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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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.
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 2022

Police Law - Leading Juniors - Tier 2 - 'Lisa provides calm yet focused advice.

‘She is tenacious, direct and pragmatic.’

Clinical Negligence - Leading Juniors - Tier 4 - ‘Lisa provides very pragmatic advice and is good in conference with experts and witnesses.'

Very good with witnesses and experts, and able to deal with unexpected developments at trial in a calm and professional manner.


Personal Injury - Leading Juniors - Tier 5 - ‘Lisa is utterly committed to each case, able to relate to any witness, and tenacious in court.

An excellent barrister who is fair, knowledgeable and reliable.


Chambers & Partners 2022

Police Law (Juniors) - Band 2

Lisa Dobie is a respected barrister who 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.

"Clients really like her and respect her advice and approach, especially in sensitive cases. We increasingly turn to her for our heavyweight cases."

Recent work: Defended Thames Valley Police in a claim alleging its investigation of a child abduction was so poor as to breach their mother's Article 3 rights, as her relationship with the children was irreparably damaged and she suffered from PTSD.

Inner Temple - Exhibition Prize Winner
Personal Injuries Bar Association

Professional Negligence Bar Association
University of Leeds,  Law LLB, First Class with Hons

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