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Leading Silks

Louis Browne KCExchange Chambers 'Louis is very approachable and down to earth, making his vast knowledge very accessible.'
Lorraine Cavanagh KC – St John’s Buildings ‘Lorraine is a commanding and authoritative advocate, she always has the ear of the court, and she will always fight for her client. She is very knowledgeable and experienced, and her advocacy is excellent and very persuasive.’

Leading Juniors

Tom Royston – Garden Court North Chambers ‘Tom is truly excellent and the foremost claimant social security counsel at the junior Bar. He has encyclopaedic knowledge of benefits law and deploys it effectively in litigation, including cases of significance to many people.’
Nick StanageDoughty Street Chambers 'Nick is helpful in his knowledge of the law and practice in historical investigations of the police and CPS.'
Brynmor Adams – Exchange Chambers ‘Brynmor is bright, calm, measured, and meticulous, and he has been super impressive both on paper and in conference.’
Paul Draycott – Doughty Street Chambers ‘Paul is excellent; his knowledge of this area of law is second-to-none and he has a practical and proactive approach to case preparation. He always goes above and beyond in advising on what are sometimes incredibly complex issues with lateral thinking, he is an impressive advocate, and his drafting skills are incomparable.’
Tasaddat Hussain – Garden Court North Chambers 'Tasaddat is responsive, has good knowledge, and is very good with clients.'
Vijay Jagadesham – Garden Court North Chambers 'Vijay is an excellent barrister to work with as he is very approachable, knowledgeable, and will always meet deadlines. He is skilled at working with vulnerable young people and will ensure during conferences and hearings that they are relaxed and informed in a clear manner.'
Mikhil Karnik – Garden Court North Chambers ‘Mikhil is tenacious and determined, and always has the best interests of the client at heart. He does not lose sight of the fact that immigration clients are some of the most vulnerable in the legal sector, he has great drafting skills, and he is approachable for advice on all aspects of the appeal process.’
Lucy Mair – Garden Court North Chambers ‘Lucy is a fantastic choice of counsel as she is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate, she has excellent client care, and is always prepared and thinking about client issues. She provides strong, clear, and concise representation, she adds value to the cases she works on, and it is clear that she spends a considerable amount of time ensuring accuracy and considering legal authorities to support the best outcome possible.’
Joseph Markus – Garden Court North Chambers 'Joseph's written work is always of a high quality and he is reliable in providing it. He is a calming presence with clients and is clear and persuasive in his advocacy.'
Kate Stone – Garden Court North Chambers ‘Kate is an extremely clear and articulate barrister. Her advocacy is effective because of the clarity that she holds in her questioning of witnesses, and she can cut through the complexity that can arise from considering various documents and distil it in a very simple way to then put before witnesses, which makes her a very good jury advocate.’

Rising Stars

Christian Weaver – Garden Court North Chambers ‘Christian is a delight to work with; all written representations are succinct and to the point and advocacy is clear. It is reassuring to know you can always pick up the phone to discuss matters with him and he is never afraid to take on and develop wider points in challenging areas.’

Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights) in Regional Bar

Garden Court North Chambers

Claimant set Garden Court North Chambers ‘is very dedicated to social justice’ and its members handle a wide variety of public law cases concerning human rights, immigration and asylum, inquests and public inquiries, housing, discrimination, community care, prison law and social welfare. The barristers also regularly represent vulnerable individuals and community groups. Public law specialist Pete Weatherby KC represented the family of Yousef Makki during the inquest into his death and the subsequent judicial review regarding the failure of the coroner to reach a proper conclusion. Tom Royston has a nationally notable practice in litigation concerning benefits payments, and he successfully argued in AM v SSWP that an individual should be able to seek to obtain backdated Universal Credit at any time, rather than only at the time of their first application. Anna Morris KC was appointed to silk in the 2023 round.


‘Garden Court North is a great set for civil liberties and inquest work.’

‘Chambers is very dedicated to social justice and every barrister there is someone who cares about excellence for clients and has empathy for their circumstances.’

‘Garden Court North is a go-to Chambers. They have gone from strength to strength, they are a minefield of knowledge, and they offer specialised training of the highest standard.’

‘Very good in complex inquests and actins against the police and inquiries.’

‘The clerks are the unsung heroes of Garden Court North Chambers. They are quick, efficient, and approachable, and they go above and beyond to make the process as easy as possible.’

‘Communicative and friendly, the clerks are good to work with.’

‘The clerking team is responsive and helpful.’

‘The clerks from Garden Court North Chambers are always prompt and efficient.’

Exchange Chambers

The members of Exchange Chambers have substantial expertise handling judicial review claims before the Administrative Court, representing both claimants and defendants. Brynmor Adams acts exclusively for public authorities, including central government departments, non-departmental agencies, and local authorities nationwide. Louis Browne KC leads the local government and social housing departments, and he represented Donald McPherson in R (Leeson) v HM Area Coroner for Manchester South and Various Interested Persons, a judicial review case considering the decision to not admit circumstantial evidence into an inquest in relation to the death of Paula Leeson, who died in a swimming pool in Sweden.

Kings Chambers

Sam Karim KC is the head of the public law team at Kings Chambers, which is also home to Stephanie Hall. Of recent note, she represented GMS Parking Limited in Macintosh Village Management Ltd v Manchester City Council & GMS Parking Limited, a judicial review brought against planning permission granted to redevelop a car park into 853 units of student accommodation in a 55-storey building in central Manchester.