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Stephen Knafler QC, Maya Sikand, Shu Shin Luh and Anthony Vaughan join Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to announce that four exceptional practitioners, Stephen Knafler QC from Landmark Chambers, Maya Sikand, Shu Shin Luh and Anthony Vaughan from Garden Court Chambers are joining our renowned public law and civil liberties and human rights teams this month.

About Stephen Knafler QC

Stephen was called to the Bar in 1993 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010. He practices across the whole area of public law and also undertakes property, planning and commercial cases. He advises and represents individuals, public authorities, regulators and commercial operators, and is licensed to accept direct instructions by way of Public Access. Stephen has appeared as an advocate at all levels of the judicial system, including the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. He has appeared in over 200 reported cases and many high value and/or sensitive mediations.

“A joy to work with: he is a true lawyer’s lawyer. He has considerable knowledge of the law, and his written and oral skills are excellent. When we work with him it is truly as a team, and I feel my opinions are valued” – Chambers and Partners

About Maya Sikand

Maya was called to the Bar in 1997. She began her legal career defending in criminal cases and  has since forged a strong civil liberties and human rights practice, primarily holding public authorities to account through private law claims, combined with a niche criminal appellate practice representing victims of trafficking. She has been involved in high-profile death in custody inquests and public inquiry work and is currently acting in the Undercover Police Inquiry. Maya is ranked in Tier 1 for Civil Liberties and Human Rights in the Legal 500 and ranked in Band 1 for Police Law in Chambers & Partners. She sits as a Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit.

"She is highly committed, razor sharp and utterly determined. She is not afraid to take on challenging cases." – Chambers and Partners 2020

About Shu Shin Luh

Shu Shin was called to the Bar in 2006. She has a broad-based public law and civil liberties practice with a strong human rights and anti-discrimination focus. Her expertise covers a full range of subject matters including community care, education, housing, welfare benefits, mental health and mental capacity, health care, human trafficking, immigration and asylum, and deprivation of liberty both in the context of immigration detention and the Court of Protection. She pursues significant public interest litigation on behalf of individuals and organisations and advises governmental and non-governmental organisations on legal policy and draft legislation. She is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of junior counsel and is ranked as a leading junior by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in Administrative and Public Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Community Care, Education and immigration and Asylum.

"She has excellent judgement and is spot on with her succinct and excellent drafting. She truly has star quality.” – Legal 500 2020

About Anthony Vaughan

Anthony Vaughan was called to the Bar in 2006. He specialises in human rights and administrative law.  He has been involved in high profile litigation concerning deprivation and restrictions on liberty, support and accommodation, removal powers, access to medical care, immigration and asylum law, and sensitive litigation involving national security, international relations and closed material procedures.  His practice has a particular focus on migrants’ rights.  He is instructed by individuals, charities, companies and other organisations who are bringing or defending claims against the State, both in public and private law.  He is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of junior counsel. 

"He's hugely efficient and is really good at responding quickly to unexpected dilemmas that pop up in a case because he's such a quick thinker." – Chambers and Partners 2020


For more information about their practice, please contact Sian Wilkins at s.wilkins@doughtystreet.co.uk or on 020 7400 9088.