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Doughty Street Chambers

Inquests & Public Inquiries

13 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Doughty Street Chambers is regarded by clients as "a leader in the inquests and inquiries field, with barristers that are in a class of their own." Members of the set have substantial experience in extremely high-profile matters, typically representing victims and bereaved family members, or acting as counsel to the inquiry. The chambers draws strength from the barristers' expertise across a range of areas including mental health, and police and prison law. Recent work includes instructions in the Independent Inquiry in Child Sexual Abuse, the inquest into the death of Molly Russell and the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Client service:

"They are always very reliable. Grace Walton in particular is really helpful around counsel availability." "They have a very good case management system, and from our side it feels a very efficient and smooth process." Sian Wilkins is the senior civil practice manager.

Strengths:

Adam Straw QC
Adam Straw QC has a strong track record of being instructed in major inquests and inquiries, typically on behalf of bereaved families. He also frequently appears in public law proceedings and human rights litigation arising out of inquests and public inquiries. He receives considerable praise for his legal knowledge and admirable work ethic.
"He puts in a phenomenal amount of work and is a vital member of legal teams. He is willing to push boundaries and cares about the outcome for clients." "He provides great work in both written and oral arguments."
Recent work: Continued to act for the family of Dawn Sturgess at the inquest into her death, after she ingested Novichok following the attempted assassination of the Skripals.

Strengths:

Alison Gerry
Alison Gerry brings her deep expertise in human rights law to bear on her inquests practice. She typically acts in Article 2 proceedings which involve deaths in prison, police custody and mental health institutions. She also has experience representing core participants in public inquiries.
"She is a really thorough barrister, really good with complex medical and expert issues, and manages to simplify the unsimplifiable in a persuasive way." "She finds the weak point and goes for it - an incredibly impressive opponent."

Strengths:

Angela Patrick
Angela Patrick has notable expertise in public law which she draws upon to represent participants in complex inquiries and inquests.
"She is very sensitive, clever and practical in everything she does. She is extremely good at reading the room and makes a good impression on coroners and other counsel." "She's an efficient barrister."
Recent work: Acted for The Times, BBC and ITN in the Fishmongers' Hall inquests, in resisting anonymity applications and applications for special measures by the family of Usman Khan.

Strengths:

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC frequently appears for bereaved families in significant inquests that are often at the centre of broader social justice campaigns. She is particularly proficient in proceedings which scrutinise the adequacy of police investigations. Her significant public law expertise means she is a strong choice to appear in judicial reviews concerning coronial decisions and the scope of inquests, particularly in issues such as anonymity orders. She has experience of providing counsel to clients on issues relating to the protection of children.
"She is an exceptionally good advocate for families at inquests and inquiries, as well as across civil liberties. A pre-eminent barrister." "Her written work is superb, her commitment is outstanding and she's always one step ahead."
Recent work: Continued to act on behalf of the family of Stephen Dymond at the inquest into his death by suicide following his appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show. The case resulted in a parliamentary inquiry into the aftercare of reality TV guests.

Strengths:

Fiona Murphy
Fiona Murphy brings to the Bar her years of experience as a solicitor handling inquests and actions against the police. She predominantly advocates on behalf of bereaved families in a wide range of matters, with a particular emphasis on inquests touching on police conduct.
"She is a distinguished practitioner with a passionate commitment to her clients." "She is definitely a go-to barrister in terms of technical knowledge. She has worked on some of our most complex cases."
Recent work: Acted for the family of Jermaine Baker in the inquiry into his fatal shooting by the Metropolitan Police in December 2015.

Strengths:

Henrietta Hill QC
Henrietta Hill QC appears on behalf of bereaved families and other participants in high-profile inquests and inquiries scrutinising the actions and omissions of the state. She is also experienced in leading investigations as counsel to inquiries and inquests, as well as offering expert advice to clients who are seeking to obtain an inquest.
"Whenever any significant inquest comes up you know she will be at the heart of it." "She's able to master lots of different briefs and carries the weight of experience with her."
Recent work: Continued to act as deputy counsel in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Undertook a supervisory role across the entire inquiry, in addition to conducting four of its investigations.

Strengths:

Jude Bunting
Jude Bunting has wide-reaching experience which includes inquests arising from deaths in prison, deaths in police custody and proceedings arising from the Troubles in Northern Ireland, as well as investigations scrutinising the actions of the police. His deep expertise in public and administrative law means he is also well placed to advise on judicial reviews concerning coronial decisions.
"He's a real standout for me. He has a very good way about him and a great approach as an advocate for families." "A hard-working, impressive speaker and a passionate advocate. A really impressive barrister."
Recent work: Instructed by the BBC as interested party in the Brook House Inquiry, set up to investigate the decisions, actions and circumstances surrounding the mistreatment of detainees at the immigration detention centre.

Strengths:

Kate Beattie
Kate Beattie is well versed in inquests involving clinical negligence and mental health treatment. She is also experienced in public inquiries and capable of handling damages claims arising out of clinical negligence inquests. She has attracted attention for her instructions as counsel to the inquest or inquiry.
"She is a very hard-working barrister who is extremely bright and great with clients. Particularly skilled at cases requiring medical knowledge or analysis."

Strengths:

Katherine O'Byrne
Katherine O'Byrne is well regarded in the market as a result of her involvement in high-profile public inquiries. She has notable experience appearing as counsel to the inquiry in sensitive matters examining abuse of vulnerable individuals by state agents.
"She's extremely hard-working, very bright and knows her way around inquiries." "She is an excellent barrister and a great team player with hugely impressive knowledge."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Strengths:

Maya Sikand QC
Maya Sikand QC excels in the representation of bereaved families in complex Article 2 inquests, particularly those involving examination of policing or prisons. She has further experience acting in high-profile inquiries including the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
"She really cares about her clients, which shines through. She is dedicated to her cases and brilliant with clients." "She is a very fair and even-handed advocate who takes good points."
Recent work: Acted in the Undercover Policing Inquiry on behalf of Peter Francis, a former undercover officer and whistle-blower regarding the activities of the Special Demonstration Squad.

Strengths:

Ruth Brander
Ruth Brander handles matters for a range of clients, including core participants in high-profile inquiries, as well as bereaved family members. She is experienced in investigations involving prison custody deaths or police failings.
"You have to be absolutely on your game with her; as an opponent she makes sure you have to be your best." "She is a bright and very able barrister. She is technically wonderful and can really make a difference in a case."
Recent work: Continued to represent a group of approximately 200 non-state core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Strengths:

Sam Jacobs
Sam Jacobs is a popular barrister with considerable experience acting in inquests and public inquiries such as the IICSA and the Undercover Policing Inquiry. He is particularly well equipped to represent families in inquests concerning prisons and police custody, or mental health services.
"He's brilliant, thoroughly prepared and attentive. Clients also adore him." "He's hard-working, completely unflappable and commands the ear of the court."
Recent work: Acted for the family of Paul Chin at a two-week inquest into his death in a care home.

Strengths:

Tom Stoate
Tom Stoate is praised as a barrister who brings a high level of skill and sensitivity to his representation of bereaved families at death in custody and mental health-related inquests, as well as those arising from acts of terrorism.
"Tom is an absolute pleasure to work with. He's fantastic with clients, quickly grasps the issues in a case and is always one step ahead of the opponent." "He is an exceptional advocate who is very good on strategy and a real delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the family of Liridon Saliuka in an inquest concerning his self-inflicted death in HMP Belmarsh.

Inquests & Public Inquiries

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Inquests & Public Inquiries


Adam Straw QC
New Silks
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Band 1
Henrietta Hill QC
Band 1
Maya Sikand QC
New Silks

Juniors

London (Bar)

Inquests & Public Inquiries


Alison Gerry
Band 2
Angela Patrick
Band 3

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