Scrutiny & Oversight Board which is tasked with scrutinising the National Police Chiefs’ Council and College of Policing’s Race Action Plan, devised to stamp out racism across policing in England and Wales.

To learn more about Abimbola, contact our Practice Manager Melvin Warner.