Paul Bowen QC is a full-time barrister at Brick Court Chambers, specialising in public law and human rights and acting for individuals, governments, NGOs and corporations. His particular areas of interest include the rights of mentally disordered and learning-disabled adults and children, the abolition of the death penalty and cases involving assisted dying. He has appeared in many of the most significant cases in these and other areas in the House of Lords, Supreme Court, Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights.
In 2015 and 2019 he was appointed to the ‘A’ Panel of Counsel to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and in 2017 became an Honorary Professor at the University of Sussex School of Law and Politics. In 2018 he was appointed as a Recorder (part time judge of the Crown Court).
In 2019 Paul received the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award in recognition of his work on behalf of vulnerable and marginalised individuals. Paul has spent much of his career volunteering (e.g. Brixton Community Law Centre; the Advisory Panel to the Children’s Commissioner; a school governor) and providing pro bono advice and representation for individuals and organisations including the Death Penalty Project, the Children’s Society, the Public Law Project, JUSTICE, Mind and Liberty. Paul was head of the pupillage committee at Doughty Street; he now chairs Brick Court’s Community Social Responsibility Committee and is a member of its Equality and Diversity Committee.