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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Garden Court Chambers has an ethos of upholding human rights and equality, with particular strong suits in crime, family, immigration and social housing matters. For some, it is ‘a first-choice set’, and its barristers ‘are always available at very short notice, which is really important for solicitors doing around-the-clock urgent judicial reviews’. The clerks ‘do a fantastic job at finding you the right person’; they adopt ‘a flexible approach to fees and often will not hesitate in assigning a matter to counsel on a pro-bono basis’. Senior clerk Colin Cook ‘gives serious thought to the appropriate barrister for a case’, and makes solicitors feel ‘well looked after’. Senior civil clerk Phil Bampfylde is ‘a pleasure to work with’ and ‘a good trouble-shooter’, and Keith Poynter is rated as ‘the best criminal clerk in the business’. Glenn Fletcher joined as chambers director in 2015. 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

Garden Court Chambers is ‘a leading set in immigration and public law’ with a ‘number of high-quality counsel in those areas’.

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

Stephanie Harrison QC - Garden Court ChambersAn outstanding advocate, who reads the court incredibly well.’

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

Colin Yeo - Garden Court ChambersVery dedicated and knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 4

Leonie Hirst - Garden Court Chambers ‘Combines creativity with intellect.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Simblet - Garden Court ChambersA tenacious and confident advocate.’

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 ChambersHe combines advocacy in rate-rigging cases with a strong fraud and violence practice.’

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 ChambersHe is tenacious and has a wealth of experience.

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

Maggie Jones - Garden Court ChambersExperienced in acting for parents, guardians and children.

Ranked: tier 2

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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 has ‘great depth of experience’ and ‘stands out as the first port of call’ for many. Members are ‘battling crusaders in this area’ and ‘honest, hardworking advocates’, 17 of whom represented 74 of the 96 Hillsborough victims.

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

Dexter Dias QC - Garden Court ChambersAn unstoppable force of nature in court.’

Ranked: tier 4

Henry Blaxland QC - Garden Court ChambersRecommended for high-profile criminal cases involving human rights.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephanie Harrison QC - Garden Court ChambersOne of the best silks in the field of human rights and civil liberties.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Knafler QC - Landmark ChambersHighly respected by judges and peers.’

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

Amanda Weston - Garden Court ChambersShe can be relied upon for incisive, intellectual and cutting-edge argument.’

Ranked: tier 2

Maya Sikand - Garden Court Chambers ‘An impressive advocate and a lot of fun to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Roche - Garden Court ChambersA no-nonsense, fearless advocate, who fights tirelessly for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Troop - Garden Court ChambersA bright and able advocate, who also provides excellent written advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Simblet - Garden Court Chambers ‘An impressive advocate with an extensive knowledge of case law, particularly in relation to police actions.’

Ranked: tier 2

Felicity Williams - Garden Court ChambersShe produces outstanding work and displays impressive advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kirsten Heaven - Garden Court ChambersA phenomenal lawyer with expertise in cases concerning deaths in state care.’

Ranked: tier 3

Leonie Hirst - Garden Court ChambersHer oral and written work is compelling; she is passionate about social justice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rajeev Thacker - Garden Court ChambersRecommended for actions against the police.’

Ranked: tier 3

Shu Shin Luh - Garden Court ChambersVery clever and hardworking; she brings an innovative approach to difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Cottle - Garden Court ChambersRecommended for social housing disputes and cases involving the Traveller community.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Horstead - Garden Court ChambersExcellent, forthright and confident.

Ranked: tier 3

Terry Munyard - Garden Court ChambersA natural and extremely personable advocate with huge experience.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court ChambersRecommended for mental health and prisoners’ rights matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
Crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers is ‘an excellent set with first-rate people dedicated to criminal defence and appellate work’. Kieran Vaughan QC successfully represented footballer Ched Evans in an appeal against his 2012 conviction for rape, following the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s referral of the matter to the Court of Appeal.

Crime – Leading silks

Henry Blaxland QC - Garden Court ChambersWithout doubt one of the leading criminal appeal lawyers in the country.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Turner QC - Garden Court ChambersHis work ranges from baby-shaking deaths to protest matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Kamlish QC - Garden Court ChambersSolicitors wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to any client.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kieran Vaughan QC - Garden Court ChambersA real class act in court.

Ranked: tier 2

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC - Garden Court ChambersRecommended for gang-related murder and terrorism cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Bernard Tetlow QC - Garden Court ChambersA brilliant and passionate advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dexter Dias QC - Garden Court ChambersHe instils absolute confidence in his clients as he considers everything.’

Ranked: tier 3

Icah Peart QC - Garden Court ChambersHis work includes a range of complex homicides.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Scobie QC - Garden Court ChambersHis presence in court is mesmerising.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rajiv Menon QC - Garden Court ChambersHe defends in high-profile terrorism cases.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime – Leading juniors

David Emanuel - Garden Court ChambersHe has a strong reputation for criminal appeals.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Rose - Garden Court ChambersHe has a strong practice defending in terrorism trials.’

Ranked: tier 3

Anya Lewis - Garden Court ChambersUtterly reliable, compassionate and effective.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brenda Campbell - Garden Court ChambersHer record in terrorism and murder cases speaks for itself.’

Ranked: tier 3

Carol Hawley - Garden Court ChambersHer practice straddles historic rape cases, murders and drug importation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Clare Wade - Garden Court ChambersHer decision making is astute and her execution unerring.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dafna Spiro - Garden Court ChambersShe defends in a range of cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hossein Zahir - Garden Court ChambersHe is regularly against top silks in terrorism cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jo Cecil - Garden Court ChambersShe has acute skills in solving complex legal problems.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Gatley - Garden Court ChambersA hugely capable barrister with very strong all-round knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 3

Minka Braun - Garden Court ChambersExtremely thorough, conscientious able and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Rowlands - Garden Court ChambersHe defends in terrorism and organised crime cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sam Parham - Garden Court ChambersA great strategist with superb legal knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education – Leading juniors

Shu Shin Luh - Garden Court ChambersShe will not concede defeat while there is a glimmer of hope left.

Ranked: tier 4

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Employment
Employment – Leading juniors

David Renton - Garden Court ChambersA wise and clever advocate, who is meticulous in his preparation and lucid and persuasive on paper.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicola Braganza - Garden Court ChambersShe has a great commitment to the work she does and always goes the extra mile for her clients.

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture)
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers defends in a range of fraud cases, including some with aspects touching on terrorism. Bernard Tetlow QC represented a man who ran a £5m Ponzi fraud.

Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading silks

Bernard Tetlow QC - Garden Court ChambersHe is completely relentless, extremely personable and a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 4

Kieran Vaughan QC - Garden Court ChambersOne of the hardest working silks solicitors know.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors

Keir Monteith - Garden Court ChambersRegularly up against the National Crime Agency.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alex Rose - Garden Court ChambersInstructed by well-regarded firms in POCA matters and complex frauds.’

Ranked: tier 4

Di Middleton - Garden Court ChambersShe appears in confiscation proceedings and challenging fraud trials.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Gatley - Garden Court ChambersHe is able uncover winning points of law in the most adverse of circumstances.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Wainwright - Garden Court ChambersHe marshals the paperwork and gets to the heart of the issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Garden Court Chambers

Claimant-only set Garden Court Chambers has ‘a very strong team, which is at the cutting edge of developments in the field’. Stephanie Harrison QC represented the claimants in R (JM and Ors) v SSHD, which led to the suspension of the ‘detained fast-track’ system. Lisa O’Leary, who leads the immigration practice management team, is ‘always willing to go the extra mile’.

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

Laurie Fransman QC - Garden Court ChambersHe can get to grips with the most factually complex situations.

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Macdonald QC - Garden Court ChambersA heavyweight authority on immigration and nationality law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephanie Harrison QC - Garden Court ChambersShe adds value in every single case.’

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

Adrian Berry - Garden Court ChambersHis knowledge of the EU aspects of immigration law is unrivalled.’

Ranked: tier 1

Duran Seddon - Garden Court ChambersA go-to barrister for complex asylum cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kathryn Cronin - Garden Court ChambersShe has a great knowledge of the interplay between immigration and family law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Jorro - Garden Court ChambersA senior junior at the top of his game.’

Ranked: tier 1

Amanda Weston - Garden Court ChambersShe can turn what looks like a lost cause into a winning case.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Jones - Garden Court ChambersAn impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Greg Ó Ceallaigh - Garden Court ChambersApproachable, supportive, reliable and good-humoured.’

Ranked: tier 2

Navtej Singh Ahluwalia - Garden Court ChambersHis attention to detail is second to none.

Ranked: tier 2

Ronan Toal - Garden Court ChambersHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of everything immigration.

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Chapman - Garden Court ChambersA first choice for complicated protection and family life claims.

Ranked: tier 2

Sadat Sayeed - Garden Court ChambersHe has all the attributes of a barrister of the highest quality.’

Ranked: tier 2

Colin Yeo - Garden Court ChambersVery good strategically and a highly persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Louise Hooper - Garden Court ChambersReally strong on asylum laws and appeals.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicola Braganza - Garden Court ChambersVery bright and very good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Patrick Lewis - Garden Court ChambersHe knows how to put across a case in a way that appeals to a judge.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sonali Naik - Garden Court ChambersElegant in her drafting and confident on her feet in difficult cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Anthony Vaughan - Garden Court ChambersVery good on the technical aspects and great with clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Abigail Smith - Garden Court ChambersHer breadth of knowledge on asylum and immigration issues is great.’

Ranked: tier 4

Bryony Poynor - Garden Court ChambersShe has a strong academic track record on human rights issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Grieves - Garden Court ChambersGenuinely passionate about his cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Gemma Loughran - Garden Court ChambersShe always makes clients feel at ease.’

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Foot - Garden Court ChambersShe puts forward complex arguments and wins cases unexpectedly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Leonie Hirst - Garden Court ChambersExceptionally bright and pleasant with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Symes - Garden Court ChambersCreative in his approach to new arguments.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michelle Brewer - Garden Court ChambersA strong track record of representing victims of human trafficking.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Reynolds - Garden Court ChambersHis case preparation leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers is ‘very good at developing junior barristers’. The set is recommended by clients for members’ ability to handle lower-value matters as well as big-ticket work, and for representing claimants.

Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Leslie Thomas QC - Garden Court ChambersHe is highly skilled in the tough questioning of police and prison officers.

Ranked: tier 3
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Anna Morris - Garden Court ChambersThe empathy and compassion that she has for bereaved families is second to none.

Ranked: tier 3

Rajeev Thacker - Garden Court ChambersHis legal submissions are very persuasive.

Ranked: tier 3

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Planning
Planning – Leading silks

Marc Willers QC - Garden Court ChambersHe provides specialist representation of Gypsies and Travellers.

Ranked: tier 4
Planning – Leading juniors

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court ChambersHe specialises in Gypsy/Traveller representation.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Garden Court Chambers has an ethos of upholding human rights and equality, with particular strong suits in crime, family, immigration and social housing matters. For some, it is ‘a first-choice set’, and its barristers ‘are always available at very short notice, which is really important for solicitors doing around-the-clock urgent judicial reviews’. The clerks ‘do a fantastic job at finding you the right person’; they adopt ‘a flexible approach to fees and often will not hesitate in assigning a matter to counsel on a pro-bono basis’. Senior clerk Colin Cook ‘gives serious thought to the appropriate barrister for a case’, and makes solicitors feel ‘well looked after’. Senior civil clerk Phil Bampfylde is ‘a pleasure to work with’ and ‘a good trouble-shooter’, and Keith Poynter is rated as ‘the best criminal clerk in the business’. Glenn Fletcher joined as chambers director in 2015. Offices in: London

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

Garden Court Chambers

An excellent set’, Garden Court Chambers contains ‘very committed barristers, who work really hard for homeless people and people at risk of losing their homes’. Tim Baldwin represented the claimant in R (Alemi) v Westminster City Council, in which the High Court found Westminster’s system of allocation unlawful. Jan Luba QC and Stephen Knafler QC have departed to the bench and Landmark Chambers respectively.

Social housing – Leading juniors

Edward Fitzpatrick - Garden Court ChambersBrave and willing to run unusual points of law.

Ranked: tier 1

Liz Davies - Garden Court ChambersAn excellent and knowledgeable barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bethan Harris - Garden Court ChambersShe clearly garners the respect of her colleagues and the judiciary.’

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine O’Donnell - Garden Court ChambersCalm and focused with an acute attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Marina Sergides - Garden Court ChambersCalm, patient and focused with vulnerable clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court ChambersA strong advocate in difficult cases

Ranked: tier 3

Adrian Marshall Williams - Garden Court ChambersHe has the knack for picking up subtle and unexpected arguments.’

Ranked: tier 4

Connor Johnston - Garden Court ChambersExtremely committed to social welfare law as a whole.’

Ranked: tier 4

Justine Compton - Garden Court ChambersVery passionate about homelessness.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Beckley - Garden Court ChambersParticularly good at dealing with vulnerable clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Cottle - Garden Court ChambersHe acts for claimants in a range of homelessness and other cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Sport
Sport – Leading juniors

Ifeanyi Odogwu - Garden Court ChambersHe has risen rapidly to prominence at the sports Bar.

Ranked: tier 4

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