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Doughty Street Chambers

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 7 departments

Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022

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Police Law: Mainly Claimant - All Circuits

Band 2

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.
Strengths: "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.
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Defamation/Privacy - All Circuits

Band 3

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC is an esteemed barrister who focuses her practice on the crossover of media law and human rights. Her practice encompasses pre-publication advice, access to documents and contempt of court. International media defence is a notable area of strength.
Strengths: "She understands the industry and wins over the judiciary; she is a phenomenal advocate."
Recent work: Represented the Media Lawyers' Association in the Transparency Review, an assessment of the access to and reporting of information on matters in the Family Court, including reporting restrictions and anonymisation.
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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

Band 1

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC is instructed to represent claimants in England and Northern Ireland in high-profile challenges to legislation and government policy. She is especially adept in claims concerning discrimination and human rights law, as well as children's law. 
Strengths: "One of the best legal minds out there." "She is phenomenally clever and really inspiring. You leave a call with her buzzing with ideas."
Recent work: Acted for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in a case considering whether the solitary confinement of children in Young Offender Institutions amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment in breach of Article 3 ECHR.
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - London (Bar)

Band 1

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC commands deep respect in the field of human rights and civil liberties. Her broad areas of expertise include media law, children's rights, community care and national security, and she is particularly noted for her adroit handling of matters concerning the failure of state bodies. She has a strong judicial review practice and has recently been involved with important cases surrounding abortion and women's rights.
Strengths: "Caoilfhionn is one of the sharpest legal minds I have ever worked with. She is fiercely intelligent, with a razor-sharp eye for detail." "She is incredibly persuasive as a court advocate; she really blows me away." "She is extremely committed, energetic and creative in her approach to complex legal issues. She is very good with vulnerable clients."
Recent work: Acted in R (Just for Kids Law) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a test case concerning the use of children as child spies.
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Inquests & Public Inquiries - London (Bar)

Band 1

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.
Strengths: "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.
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Community Care - London (Bar)

Band 1

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC is well known for her representation of claimants in urgent community care judicial reviews. She is particularly experienced in cases which involve homeless children, and vulnerable adult prisoners seeking support while in custody.
Strengths: "Caoilfhionn is a superstar in human rights and has pushed a lot of boundaries, making sure the court recognises the best interests of the child."
Recent work: Acted for the Official Solicitor in a series of cases concerning prisoners whose release is reliant upon the Parole Board but who lack capacity to engage in Parole Board proceedings.
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International Human Rights Law - London (Bar)

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Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC
Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC commands deep respect in the field of human rights and civil liberties. Her broad areas of expertise include media law, children's rights, community care and national security, and she is particularly noted for her adroit handling of matters concerning the failure of state bodies. She has a strong judicial review practice and has recently been involved with important cases surrounding abortion and women's rights.
Strengths: "Caoilfhionn is one of the sharpest legal minds I have ever worked with. She is fiercely intelligent, with a razor-sharp eye for detail." "She is incredibly persuasive as a court advocate; she really blows me away." "She is extremely committed, energetic and creative in her approach to complex legal issues. She is very good with vulnerable clients."
Recent work: Acted in R (Just for Kids Law) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a test case concerning the use of children as child spies.
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