Lisa Dobie

Call: 2006
Senior (10+ yrs call)

"She gives excellent practical advice, is realistic, is good with clients and is also great with juries and at trial."
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Expertise
Lisa acts for police forces across all areas of civil work including malfeasance, human rights and employers’ liability matters. She was instructed as junior counsel in  the Supreme Court case of James-Bowen & Ors v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2018] UKSC 40.

Lisa is leading junior in the field of personal injury and has a particular expertise in acting for public bodies. She is frequently instructed in complex duty of care and vicarious liability cases. Lisa has significant experience across all areas of highways claims, employers’ liability, stress at work claims and historic sexual and physical abuse cases.

Lisa is also a leading junior in the field of clinical negligence.   She acts for claimants and defendants across all areas of clinical practice including birth injury, cancer related claims, gynaecological issues, mental health, spinal and brain damage. Lisa is also frequently instructed as junior counsel in high value and complex claims.

Lisa frequently appears in the Coroners Court. She represents a range of interested persons including families, local authorities, NHS Trusts and Mental Health Trust (including services provided within prisons), Employers and Police Authorities. She has experience of both jury and non-jury inquests.
Education
University of Leeds,  Law LLB, First Class with Hons
Recent cases

  • James-Bowen & Ors v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2018] UKSC 40

  • Jeffreys v The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis  [2017] EWHC 1505 (QB), [2017] 4 Costs LO 409, [2018] 1 WLR 3633;

  • Simson v Islington LBC  [2013] EWHC 2527 (QB); [2013] 7 WLUK 533;

  • Zapello v The Chief Constable of Sussex Police [2010] EWCA Civ 1417

Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Rankings
Legal 500 2020

Police Law - Leading Juniors - Tier 2 - ‘Her advise is first-rate.'

Clinical Negligence - Leading Juniors - Tier 4 - ‘Very user-friendly, great attention to detail and pragmatic.'

Personal Injury - Leading Juniors - Tier 5 - 'She is dynamic, forthright advocate whose paperwork is first-class.'

Chambers & Partners 2019

Police (Juniors) Band 3
Defends the police against civil claims in relation to misfeasance and false imprisonment, as well as human rights claims centring on the police's failure to investigate, and controversial claims in negligence.
"A very excellent and able junior who is very measured and thoughtful in her approach." "Really approachable, especially with police forces, and has a very good intellect. She will be a real star in the future."

Recent work: Represented the Metropolitan Police in an appeal to the Supreme Court, where the court determined whether the force had a duty of care to protect the reputation and other interests of officers implicated in unlawful conduct, where the force had admitted liability.
Awards
Inner Temple - Exhibition Prize Winner
Memberships
Personal Injuries Bar Association

Professional Negligence Bar Association

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