Amy Street

Call 2002

Overview

Amy acts in high-profile and legally complex public law cases. Her work spans wide-ranging subject matter which has included public order, social care and mental health detention, and regularly involves human rights. Amy has significant experience on appeal up to the Supreme Court and also specialises in constitutional law. She is ranked as a leading junior in this category by the directories.

Public & Administrative

“Intellectually powerful with excellent analytic skills; a clear and incisive lawyer.”
The Legal 500

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

experience & expertise

Amy has wide-ranging experience in judicial review, as well as in public law more broadly defined, human rights and constitutional law.

reported cases and selected other work of note

Amy has appeared in leading cases at appellate level as well as at first instance.

  • Conway v Ministry of Justice (case ongoing; Amy was instructed before starting parental leave)
    Instructed in relation to High Court judicial review seeking to change the law to permit assisted dying. Led by Richard Gordon QC. Central role in co-ordinating the preparation of the claim. Potentially groundbreaking human rights / medical ethics case which has attracted widespread media attention.
  • Welsh Ministers v PJ [2016] EWCA (Civ)… [judgment awaited]
    Court of Appeal case (on appeal from the Upper Tribunal) on whether a community treatment order under the Mental Health Act 1983 can authorise a deprivation of liberty under Article 5 ECHR. Heard with case of MM which considered the same question in relation to conditional discharge. Instructed at Court of Appeal stage on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, led by Richard Gordon QC, in particular to carry out legal research, legal analysis and develop legal argument. The outcome will affect the ability of the most vulnerable mental health patients to transition from hospital care to the community.

recommendations

“A great analytical mind. Very committed to this work.”, “Excellent. She is a formidable junior and perhaps the most thorough of all the advocates I have led.”
Chambers & Partners

“Very competent and thorough, and extremely good analytically.”
The Legal 500

“She is incredibly bright, measured, thorough and pragmatic.”
Chambers & Partners 

“A very diligent and focused practitioner.”
Chambers & Partners 

“Amy Street of Serjeants’ Inn Chambers works on public law matters raising questions of human rights. She demonstrates a particular aptitude for cases concerning the police. ‘She is very credible and exceptionally bright.’ ‘An exceptionally calm advocate.'” 
Chambers & Partners 

“3 Serjeants’ Inn also plays host to Amy Street, who ‘is excellent – she is responsive, very knowledgeable,’ and ‘is phenomenal on paper and in court.’ Her work in the Court of Protection overlaps with her public law interests, and she is noted as a junior of choice for ‘public law work from a healthcare regulatory perspective.'”
Chambers & Partners

“Band 1 ranked: Amy Street…is a recognised expert on deprivation of liberty, and is very much ‘on the ascendant’ in the Court of Protection world. She is a practised barrister with much experience in often heart-rending medical cases.” 
Chambers & Partners 

“Also popular is Amy Street, who is singled out for her expertise in human rights cases relating to police law. She acted as a junior to [John] Beggs in Francis v Thames Valley Police, which was a successful defence to allegations of gratuitous attacks and racism by officers.” 
Chambers & Partners 

“‘Bright, keen and extremely user-friendly’, Amy Street is…a recognised figure rising to prominence in the field. She has particular expertise in human rights law as it applies to police law, civil actions, judicial review and disciplinary cases.” 
Chambers & Partners

“Amy Street is viewed as ‘a straight down the line, no-nonsense advocate, who is building a highly impressive practice.’ She focuses on judicial reviews and also represents many forces in civil actions and disciplinary work. As an indication of the strides she is making, she appeared in the Austin v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis case.” 
Chambers & Partners 

publications

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

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