David Lammy joins Doughty Street Chambers

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Barrister turned Labour MP for Tottenham becomes associate tenant

David Lammy MP — images via Wikimedia Commons

David Lammy MP has joined Doughty Street Chambers as an associate tenant.

In a statement on Twitter last night Doughty Street welcomed the barrister turned Labour MP for Tottenham to the famed human rights set.

The Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice will serve as an associate tenant at Doughty Street, much like his boss and fellow ‘chamber mate’, Sir Keir Starmer QC.

Commenting on his appointment Lammy said this morning:

“It’s an honour to join Doughty Street Chambers as an associate tenant. I have worked with many of Doughty Street’s preeminent barristers over the years and have long admired their internationally renowned work. I look forward to contributing and drawing on this expertise.”

The news was welcomed by Doughty barristers Adam Wagner and Zimran Samuel on Twitter. “[H]onoured to have the Shadow Justice Secretary (and all round superstar MP) joining Doughty Street,” wrote Wagner.

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Born in Tottenham, north London, Lammy was awarded a choral scholarship to attend The King’s School, a state boarding school in Peterborough. He graduated in law from SOAS, University of London, where he is now a visiting professor, and went on to become the first black Briton to attend Harvard Law School, where he graduated with a masters in law in 1997. He was called to the bar in 1994 and practised as a barrister in England and as an attorney in the US.

In 2000, aged 27, Lammy became the then youngest MP, representing Tottenham. Since entering parliament, the politician has been involved in a number of high profile cases affecting his constituents including Victoria Climbié, Baby P and Mark Duggan.

In 2016, he lead an independent review (The Lammy Review) into the treatment of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the criminal justice system. He is a prominent campaigner for social justice and has led the campaign for Windrush citizens to be granted British citizenship, and fought for justice for families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Lammy, a Spurs fan, has authored two books: Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots examines the causes of the 2011 London riots, while Tribes: How Our Need to Belong Can Make or Break Society, published this year, explores the tribalism gripping British politics.

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What do associate tenants do?



Associate themselves with tenants, obviously



Absolutely nothing !



Good to see Mr Lammy concentrating on his work as an MP at this time of crisis…



No one complained when Cox worked full time at the bar while representing a constituency in western Devon.

How many days work does an associate tenant do? One or two a month?


Fact check

Interestingly, lots complained about it, it’s a running theme that Labour MPs criticise Tory MPs for working other jobs alongside being MPs – it seems to be a different philosophical approach to political office on different sides of the house.

That’s said, it’s irrelevant as Associate Tenants (it Door Tenants) rarely actually do any work from Chambers, it’s a bit honorary more than anything.


K J Colour Blind

Lammy is obsessed by skin colour. He has let down his black constituents in Tottenham by pretending knife crime isn’t a black problem; probably because to do so would challenge the chip on his shoulder. He has joined Keir Starmer as a tenant; Starmer, when head of CPS, decided not to prosecute the paedophile Jimmy Saville and the paedophiles in the Pakastani grooming gangs. Says it all about this Human Rights lot, victims rights are not as important as helping the bad guy or playing



Gave up when he took Government office.



Who cares what the Livid Whammy is up to.



SJW = Social Justice Warrior


stephen rossiter

The evil of fighting for social justice is surely clear to all……?



Interesting question: would instructing solicitors be more or less likely to hire him due to his political background?



This is a very part-time gig. You’d only instruct him where his experience in his “day job” adds something to a matter where someone else is leading



As much as I hate this guy – the work he did on the Lammy review was pretty good






Must’ve taken him ages to think up that name



Typically reviews do tend to be named after the person leading them…



do look up sarcasm in the dictionary, moron



Why would you hate any human being at all. We are are only here for a short period of time and we’ll be gone forever!



Born in N19,which is Highgate not Tottenham,keep a eye on his expenses coz we all know what he’s like 🤣🤣🤣


Truth serum

Are you an actual idiot? There is a hospital in N19, i.e. Highgate hospital, which is the major hospital for many in that part of Haringay. What nonsense point are you actually trying to make?



It’s all crap if it is beyond the circle line if you ask me.


Charles Hose

Talk about shooting one’s self in the foot 😂.



it’s funny because the people who often cry about race-baiting are often the ones who argue something isn’t racist when it clearly is or try to tell BAME people how they should think or feel about a situation. They are also the type of ppl who posted blackout pictures on their social media yesterday trying to fit into the what seems to be a majority backlash against the killing in America. Or worse yet are you the type of person who sees the killing and tries to justify it and argue whites are killed just as much simply ignoring the fact that black ppl make up less of the population so if the killing stats are even close points to a disparity in brutality.
This is the type of argument which annoys me because you will argue in response why are you bringing race into it when in fact you already mentioned it. Why don’t people leave race out of things especially now if you are ignorant of the issue.


A fellow black Briton

While I am incredibly happy to see many black Britons attend Harvard Law School, it’s simply untrue that Mr Lammy was the *first* black Briton to attend Harvard Law School. Firstly, Harvard Law School or the wider university keeps no record of the racial profile of those who are enrolled. Secondly, what about Jeremy Richmond QC of Quadrant Chambers who graduated with an LLM from Harvard Law School in 1995? Is Jeremy Richmond not also a black Briton? Just because one states something multiple times over does not somehow make it the truth. It’s important we base our careers on facts, and not attempt to take away the deserved limelight from others. I would ask readers and Legal Cheek to verify the validity of Mr Lammy’s claim that he is the *first* black Briton to attend Harvard Law School. At the end of the day, we are lawyers who understand the weight of evidence…



Indeed, Lammy’s not the first. Richmond was there two years before. And there were other Black Britons there before that. (There were two BAME Britons at HLS in 1993, for example). I have no beef with Lammy on his political record. But he was not the first Black Briton at HLS. I’m sure there are other Black Britons who were at Harvard before him who are regularly pissed off when this claim is trotted out.



Please can some one explain “What does “Associate tenant” mean? with Chambers if Barrister, and if it is a Solicitor – “Associate solicitor”?

Does this “Associate” mean not emloyed by Firm or takes work on ad hoc basis?


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