OUR PATRON 2019-2020

Phillippa Kaufmann QC

This year, we are proud to announce that our 2019-20 Patron is Phillippa Kaufmann QC.

Phillippa is a distinguished practitioner in both public and private law, being named 'Human Rights and Public Law Silk of the Year' in 2014. She was called to the Bar in 1991 and has worked in Doughty Street Chambers, London, before moving to Matrix Chambers, Bristol, where she now practices. She took silk in 2011. 


Phillippa specialises in claims against public authorities, her high-profile work in this area including the case

DSD and NBV v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2015] EWCA Civ 646, in which she acted for two victims of the black-cab rapist John Worboys in the Supreme Court. In a landmark ruling, the five justices ruled unanimously that victims of serious crime can sue the police for failures in their investigations. 


Since 2011 Phillippa has been acting for eight women in claims against the Metropolitan Police Commissioner arising out of misconduct of undercover police officers who while undercover engaged in intimate relationships with claimant protesters: AKJ and others v Commissioner of Police [2014] 1 WLR 285 (CA) and DIL and others v Commissioner of Police. Phillippa is also a member of the Western Circuit Women's Forum.

As our Patron, Phillippa will sit on our Introduction to the Bar Panel to welcome the University’s newest aspiring barristers; we also look forward to her Patron’s Lecture early next year.


We are grateful to the University of Bristol’s Law School Advisory Board for its advice and assistance in securing Phillippa’s appointment. The Board works with alumni of the School to optimise the experience of its students and staff, and to maintain the School’s leading reputation.

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