Jesse Nicholls nominated as a finalist for the Legal Aid Barrister of the Year award

19.05.17 | |


Doughty Street Chambers is proud to congratulate Jesse Nicholls on being nominated as a finalist for the Legal Aid Barrister of the Year Award. The award is part of the 2017 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) awards which are taking place on 5th July in Central London. The LALY awards are a celebration of the achievements and dedication of access to justice lawyers and barristers.


Jesse encompasses Doughty Street Chambers’ commitment to the vital importance of legal aid work, access to justice, and the importance of legal aid in holding the State to account and vindicating the rights of those who suffer at the State’s hands. Specialising in public law, human rights, inquests and civil actions against public authorities, Jesse is a tenacious advocate for bereaved families whose loved ones have died in State custody, victims of police abuses of power and those unlawfully detained by the Home Office in immigration detention. Jesse works closely with a number of campaigning organisations, including INQUEST and Medical Justice, and is the co-chair of the Police Action Lawyers Group.


Significant cases in which Jesse has acted in the past 12 months include:

  • The inquests into the Hillsborough Disaster, which concluded that the 96 innocent victims had been unlawfully killed. The inquest jury returned a series of damning findings of State failure;
  • Jesse has acted for bereaved families in a number of inquests into the preventable self-inflicted deaths of vulnerable prisoners. In the recent inquest into the death of Daniel Dunkley at HMP Woodhill, the jury concluded that staff had grossly failed to provide Daniel with the basic care he obviously required, and that the failure by prison management to make changes following multiple previous deaths at the prison had directly contributed to Daniel’s death;
  • Jesse has acted in a number of judicial review claims challenging the adequacy of State investigations into controversial and high-profile deaths, seeking the prosecution of those responsible and defending the importance of open and transparent public hearings into such deaths. These cases have included R (Hicks) v Inner North London Senior Coroner [2016] EWHC 1726 (Admin), R (Oliver) v Director of Public Prosecutions [2016] EWHC 1771 (Admin) and Secretary of State for the Home Department v HM Senior Coroner for Surrey [2016] EWHC 3001 (Admin) (for INQUEST). Jesse is currently representing INQUEST in the ongoing judicial review into the high-rate of self-inflicted deaths at HMP Woodhill over the past three years, and he also acts for the sister of David Clapson, a Diabetic who died following the imposition of benefit sanctions by the DWP, in her efforts to secure a proper investigation into the circumstances of David’s death;
  • Jesse has represented a number of victims of the police’s failure to investigate rape and serious sexual assaults, and the police’s unlawful disclosure of highly confidential information about victims of domestic abuse to their abusers.


Read the official LALY Press Release here.

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