Amy Street

Call 2002

Overview

Amy specialises in cases involving novel or complex points of law and her approach is applicable across all chambers’ areas of practice. She is regularly instructed at appellate level and at first instance where particular legal issues have been identified. She has a particular reputation for high profile and legally complex public & administrative law (including human rights and constitutional law), medical/welfare law (including Court of Protection, mental health and clinical negligence), and professional discipline/regulatory law (including police law).

Amy is clerked primarily by Tom O’Connor, Samantha Jones, Louis Lockwood and Shaun Coleman.

“She’s got a brain the size of a planet, and she’s an extremely smooth and persuasive advocate.”
Chambers & Partners

Amy Street instructed in claim seeking to change the law to permit assisted dying.

Experience & Expertise

Amy’s practice focuses on novel and complex points of law. She is recognised as a leading public and human rights lawyer (as well as in other subject areas) and brings the rigour of this approach to all her work. She is used to applying her expertise in new contexts and her incisive legal skills are applicable to all areas of chambers’ practice.

Other Aspects of practice

Amy has provided research and writing assistance in relation to competition law.

Since 2009, Amy has been legal advisor to ‘Unreliable Evidence’, BBC Radio 4’s legal discussion programme with Clive Anderson.

 

reported cases and selected unreported work

Amy has acted in leading cases in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords / Supreme Court, as well as at first instance. In 2016 Amy represented the Welsh Ministers in the Court of Appeal in a human rights / mental health case, and is due to appear in the Court of Appeal in 2017 in a case about DNA paternity testing.

Recommendations

The directories recommend Amy as a leading junior for public & administrative law; Court of Protection work; and professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law). Her Court of Protection ranking is the highest available (Band 1).

Clients cited by the directories note that she is phenomenal on paper and in court’, an exceptionally bright barrister who is able to cut through complex issues’ and ‘just so approachable with a good understanding of clients’ needs’.

Other directory editorial has included the following:

publications:

Medical Treatment: Decisions and the Law, Bloomsbury Professional, 3rd Edition (2016), co-author

Judicial review and the Rule of Law: Who is in control?, The Constitution Society, 2013 (sole author)

Select Committees and Coercive Powers – Clarity or Confusion?, The Constitution Society, 2012, co-author with Richard Gordon QC

articles

Amy has recently reported on the following cases for the Medical Law Reports:

  • R (Speck) v HM Coroner for District of York and Ors  [2016] EWHC 6 (Admin) [2016] Med LR 103 Judicial review – Inquests – Scope of inquest – Article 2 ECHR – Right to life – State’s procedural obligation to investigate death – Policy and resources – Causative link with death – Coroner’s duty to investigate – Coroner’s discretion to investigate – Mental Health Act 1983 – Place of safety.
  • Staffordshire CC v SRK [2016] EWCOP 27[2016] Med LR 398Human rights – Mental capacity – Personal injury – Deprivation of liberty – Attribution of responsibility to state – Whether state responsible for deprivation of liberty – Whether authorisation of deprivation of liberty by Court of Protection required.
  • Re G (An Adult) [2015] EWCA Civ 446 [2015] Med LR 249Costs – Mental Capacity – Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Court of Protection Rules 2007 – Personal welfare proceedings – Departure from general rule of no costs order – Proportionate costs order.
  • St George’s HC NHS Trust v P [2015] EWCOP 42[2015] Med LR 463 Mental capacity – Best interests – Withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment – Minimally conscious state – Assessment of disorder of consciousness – SMART assessment – Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  • Notts Healthcare NHS Trust v RC [2014] EWCOP 1317 [2014] Med LR 260 Mental capacity – Mental health – Human rights – Refusal of life-saving treatment on religious grounds – Advance decision – Right to life – Lawfulness of clinician’s decision not to treat.
  • Aintree V James [2013] UKSC 67 [2014] Med LR 1 Mental Capacity Act 2005 – Adult – Best interests – Withholding of life sustaining medical treatment – Futility of medical treatment.

 

reflections

I’m excited by the process of working out what a case is really about, weaving human narrative with legal argument to drive it home.

It’s so important to find out what my client really wants. However interesting the legal points, I’m not doing my job properly unless I’m arguing my client’s case.

I really enjoy working in a team where everyone’s individual skills can be pooled and put to best use.

“Law is about creativity. At first it seems to be all about fixed rules. But in fact these just provide the framework for making (or responding to) arguments about how things could be different.”

I take pride in clear, elegant writing using everyday language rather than convoluted legal jargon.

I’ve learnt from the best, having worked with leaders on all sorts of cases up to the Supreme Court. I’ve had satisfying moments realising that I have emulated aspects of their work which I have so admired.

Law is about creativity. At first it seems to be all about fixed rules. But in fact these just provide the framework for making (or responding to) arguments about how things could be different.

I try to apply what I learn in different subject areas to all my work.

The rigour of a public law approach is particularly important to me. It’s critical not to skip over the fundamental question of whether there is a legal basis for whatever is proposed.

I’m most proud of cases where, from an unpromising set of facts, I’ve developed compelling legal argument which has led to a much better result than was predicted at the outset.

further information

For further details of Amy’s practice please click on the links to the left or contact a member of the clerking or client service team.

Bar Council Membership No: 44430
Registered Name: Amy Caroline Street
VAT Registration No: 848549377