Doughty Street wins Bar Pro Bono Award

Doughty Street Chambers has been awarded the 1999 Pro Bono Award at the Bar Council's annual conference.

Doughty Street has a track record of working on Privy Council death row cases. It has acted for families at inquests such as that into the death of Joy Gardner, advised the defendants in the McDonald's libel case, and trained lawyers in Tanzania.

The 1999 award was presented to head of chambers Geoffrey Robertson QC at the Bar Annual Conference reception in London on Saturday evening.

Lord Peter Goldsmith QC, one of the judges, says: “'Doughty Street are worthy winners, who gave us particularly strong examples of ways in which they assisted vulnerable individuals who might otherwise be denied justice.”

Amanda Barrington-Smythe of 4 Paper Buildings was runner-up for her contribution in a case referred to her via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.