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Human rights barrister Tim Otty QC has left 20 Essex Street to join civil rights set Doughty Street Chambers.
Doughty Street director Robin Jackson said: “He’s very much someone who wants to pursue a career in international human rights. He still does some commercial work, but his passion is human rights work.”
Otty, who joins the set today (1 February), made headlines in 2006 when he appeared in the US Supreme Court on behalf of three Guantanamo Bay detainees in a matter that considered the legality of their detentions.
His move to Doughty Street is a further sign of the set’s ambition to grow its market share.
Last August the chambers established a base in Manchester (The Lawyer, 27 August 2009) followed in September 2009 with the opening of an outpost in Bristol.