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Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright QC and Richard Harwood QC
39 Essex Chambers


Public law, asylum and immigration, human rights, local government. Cases include: Januzi v SSHD (HL) [2006] 2 WLR 397; Westminster City Council v Morris (CA) [2006] 1 WLR 505; GH (Iraq) v SSHD (CA) [2006] Imm AR 19; Gezer v SSHD [2005] HRLR7; R (Ullah) v SSHD (HL) [2006] 2 AC 323.


Called 1990; Gray’s Inn; ‘A’ Panel Counsel to the Crown since 2004. Publications of note include the Immigration appeals section of EMIS looseleaf ‘Civil Appeals’.




St Aloysius Convent School; London (LLB Hons); Inns of Court School of Law (1989).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Lisa Giovannetti QC39 Essex ChambersA star. Gives practical advice always with an excellent grip on the detail and ability to identify what really matters – to the client and the court.

39 Essex Chambers has an ‘unparalleled range of exceptional juniors and leading counsel’ and leverages its vast public law expertise to act on complex human rights issues including immigration, right to life, and healthcare-related human rights. Recent instructions include Lisa Giovannetti QC appearing before the Supreme Court in R (AM Zimbabwe) v SSHD concerning the deportation of foreign nationals on the basis of lack of access to health care in their home countries against the ECHR articles. James Strachan QC is the key practitioner in right to die cases on behalf of the government. Other members of note include Vikram Sachdeva QC highlighted for his ‘intellectual agility and flair‘ and ‘fearless advocate‘ Nigel Pleming QC. In recent news, Steve Broach has strengthened the set after joining from Monckton Chambers.

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Lisa Giovannetti QC39 Essex ChambersLisa is utterly, utterly brilliant. A phenomenal lawyer and the most thoughtful silk I’ve ever worked with.

39 Essex Chambers is recognised for its members work as a ‘premier’ defendant set on behalf of the government. The set has also been increasing the work on behalf of claimants in asylum and immigration cases: Zane Malik represented the appellant in Patel and Shah v SSHD in the Supreme Court. Lisa Giovannetti QC represented the Home Secretary in Rhuppiah v SSHD, in an appeal to the Supreme Court. Giovanetti also led Rory Dunlop QC in AM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD (Supreme Court), again representing the Home Secretary in a case with potential landmark implications on the expulsion of seriously ill foreign nationals.