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    16-03-2022

    Eversheds Sutherland welcomes Piers Doggart to the Litigation & Disputes practice

    Eversheds Sutherland has appointed Piers Doggart, a qualified Barrister with over thirty years’ legal experience, to its Inquiries & Investigations team.

    Piers joins Eversheds Sutherland’s Inquiries & Investigations team following twenty years working across various legal functions in the UK Government, including roles within the Crown Prosecution Service and HM Revenue and Customs. He joins the firm from the Government Legal Department (GLD), where he was Deputy Director and Head of the Attorney General and General Private Law Team.

    Piers has broad and varied experience of advising Government, including recently providing advice on the administration of the Windrush Compensation Scheme and defending private law claims brought in connection with the Windrush scandal. He has also co-ordinated and advised on civil claims brought against the Home Office and Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities arising from the Grenfell Tower Fire, and a substantial damages claim brought against a Law Enforcement Agency. He has substantial experience of acting and advising where issues around national security and/or sensitive material are in play, having led the litigation team handling national security and counter-terrorism litigation between 2012 and 2015.

    Piers has particular experience of working with or for public inquiries and investigations. He represented the government interest in engaging with the Litvinenko Inquiry, and subsequently advised a former senior cabinet Minister in the ‘Maxwellisation’ process for the Iraq Inquiry.

    Building on this interest in 2015 he was appointed to the statutory post of Solicitor to the Undercover Policing Inquiry. He held the role for five years, providing legal advice to the Panel (first Sir Christopher Pitchford, then Sir John Mitting), and during this time managing the strategy for the recruitment and management of the legal team, and was a member of the Inquiry’s Overview Board, mandating the investigative strategy and other aspects of the Inquiry’s work. Piers was also the lead point of contact for all core participants, numbering over 200 and including such diverse interest as those infiltrated by and/or deceived by undercover officers, the Metropolitan Police Service, the National Police Chiefs Council, individual officers, and former wives of undercover officers.

    Prior to his career in government, Piers was a barrister in private practice in Sussex. He holds an appointment as a legally qualified Chair at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, and was recently appointed as a fee paid Judge within the First Tier Tribunal Health, Education and Social Care Chamber in the Mental Health jurisdiction.

    Piers will work with Sarah Jones, Head of the Inquiries and Investigations team at Eversheds Sutherland, significantly bolstering the team’s experience in the management and administration of public, independent and statutory inquires.

    Piers’ arrival from the GLD follows the recent appointment of Nicolette Sanders, who joined Eversheds Sutherland in January 2022, also from the GLD. He will work closely with the firm's Governments & Infrastructure sector group to cultivate new and existing relationships between Eversheds Sutherland and Central Government.

    Sarah Jones, commented:

    “We’re pleased to welcome an experienced lawyer of Piers’ calibre to our busy Inquiries & Investigations team. We are advising in various capacities on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, Independent Inquiry into Telford Child Sexual Exploitation, and recently the Angiolini Inquiry into the events surrounding the tragic circumstances surrounding the murder of Sarah Everard. Piers’ experience will be invaluable throughout the progression of these and other inquiries, and his arrival only adds to Eversheds Sutherland’s reputation as the go-to firm for public inquiries and investigations.” 

    This information is for guidance purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.

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