Kirsty Brimelow QC

QC, Doughty Street Chambers

Kirsty practices in criminal law, public international, constitutional, human rights law and international criminal law. She is an experienced advocate and legal advisor before courts and Tribunals around the world.

In 2014, Kirsty successfully judicially reviewed a decision by the DPP that Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain was protected from prosecution for alleged torture by state immunity. She represented Amnesty International before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in its complaint that the data collection programmes Prism, Upstream and Tempora – as revealed by the U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden – were in breach of Articles 8, 10 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Kirsty has represented the Chief Justice of Trinidad and Tobago and the Chief Justice of Gibraltar and acted for the former President of the Maldives. In 2010 she was appointed by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda as Counsel to a Commission of Inquiry into international fraud. In 2012 she was appointed legal advisor to the Constitution Commission of Fiji.

Between 2011 and 2014, she led 6 training delegations of UNICEF’s Child Protection Networks in Nigeria and the National Human Rights Commission in child rights and case management, In 2014 Kirsty submitted proposals to the Home Affairs Committee to combat Female Genital Mutilation. These proposals were adopted and passed into legislation. She continues to advise cross-party peers and is part of the All Parliamentary Group on Human Rights. In 2014 Kirsty led a team of barristers taking witness statements from complainants of sexual violence in Sri Lanka. She presented the report at the UN. Currently Kirsty is working in Colombia facilitating dialogue between a peace community and the government.

Kirsty was a member of the inaugural Times Law Panel from 2007 -2009 (classified as being one of the “Top 100 Lawyers”) and nominated as The Times “Lawyer of the Week”.

Kirsty was twice listed in Management Today’s most influential 35 women under 35 (2003 and 2005). She was appointed a spokesperson for the Bar Council from 1998 – 2008 and remains a regular legal commentator in the media.

Kirsty is Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales.