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Galina Ward KC
Galina specialises in public and administrative law, acting for a range of individuals and public bodies in various tribunals and the higher courts. Recent cases have covered such diverse subjects as immigration detention, school exclusions and the rateability of ATM sites. She is a member of the Attorney General’s “A” Panel of Junior Counsel. She also has a wide-ranging practice in property litigation and experience of civil litigation generally.
Galina is recommended for Administrative and Public Law in the most recent edition of the Legal 500, where she is described as, ‘A star performer whose written work in particular is of the highest order.’ She is regularly instructed both for and against central and local government. In addition to the specialisms listed below, her recent work has covered healthcare, community care (she is a contributor to Stephen Knafler QC’s book on Adult Social Care Law), social security (with a particular focus on tax credits) and prisons (including categorisation and recall challenges).
Galina has been described in Chambers & Partners as commanding “huge respect” for her “great experience of representing individuals, schools and local authorities in Special Educational Needs and Disability appeals.” She is also recommended in Legal 500, where she is reported to be “approachable, with good knowledge of the law”. Galina has extensive experience of judicial review claims in education matters, ranging from exclusion and admissions to school organisation issues. Her work also includes acting on behalf of public bodies tasked with regulating those who work in education, as well as representing those subject to that regulation.
Galina specialises in representing individuals subject to immigration control. She frequently appears in the First-Tier and Upper Tribunal, and has acted in a large number of judicial review challenges to decisions of the immigration authorities. She has particular experience of civil claims for damages for unlawful detention. Galina is recommended for her work in immigration law in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 where she has been described as “a real brain-box who makes light work of her cases” and “incredibly gifted on her feet and popular with clients.”
Galina regularly advises and appears on behalf of the Valuation Office Agency, billing authorities and individual ratepayers in both statutory appeals and liability order claims.
Galina acts for a diverse range of clients, from social housing tenants to major property companies, in all areas of commercial and residential landlord and tenant. She is recommended for property litigation in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
Magdalen College, Oxford (Law with German Law); University of Konstanz, Germany (Law with German Law).
Lawyer Rankings(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1 (2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1
Galina Ward KC –Landmark Chambers ‘Previously one of the top juniors at the immigration Bar, the meticulous thoroughness of Galina’s preparation is reflected in the exemplary quality of her written work, often praised by the bench for its authoritative and measured qualities.’(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1
Local government finance is an area of strength for Landmark Chambers. One member heavily active in this area is Dan Kolinsky KC, ‘an excellent advocate at every level from the Valuation Tribunal to the Supreme Court.’ He recently represented Nuffield Health in Nuffield Health v London Borough of Merton, a case hinging on whether a fitness centre which operates as a charity is eligible for charitable rates relief. The set acts for many of the UK’s largest city and county councils, and James Maurici KC counts many as clients. Galina Ward KC also represented the former Mayor of Liverpool in R (Anderson) v Liverpool City Council, a challenge against Liverpool County Council’s refusal to grant an indemnity against defense costs in criminal proceedings regarding allegations about his time in office.
Landmark Chambers had another outstanding year and solidified themselves as a leading set for property litigation; boasting a wealth of experience from the more general landlord-tenant and real property issues, to the more specialist insolvency-related litigation, right to mange cases and Covid-19 rent arrears matters. The senior ranks were strengthened by Toby Watkin KC and Galina Ward KC taking silk, the only new property litigation silks in 2022. Tom Weekes KC acted for the appellants before the Supreme Court in the high-profile Fearn v Trustees of the Tate Gallery case concerning the Tate Modern’s viewing gallery. Toby Watkin KC has acted for the real estate company in Annington Property Ltd v Ministry of Defence, one of the largest and most complex series of rent review arbitrations ever conducted. The sets strength in depth was illustrated in Firstport Property Services v Settlers Court RTM; where juniors Simon Allison, Kimberley Ziya and Rupert Cohen successfully represented the appellant in a landmark Supreme Court decision, shifting the law surrounding the right to manage with significant consequences for the government’s legislative proposals to the existing scheme. Justin Bates has developed an impressive specialism in leasehold disputes and the addition of Andy Creer from Gatehouse Chambers adds further telecoms expertise.