Reflections from Geoffrey Robertson KC, Founding Head of Doughty Street Chambers

Doughty Street was founded in 1990 by a group of libertarian lawyers. At the time we practised across many areas of civil and criminal law – from media law to mental health – at every level from the Privy Council to the Magistrates’ Courts. From the start we had a special commitment to legal aid work, international work, and the then developing field of human rights law. And so it was that we ended up defending free speech and asylum rights, criminal defendants, prisoners and patients, as well as acting for the victims of police misconduct and medical negligence. Since then we have remained true to our original commitments, but we have developed, expanded, and adapted. Today we continue to specialise in the field of human rights. We work on both legal aid and privately funded cases with our many dedicated and brilliant solicitors, as well as forging positive partnerships with our colleagues at the wider Bar. We work through our specialist practice teams with skilled management and clerking, under the guidance of our dedicated Management Board that is now chaired by Tim Moloney KC and Aswini Weereratne KC (Vice Chair). All this helps us better serve the people we represent, rich and poor, popular and unpopular alike.

Since our foundation in 1990, our aim has been and will always be to improve access to justice and to promote human rights and civil liberties through the law. We maintain our rights-based approach through our work across a number of practice areas comprising criminal law, civil law, administrative and public law, international law and human rights, both in the UK and abroad.