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Leading human rights silk Tim Otty QC is set to join Blackstone Chambers just six months after he quit 20 Essex Street to join civil rights set Doughty Street Chambers.
Otty defected to Doughty Street in February with a view to expanding his international human rights work. His arrival at Doughty Street was seen as a major coup for the set, which has spent much of the past 18 months in expansion mode.
Otty insisted that his move to Blackstone was because his practice is better suited to the Temple set and should not be seen as a snub to Doughty Street.
“Blackstone’s core areas of practice fit so closely with my own that I’ve come to the clear view that it represents the best and most logical home for me at the bar,” said Otty. “My practice spans public and human rights law, public international law and commercial law, and Blackstone has strength in each of these areas.”
Otty is well known in international human rights for his work representing inmates of Guantánamo Bay in the US Supreme Court. He also appeared before UK courts in the seminal case of A v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2005), which focused on the admissibility of evidence obtained under torture.
Since July 2008 Blackstone has added 17 new members, five of whom have joined from rival sets. Earlier this month the set bolstered its junior ranks with the addition of Andreas Gledhill from 3-4 South Square and Leona Powell from 2 Temple Gardens.