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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 Chambers β€˜His legal acumen is first rate.’
    • Jane Cross QC - Deans Court Chambers β€˜Noted for her expertise in cases involving vulnerable adults.’
    • Sam Karim QC - Kings Chambers β€˜A compelling advocate with a reassuring manner.’
    • Stephen Sauvain QC - Kings Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in judicial reviews.’
    • Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜He takes command of a court with the breadth of his legal knowledge.’

Public law – Leading juniors

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    • George Brown - Kenworthy's Chambers β€˜Level headed and always well informed.’
    • Simon Burrows - Kings Chambers β€˜A safe pair of hands for public law matters.’
    • Lorraine Cavanagh - St John's Buildings β€˜She goes above and beyond the call of duty for her clients.’
    • John Hunter - Kings Chambers β€˜He approaches his cases with a commercial viewpoint.’
    • Tasaddat Hussain - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in human rights and immigration matters.’
    • Vijay Jagadesham - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜He finds unconventional solutions to problems.’
    • Michael Jones - Deans Court Chambers β€˜A very amiable and practical barrister.’
    • Shazia Khan - Kenworthy's Chambers β€˜An incredibly intelligent barrister.’
    • Lucy Mair - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜She has a brilliant legal mind and is extremely persuasive on her feet.’
    • Joseph Markus - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright, passionate and fantastic with clients.’
    • Ben McCormack - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in social welfare matters.’
    • Alex Offer - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜Very empathic with fantastic attention to detail.’
    • Rory O’Ryan - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜Recommended for complex asylum and immigration cases.’
    • Gita Patel - Kenworthy's Chambers β€˜She has vast experience in asylum cases.’
    • Tom Royston - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜He is great with vulnerable clients.’
    • Mark Schwenk - Kenworthy's Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in immigration matters.’
    • Kerry Smith - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜She remains extremely calm under pressure.’
    • Matthew Stanbury - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜Bold and unafraid to tackle complex cases.’
    • James Stark - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜A junior with drive and complete commitment to his cases.’
    • Camille Warren - Garden Court North Chambers β€˜Recommended for a wide range of immigration and asylum claims.’

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Deans Court Chambers’ public law team is well versed in handling cases involving mental capacity and mental health.

Judicial review proceedings are a core strength for Exchange Chambers’ public law group, with immigration and asylum matters and cases involving the welfare of vulnerable adults included in the team’s recent workload.

Viewed as β€˜a leader in the field of immigration law’, Garden Court North Chambers’ β€˜very strong’ public law group has established expertise in high-profile cases pertaining to asylum, nationality, human trafficking and social rights matters. Recent case highlights for the set include Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Gubeladze, in which the Court of Appeal judged that the UK’s decision to extend the Worker Registration Scheme from 2009 to 2011 was unlawful; R (AT) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, concerning the removal of statutory appeal rights and implementation of an administrative review process for foreign national spouses who were victims of domestic violence; and R (Kiarie) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, in which the Supreme Court found the process of requiring a foreign national offender to be deported before appealing against the decision from outside the country to be unfair.

Practitioners at Kenworthy's Chambers are well versed in immigration and asylum matters, and have represented clients before the Court of Appeal in such cases.

The public law group at Kings Chambers has solid experience in representing claimants and defendants in judicial reviews from a range of areas, including healthcare and local government.

In 2017, Lorraine Cavanagh at St John's Buildings acted for a child in a Human Rights claim following care proceedings where he was removed from parental care; the removal was found to be unlawful.

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