Doughty Street Chambers Shortlisted for Two LexisNexis Awards

Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories at the LexisNexis 2020 Awards - International Team of the Year for the Doughty Street International Media Defence Panel and the Award for Wellbeing.

The LexisNexis Legal Awards (formerly known as the Halsbury Legal Awards) were launched in 2013 to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across the legal sector and they have attracted an increasing number of high calibre entrants each year. 

The 2020 winners will be announced at the awards night on 11th March 2020.

The complete 2020 shortlist is available here.


The International Media Defence Panel

Doughty Street Chambers’ International Media Defence Panel was created a number of years ago to address the growing threats worldwide to journalists’ work, their safety, their liberty and often their lives. The Panel includes seven QCs, ten junior counsel, two Academic Experts (Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Professor Juan E. Méndez, former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture) and four associate tenants (Germany-based digital rights expert Nani Jansen Reventlow, Italy-based Professor Andrea Saccucci, Australia-based Matthew Lewis and US-based Nancy Hollander).

In the past year the Panel has been at the heart of many of the major cases internationally concerning media freedom. They have acted in cases concerning the deaths of journalists, including the brutal assassinations of Jamal Khashoggi (Saudi Arabia/ Turkey – Baroness Helena Kennedy QCTatyana Eatwell and Jennifer Robinson), Daphne Caruana Galizia (Malta – Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Jonathan Price and Jennifer Robinson) and Christopher Allen (South Sudan), and many cases concerning the detention and targeting of journalists simply for doing their jobs, including the imprisonment of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Myanmar (Amal Clooney). They have acted in high profile cases (such as Maria Ressa, Julian Assange/ Wikileaks and Google France) and in many cases which never hit the international headlines (such as the cases of imprisoned rapper Abe Abe in Cameroon, and the women’s rights activist and blogger Amal Fathy in Egypt). The Panel’s work also includes groundbreaking cases concerning the cross-border targeting of journalists, including the cases of BBC Persian and Iran International (the targeting of UK-based journalists by Iran).

In addition to this case work, the Panel’s policy work in the past year has been very significant. This has included Amal Clooney being appointed by the Foreign Secretary to act as Special Envoy on Media Freedom as part of this global campaign, and her being appointed Deputy Chair of a new international High Level Panel on Media Freedom, chaired by Lord Neuberger. DSI Media Defence Panel member Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is a member of the High Level Panel. Panel members have also given expert evidence to inquiries such as the Foreign Affairs Committee into Media Freedom (UK) and two inquiries currently underway in Australia concerning press freedom and the Australian Federal Police raids upon the broadcaster ABC and individual journalists.

Full details of the Panel’s work is available here and the Panel’s membership can be seen here.