Henrietta Hill QC

Primary Court: Coroners' Court, Employment Tribunal, High Court, County Court

Chambers: Doughty Street Chambers

Areas of Practice:   Inquests, Police Law, Human Rights (Discrimination and Public) Law

Year of Call: 1997

Year of Silk: 2015

Year of Judicial Appointment: 2013 - Assistant Coroner,  2015 - High Court Deputy Master

Henrietta Hill QC generally represents bereaved families and claimants. Her recent highlights include the inquests into the deaths of those who died in the Hillsborough stadium disaster (in which she represented 22 of the bereaved families); the Alexander Litvinenko case (in which she represented the family); Morgan and Black v Wilkinson (in which she represented a gay couple who succeeded in their claim of discrimination against a Christian bed and breakfast proprietor who had refused them access to a double room); Moorthy v HMRC (a test case on the taxation of injury to feelings awards); and the Equality and Human Rights Commission's inquiry into alleged discrimination within the Metropolitan Police Service (in which she was one of the Commission's counsel).

Henrietta Hill QC has not mentored before but is a mentee on the Equality and Human Rights Commission's mentoring scheme, which she found very helpful and regularly provides informal guidance to younger members of her own Chambers. She lead Chambers Equalities Team, has provided training for the Bar Council and Bar Standards Board on Equality and Diversity issues, and is passionate about social mobility and the retention of women and BAME barristers.

Hill QC had my first child in 2008, and her second in 2011, and took career breaks (around 9 months) with each of them, and worked limited hours when the children were very young. With both children now at school, Hill QC still endeavours to keep Fridays free. She juggles two part-time judicial positions with work at the Bar, and as much time off as she can manage with the children each year.