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Doughty Street Chambers

Police Law: Mainly Claimant

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Doughty Street Chambers offers a formidable bench of barristers who have a deep knowledge of actions against the police. They are esteemed for their work in high-profile civil claims related to arrests and assault, discriminatory policing and the failure to investigate. Members have notable experience in sensitive claims arising from deaths in custody or during operations, and frequently appear for families in associated inquests. The chambers routinely handles the most significant cases in the field, including the civil claim for misfeasance concerning the police cover-up of the Hillsborough disaster, in which Heather Williams QC, Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Alison Gerry, Fiona Murphy and Nick Brown acted for the main claimant group. Barristers from the set have also attracted major instructions for non-police participants in public inquiries, including the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Client service:

"Grace Walton has been especially impressive for the prompt service she provides; all the clerks I deal with at Doughty Street are very friendly and approachable." "The clerks have been very good especially during the pandemic: they remained contactable and helpful throughout." Sian Wilkins is the senior civil practice manager.

Strengths:

Adam Straw QC
Adam Straw QC is a leading police action and public law barrister, well known for his work in relation to police shootings. He also handles claims concerning the national legislation for disclosure, and miscarriages of justice. He is particularly notable for his strength in public inquiries.
"He is extremely knowledgeable in police law matters including youth justice, and is tactically astute." "He is extremely bright, persuasive and unflappable, with a fantastic work ethic."
Recent work: Represented the family of Sean Fitzgerald at the inquest into his death and in related civil claims. He was shot and killed by a police officer.

Strengths:

Alex Gask
Alex Gask is a highly experienced barrister who focuses on claims concerning breaches of Articles 2 and 3 ECHR, arising from the police's failure to investigate, or assault or death in the course of police contact. He has also been active in litigation relating to the undercover policing scandal.
"I have done many successful cases with Alex. He is calm, meticulous and a real team player."
Recent work: Acted for Harvey Proctor in a claim against the Metropolitan Police concerning its investigation of false child abuse claims made against him by Carl Beech.

Strengths:

Alison Gerry
Alison Gerry is a skilled barrister who is highly reputed for her work in failure to protect claims, in addition to police-focused inquests and judicial review. She attracts acclaim for her work in the long-running legal fallout of the Hillsborough disaster.
"Super bright - she can get to the issue quickly and is great at digesting large volumes of information."
Recent work: Acted for the group of around 600 claimants bringing a civil claim against South Yorkshire and West Midlands Police, the two forces accused of perpetrating a cover-up following the Hillsborough tragedy.

Strengths:

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC is esteemed for her pioneering human rights work for children and women within the scope of police law. She is also notable for her work in the Hillsborough group litigation, and is active in judicial reviews concerning the retention and disclosure of criminal records.
"Caoilfhionn is someone you want on your team and not the other side. She is very good on the law and she gets lots of hot briefs; she is quick on her feet and reacts quickly."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants bringing a civil claim against South Yorkshire and West Midlands Police, the two forces accused of perpetrating a cover-up following the Hillsborough tragedy.

Strengths:

Fiona Murphy
Formerly a prominent claimant-side solicitor, Fiona Murphy is known for leading national conversations on policing policy. She is regularly sought out to represent the families of those killed as a result of interaction with the police, including at inquests and public inquiries, and provides outstanding counsel in matters arising from areas such as IOPC procedure.
"If I were a client looking for a barrister to bring a claim against the police I wouldn't blink before going straight to Fiona. Since she went to the Bar she has hit the ground running and I can't understand why she isn't a silk."
Recent work: Acted for a family member of Jermaine Baker in the Court of Appeal case concerning his killing by an armed officer, and considering the test for self-defence when police officers kill members of the public.

Strengths:

Jamie Burton QC
Jamie Burton QC is well regarded for handling claims against the police concerning discrimination, the unlawful disclosure of data and the failure to investigate. He is also experienced in protest-related cases.
"For me he is the go-to barrister for complex human rights claims arising from historic abuse. He has a keen eye for detail, he is very strategic and very clever, and he is totally committed to his client group."
Recent work: Acted for a group of anti-fascist demonstrators in claims against the Metropolitan Police concerning the dispersal of their counter-protest at a BNP march.

Strengths:

Jude Bunting QC
Jude Bunting QC is a superbly talented barrister acclaimed for his all-encompassing police law practice that includes civil claims, inquests and public inquiries, as well as judicial review. He has particular strength in protest-related matters and frequently handles cases concerning deaths occurring during police contact.
"Just a real joy to watch when he speaks and really sharp in terms of his questioning. He is super bright and has a real knack of getting under his opponent's skin."
Recent work: Acted for Sipho Sibanda and two others in a judicial review challenging the police's powers to prevent protest during the coronavirus lockdown in 2020.

Strengths:

Maya Sikand QC
Maya Sikand QC is highly regarded for claims against the police in relation to police shootings and false imprisonment. She is highlighted for her prominent instruction in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, and has further knowledge in claims involving malicious prosecution, assault and ECHR breaches.
"She is highly committed, sharp, utterly determined and not afraid to take on challenging cases." "She is really engaged and is involved in every aspect of the case."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Walker v Greater Manchester Police, a claim for exemplary damages and assault, concerning serious dog bite injuries he sustained during a police chase.

Strengths:

Nicholas Bowen QC
Nicholas Bowen QC possesses notable expertise spanning tort and human rights claims against the police and other public authorities. He is particularly active in claims alleging a failure to properly investigate crime.
"A very intellectually astute lawyer who is not afraid to make difficult and complex arguments on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a test case on civil liability of the police in negligence, for an incompetent response to a road traffic accident caused by black ice. Shortly after the police's involvement, a second, fatal collision took place.

Strengths:

Nick Brown
Nick Brown has acted in a number of the most prominent police inquests in recent years, as well as related civil litigation. He has expertise in representing clients in a range of civil claims including assault, misfeasance and false imprisonment.
"Nick is extremely passionate about his cases and is one of the hardest-working barristers at the Bar. Nothing is ever too much for him and he is always available when needed. His intelligence is on a different level."
Recent work: Acted for the family of Aliny Godinho at her inquest. She was murdered by her husband shortly after police released him on bail; breaches of his bail conditions were reported to police and not acted upon.

Strengths:

Nick Stanage
Nick Stanage acts in a range of actions against the police, including cases concerning malicious prosecution, misfeasance and unlawful arrest. His experience encompasses claims alleging human rights breaches, and he has appeared in major public inquiries involving the police.
"A very eloquent and persuasive barrister; he has a nice economy of language that judges really like."
Recent work: Represented 14 victims in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse's inquiry into institutional responses to allegations made against Lord Janner QC. The inquiry investigated allegations of corruption in Leicestershire Police.

Strengths:

Ruth Brander
Ruth Brander is a formidable barrister renowned for her work in claims against the police, as well as inquests and public inquiries. She is noted for her prominent involvement in the Undercover Policing Inquiry, and for acting in related judicial review. She boasts considerable expertise in Article 3 breaches concerning the police's failure to investigate, and a range of other claims including false imprisonment and assault.
"She has completely risen to the relentless challenge of her instruction in the Inquiry. She has brought a clear strategy and a calm approach to a difficult situation. She is extremely knowledgeable, spots bad points and is a reassuring presence to clients."
Recent work: Acted as standing counsel to non-police and non-state core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Strengths:

Sam Jacobs
Sam Jacobs successfully represents victims of police wrongdoing in a variety of claims, including those for false imprisonment, and has acted in cases which closely examine the legal grounds for police liability in negligence.
"Brilliant with clients and keeps ahead of legal developments. He is a really hard-working and committed barrister, and it's nice to work with someone who is passionate and enthusiastic and can bring state authority to account."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a claim for negligence against Nottinghamshire Police, after he was arrested and imprisoned when an officer misread a negative field test for cocaine.

Strengths:

Stephen Cragg QC
Stephen Cragg QC is highly regarded for his work in civil claims and judicial reviews challenging police actions and decisions, particularly in relation to data retention and privacy. He also advises on inquests and claims relating to deaths in custody.
"I think his written work is absolutely excellent; he is thoughtful, clear, persuasive and his negotiations are strong. He gets on well with solicitors – he is clear and responsive."
Recent work: Acted for Trevor Pilgrim in a civil action against the police arising out of his mistaken inclusion on the Police National Computer, and subsequent arrest and detention.

Strengths:

Tom Stoate
Tom Stoate is a barrister highlighted for his expertise in representing bereaved families at inquests and in claims against the police. His focuses include death following police pursuit, and discrimination and false imprisonment.
"He has a great intellect and is excellent on his feet and a real pleasure to work with. Extremely bright and pretty relentless."
Recent work: Acted for bereaved families at the fresh Birmingham Pub Bombings inquests. The inquiry focused on the actions of the police in gathering and responding to intelligence at the time of the attacks.

Police Law: Mainly Claimant

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Police Law: Mainly Claimant


Adam Straw QC
New Silks
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Band 2
Jamie Burton QC
New Silks
Jude Bunting QC
New Silks
Maya Sikand QC
New Silks
Nicholas Bowen QC
Band 2

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