Abigail Bright

Abigail Bright

Abigail Bright, of Doughty Street Chambers, serves on the Bar Council's Ethics Committee. She specialises in special jurisdiction work, practising principally in terrorism, extradition, fraud, judicial reviews of issuing and executing search warrants, inquests, and human rights actions for damages against public authorities.

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Dealing with illegally obtained evidence in civil proceedings

Advising a client on how they must deal with illegally obtained evidence can be ethically and professionally challenging, as Stephen Kenny KC and Abigail Bright explain

23 January 2023

R v Daniels: returning instructions

Professionally embarrassed? The circumstances in which criminal barristers may return instructions to appear at trial have become clearer following the Court of Appeal judgment in R v Daniels

By Abigail Bright

10 May 2022

What’s it to the EU? Assange’s extradition

Enhanced protection in law by means of a proposed EU directive might yet be Assange’s real legacy and contribution to freedom in reporting information

23 September 2019

Who gets Silk 2016-17?

David Wurtzel reveals the story behind the statistics in this year’s Silk list and Abigail Bright imparts sage career advice from an expert panel of women QCs

21 February 2017

A Three-Way Tug of War

Francis FitzGibbon QC and Abigail Bright examine how human rights law has been articulated and interpreted by the European Courts, the United Kingdom Courts and the British Government, and the political reality of “Bringing Rights Home”.

Our law is saturated with human rights principles. It is almost impossible to practise law of any kind without at least a passing knowledge of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA). (The practice of politics is another matter.) The Act has had a palpable impact on relations between the State and the citizen in almost every sphere of interaction.


09 March 2014
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Earnings, reform and engagement

The new Bar Council earnings report presents a collective challenge for the self-employed Bar, remote hearings are changing and Bar Conference is back next month

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