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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Public law – Leading silks
  2. Public law – Leading juniors

Public law – Leading silks

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    • Louis Browne QC - Exchange ChambersVery experienced across the spectrum of public law matters.’
    • Jane Cross QC - Deans Court ChambersVery well known for her practice in mental health and capacity matters.’
    • Sam Karim QC - Kings ChambersAn outstanding advocate, who makes lay clients feel completely at ease.’
    • Stephen Sauvain QC - Kings ChambersHe has expertise in judicial reviews.’
    • Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North ChambersHe has a fierce work ethic.’

Public law – Leading juniors

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    • George Brown - Kenworthy’s ChambersHe knows his way around the law and quickly identifies a cases key issues.’
    • Simon Burrows - Kings ChambersVery quick-witted and fantastic with clients.’
    • Lorraine Cavanagh - St John’s BuildingsShe approaches daunting cases with palpable enthusiasm.’
    • John Hunter - Kings ChambersHe is great at tailoring his advice to meet client needs.’
    • Tasaddat Hussain - Garden Court North ChambersA specialist in immigration, human rights and asylum cases.’
    • Vijay Jagadesham - Garden Court North ChambersA good advocate with very broad knowledge of immigration law.’
    • Michael Jones - Deans Court ChambersHardworking, conscientious and very bright.’
    • Shazia Khan - Kenworthy’s ChambersHer practice includes asylum and nationality law cases.’
    • Ben McCormack - Garden Court North ChambersHe brings calmness and clarity to his cases.’
    • Alex Offer - Garden Court North ChambersHe has a quick and innovative legal brain.’
    • Rory O’Ryan - Garden Court North ChambersAn excellent barrister, whose clients are in very safe hands.’
    • Mark Schwenk - Kenworthy’s ChambersHe has a solid understanding of immigration law.’
    • Eliza Sharron - Kings ChambersRecommended for adult welfare cases.’
    • Kerry Smith - Garden Court North ChambersA strategic thinker with excellent court delivery.’
    • Matthew Stanbury - Garden Court North ChambersHe is unafraid to argue novel points of law.’
    • James Stark - Garden Court North ChambersA resourceful thinker, who finds creative solutions to problems.’
    • Camille Warren - Garden Court North ChambersVery experienced in asylum and immigration claims.’

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A key area of instruction for members of Deans Court Chambers’ public law group is in cases involving mental health and mental capacity. In 2016 Eliza Sharron left for Kings Chambers.

Exchange Chambers’ public law expertise includes cases involving the welfare and finances of those lacking capacity, judicial review proceedings, and mental health matters. New silk Louis Browne QC recently acted for the Ministry of Justice in a successful judicial review regarding whether the Article 2 duty extended to non-suspicious deaths in custody.

With vast experience in the higher courts, Garden Court North Chambers’ public law group, led by Pete Weatherby QC, is viewed as ‘the best in the North’ for immigration, asylum and nationality cases; other areas of expertise include prison law and human trafficking matters. In May 2017, Tasaddat Hussain joined from Broadway House Chambers.

Kenworthy’s Chambers’ key area of expertise is in immigration and asylum matters, and members have appeared before the higher courts in such cases.

Kings Chambers’ public law team acts for claimants and defendants in judicial reviews, which is a key area of expertise for the set. Local government, immigration and healthcare are core fields of experience. Eliza Sharron joined from Deans Court Chambers in 2016 and Sam Karim QC took silk in 2017.

St John’s Buildings houses Lorraine Cavanagh, who is known for acting in cases regarding disabled children’s community care rights.

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