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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

As one of the largest sets in the country, Garden Court Chambers has β€˜a huge bank of counsel and therefore there is generally an advocate available to deal with most hearings’. β€˜Clients can be sure to receive the best service’ as the barristers are β€˜very sound in terms of their knowledge of the law and how they correspond with clients’. β€˜You know that by instructing Garden Court your clients stand a much better chance of winning.’ Committed to defending human rights and civil liberties, chambers has particular strengths throughout the spectrum of public law, as well as in crime and family matters. Key contacts include senior civil clerk Phil Bampfylde (β€˜a great asset to chambers and nothing is too much trouble’), immigration practice manager Lisa O’Leary (β€˜very approachable and works hard to meet client requirements’) and family practice manager Sumaya Gilmore (β€˜very helpful and responsive’). They and the other clerks are led by the β€˜exemplary’ Colin Cook, who has β€˜a clear long-term business plan and is building it effectively’. Glenn Fletcher is chambers’ director. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Garden Court Chambers

A β€˜superior set with a broad range of advocates’, Garden Court Chambers is regularly instructed to oppose the government in cases with human rights aspects. Stephanie Harrison QC has been involved in a number of judicial reviews involving the provision of benefits to and the processing procedures of asylum seekers.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Stephanie Harrison QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Strategically brilliant; a first-class silk for immigration cases.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Amanda Weston - Garden Court Chambers β€˜At the top of her game in national security and human rights cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Colin Yeo - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Very sharp, approachable and good to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Simblet - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He can quote cases β€œoff the cuff” to support his arguments.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Kieran Vaughan QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A great speech-maker, who is exceptional in difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Children law (including public and private law)
Children law (including public and private law) – Leading silks

Ian Peddie QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An experienced silk and a fearless advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2
Children law (including public and private law) – Leading juniors

Maggie Jones - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A superb, tenacious advocate with excellent people skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kathryn Cronin - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She is kind but tough as nails when required.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers is β€˜a strong, claimant-friendly chambers dealing with high-profile actions against the police and state, as well as inquests’. The set’s recent workload includes a Supreme Court dispute concerning the privacy of transgender persons, ECHR cases (one of which involved forced labour) and the headline Hillsborough inquest.

Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Dexter Dias QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Very highly rated in this practice area.’

Ranked: tier 4

Henry Blaxland QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is respected by senior counsel, solicitors and judges alike.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephanie Harrison QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Superb; a first-choice silk for detention cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading juniors

Maya Sikand - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Thoughtful in her approach and robust in her analysis.’

Ranked: tier 1

Amanda Weston - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Quick and creative; a determined advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Roche - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Several steps ahead of the game, but also very receptive to the insights of others.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Troop - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An up-and-coming star.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Simblet - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Impressive on his feet with fantastic knowledge of his field.’

Ranked: tier 2

Felicity Williams - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A work-horse, with impressive advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kirsten Heaven - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She combines robust advocacy with compassionate client skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rajeev Thacker - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A confident, effective advocate, who really appeals to a jury.’

Ranked: tier 3

Shu Shin Luh - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Extremely thorough and hardworking with a knack for good drafting.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Cottle - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An invaluable resource for laws surrounding the treatment of Gypsies and Travellers.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Horstead - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An astute and forceful advocate, who commands a real presence.’

Ranked: tier 3

Terry Munyard - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An absolutely excellent advocate, who wins over even the most difficult of judges.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Extremely sharp, tenacious and always helpful.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Court of Protection and community care
Court of Protection and community care – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers’ counsel are β€˜pragmatic and able to provide clear advice on complex issues’. Recent highlights include a successful High Court judicial review challenge to an age assessment of an unaccompanied minor from abroad.

Court of Protection and community care – Leading juniors

Amanda Weston - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She is absolutely fearless and tireless in pursuit of the best outcome for her clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bethan Harris - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She has a friendly manner with clients and a firm but fair approach to her work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Shu Shin Luh - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Extremely thorough and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He sees though the static to isolate the legal issues in a public law case, and is extremely reliable and professional.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Garden Court Chambers

β€˜A gold-medal set’, Garden Court Chambers has β€˜a great variety of top-notch silks and juniors’. For example, Judy Khan QC and David Emanuel successfully represented footballer Ched Evans, who was acquitted of rape, in a retrial following the quashing by the Court of Appeal of an earlier conviction.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Henry Blaxland QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜With a fantastic bedside manner, he is exceptionally patient and good-humoured.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Kamlish QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A star performer: fearless and loved by clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Scobie QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant advocate, who fights and fights for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Judy Khan QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Very approachable, with a good advocacy style that appeals to a jury, while relaying difficult arguments to judges.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kieran Vaughan QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A standout defence silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Turner QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He defends in murder and protest cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜His communication skills not only with clients, but with solicitors, judges and juries too, are second to none.’

Ranked: tier 3

Bernard Tetlow QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He leaves no stone unturned when it comes to preparation and is also excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Icah Peart QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He handles high-profile and complex homicide cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Wilcock QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A clever, hardworking advocate, who is very capable and able to charm both judges and juries.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rajiv Menon QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Instructed in terrorism and murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – 2016 silks

Michael Ivers QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A very skilful advocate with a very impressive understanding of juries.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – 2017 silks

Di Middleton QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A new silk with a track record of murder and terrorism cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

David Emanuel - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Instructed in high-profile appeals and challenging trials.’

Ranked: tier 2

Hossein Zahir - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A hugely caring and hardworking barrister; clients warm to him very easily, and other lawyers trust and respect him.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jo Cecil - Garden Court Chambers β€˜The go-to junior for criminal cases with human rights issues, particularly ones involving vulnerable defendants.’

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Gatley - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He handles complex organised crime and sex offence cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Rose - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He can put the wheels back on a case when it looks like it is heading towards a car crash.’

Ranked: tier 3

Anya Lewis - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Fantastically clever, committed and hardworking, she always tells things as they are to clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brenda Campbell - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She defends in high-profile terrorism and complex organised crime cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Clare Wade - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Her client care is excellent and her cross-examination is a masterpiece.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dafna Spiro - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Tenacious, conscientious, empathetic and tough.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Fenn - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding with her paperwork and case preparation, which is reinforced by her advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 3

Keir Monteith - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Tough and charming, with a particularly easy way with clients and an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Minka Braun - Garden Court Chambers β€˜One of the most eloquent crime juniors and a silk in the making.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Rowlands - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Extremely thorough and committed, a skilled tactician and incredibly eloquent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Wainwright - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Involved in challenging and high-profile cases spanning terrorism and human trafficking.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education – Leading juniors

Shu Shin Luh - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She fights every corner for the clients and is very dedicated to upholding young people’s rights.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Employment
Employment – Leading juniors

David Renton - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An up-and-coming junior, who is very thorough and pleasant.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicola Braganza - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She has exceptional encyclopaedic knowledge of disability discrimination.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers is recognised for its defence practice. Bernard Tetlow QC represented an individual, dubbed β€˜King Popper’ by the media, who was convicted of a Β£5m Ponzi fraud prosecuted by the Financial Conduct Authority; the confiscation amount was set at Β£100,000.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Bernard Tetlow QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A fantastic jury advocate and tactician.’

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Blaxland QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜When he gets up to speak, the judge and jury are immediately engaged.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kieran Vaughan QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He commands complete respect for his handling of cases and is fantastic at dealing with difficult clients.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Keir Monteith - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is willing to push boundaries in terms of developing the law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Wainwright - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He defends unled in significant cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Rose - Garden Court Chambers β€˜His cases range from the sensitive to the high-profile.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Gatley - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He has experience of mortgage fraud and MTIC cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers has β€˜a strong reputation, with almost every leading immigration barrister as a tenant’. Highlights from 2016 include members’ involvement in policy work related to refugees in France, Greece and other European jurisdictions. Laurie Fransman QC is leading Sadat Sayeed in the appeal of Dmytro Firtash v United States of America, following the successful defeat of a US extradition request.

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

Laurie Fransman QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜His advocacy is calm and convincing, and he is clearly well respected by immigration judges.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephanie Harrison QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜At the top of her game in national security and human rights cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Macdonald QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He provides well-considered advice.’

Ranked: tier 2
Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading juniors

Adrian Berry - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is a genius; a walking encyclopaedia in both nationality law and European law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Duran Seddon - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is exceptional with difficult political asylum matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kathryn Cronin - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Unrivalled for complex child immigration cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Jorro - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is incredibly smart and therefore able to identity the most important issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Amanda Weston - Garden Court Chambers β€˜It is a real pleasure to work with her; her knowledge and ingenuity is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Jones - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant all-rounder.’

Ranked: tier 2

Greg Γ“ Ceallaigh - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is an excellent barrister; you know you’re in safe hands due to his attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Navtej Singh Ahluwalia - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He has an unerring ability to hone and sharpen legal arguments in the most complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ronan Toal - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He has a fantastic ability to elucidate complex matters, and displays great empathy and patience with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Chapman - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She is at the cutting edge of immigration and asylum law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sadat Sayeed - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is very smart, and tenacious in his preparation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Colin Yeo - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An absolute star.’

Ranked: tier 3

Louise Hooper - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She has strong knowledge of asylum law and is very approachable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Symes - Garden Court Chambers β€˜One of the leading authorities on asylum and immigration law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicola Braganza - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She is extremely warm, calm and approachable, which makes it easier for vulnerable clients to open up.’

Ranked: tier 3

Patrick Lewis - Garden Court Chambers β€˜His major strengths are his approachability and legal know-how.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sonali Naik - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She has excellent knowledge of deportation in the Article 8 ECHR context.’

Ranked: tier 3

Abigail Smith - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She is very bright and has a great manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Anthony Vaughan - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is very sharp, organised and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Bryony Poynor - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She is clever and good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Grieves - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An incredible barrister – one of a kind.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gemma Loughran - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly easy to work with and calm in a crisis.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Foot - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She sees things from the client’s perspective.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michelle Brewer - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Highly intelligent, passionate and a creative thinker.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Reynolds - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Particularly praised for his commitments to clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Raza Halim - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is the real deal and stands out as a strong junior in a very talented set.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Garden Court Chambers

Hailed for being β€˜collaborative with solicitors and accessible to lay clients’, Garden Court Chambers is a β€˜service-focused’ set, and β€˜its excellent reputation is played out by each member’. Recent instructions include the Hillsborough, Ballymurphy and Alice Gross inquests as well as the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Dexter Dias QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Fantastic.’

Ranked: tier 3

Leslie Thomas QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is great on his feet and inspires confidence in clients.’

Ranked: tier 3
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Anna Morris - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate, who achieves excellent results for families at inquests.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brenda Campbell - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Devastating in her approach and extremely driven.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rajeev Thacker - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Wonderful with clients and persistent with opponents.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Horstead - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Extremely effective, very articulate and loved by clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
International crime and extradition – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers is β€˜a well-run chambers full of talented barristers with a second-to-none commitment to human rights’. James Mehigan presented an amicus curiae brief on behalf of Child Soldiers International in the International Criminal Court’s reparations process following the conviction of Thomas Lubanga, who used children as soldiers in the Ituri conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

International crime and extradition – Leading juniors

James Mehigan - Garden Court Chambers β€˜His expertise in international criminal law is exceptional, and he is unflappable in court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Reynolds - Garden Court Chambers β€˜His practice covers international criminal matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sareta Ashraph - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An invaluable team member due to her legal knowledge and expertise.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Planning
Planning – Leading silks

Marc Willers QC - Garden Court Chambers β€˜It is quite simply an honour to instruct him, he is an encyclopaedia of planning law.’

Ranked: tier 3
Planning – Leading juniors

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He can be relied upon to guide a judicial review claim from issue to hearing with calm effectiveness.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

As one of the largest sets in the country, Garden Court Chambers has β€˜a huge bank of counsel and therefore there is generally an advocate available to deal with most hearings’. β€˜Clients can be sure to receive the best service’ as the barristers are β€˜very sound in terms of their knowledge of the law and how they correspond with clients’. β€˜You know that by instructing Garden Court your clients stand a much better chance of winning.’ Committed to defending human rights and civil liberties, chambers has particular strengths throughout the spectrum of public law, as well as in crime and family matters. Key contacts include senior civil clerk Phil Bampfylde (β€˜a great asset to chambers and nothing is too much trouble’), immigration practice manager Lisa O’Leary (β€˜very approachable and works hard to meet client requirements’) and family practice manager Sumaya Gilmore (β€˜very helpful and responsive’). They and the other clerks are led by the β€˜exemplary’ Colin Cook, who has β€˜a clear long-term business plan and is building it effectively’. Glenn Fletcher is chambers’ director. Offices in: London

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Social housing
Social housing – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers has a β€˜huge bank of barristers and is one of the leading London sets with great availability’. Liz Davies acted for the homeless party in Cieicierska v Brent LBC, an appeal surrounding Brent’s conclusion that the client had refused suitable accommodation; the judge quashed the review decision. Connor Johnston appeared in Samuels v Lewisham LBC, which resulted in legislative changes to the rules on eligibility.

Social housing – Leading juniors

Edward Fitzpatrick - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An excellent, helpful barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Liz Davies - Garden Court Chambers β€˜She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of housing and homelessness law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Bethan Harris - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Very thorough and willing to assist.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine O’Donnell - Garden Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended in sensitive cases involving vulnerable clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Marina Sergides - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A very passionate advocate, who is also confident and assured.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Cottle - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He has a very sharp intellect and will fight your corner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He instils confidence and takes time to listen to clients’ needs.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adrian Marshall Williams - Garden Court Chambers β€˜An excellent, helpful barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4

Connor Johnston - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A very committed and bright barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4

Justine Compton - Garden Court Chambers β€˜A punchy advocate, who is also very helpful and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Beckley - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He is calm, authoritative and generous with his time.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Sport
Sport – Leading juniors

Ifeanyi Odogwu - Garden Court Chambers β€˜He possesses gravitas and intellect, which are of tremendous benefit to all his clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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