Set Profile > Garden Court North Chambers > Manchester, England

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

Court of Protection and community care

Ben McCormack is the key name to note as regards to Court of Protection work at Garden Court North Chambers. He represents protected parties in a diverse  range of cases including forced marriage, fluctuating capacity, sexual consent and deprivation of liberty.

Leading Juniors

Ben McCormack - Garden Court North ChambersDelivers first-rate advice quickly.
Ranked: Tier 1

Crime

Members of Garden Court North Chambers' criminal practices focus entirely on defendant work, with members involved in some of the most complex and high-profile cases both on circuit and nationally. One notable recent instruction is Brigid Baillie's defence of an individual charged with historic sex offences alleged to occur within a close-knit religious community in which the defendant was a leading figure. The set is also instructed on several leading appeal cases, such as Pete Weatherby QC's successful appearance for the appellant in the Supreme Court case R (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice, which considered whether, when determining how much credit should be given for a part-paid confiscation order, if interest should be applied to the size of the order.

Leading Silks

Mark George QC - Garden Court North ChambersHe combines an effortless manner with a soaring intellect.
Ranked: Tier 1
Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North ChambersA skilled tactician who is deeply committed to his cases and clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nina Grahame QC - Garden Court North ChambersA brilliant communicator who provides thorough and compassionate advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Brigid Ballie - Garden Court North ChambersAlways goes the extra mile to ensure that defendants are made to feel that their case matters.
Ranked: Tier 1

Immigration

Garden Court North Chambers is home to one of the largest collections of immigration specialists in the region, with experience at all levels of the court system on asylum, deportation, citizenship and victims of trafficking cases. A particular strength of the team is its work on statutory appeals and novel cases, with Tom Royston having handled two Supreme Court cases concerning the welfare entitlements of non-UK EU nationals. Tasaddat Hussain  recently represented an individual in the Upper Tribunal who had been unlawfully detained as a result of evidence obtained via an illegal immigration raid.

Leading Juniors

Vijay Jagadesham - Garden Court North ChambersThorough, diligent and very clear in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mikhil Karnik - Garden Court North ChambersTenacious, highly committed and always willing to discuss ideas and strategies.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Royston - Garden Court North ChambersParticularly recommended for cases with a wider legal significance.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kerry Smith - Garden Court North ChambersShe has done outstanding work on complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Camille Warren - Garden Court North ChambersNot afraid to deal with difficult issues head-on.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tasaddat Hussain - Garden Court North ChambersVery experienced in immigration cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lucy Mair - Garden Court North ChambersRecommended for cases involving domestic abuse or human trafficking.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rory O'Ryan - Garden Court North ChambersHe has a methodical, focused and disciplined approach to complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 2

Inquests and inquiries

Members of Garden Court North Chambers are well-regarded for their expertise in inquests, covering both high-profile inquests involving many parties, as well as those dealing with individual deaths. Pete Weatherby QC represents the "G3 Group" of bereaved, survivors and relatives (which includes those represented by Howe + Co Solicitors and Oliver Fisher) in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and by bereaved families represented by Broudie Jackson Canter in the Manchester Arena inquests.

Leading Silks

Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North ChambersA highly intelligent lawyer who is totally committed to his clients’ causes.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Kate Stone - Garden Court North ChambersExcellent on her feet and will fearlessly fight the client’s corner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Public law

Garden Court North Chambers' public law team is one of the key players within the region, instructed on a wide range of judicial review matters. Particular focal areas for the set include changes to social security and benefits, human rights law, housing, prison law and community care. Recent highlights include successful Supreme Court case Samuels v Birmingham City Council, in which the court found that a person could not be treated as intentionally homeless if their previous eviction was because the level of state benefits rendered the previous property unaffordable - James Stark and Tom Royston represented the claimant. Additionally, Royston recently appeared as a led junior in both the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice, in Secretary of State for Work of Pensions v Gubeladze, and Prefeta v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions respectively- both cases concerned the welfare entitlements of EU citizens in the UK.

Leading Silks

Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North ChambersStands shoulder to shoulder with his clients
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Alex Offer - Garden Court North ChambersBrings fantastic forensic ability to every case
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Royston - Garden Court North ChambersParticularly notable for his work on social security and benefits.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Stanbury - Garden Court North ChambersHis advice is always cogent, succinct and can be relied upon
Ranked: Tier 1
James Stark - Garden Court North ChambersA brilliant advocate whose legal knowledge is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Joseph Markus - Garden Court North ChambersPassionate and committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

Set overviews: England and Wales

Multidisciplinary set Garden Court North Chambers has highly regarded public and criminal law practices across the Northern Circuit, with its members involved in heavyweight cases; the set followed up its appearance before the Supreme Court, and against well-known London counsel, in R (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice in 2017-18 with Samuels v Birmingham City Council in early 2019. Annmarie Nightingale is the set’s head of practice management ; previous chambers director Sarah Wright has left the set. Among its members, Nina Grahame QC is a 2019 silk appointment. Offices in: Manchester

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

Ben McCormack is the key name to note as regards to Court of Protection work at Garden Court North Chambers. He represents protected parties in a diverse  range of cases including forced marriage, fluctuating capacity, sexual consent and deprivation of liberty.

Leading Juniors

Ben McCormack - Garden Court North ChambersDelivers first-rate advice quickly.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime

Members of Garden Court North Chambers' criminal practices focus entirely on defendant work, with members involved in some of the most complex and high-profile cases both on circuit and nationally. One notable recent instruction is Brigid Baillie's defence of an individual charged with historic sex offences alleged to occur within a close-knit religious community in which the defendant was a leading figure. The set is also instructed on several leading appeal cases, such as Pete Weatherby QC's successful appearance for the appellant in the Supreme Court case R (Gibson) v Secretary of State for Justice, which considered whether, when determining how much credit should be given for a part-paid confiscation order, if interest should be applied to the size of the order.

Leading Silks

Mark George QC - Garden Court North ChambersHe combines an effortless manner with a soaring intellect.
Ranked: Tier 1
Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North ChambersA skilled tactician who is deeply committed to his cases and clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nina Grahame QC - Garden Court North ChambersA brilliant communicator who provides thorough and compassionate advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Brigid Ballie - Garden Court North ChambersAlways goes the extra mile to ensure that defendants are made to feel that their case matters.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Immigration

Garden Court North Chambers is home to one of the largest collections of immigration specialists in the region, with experience at all levels of the court system on asylum, deportation, citizenship and victims of trafficking cases. A particular strength of the team is its work on statutory appeals and novel cases, with Tom Royston having handled two Supreme Court cases concerning the welfare entitlements of non-UK EU nationals. Tasaddat Hussain  recently represented an individual in the Upper Tribunal who had been unlawfully detained as a result of evidence obtained via an illegal immigration raid.

Leading Juniors

Vijay Jagadesham - Garden Court North ChambersThorough, diligent and very clear in his advice.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mikhil Karnik - Garden Court North ChambersTenacious, highly committed and always willing to discuss ideas and strategies.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Royston - Garden Court North ChambersParticularly recommended for cases with a wider legal significance.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kerry Smith - Garden Court North ChambersShe has done outstanding work on complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Camille Warren - Garden Court North ChambersNot afraid to deal with difficult issues head-on.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tasaddat Hussain - Garden Court North ChambersVery experienced in immigration cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Lucy Mair - Garden Court North ChambersRecommended for cases involving domestic abuse or human trafficking.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rory O'Ryan - Garden Court North ChambersHe has a methodical, focused and disciplined approach to complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 2

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

Members of Garden Court North Chambers are well-regarded for their expertise in inquests, covering both high-profile inquests involving many parties, as well as those dealing with individual deaths. Pete Weatherby QC represents the "G3 Group" of bereaved, survivors and relatives (which includes those represented by Howe + Co Solicitors and Oliver Fisher) in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and by bereaved families represented by Broudie Jackson Canter in the Manchester Arena inquests.

Leading Silks

Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North ChambersA highly intelligent lawyer who is totally committed to his clients’ causes.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Kate Stone - Garden Court North ChambersExcellent on her feet and will fearlessly fight the client’s corner.
Ranked: Tier 1

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Public law

Garden Court North Chambers' public law team is one of the key players within the region, instructed on a wide range of judicial review matters. Particular focal areas for the set include changes to social security and benefits, human rights law, housing, prison law and community care. Recent highlights include successful Supreme Court case Samuels v Birmingham City Council, in which the court found that a person could not be treated as intentionally homeless if their previous eviction was because the level of state benefits rendered the previous property unaffordable - James Stark and Tom Royston represented the claimant. Additionally, Royston recently appeared as a led junior in both the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice, in Secretary of State for Work of Pensions v Gubeladze, and Prefeta v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions respectively- both cases concerned the welfare entitlements of EU citizens in the UK.

Leading Silks

Pete Weatherby QC - Garden Court North ChambersStands shoulder to shoulder with his clients
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Alex Offer - Garden Court North ChambersBrings fantastic forensic ability to every case
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Royston - Garden Court North ChambersParticularly notable for his work on social security and benefits.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Stanbury - Garden Court North ChambersHis advice is always cogent, succinct and can be relied upon
Ranked: Tier 1
James Stark - Garden Court North ChambersA brilliant advocate whose legal knowledge is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 1
Joseph Markus - Garden Court North ChambersPassionate and committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for his clients.
Ranked: Tier 2

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Criminal Defence and Appeals Mark George QC mgeorge@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Inquests and Inquiries Pete Weatherby QC pweatherby@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Head of Practice Management Annmarie Nightingale anightingale@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Office Manager Paul Edwards pedwards@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Immigration Ian Macdonald imacdonald@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Criminal Defence and Appeals Nina Grahame QC ngrahame@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Court of Protection Ben McCormack bmccormack@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Criminal Defence and Appeals Brigid Baillie bbaillie@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Inquests and Inquiries Kate Stone kstone@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Civil and Social Rights Tom Royston troyston@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Immigration Camille Warren cwarren@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Immigration Lucy Mair lm@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Public Law Vijay Jagadesham vjagadesham@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Criminal Defence and Appeals Clare Ashcroft cashcroft@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Civil and Social Rights Joseph Markus jmarkus@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Immigration Kerry Smith kasmith@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Housing James Stark jstark@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Public Law Tasaddat Hussain thussain@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Public Law Rory O'Ryan roryan@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Senior Practice Manager Nicola Carroll ncarroll@gcnchambers.co.uk 0161 817 6377
Photo Name Position Profile
 Clare Ashcroft  photo Clare Ashcroft
 Brigid Baillie photo Brigid Baillie
 Mark George photo Mark George
 Nina Grahame photo Nina Grahame
 Tasaddat Hussain photo Tasaddat Hussain
 Lucy Mair photo Lucy Mair
 Joseph Markus photo Joseph Markus
 Ben McCormack photo Ben McCormack
 Tom Royston photo Tom Royston
 Kerry Smith photo Kerry Smith
 James Stark photo James Stark
 Kate Stone photo Kate Stone
 Camille Warren photo Camille Warren
 Pete Weatherby photo Pete Weatherby
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