Doughty Street faces further public law exit

Doughty Street is feeling a draught once again as another public silk walks out of the door, with Paul Bowen QC quitting for Brick Court Chambers.

The defection follows the departure of five public law barristers to Monckton Chambers just months before. 

The set has been suffering over recent months from cuts to legal aid and the Jackson Reforms. Both changes have hit the earning power of members, who typically represent claimants in public law hearings.

At Brick Court Bowen will pursue a more commercially-focused public law practice, filling a hole left by high-powered silk Alan Maclean QC, who left for Blackstone Chambers in March.

Doughty Street hasn’t just lost public law members, having also seen three media juniors walk out the door for Matrix last year

But the set’s door remains open for hires, too, with human rights specialist Mark Wassouf moving to the bar from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer earlier this month. Government reforms may have had an impact, but Doughty Street’s longstanding reputation in both the public and human rights arenas is still strong.

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