Maya Sikand, Emma Goodall, Jamie Burton, and Adam Straw to be appointed Queen’s Counsel

Doughty Street Chambers is thrilled and proud to announce that Maya Sikand, Emma Goodall, Jamie Burton, and Adam Straw will be appointed as Queen’s Counsel in a ceremony (to be announced in due course) when the Lord Chancellor will present them with their Letters Patent on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

Maya has a strong civil liberties and human rights practice, primarily holding public authorities to account through public law and private law damages claims; death in custody inquests and public inquiries. She is top ranked in both legal directories for Police Law and Human Rights & Civil Liberties work. She also has a specialist criminal appellate practice acting for trafficked victims.  Throughout her career she has sought to provide a voice to the marginalised and brings an intersectional approach to her work. She was appointed a Recorder in 2018; she is a contributor to Archbold and Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery Law & Practice (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Emma is a specialist criminal practitioner. She has earned a loyal following amongst solicitors due to her meticulous approach to law and case preparation and her reputation for outstanding client-care. She has a strong track record in dealing with vulnerable and mentally disordered clients.. She is regularly instructed in trials of a high profile, complex and sensitive nature including serious sexual offences, homicide, drug trafficking and fraud. Emma also advises upon criminal appeals where she did not act at first instance and in Judicial Review proceedings. In 2012, she was appointed as a criminal Recorder.

Jamie is a both a public lawyer and an experienced civil litigator, with particular expertise in human rights, discrimination and social welfare. Jamie’s main areas of practise are human rights, community and health care, housing, social security, landlord and tenant and actions against the police.  He is head of the Doughty Street Community Care and Health Team and is a leading authority on the Care Act 2014 and children’s and migrant’s rights and acts for Claimants and Defendants and regularly advises public authorities on their policies and procedures in relation to their statutory and human rights obligations.

Adam specialises in judicial review, human rights and civil claims against public authorities. His practice includes inquests, prisons, police, surveillance, closed proceedings, international law, terrorism, children’s rights, discrimination, trafficking, immigration detention, and community care.

Maya, Emma, Jamie, and Adam join our market-leading team of 33 Silks who practise across all areas of domestic and international crime, public and administrative law, and a range of other civil and criminal practice areas.

A list of all those appointed Queen's Counsel in 2020 can be found by clicking here

For more information on Maya’s, Jamie’s and Adam's work please contact Sian Wilkins, for more information on Emma’s work please contact Matt Butchard