Kirsty Brimelow QC elected Vice Chair of The Criminal Bar Association

Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to announce that Kirsty Brimelow QC has been elected Vice Chair of The Criminal Bar Association (CBA).

Kirsty has a distinguished career in criminal law, with particular expertise in homicide, fraud, sexual offences, drugs and torture cases, child rights and vulnerable witness cases and the law of peaceful protest.

Together with her extensive public and international human rights practice, Kirsty has the distinction of having appeared before many different courts and tribunals for both defence and prosecution and leading in both Criminal and Civil Courts of Appeal, the Supreme Court, Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights. She has defended before Courts Martial, the Court of Appeal in the British Virgin Islands, the High Court in Gibraltar and an Impeachment Tribunal in Trinidad and Tobago.

Kirsty has worked in shaping the law, legal professions and policy throughout her career; specific successes include the introduction of Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders and child rights projects in Nigeria for UNICEF. In 2018 she was awarded the First 100 years Inspirational Women in Law Barrister of the Year Award. She was the first female Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee, is a Bencher of Gray’s Inn and trainer in Advocacy and ethics. She is a visiting Professor at Goldsmith University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Edward Fitzgerald QC, Joint Head of Chambers, said:

“It’s great news that Kirsty has been elected Vice Chair of the Criminal Bar Association.  She has a most distinguished history of fighting for human rights both nationally and internationally and her work for the Bar Human Rights Committee was truly ground-breaking.  I am sure she will be a fantastic Vice Chair of the Criminal Bar Association.”

Kirsty will be working alongside the CBA’s Chair Elect Jo Sidhu QC of 25 Bedford Row, with effect from 1 September 2021.

Read more about Kirsty’s work here.