Doughty Street Chambers’ five 2022 silks are sworn in at the Queen’s Counsel appointment ceremony at Westminster Hall

Doughty Street Chambers is extremely proud to congratulate our five 2022 Silks who were formally sworn in at the Queen’s Counsel Appointment Ceremony at Westminster Hall on Monday 21st March. Sarah Vine, Liam Walker, Laura Dubinsky, Richard Thomas and Jude Bunting have been appointed Queen’s Counsel following a rigorous selection process aimed at demonstrating excellence in advocacy before the superior courts of England and the Country of Wales.

Sarah Vine (center left), Liam Walker (left), Laura Dubinsky (right), Richard Thomas (center) and Jude Bunting (center right)

Sarah specializes in criminal and appellate law, defending a wide range of difficult and emotional cases involving serious violence (particularly murder and other homicides) and sexual offences. She is also heard on complex and serious allegations of financial crime, and is sought out for advice and representation in matters involving investigative powers, confiscation and restraint orders.

Liam is a crime specialist whose practice spans regulatory and professional disciplinary law (including sports, medical and media), business crime, investigations and investigations. He is one of only two junior lawyers ranked among the top lawyers on the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners 2022. Liam is regularly tasked with defending those accused of the most serious offences: murder, attempted murder, terrorism, serious sexual offenses and complex frauds. He is the author of the Westlaw Insight Guide to Manslaughter and, as an expert in sexual offences, is a speaker for Lexis Nexis on serious sexual offences. Due to Liam’s commitment to his clients, Liam is regularly tasked with representing high profile individuals.

Laura practices public law at all levels, with a particular focus on cases with a refugee, immigration, ECHR or EU law dimension. She is regularly called upon to intervene on challenges to government policies and on systemic failures arising from the practices of public authorities. A significant part of his work also focuses on civil liberties. She has, for example, acted in model disputes concerning the scope of bail powers; challenges to the illegal imposition of COVID-related curfews; and numerous landmark cases concerning unlawful administrative detention.

Richard has extensive experience in complex and high profile trials and appeals. He regularly appears in cases that engage the interface between criminal, public and civil law, and many of his cases involve an international dimension, arising from multi-jurisdictional investigations or prosecutions. Richard advises individuals, organizations and businesses seeking to manage the risks of contravening criminal law (particularly terrorist and financial sanctions regimes) and is often instructed at an early stage, challenging investigative measures and assisting customers to manage a global strategy.

Jude specializes in judicial review, human rights and media law. He is an expert in arguing new and high-profile points of law and has acted in 17 cases before the Supreme Court. Her practice includes cases involving open justice, surveillance, national security, prisons, policing, international law and women’s rights. In 2020, Jude was named “Public Law Junior of the Year” at the Legal 500 Bar Awards, “Human Rights and Public Law Junior of the Year” at the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards and “Lawyer of the Week” at The Times. .

Doughty Street Chambers also congratulates our colleague and academic expert Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG on her appointment as an Honorary Queen’s Counsel (QC Honoris Causa). Honorary QCs are awarded to those who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales, outside court practice.


For more information on the work of Sarah, Liam and Richard, please contact Matthew Butchard.

For more information on Laura’s work, please contact Rachel Finch, and for Jude, please contact Melvin Warner.

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