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Doughty Street Chambers

Protest Law

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Doughty Street Chambers is regarded as a go-to set for complex civil and criminal cases involving protesters. The set's barristers are routinely instructed in high-profile judicial reviews concerning the right to protest and challenges to injunctions preventing occupation. The team is also well regarded for its expert representation of protesters in criminal proceedings. Standout cases recently handled by members include R (Jones and Others) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, the high-profile challenge to the police's decision to ban Extinction Rebellion protests in London.

Client service:

Sian Wilkins is the senior practice manager for civil matters, and Matt Butchard is the senior practice manager for criminal matters.

Strengths:

Heather Williams QC
Praised by interviewees for her diligence and consistency in high-profile protest law cases. She has experience of acting for protesters in challenges to injunctions preventing occupations, and in damages claims against the police.
"She is a very careful advocate and is not afraid of hard work - she's a pleasure to work with." "She has the full respect of the court, and that is invaluable. She is also extremely intelligent and very much to the point."
Recent work: Acted for anti-fracking protester Joe Boyd in his challenge to the unprecedentedly broad injunction granted by the High Court to protect the business interests of the INEOS group of companies from protester activity.

Strengths:

Jude Bunting
Noted for his adroit representation of protesters in complex civil claims. He is frequently instructed in judicial review challenges against the police and public bodies concerning actions to prevent occupations and the restriction of protesters' access to events.
"He fights very hard for his clients, but is able to spot the bad points in a case and abandon them." "He is an absolutely top-rate barrister - his work ethic knows no bounds and he is absolutely relentless. He's also super-bright and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in R (Jones and Others) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, a challenge to the police's decision to ban Extinction Rebellion protests in London.

Strengths:

Kirsty Brimelow QC
A highly regarded silk noted for her expert representation of protesters in both civil and criminal proceedings. She has been involved in several leading protest law cases, and has been instrumental in shaping the law in this area.
"She gets on very well with clients and is very committed. She's also very good with juries." "An excellent trial advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in Cuadrilla and Others v Lawrie, Walsh and Wilson, the first case of protesters being found in contempt of court for breaching an anti-protest injunction.

Protest Law Department

Doughty Street Chambers

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54 Doughty Street

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Heather Williams QC
Band 1
Kirsty Brimelow QC
Band 1

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Jude Bunting
Band 1