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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Members of Garden Court Chambers are ‘very good at representing vulnerable clients with complex needs’, and have ‘a strong ethos and approach’. The set is renowned for its experience in human rights, particularly cases involving immigration and social housing issues; it is ‘first choice for homelessness work’. However, as the largest set in London, it has ‘huge strength in depth’ and expertise in areas beyond public law, notably crime, employment and family law. ‘The clerks are friendly and helpful, and call back when they promise to.’ Senior clerk Colin Cook is ‘keen to help and always keeps solicitors well informed’. Senior civil clerk Phil Bampfylde ‘always goes the extra mile, no matter how trivial the request’. 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 can call on ‘a range of very talented public law, civil liberties and immigration experts’, and is also noted for its strength in housing matters.

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

Jan Luba QC - Garden Court ChambersAn expert in housing law.

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

Leonie Hirst - Garden Court ChambersExtremely bright, hardworking, thorough and creative.

Ranked: tier 4

Nadine Finch - Garden Court ChambersShe has specialist knowledge of childrens rights.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Simblet - Garden Court ChambersA specialist in police claims and mental health law.

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 ChambersA joy to watch in court.’

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 ChambersPossesses a wealth of experience, and is a truly superb advocate.’

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

Maggie Jones - Garden Court ChambersShe has a great mix of client care and legal knowledge, and always fights for the client.’

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 1

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers has a team of ‘experienced and highly regarded barristers’, and is ‘a go-to set for police actions’. Recent high-profile cases include Hounga v Allen, which saw the Supreme Court examine the UK’s obligations towards victims of trafficking.

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

Dexter Dias QC - Garden Court ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and committed.’

Ranked: tier 4

Henry Blaxland QC - Garden Court ChambersNotable for his specialist knowledge of the human rights aspects of criminal cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Knafler QC - Garden Court ChambersBrings innovative and persuasive arguments.’

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

Amanda Weston - Garden Court ChambersShe has a brilliant legal mind, not only academically but also in terms of tactics.’

Ranked: tier 2

Colin Hutchinson - Garden Court ChambersHe has a strong grounding in police actions.’

Ranked: tier 3

Felicity Williams - Garden Court ChambersMeticulous attention to detail and impressive drive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kirsten Heaven - Garden Court ChambersImpressive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Leonie Hirst - Garden Court ChambersExtremely bright; works very hard, expeditiously, thoroughly and creatively to get the best outcome for clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Maya Sikand - Garden Court ChambersSharp, with an excellent grasp of the law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nadine Finch - Garden Court ChambersShe has a solid grounding in trafficking cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Patrick Roche - Garden Court ChambersAn expert in police law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Troop - Garden Court ChambersHe has a strong international human rights practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rajeev Thacker - Garden Court ChambersA specialist in discrimination claims against public authorities.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Horstead - Garden Court ChambersExceptionally dedicated and committed.’

Ranked: tier 3

Shu Shin Luh - Garden Court ChambersShe has fantastic attention to detail, and is quick to respond and to get work done.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Cottle - Garden Court ChambersA leading expert in Romani Gypsy and Traveller rights cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Simblet - Garden Court ChambersA specialist in inquests and mental health law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Terry Munyard - Garden Court ChambersSpecialist knowledge of terrorism cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court ChambersHe has wide-ranging expertise across areas including community care, social housing and mental health law.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
Crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers has ‘certainly benefitted from the additions from Tooks Chambers’ in 2013. One area of focus is criminal appeals; the barristers also provide advocacy before international tribunals. Henry Blaxland QC defended in the recent IRA Hyde Park bombing case R v John Downey.

Crime – Leading silks

Henry Blaxland QC - Garden Court ChambersDefence counsel in some of the biggest terrorism cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Scobie QC - Garden Court ChambersHe will fight to the bitter end for his client.’

Ranked: tier 3

Kieran Vaughan QC - Garden Court ChambersHe has a grasp of cases long before they get to court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Turner QC - Garden Court ChambersA proper devil’s advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Kamlish QC - Garden Court ChambersA favourite with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime – Leading juniors

Anya Lewis - Garden Court ChambersA keen barrister with a thoughtful intellect.’

Ranked: tier 3

Clare Wade - Garden Court ChambersHer cross-examination is a masterpiece.’

Ranked: tier 3

Dafna Spiro - Garden Court ChambersFearless and tenacious in her advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education – Leading juniors

Shu Shin Luh - Garden Court ChambersShe will leave no stone unturned in fighting for her client.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Employment
Employment – Leading juniors

David Renton - Garden Court ChambersA creative and diligent junior with a very professional approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicola Braganza - Garden Court ChambersExtremely committed to her clients and a real pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Bernard Tetlow QC - Garden Court ChambersA great jury advocate with client skills to match.’

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

Keir Monteith - Garden Court ChambersRecommended for his defence experience in multimillion-pound fraud trials.’

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 attracts praise as ‘undoubtedly the leading set for immigration work’, and is also ‘massively experienced in asylum and human rights work’. The set is notable for its comprehensive expertise across areas including national security, trafficking, detention, migrant welfare and business immigration.

Immigration (including business immigration) – Leading silks

Ian Macdonald QC - Garden Court ChambersAn innovator in the field.’

Ranked: tier 2

Laurie Fransman QC - Garden Court ChambersA leading expert.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Knafler QC - Garden Court ChambersHe cuts through verbiage and is quick to seize a point and run with it.’

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

Abigail Smith - Garden Court ChambersShe is kind and approachable, and drafts well.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adrian Berry - Garden Court ChambersAnalytical, and extremely clever at complex law; the best of any barrister at EU and nationality law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Amanda Weston - Garden Court ChambersIf most barristers are described as a gun for hire, she is more like a machine gun for hire.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bryony Poynor - Garden Court ChambersA compassionate representative who will genuinely go the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 4

Colin Yeo - Garden Court ChambersHe has strong knowledge of EU law.

Ranked: tier 4

David Jones - Garden Court ChambersExcellent advocacy and very well-drafted grounds.’

Ranked: tier 2

Duran Seddon - Garden Court ChambersHighly recommended.’

Ranked: tier 1

Greg Ó Ceallaigh - Garden Court ChambersExceptionally intelligent, hardworking and great to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Foot - Garden Court ChambersHer knowledge of immigration and asylum law is extensive, and her preparation excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Kathryn Cronin - Garden Court ChambersGreat on the intersection between family law and immigration law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Leonie Hirst - Garden Court ChambersShe has excellent advocacy skills, both written and oral.’

Ranked: tier 4

Louise Hooper - Garden Court ChambersAble to find a tactical angle.’

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Symes - Garden Court ChambersExtremely knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michelle Brewer - Garden Court ChambersCommitted to her clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nadine Finch - Garden Court ChambersExcellent.’

Ranked: tier 1

Navtej Singh Ahluwalia - Garden Court ChambersUnswerving attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicola Braganza - Garden Court ChambersShe is able to develop highly persuasive arguments and get them across in plain language.’

Ranked: tier 3

Patrick Lewis - Garden Court ChambersA compassionate, intelligent and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Jorro - Garden Court ChambersHe advises on a broad range of immigration issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rebecca Chapman - Garden Court ChambersDetailed, thorough, determined, and client-friendly; a claimant-oriented fighter.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Reynolds - Garden Court ChambersA very bright, capable barrister with a sure grasp of the law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ronan Toal - Garden Court ChambersAn excellent barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sadat Sayeed - Garden Court ChambersVery committed to each and every client and will not rest until he has the best possible appeal prepared.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Leslie Thomas QC - Garden Court ChambersRenowned for his strength in cross-examination and his commitment to the most difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Planning
Planning – Leading sets - ranked: tier 6

Garden Court Chambers

A set ‘which never provides less than impeccable service’, Garden Court Chambers’ members are regularly involved in cases concerning nature conservation, low-impact development, climate change, and listed buildings.

Planning – Leading juniors

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court ChambersHe is tactically aware, thorough, hardworking and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Members of Garden Court Chambers are ‘very good at representing vulnerable clients with complex needs’, and have ‘a strong ethos and approach’. The set is renowned for its experience in human rights, particularly cases involving immigration and social housing issues; it is ‘first choice for homelessness work’. However, as the largest set in London, it has ‘huge strength in depth’ and expertise in areas beyond public law, notably crime, employment and family law. ‘The clerks are friendly and helpful, and call back when they promise to.’ Senior clerk Colin Cook is ‘keen to help and always keeps solicitors well informed’. Senior civil clerk Phil Bampfylde ‘always goes the extra mile, no matter how trivial the request’. Offices in: London

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Social housing
Social housing – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers’ members primarily acts for residents. It is ‘an excellent set with a brilliant complement of barristers at all levels’. Jan Luba QC recently acted in Supreme Court case Johnson v Solihull MBC.

Social housing – Leading silks

Jan Luba QC - Garden Court ChambersA giant of the housing law world.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Knafler QC - Garden Court ChambersA social housing law veteran.’

Ranked: tier 2
Social housing – Leading juniors

Adrian Berry - Garden Court ChambersHis depth of knowledge is excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Beatrice Prevatt - Garden Court ChambersThe queen of disrepair disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bethan Harris - Garden Court ChambersVery competent and clear.’

Ranked: tier 4

Catherine O’Donnell - Garden Court ChambersPatient and understanding.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Fitzpatrick - Garden Court ChambersA very good communicator of his ideas.’

Ranked: tier 1

John Beckley - Garden Court ChambersA safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 4

Liz Davies - Garden Court ChambersWell versed in homelessness and housing law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Marina Sergides - Garden Court ChambersShe handles difficult clients well.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Cottle - Garden Court ChambersRazor-sharp in his observations.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court ChambersVery straightforward and realistic.’

Ranked: tier 4

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