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Garden Court North Chambers
3RD FLOOR, BLACKFRIARS HOUSE,PARSONAGE
MANCHESTER
M3 2JA
England

Northern Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights) Tier 1

Garden Court North Chambers members advise across a range of public law matters involving human rights, immigration, inquests and inquiries, housing, community care, prison law and social welfare. Members also assist vulnerable individuals and community groups. Pete Weatherby QC specialises in public law including judicial review, public inquiries, inquests, international law, prison law and criminal defence. Matthew Stanbury undertakes judicial review claims on a range of issues such as prisoners’ rights, inquests, and cases with a criminal angle. Tom Royston acted for a successful intervener, in Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v MM, the first personal independence payment appeal to reach the Supreme Court.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Royston - Garden Court North ChambersTom has an encyclopaedic knowledge of social welfare law and EU free movement law. Tom is imaginative and clear.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Stanbury - Garden Court North ChambersMatt is a class barrister. Judges often compliment his style and expertise at the conclusion of the hearings, whether we win or lose. He is personable and has the ability to relate to a wide variety of people.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Mikhil Karnik - Garden Court North ChambersMikhil is committed, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He is always willing to talk through the complex cases he undertakes and offers sound support and advice in relation to both preparatory stages and during the course of litigation. He prepares strong and well-researched grounds that are forceful but succinct.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lucy Mair - Garden Court North ChambersLucy is deeply passionate, knowledgeable, incredibly accessible and approachable. She is creative and cares about the clients as much as we do. One of my top go to counsel in this area.
Ranked: Tier 2
Joseph Markus - Garden Court North ChambersJoseph is an exceptionally bright barrister with a very detailed insight into all aspects of housing law. He is approachable and is always happy to help in any way he possibly can. He is dedicated to helping vulnerable tenants and has a good manner with some very challenging clients with complex needs.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anna Morris - Garden Court North ChambersAnna is an incisive, compassionate and humane lawyer. She matches high intellectual ability with strength of conviction, and real understanding of a client's trauma. She is also tactically aware, and due in part to sitting as an assistant coroner she understands how best to present a case to the court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘They usually have a range of counsel available when needed, and their counsel tend to have a good grasp of the relevant legal and factual points in matters.’

‘Garden Court North provide a good service as a human rights set.’

‘Garden Court North Chambers has a long-standing commitment to matters concerning civil liberties and human rights. Barristers specialise in many fields including those that overlap. The set is firmly committed to publicly funded work. Lots of good counsel and some excellent online presentations during the last year.’

‘Chambers have a great depth and breadth of knowledge in many areas of social welfare law including immigration and asylum, prison law and inquest matters. They offer a wide range of training programs in many specialist areas in conjunction with other specialist organisations including ILPA, PLP and DG Legal.’

‘Garden Court North have very committed barristers who are very knowledgeable on social welfare law.’

‘Garden Court North have a number of very good, sought after counsel.’

‘Its members are all extremely knowledgeable in their field, and provide our clients with an excellent level of care and attention during some very trying times in their lives.’

Northern Circuit > Immigration Tier 1

Garden Court North Chambers is a 'go to set' for all aspects of immigration law. Clients praise the set for the 'excellent level of client care', and 'in-depth training courses'. Key individuals include Tom Royston, who specialises in work with a cross-over between immigration law (especially EU law) and access to welfare benefits, and Kerry Smith, who undertakes work in all aspects of asylum, immigration and human rights law.

Rising stars

Elizabeth Mottershaw - Garden Court North ChambersAlways approachable and makes it a joy to work with her. Never any issues with not complying with deadlines. Extremely methodical and always makes forceful submissions to court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Vijay Jagadesham - Garden Court North ChambersVijay is my usual go to barrister for anything complex or unusual given his ability to consider issues outside of the box. Vijay is always willing to discuss difficult cases, offering not just legal but also practical advice. Vijay responds to correspondence promptly and meets deadlines in a timely fashion. His written work is of a high standard, detailed and focused. Vijay's advocacy skills are excellent. He is always well-prepared for every hearing and is able to respond to intense scrutiny of the most hostile of judges. I would not hesitate to recommend Vijay in these types of case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mikhil Karnik - Garden Court North ChambersMikhil is committed, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He is always willing to talk through the complex cases he undertakes and offers sound support and advice in relation to both preparatory stages and during the course of litigation. He prepares strong and well-researched grounds that are forceful but succinct.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Royston - Garden Court North ChambersHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of social welfare law and EU free movement law. He is imaginative and clear.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kerry Smith - Garden Court North ChambersKerry's advocacy skills are superb. She is always well-prepared for every hearing, knowing the case inside out and prepared for every possible question which may be asked of her. Her presentation skills in court are clear and understated but highly effective. I have seen her stand her ground brilliantly under intense judicial scrutiny. I would again recommend Kerry to anyone looking for representation in this area without hesitation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Lucy Mair - Garden Court North ChambersAn excellent advocate who produces vigorous written submissions. Empathetic and thorough in her dealings with clients, she goes above and beyond.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries Tier 1

Garden Court North Chambers has a 'number of very good, sought after counsel' with a broad client offering. Pete Weatherby QC is well-established in the inquests and inquiries space, is currently leading Anna Morris representing bereaved families in the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry. Kate Stone is another name to note and her practice focuses on inquests including civil claims arising after coronial proceedings.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Anna Morris - Garden Court North ChambersAnna is an incisive, compassionate and humane lawyer. She matches high intellectual ability with strength of conviction, and real understanding of a client's trauma. She is also tactically aware, and due in part to sitting as an assistant coroner she understands how best to present a case to the court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Northern Circuit > Social housing Tier 1

Garden Court North Chambers is an 'excellent set' for social housing cases. Joseph Markus is a 'very knowledgeable barrister' and has a strong focus on immigration, housing and community care law. Elizabeth Mottershaw has a broad range of expertise and acts in possession, injunction and committal proceedings, unlawful eviction and disrepair cases, often acting for vulnerable clients. Former solicitors, James Stark and Gary Willock are recommended, as is Sonia Birdee who represents tenants in a wide variety of homelessness cases.

Rising stars

Elizabeth Mottershaw - Garden Court North ChambersExtremely methodical and always makes forceful submissions to court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Joseph Markus - Garden Court North ChambersJoseph is an exceptionally bright barrister with a very detailed insight into all aspects of housing law. He is approachable and is always happy to help in any way he possibly can. He is dedicated to helping vulnerable tenants and has a good manner with some very challenging clients with complex needs.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Stark - Garden Court North ChambersJames is a walking encyclopaedia of housing and homelessness law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gary Willock - Garden Court North ChambersHe is always well-prepared, his style is relaxed and focused. He is a formidable opponent because he is a realistic, practical and client focused advocate. As well as being exceptional in written and oral advocacy. I could not recommend him highly enough.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sonia Birdee - Garden Court North ChambersAble to assimilate large quantities of material, and get to the key issues. Realistic, reasonable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘This is a strong set with a genuine commitment to the areas of work that it covers. It is not remote or formal but the work is of a standard as good as any set of chambers.’

‘The set is very strong. It maintains a genuine commitment to this area of law.’

‘Garden Court North Chambers is rightly regarded as a leading set in the field of Legal Aid housing practice. Their counsel are very experienced in this area and their training is informative and helpful. They usually havea range of counsel available when needed, and their counsel tend to have a good grasp of the relevant legal and factual points in matters.’

‘Garden Court North Chambers has a long record of providing effective counsel to represent tenants, non-secure occupiers and homeless individuals in the range of work in the County Court and High Court. It’s housing team is well-respected in the field.’

‘This Chambers are singularly committed to advice and advocacy in social welfare law.’

‘They have undoubtedly the best availability of Counsel outside of London for housing law in terms of breadth and expertise. Incredibly impressive team with barristers focusing on a number of areas of social welfare law, not just housing law.’

‘They are well regarded and for good reason, as they have consistently excellent advocates from top to bottom.’

Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

Garden Court North Chambers has an 'excellent reputation' in criminal defence work and are 'always happy to help' in all cases, big or small. Clare Ashcroft has a strong background representing clients with mental health or learning disabilities. Ashcroft represented the defendant, a case that involved the defense of a father regarding the alleged murder of his 14 month old daughter. In this he was led by Nina Grahame QC , who frequently represents parents and carers accused of serious offences against children or vulnerable adults. Mark George QC is a leading barrister at the set who has extensive experience as a trial advocate in homicide and serious sex cases including historic allegations.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Clare Ashcroft - Garden Court North ChambersClare has an eye for detail. She focusses on the key issues and is always on top of her cases. She is always fully prepared and knows the case papers inside out. She is efficient and provides full written advices for instructing experts and is very hands-on during the case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Brigden - Garden Court North ChambersRichard is a strong advocate, makes succinct, well judged submissions and puts his client's forcefully and intelligently.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rebecca Filletti - Garden Court North ChambersRebecca devotes herself unreservedly to every case from start to finish. A joy to work with and always enthusiastic. If you are looking for a barrister who applies in-depth analysis, preparation and support backed up with detailed, meticulous advice you won't be disappointed.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Garden Court North have a unique position in the North of England .They provide committed knowledgeable and excellent advocates in criminal law .Their criminal advocates are supported by colleagues in chambers with a unique insight into public law, mental health and prison law.’

‘Training is a highlight of GCN. In criminal law, recent in house and joint webinar series have included mental health defences, police station support for solicitors and protest law.’

‘GCN’s Crime Team has a particularly strong reputation for defending those who may be disadvantaged or prejudiced within the Criminal Justice System by reason of issues of mental health or marginalised status.’

‘GCN’s Crime Team specialises in criminal defence and has a strong reputation for being approachable and highly conscientious. The Team, albeit smaller than many, comprises members with complementary skills and breath of experience. GCN’s Crime Team also benefits from the expertise of other members of GCN’s specialist teams who feed expertise to the Crime Team, when relevant, in immigration, human trafficking, social welfare and Court of Protection issues. The racial and gender diversity ratio of criminal practitioners at all levels is considerably better than in most sets on the Northern Circuit.’

‘A multi-disciplinary set with a renowned commitment to social justice. Tenants are consistently involved in high profile case, forging advances in human rights law and practice (the Hillsborough Inquiry, the Grenfell Inquiry & the Manchester Arena Inquiry to name a few). In addition, tenants regularly provide excellent training on current developments in human rights law – including throughout the pandemic and lockdown.’

‘Garden Court North’s Crime Team of committed practitioners has a well-deserved reputation for high quality defence representation in all areas of criminal law. Representation is particularly strong in cases involving children and the vulnerable, as defendants and witnesses, in protest law and in the representation of professionals accused of serious criminal offending.’

‘A fantastic set of chambers, down to earth and with perhaps the most caring set of individuals who provide an excellent service.’

Northern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

Ben McCormack - Garden Court North ChambersBen is incredibly personable and amiable. Clients love him and he is also great at describing complex legal points in ways which are easy to understand. He works well under pressure, is responsive to instructions, and works well on cases where need to negotiate with other parties. The court of protection is designed to be a non-adversarial forum and Ben is able to work in this way whilst ensuring we get what we are seeking.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights) Tier 1

Garden Court North Chambers members advise across a range of public law matters involving human rights, immigration, inquests and inquiries, housing, community care, prison law and social welfare. Members also assist vulnerable individuals and community groups. Pete Weatherby QC specialises in public law including judicial review, public inquiries, inquests, international law, prison law and criminal defence. Matthew Stanbury undertakes judicial review claims on a range of issues such as prisoners’ rights, inquests, and cases with a criminal angle. Tom Royston acted for a successful intervener, in Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v MM, the first personal independence payment appeal to reach the Supreme Court.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Royston - Garden Court North ChambersTom has an encyclopaedic knowledge of social welfare law and EU free movement law. Tom is imaginative and clear.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Stanbury - Garden Court North ChambersMatt is a class barrister. Judges often compliment his style and expertise at the conclusion of the hearings, whether we win or lose. He is personable and has the ability to relate to a wide variety of people.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Mikhil Karnik - Garden Court North ChambersMikhil is committed, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He is always willing to talk through the complex cases he undertakes and offers sound support and advice in relation to both preparatory stages and during the course of litigation. He prepares strong and well-researched grounds that are forceful but succinct.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lucy Mair - Garden Court North ChambersLucy is deeply passionate, knowledgeable, incredibly accessible and approachable. She is creative and cares about the clients as much as we do. One of my top go to counsel in this area.
Ranked: Tier 2
Joseph Markus - Garden Court North ChambersJoseph is an exceptionally bright barrister with a very detailed insight into all aspects of housing law. He is approachable and is always happy to help in any way he possibly can. He is dedicated to helping vulnerable tenants and has a good manner with some very challenging clients with complex needs.
Ranked: Tier 2
Anna Morris - Garden Court North ChambersAnna is an incisive, compassionate and humane lawyer. She matches high intellectual ability with strength of conviction, and real understanding of a client's trauma. She is also tactically aware, and due in part to sitting as an assistant coroner she understands how best to present a case to the court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘They usually have a range of counsel available when needed, and their counsel tend to have a good grasp of the relevant legal and factual points in matters.’

‘Garden Court North provide a good service as a human rights set.’

‘Garden Court North Chambers has a long-standing commitment to matters concerning civil liberties and human rights. Barristers specialise in many fields including those that overlap. The set is firmly committed to publicly funded work. Lots of good counsel and some excellent online presentations during the last year.’

‘Chambers have a great depth and breadth of knowledge in many areas of social welfare law including immigration and asylum, prison law and inquest matters. They offer a wide range of training programs in many specialist areas in conjunction with other specialist organisations including ILPA, PLP and DG Legal.’

‘Garden Court North have very committed barristers who are very knowledgeable on social welfare law.’

‘Garden Court North have a number of very good, sought after counsel.’

‘Its members are all extremely knowledgeable in their field, and provide our clients with an excellent level of care and attention during some very trying times in their lives.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Immigration Tier 1

Garden Court North Chambers is a 'go to set' for all aspects of immigration law. Clients praise the set for the 'excellent level of client care', and 'in-depth training courses'. Key individuals include Tom Royston, who specialises in work with a cross-over between immigration law (especially EU law) and access to welfare benefits, and Kerry Smith, who undertakes work in all aspects of asylum, immigration and human rights law.

Rising stars

Elizabeth Mottershaw - Garden Court North ChambersAlways approachable and makes it a joy to work with her. Never any issues with not complying with deadlines. Extremely methodical and always makes forceful submissions to court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Vijay Jagadesham - Garden Court North ChambersVijay is my usual go to barrister for anything complex or unusual given his ability to consider issues outside of the box. Vijay is always willing to discuss difficult cases, offering not just legal but also practical advice. Vijay responds to correspondence promptly and meets deadlines in a timely fashion. His written work is of a high standard, detailed and focused. Vijay's advocacy skills are excellent. He is always well-prepared for every hearing and is able to respond to intense scrutiny of the most hostile of judges. I would not hesitate to recommend Vijay in these types of case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mikhil Karnik - Garden Court North ChambersMikhil is committed, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He is always willing to talk through the complex cases he undertakes and offers sound support and advice in relation to both preparatory stages and during the course of litigation. He prepares strong and well-researched grounds that are forceful but succinct.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Royston - Garden Court North ChambersHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of social welfare law and EU free movement law. He is imaginative and clear.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kerry Smith - Garden Court North ChambersKerry's advocacy skills are superb. She is always well-prepared for every hearing, knowing the case inside out and prepared for every possible question which may be asked of her. Her presentation skills in court are clear and understated but highly effective. I have seen her stand her ground brilliantly under intense judicial scrutiny. I would again recommend Kerry to anyone looking for representation in this area without hesitation.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Lucy Mair - Garden Court North ChambersAn excellent advocate who produces vigorous written submissions. Empathetic and thorough in her dealings with clients, she goes above and beyond.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries Tier 1

Garden Court North Chambers has a 'number of very good, sought after counsel' with a broad client offering. Pete Weatherby QC is well-established in the inquests and inquiries space, is currently leading Anna Morris representing bereaved families in the Manchester Arena Bombing Inquiry. Kate Stone is another name to note and her practice focuses on inquests including civil claims arising after coronial proceedings.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Anna Morris - Garden Court North ChambersAnna is an incisive, compassionate and humane lawyer. She matches high intellectual ability with strength of conviction, and real understanding of a client's trauma. She is also tactically aware, and due in part to sitting as an assistant coroner she understands how best to present a case to the court.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Social housing Tier 1

Garden Court North Chambers is an 'excellent set' for social housing cases. Joseph Markus is a 'very knowledgeable barrister' and has a strong focus on immigration, housing and community care law. Elizabeth Mottershaw has a broad range of expertise and acts in possession, injunction and committal proceedings, unlawful eviction and disrepair cases, often acting for vulnerable clients. Former solicitors, James Stark and Gary Willock are recommended, as is Sonia Birdee who represents tenants in a wide variety of homelessness cases.

Rising stars

Elizabeth Mottershaw - Garden Court North ChambersExtremely methodical and always makes forceful submissions to court.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Joseph Markus - Garden Court North ChambersJoseph is an exceptionally bright barrister with a very detailed insight into all aspects of housing law. He is approachable and is always happy to help in any way he possibly can. He is dedicated to helping vulnerable tenants and has a good manner with some very challenging clients with complex needs.
Ranked: Tier 1
James Stark - Garden Court North ChambersJames is a walking encyclopaedia of housing and homelessness law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Gary Willock - Garden Court North ChambersHe is always well-prepared, his style is relaxed and focused. He is a formidable opponent because he is a realistic, practical and client focused advocate. As well as being exceptional in written and oral advocacy. I could not recommend him highly enough.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sonia Birdee - Garden Court North ChambersAble to assimilate large quantities of material, and get to the key issues. Realistic, reasonable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘This is a strong set with a genuine commitment to the areas of work that it covers. It is not remote or formal but the work is of a standard as good as any set of chambers.’

‘The set is very strong. It maintains a genuine commitment to this area of law.’

‘Garden Court North Chambers is rightly regarded as a leading set in the field of Legal Aid housing practice. Their counsel are very experienced in this area and their training is informative and helpful. They usually havea range of counsel available when needed, and their counsel tend to have a good grasp of the relevant legal and factual points in matters.’

‘Garden Court North Chambers has a long record of providing effective counsel to represent tenants, non-secure occupiers and homeless individuals in the range of work in the County Court and High Court. It’s housing team is well-respected in the field.’

‘This Chambers are singularly committed to advice and advocacy in social welfare law.’

‘They have undoubtedly the best availability of Counsel outside of London for housing law in terms of breadth and expertise. Incredibly impressive team with barristers focusing on a number of areas of social welfare law, not just housing law.’

‘They are well regarded and for good reason, as they have consistently excellent advocates from top to bottom.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud) Tier 2

Garden Court North Chambers has an 'excellent reputation' in criminal defence work and are 'always happy to help' in all cases, big or small. Clare Ashcroft has a strong background representing clients with mental health or learning disabilities. Ashcroft represented the defendant, a case that involved the defense of a father regarding the alleged murder of his 14 month old daughter. In this he was led by Nina Grahame QC , who frequently represents parents and carers accused of serious offences against children or vulnerable adults. Mark George QC is a leading barrister at the set who has extensive experience as a trial advocate in homicide and serious sex cases including historic allegations.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Clare Ashcroft - Garden Court North ChambersClare has an eye for detail. She focusses on the key issues and is always on top of her cases. She is always fully prepared and knows the case papers inside out. She is efficient and provides full written advices for instructing experts and is very hands-on during the case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Brigden - Garden Court North ChambersRichard is a strong advocate, makes succinct, well judged submissions and puts his client's forcefully and intelligently.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rebecca Filletti - Garden Court North ChambersRebecca devotes herself unreservedly to every case from start to finish. A joy to work with and always enthusiastic. If you are looking for a barrister who applies in-depth analysis, preparation and support backed up with detailed, meticulous advice you won't be disappointed.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Garden Court North have a unique position in the North of England .They provide committed knowledgeable and excellent advocates in criminal law .Their criminal advocates are supported by colleagues in chambers with a unique insight into public law, mental health and prison law.’

‘Training is a highlight of GCN. In criminal law, recent in house and joint webinar series have included mental health defences, police station support for solicitors and protest law.’

‘GCN’s Crime Team has a particularly strong reputation for defending those who may be disadvantaged or prejudiced within the Criminal Justice System by reason of issues of mental health or marginalised status.’

‘GCN’s Crime Team specialises in criminal defence and has a strong reputation for being approachable and highly conscientious. The Team, albeit smaller than many, comprises members with complementary skills and breath of experience. GCN’s Crime Team also benefits from the expertise of other members of GCN’s specialist teams who feed expertise to the Crime Team, when relevant, in immigration, human trafficking, social welfare and Court of Protection issues. The racial and gender diversity ratio of criminal practitioners at all levels is considerably better than in most sets on the Northern Circuit.’

‘A multi-disciplinary set with a renowned commitment to social justice. Tenants are consistently involved in high profile case, forging advances in human rights law and practice (the Hillsborough Inquiry, the Grenfell Inquiry & the Manchester Arena Inquiry to name a few). In addition, tenants regularly provide excellent training on current developments in human rights law – including throughout the pandemic and lockdown.’

‘Garden Court North’s Crime Team of committed practitioners has a well-deserved reputation for high quality defence representation in all areas of criminal law. Representation is particularly strong in cases involving children and the vulnerable, as defendants and witnesses, in protest law and in the representation of professionals accused of serious criminal offending.’

‘A fantastic set of chambers, down to earth and with perhaps the most caring set of individuals who provide an excellent service.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

Leading Juniors

Ben McCormack - Garden Court North ChambersBen is incredibly personable and amiable. Clients love him and he is also great at describing complex legal points in ways which are easy to understand. He works well under pressure, is responsive to instructions, and works well on cases where need to negotiate with other parties. The court of protection is designed to be a non-adversarial forum and Ben is able to work in this way whilst ensuring we get what we are seeking.
Ranked: Tier 1

Garden Court North Chambers is a progressive set of barristers with a strong commitment to publicly funded work. They offer representation to those disadvantaged by discrimination and inequality or with multiple and complex needs, to challenging the state, to fighting for justice, and to undertaking work pro bono in appropriate cases where funding is unavailable. It is these values which have underpinned their entire ethos since the foundation of Chambers in 1996 by a group of young barristers wanting to provide a radical alternative to the more traditional barristers’ chambers.

Since Chambers foundation they have set their stall out to do human rights work, and throughout their history they have advanced the application of human rights law in the regions, taking cases to the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and to the European Court of Human Rights. In addition to human rights work, Chambers has built a strong reputation for housing law, immigration law, public law, criminal defence, prison law, inquests, actions against the police, court of protection work, welfare law and expertise in discrimination work. They have been involved in many high profile and landmark cases.

Housing

The Housing Team enjoys an excellent reputation amongst housing practitioners, with the consequence that Garden Court North Chambers is considered to be one of the leading sets for tenants’ work outside of London. The vast majority of the work they do is for people who are publicly funded and they are committed to representing the rights of tenants, other occupiers, applicants for housing and the homeless.

Garden Court North Chambers have been involved in some of the most important housing cases in the appellate courts, however, they are just as dedicated to the kind of cases that might not make the law reports but which nonetheless have a real and significant effect on the lives of individuals, and they have a strong commitment to pro bono work where legal aid is unavailable. They are skilled in assisting those who are disadvantaged (whether as a result of disability, addiction, age or homelessness), who speak little or no English, and who have significant mental health issues or learning difficulties.

Immigration

The Immigration Team provides expert advice and representation in all aspects of asylum, immigration, trafficking and nationality cases. There has been a specialist Immigration Team in Garden Court North Chambers since their foundation and it is now one of the largest in the country. Ian Macdonald QC, a founding member of Chambers, is an acknowledged leader in the field and the co-author of the seminal text, Macdonald’s ‘Immigration Law and Practice’, to which other members of the Team also contribute.

The Team are committed to publicly funded work and to assisting the vulnerable; including people who have been trafficked or exploited, subjected to domestic violence, victims of torture and those experiencing mental ill-health or limited capacity. Chambers’ make a real effort to understand the concerns of those they represent, trying to ensure that they are fully involved and able to engage in the process.

Civil and social rights

The Civil and Social Rights Team is a multidisciplinary team that covers all aspects of civil work with a particular emphasis on protecting human rights and civil liberties. The Team consists of advocates with experience at all levels, from juniors to Queen’s counsel, and is committed to upholding people’s rights through justice. It is this commitment to each client’s rights that distinguishes Chambers’ barristers from others.

The client remains the focus throughout the preparation and presentation of each case. Members of the Team forcefully pursue each case whilst understanding and addressing each client’s concerns at every stage, explaining matters clearly and providing realistic and carefully considered advice in language that is easily understood. This approach ensures that the client remains fully involved in the process throughout and is able to take their own fully informed decisions about their case.

Criminal defence and appeals

The Crime Team specialises in criminal defence and appeals work and, whilst working predominately in the Crown Court, also has an outstanding reputation in all courts including the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. The Team consists of criminal advocates with experience at all levels, from juniors to Queen’s counsel, and is committed to ensuring that a defendant’s fundamental rights are protected.

Drawing upon the Team’s established reputation and coupled with its complimentary expertise in public law, human rights and civil claims for damages and compensation, Chamber’s provide comprehensive and specialist advice and advocacy to anyone challenging unsafe convictions and seeking justice following a successful appeal. Several members of the Team are available for direct access work in criminal appeals.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Criminal Defence and Appeals Mark George QCmgeorge@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Criminal Defence and Appeals Nina Grahame QCngrahame@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Inquests and Inquiries Pete Weatherby QCpweatherby@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Criminal Defence and Appeals Clare Ashcroftcashcroft@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Criminal Defence and Appeals Brigid Bailliebbaillie@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Public Law Tasaddat Hussainthussain@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Public Law Vijay Jagadeshamvjagadesham@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Immigration Lucy Mairlm@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Civil and Social Rights Joseph Markusjmarkus@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Court of Protection Ben McCormackbmccormack@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Public Law Rory O'Ryanroryan@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Civil and Social Rights Tom Roystontroyston@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Immigration Kerry Smithkasmith@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Housing James Starkjstark@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Inquests and Inquiries Kate Stonekstone@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Immigration Camille Warrencwarren@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Head of Practice Management Annmarie Nightingaleanightingale@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Senior Practice Manager Nicola Carrollncarroll@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Operations Manager Karen McMahonkmcmahon@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
Communications Manager David Eggborodeggboro@gcnchambers.co.uk0161 817 6377
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Aarif Abraham  photo Aarif Abraham International International human rights law International criminal and humanitarian law Public law…
Clare Ashcroft  photo Clare Ashcroft Clare specialises in all aspects of criminal law together with inquests and…
Brigid Baillie photo Brigid BaillieBrigid is a defence advocate experienced in the most serious types of…
Ciara Bartlam  photo Ciara Bartlam Ciara is a member of our Inquests and Inquiries team and specialises in…
Sonia Birdee photo Sonia BirdeeSonia is a specialist in challenging discrimination arising in the context of…
Peter Cruickshank  photo Peter Cruickshank Peter has represented clients on complex matters including involuntary intoxication, the proportionality…
Sean Ell  photo Sean Ell Sean is experienced in judicial review in both the Upper Tribunal and…
Rebecca Filletti photo Rebecca FillettiRebecca is a highly regarded and experienced criminal practitioner. She specialises in…
Mark George photo Mark GeorgeHead of Garden Court North Chambers, Queen’s Counsel
Nina Grahame photo Nina GrahameNina was appointed QC in March 2019. She is a senior criminal…
Mira Hammad  photo Mira Hammad Mira Hammad specialises in Inquests and Inquiries and Criminal Defence. Mira is currently instructed as…
Jonathan Holt  photo Jonathan Holt Jonathan represents appellants at all levels of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber…
Tasaddat Hussain photo Tasaddat HussainTasaddat is an established, busy and well respected practitioner who is highly…
Vijay Jagadesham photo Vijay JagadeshamVijay’s practice encompasses public law, immigration and asylum law and civil actions…
Mikhil Karnik photo Mikhil KarnikMikhil practises in public law and human rights law particularly arising from…
Kevin Lister  photo Kevin Lister Kevin is an experienced housing law practitioner whose practice covers the full range…
Lucy Mair photo Lucy MairLucy is a human rights barrister who specialises in representing particularly vulnerable…
Joseph Markus photo Joseph MarkusJoe’s practice covers the fields of housing, immigration and community care, with…
Ben McCormack photo Ben McCormackBen specialising in housing, public law and mental capacity cases.
Anna Morris photo Anna MorrisAnna specialises in inquests and inquiries, civil liberties and human rights and…
Elizabeth Mottershaw photo Elizabeth MottershawElizabeth is ranked as a rising star in the 2021 edition of…
Alex Offer photo Alex OfferAlex is a public law and housing specialist. He has a wealth…
Rory O’Ryan photo Rory O’RyanRory has worked in the field of asylum and immigration law since…
Tom Royston photo Tom RoystonTom specialises in immigration, housing, mental capacity and social security law. He…
Kerry Smith photo Kerry SmithKerry is an experienced immigration practitioner of 17 years call. Since 2005,…
Matthew Stanbury photo Matthew StanburyMatt, a multi-disciplinary practitioner, is ranked in both the UK Legal 500…
James Stark photo James Stark
Kate Stone photo Kate StoneCivil actions against the police and public authorities, Court of Protection, Discrimination,…
Catherine Zara Walker  photo Catherine Zara Walker Zara predominantly practices in the area of criminal law. She also accepts…
Camille Warren photo Camille WarrenAs well as Immigration Camilles practice covers areas such as Civil actions…
Pete Weatherby photo Pete WeatherbyPete is a human rights barrister who practices domestically in public inquiries,…
Christian Weaver  photo Christian Weaver Christian receives regular and repeat instructions to represent those with drug misuse…
Natalie Wilkins  photo Natalie Wilkins Natalie practises in asylum, immigration and nationality, family, housing and public law.…
Gary Willock photo Gary WillockGary has a very wide practice in housing law and in particular…
Members : 34
Pupils : 2
Associate members : 11
Practice management team : 9
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