Public Law

"A highly esteemed set instructed in the most serious cases."

Chambers UK 2024

"A very strong set, with a high intellectual calibre."

Legal 500 2023

"A range of highly skilled counsel who are regarded as the leading experts in their areas of specialism, backed up by hard-working and clever juniors."

Chambers UK 2023

“Three Raymond Buildings are a first-rate set – they are amongst the very best in London.”

Legal 500 2023

"Three Raymond Buildings has an acknowledged reputation in extradition and international crime matters, and more generally ‘has an outstanding team which has a great depth of expertise and experience."

Legal 500 2019

Three Raymond Buildings has long had an unrivalled reputation in the field of criminal related public law, for example, two members of chambers recently appeared in the Supreme Court in the judicial review (R(ElGizouli)) arising out of the mutual legal assistance request in connection with El Shafee Elsheikh, the so-called ‘ISIS Beatle’. Two other members of chambers recently acted for Zamira Hajiyeva (the “Harrods Shopper”) in the first Unexplained Wealth Order case.

Members of Chambers appear frequently in judicial review proceedings for both claimants and defendants. We have particular expertise in dealing with applications arising out of all types of arrest, search and seizure warrants, restraint and forfeiture, decisions relating to the investigation of criminal matters, mutual legal assistance, extradition proceedings, inquests and inquiries, and prison welfare.

Our work in the field of licensing means that we also have considerable experience in dealing with applications for judicial review relating to environmental law and licensing applications and we have appeared in many of the leading cases in these areas.

Members of Chambers are regularly instructed by the government in public law matters. In particular, Hugo Keith QC was a member of the “A” Panel of civil Treasury Counsel for 8 years and continues to be instructed by the government in matters of public law.

As members of the “A” panel of civil Treasury Counsel, Clair Dobbin and Ben Watson are instructed in a wide variety of judicial review claims and advise government departments on a range of public law issues.

We appear regularly in inquests as well as claims for judicial review of coroners’ decisions. We are instructed in inquests of all kinds, including those relating to the action or inaction of the police, medical negligence, product liability, industrial disease and fatal workplace accidents.

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Areas of expertise


The “ISIS Beatle” case

Zamira Hajiyeva

The first Unexplained Wealth Order

Mark Duggan

Judicial review from Mark Duggan inquest

R (Rawlinson and Hunter Trustees) v Central Criminal Court

Leading search warrant judicial review

Unaenergy Group

Judicial review of overseas MLA

R (Williamson) v Sec State Education HL

Corporal punishment / ECHR

Ward v Commissioner of Police for Metropolis HL

Legality of mental health warrants

Ayliffe v DPP HL

War protestors

R (USA) v Bow St

Disclosure in extradition

R (Pereira) v Inner South London Coroner

Judicial review of the De Menezes inquest

“An excellent set with great strength in depth”  Legal 500 2020

“Three Raymond Buildings has an acknowledged reputation in extradition and international crime matters, and more generally has an outstanding team which has a great depth of expertise and experience.”  Legal 500 2019

“A well-established and highly talented set with some very senior silks and up-and-coming juniors.”  Legal 500 2019

Public Law barristers

King's Counsel

James Lewis KC

Call: 1987 / Silk: 2002

Barrister - James Lewis KC

Hugo Keith KC

Call: 1989 / Silk: 2009

Barrister - Hugo Keith KC

Simon Farrell KC

Call: 1983 / Silk: 2003

Barrister - Simon Farrell KC

Patrick Gibbs KC

Call: 1986 / Silk: 2006

Barrister - Patrick Gibbs KC

Helen Malcolm KC

Call: 1986 / Silk: 2006

Barrister - Helen Malcolm KC

John Hardy KC

Call: 1988 / Silk: 2008

Barrister - John Hardy KC

Stephen Walsh KC

Call: 1983 / Silk: 2009

Barrister - Stephen Walsh KC

Hugh Davies OBE KC

Call: 1990 / Silk: 2013

Barrister - Hugh Davies OBE KC

James Hines KC

Call: 1982 / Silk: 2015

Barrister - James Hines KC

Richard Wormald KC

Call: 1993 / Silk: 2019

Barrister - Richard Wormald KC

Matthew Butt KC

Call: 2002 / Silk: 2020

Barrister - Matthew Butt KC

Sophie Cartwright KC

Call: 1998 / Silk: 2021

Barrister - Sophie Cartwright KC

Clair Dobbin KC

Call: 1999 / Silk: 2021

Barrister - Clair Dobbin KC

Ben Watson KC

Call: 2002 / Silk: 2021

Barrister - Ben Watson KC

Rachel Barnes KC

Call: 2004 / Silk: 2022

Barrister - Rachel Barnes KC

Saba Naqshbandi KC

Call: 1996 / Silk: 2024

Barrister - Saba Naqshbandi KC
Junior Barristers

Ailsa Williamson

Call: 1997

Barrister - Ailsa Williamson

Kevin Baumber

Call: 1998

Barrister - Kevin Baumber

Nicholas Yeo

Call: 1999

Barrister - Nicholas Yeo

Sarah Le Fevre

Call: 2001

Barrister - Sarah Le Fevre

Bo-Eun Jung

Call: 2005

Barrister - Bo-Eun Jung

Robert Morris

Call: 2008

Barrister - Robert Morris

Emma Collins

Call: 2008

Barrister - Emma Collins

Heather Oliver

Call: 2010

Barrister - Heather Oliver

Patrick Hill

Call: 2010

Barrister - Patrick Hill

Daniel Mansell

Call: 2012

Barrister - Daniel Mansell

Reka Hollos

Call: 2014

Barrister - Reka Hollos

Rebecca Hadgett

Call: 2015

Barrister - Rebecca Hadgett

Genevieve Woods

Call: 2016

Barrister - Genevieve Woods

Ciju Puthuppally

Call: 2017

Barrister - Ciju Puthuppally

Ruby Shrimpton

Call: 2018

Barrister - Ruby Shrimpton

Charles McCombe

Call: 2017

Barrister - Charles McCombe

Jessica Hocking

Call: 2013

Barrister - Jessica Hocking

Ella Crine

Call: 2020

Barrister - Ella Crine

Rosa Bennathan

Call: 2021

Barrister - Rosa Bennathan

Stephen Bailey

Call: 2022

Barrister - Stephen Bailey

Harry Perkin

Call: 2022

Barrister - Harry Perkin

Calla Randall

Call: 2022

Barrister - Calla Randall

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