Phillippa Kaufmann QC: "The Principle of Legality in Human Rights Cases"
Phillippa Kaufmann QC (LLB 1988)
As part of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series, Phillippa Kaufmann QC (LLB 1988) barrister at Matrix Chambers will be giving a lecture entitled: "The Principle of Legality in Human Rights Cases"
Phillippa Kaufmann graduated in 1988.
After completing a masters is Socio-legal studies at Sheffield University she qualified as a barrister and began practising in 1992.
She specialised in both public and private law tackling the unlawful use of the coercive machinery of the state against the individual including in the fields of prisoners’ rights, mental health, inquests and actions against the police.
She took silk in 2011 since when she has been involved in a number of cases seeking to challenge government cuts to legal aid.
Her practice has also developed an international perspective. She is currently involved in litigation against the MOD and Foreign and Commonwealth Office arising from abuse by British forces following the war in Iraq.
Phillippa is equally at home in complex trials requiring mastery of large volumes of evidence and skilled cross examination as before the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal or Supreme Court arguing novel and difficult points of law.
Phillippa was awarded 'Human Rights and Public Law Silk of the Year' at the 2014 Chambers Bar Awards.
Phillippa has two school aged children and spends her time when not working with her family