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Clair Dobbin

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 4 departments
Ranked in : Administrative & Public Law , Professional Discipline , Inquests & Public Inquiries , Extradition
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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)

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Clair Dobbin QC
Typically acts for central government departments and other public bodies in complex judicial reviews involving the criminal justice system. She is well versed in public law cases that concern terrorism and national security.
Strengths: "A hugely impressive barrister who is extremely experienced in her field."
Recent work: Appeared for the Home Secretary in the Supreme Court, in Maha Elgizouli's challenge to the decision to provide the USA with mutual legal assistance regarding her son Shafee El Sheikh, without obtaining death penalty assurance.
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Professional Discipline - London (Bar)

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Clair Dobbin QC
Respected practitioner who is regularly called upon to act on behalf of police officers and forces in complex disciplinary proceedings. She is particularly noted for her skilled handling of major inquests and is an expert in cases concerning death in custody.
Strengths: "A brilliant barrister" who "produces very sound paperwork."
Recent work: Represented Reverend Andrew Birks, a former police officer involved in the death of Sean Rigg, in the 2019 IOPC proceedings.
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Clair Dobbin QC
Consistently involved in the most high-profile inquests and inquiries. She chiefly counsels state agents, including police forces and government departments, and also has experience serving as counsel to the inquiry. Her practice has a particular emphasis on inquests relating to prison and police custody deaths.
Strengths: "Absolutely excellent. She is a delightful person but also a really hard-working and excellent barrister." "She is a force of nature: I have rarely known anybody to work as hard as she does. She has got a phenomenal practice and is frighteningly sharp and formidable." "A master advocate and a master of detail."
Recent work: Acted as counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Conducted the investigations into Lambeth Children's Homes and Rochdale.
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Extradition - London (Bar)

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Clair Dobbin QC
Has a broad practice encompassing public law and human rights as well as extradition. She has undertaken some of the most high-profile and sensitive extradition work of recent years, and has appeared in cases in the Supreme Court and the ECtHR. She is highlighted by peers for her work for the UK and US governments, providing counsel and representation in extradition litigation.
Strengths: "An excellent barrister who is very clear-minded." "A really clever lawyer."
Recent work: Acted for the US government in relation to its extradition request for Julian Assange.
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Clair's areas of expertise are public law, human rights, international co-operation law (extradition, diplomatic law and mutual legal assistance) and public inquiries and inquests. Clair has been Counsel to the Crown (civil) since 2004 and has been a member of the “A” panel of Treasury Counsel since 2014.

She has appeared in numerous leading public and human rights law cases in the UK, in recent years, including before the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Recent cases include the litigation in the Supreme Court concerning the assistance provided to the United States in respect of a terrorist fighter in Syria, absent a death penalty assurance, Harkins v United Kingdom (Cases 1 and 2 before the European Court) (whole life tariffs and extradition), Birks v MPS (judicial reviews 1 and 2) (concerning the requirements of Article 2); Ismail v SSHD (application of Article 6 to the service of foreign judgments); Bats (Government of Mongolia Intervening) v FCO (special mission immunity), Halligen v Secretary of State (application of Article 6 to extradition), Neville v MPS (civil liability under Article 2) and Unaenergy Group Holding Pte Ltd) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (duty of candour, letters of request).

Clair has a particular specialisation in the law on the rights of children and has been Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse since 2015. She was counsel to the Inquiry in the Rochdale (Cyril Smith) investigation and is counsel to the Inquiry in the ongoing investigation into Lambeth’s children’s homes.

She has very substantial public inquiry and inquest experience. She is currently instructed in the inquest into the deaths of the four victims of serial killer Stephen Port. Recent inquests include the Alexander Litvinenko Inquest; the Mark Duggan inquest and the David Emmanuel Inquest. She spent a number of years instructed on behalf of some 30 serving and former service personnel in the Baha Mousa Inquiry.

Clair has practised in extradition law from the outset of her career at 3 Raymond Buildings. She has been in numerous leading extradition cases including USA v Hamza, Hilali v Central Court, Aswat and Ahmad v USA; Ignoua and others v Italy, Brown v Rwanda, Gary McKinnon v USA; DPP (for the DPP).

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MA Hons (Cantab), Call 1999, Treasury 'C' Panel 2004; 'B' Panel 2007. “A” Panel 2014; QC 2021

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