Shamik Dutta

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Shamik Dutta specialises in pursuing civil claims and public law challenges against the police, in representing the families of those who have died in contentious circumstances and in enforcing the rights of those subject to unlawful immigration detention & deportation. He has represented victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Covid-19 pandemic and unlawful undercover policing at the public inquiries investigating those events.

Shamik’s civil practice includes successful claims against the police and Home Office for assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in a public office, negligence, race discrimination, breaches of the Data Protection Act and breaches of the Human Rights Act. He has a particular specialism in claims concerning breach of privacy and has pursued a number of judicial reviews in relation to the unlawful surveillance and unlawful retention by the state of individuals’ personal data including DNA samples and police intelligence records.

Shamik is regularly invited to speak about his areas of expertise on national TV and radio. He provides legal training on individual rights and police powers to other lawyers as well as Non-Governmental Organisations and professional bodies such as the Association of Photographers and National Union of Journalists. He has also written extensively for legal journals, lobbied in support of civil liberties and access to justice and has been invited to give evidence to the Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee on his areas of expertise.

Shamik is a former joint-chairperson of the Police Action Lawyers Group and is a member of Liberty. He has been a Trustee of the Anti-Racist Alliance Trust and an Advisory Group member of Foxglove Legal.

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Awards & Rankings

  • Shamik Chambers and Partners

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Shamik Dutta brings a wealth of experience to his human rights practice, which frequently involves bringing a range of claims against the Home Office and police. He is also highly regarded for privacy work.
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Shamik Dutta is experienced at representing core participants in public inquiries. His recent instructions include acting in connection with the Grenfell Tower and UK Covid inquiries, among others.
Chambers and Partners 2024
Shamik Dutta has notable expertise in advising clients on civil claims against the police. He has notable experience bringing claims for breach of privacy, as well as those involving allegations of racial discrimination and false imprisonment.
Chambers and Partners 2024

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