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Within Administrative and public law (including local government), tier 4

Garden Court Chambers is ‘excellent' and noted for its ‘experience in housing, immigration and community care law'.

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Within Children law (including public and private law) Children law (including public and private law) - Leading silks

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Within Civil liberties and human rights (including public inquiry law and actions against the police), Garden Court Chambers is a first tier set,

Garden Court Chambers’ practitioners ‘will always go the extra mile for their clients'. The set is highly recommended for its expertise in the area of civil liberties, and also has ‘a great depth of experience in actions against the police and inquests', in addition to being ‘a go-to set for youth justice representation'. The set was recently bolstered by the arrival of a number of former Tooks Chambers barristers.

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Within Crime, Garden Court Chambers is a second tier set,

Garden Court Chambers houses ‘a great selection of barristers covering all aspects of crime'. The set’s criminal practice expanded in 2013, through a number of arrivals from the now-defunct Tooks Chambers.

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Within Employment Employment - Leading juniors

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Within Immigration (including business immigration), Garden Court Chambers is a first tier set,

‘There is clearly a great deal of strength in depth' at Garden Court Chambers, which fields ‘some of the stars of the immigration world'. The set enhanced its immigration and public law presence in 2013 when it welcomed the majority of Tooks Chambers’ practitioners. The immigration team attracts praise, as do the ‘excellent' clerks - in particular, Rob Abrahams and Lisa O’Leary are ‘always willing to help'.

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Within Planning, tier 6

Garden Court Chambers has particular expertise representing Gypsies and Travellers seeking planning permission for caravan sites, and in defending planning enforcement action taken against them.

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

Garden Court Chambers significantly expanded with the addition of 57 new tenants in 2013, the majority of whom arrived from the now-defunct Tooks Chambers. It is the largest chambers in London, renowned for its proficiency in public and criminal law, with particular expertise in immigration, claims against the police and public authorities, and inquests. ‘Clients feel assured they are in safe hands' as ‘there is clearly a great deal of strength in depth', and ‘barristers really know their areas of law'. Solicitors ‘simply love working with the clerks', who are ‘very friendly, efficient and never let you down'; they are divided into practice area teams, which ‘work well together'. The senior clerks to note are Colin Cook and Keith Poynter (for criminal matters), Phil Bampfylde (for housing and civil law) and Lisa O’Leary (for family and immigration issues). Offices in: London

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Within Social housing, Garden Court Chambers is a first tier set,

Garden Court Chambers is ‘proactive and at the top of its field'. Barristers specialise in representing tenants, with Jan Luba QC notably acting in landmark human rights case, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council v Armour. Stephen Knafler QC led Adrian Berry in the Supreme Court case SL v Westminster City Council, regarding responsibility for housing asylum seekers.

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