Dobbin, Clair

Clair Dobbin’s areas of expertise are public law, extradition, civil recovery and human rights. Dobbin has substantial experience across the spectrum of extradition law. She has appeared in numerous leading cases including many important terrorist cases such as Abu Hamza; Aswat and Ahmad; Hilali and Ignoua; and others. 

Clair Dobbin

Recently she represented the UK in the cases of Harkins v UK and Edwards v UK before the European Court of Human Rights.

Other recent cases include Halligen v SSHD in which Dobbin acted for the secretary of state for the Home Department before the Supreme Court in a case concerning the application of article 6 to extradition proceedings.  

She has a particular expertise in diplomatic law and acted for the secretary of state for the Home Department in Brown v Rwanda in proceedings concerning memoranda of understanding concluded in respect of suspected genocidaires. 

Dobbin has also advised the UK Central Authority, the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police in numerous mutual legal assistance cases. These have included the criminal investigation into McLaren racing by the Italian police and the investigation of Trafigura Beheer (for the alleged unlawful handling of hazardous waste) by the Dutch authorities.

With extensive public inquiry and inquest experience, she has been involved in some of the most prominent of recent years. Dobbin acted in the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and represented a very large number of core participants in the Baha Mousa Inquiry. She was recently led by Patrick Gibbs QC in the inquest into the death of Ian Tomlinson. She is presently instructed in the inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko.

She has substantial expertise in public law and was appointed a member of the Treasury C Panel in 2004 and appointed to the Treasury B Panel in 2007. She acts for both claimants and defendants in judicial review and statutory appeals. 

Dobbin has represented a number of statutory bodies and government departments including the IPCC, the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and ACPO and has also acted for and advised the Serious Organised Crime Agency in a number of applications for the seizure of criminal assets in civil recovery proceedings. Recent cases before the Queen’s Bench Division include SOCA v Matthews (seizure of a house constructed using the proceeds of criminal conduct) and SOCA v Pelekanos (tracing the proceeds of multiple mortgage fraud).

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