Joel Bennathan QC, Katy Thorne and Melanie Gingell join Doughty Street

22.05.13 |

We are delighted to welcome an exceptional group of barristers who are joining Doughty Street this week.


Joel Bennathan QC, a silk since 2006, is highly regarded for dealing with the most serious and complex cases in his practice which covers criminal defence, appeals, extradition, control orders and High Court actions for the victims of torture.


Katy Thorne specialises in all areas of criminal defence including lethal violence, drug trafficking, sex and fraud as leading and junior counsel. She is frequently instructed, and has a formidable record, in appeals.  She has developed a particular expertise in cases with scientific and medical expert evidence, offences against children and appealing IPPs.


Melanie Gingell joins Doughty Street as an Associate Tenant. Melanie spent many years practising in family and criminal law before taking a Masters degree in International Human Rights at SOAS in 2010.  Since then, she has focussed her work on teaching International Protection of Human Rights and Feminist Legal Theory at London South Bank University, and, increasingly, on international human rights projects, with involvement in recent projects in Colombia, Turkey, the UAE and Yemen.


Their move to Doughty Street further strengthens our significant offering of high end, top quality advocacy in complex crime, and emphasises our position as one of the leading legal practices in civil liberties and human rights, nationally and internationally.

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