Doughty Street Chambers

Henrietta Hill QC

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Henrietta Hill QC is a recognised expert in inquests and inquiries, claims against the police and discrimination law. She has appeared in many of the most high-profile inquests/inquiries in recent years including those relating to the deaths of Jean Charles de Menezes and Alexander Litvinenko and the fresh Hillsborough inquests. She is Deputy Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and leads on three of their investigations. Her police work includes representing Victor Nealon (imprisoned for 17 years before his conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal) and a series of novel discrimination claims against the police. In the Supreme Court she represented the Howard League in Coll (establishing that the provision of approved premises discriminated against women) and Liberty in Hall (about a gay couple being denied accommodation in Christian-run hotel, and now a leading case on the ‘reason why’ question in direct discrimination). Henrietta regularly writes and lectures on topics within her specialist areas and sits part-time as an Assistant Coroner and Deputy High Court Master (Queen’s Bench Division). She leads Chambers’ Equality and Wellbeing programme and is firmly committed to improving diversity at the Bar and the work-life balance of those in practice.