Tom Royston > Garden Court North Chambers > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Garden Court North Chambers
M3 2JA

Work Department

Court of Protection
Public Law


Tom specialises in immigration, housing, mental capacity and social security law. He won a Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award in 2017, was shortlisted as the Legal 500 Regional Junior of the Year in 2019, was a Times Lawyer of the Week in 2020, and has been listed for some years in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

He has appeared seven times in the UK Supreme Court, and has experience of international litigation in the CJEU and ECSR. Most of his work is in tribunals, the county court and the Administrative Court.

Tom is often instructed in test cases about systemic problems with how the state treats individuals.


Before coming to the Bar in 2012, Tom worked with the Citizens Advice Bureau.

As a barrister he has particular expertise with unlawful eviction, capacity issues, and cases raising disability discrimination defences and counterclaims. He deals with a mixture of judicial review and statutory appeals.




  • Tom sits on the Bar Council’s Civil (Public) Panel.


MA (Cantab); GDL; BPTC

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Tom Royston – Garden Court North Chambers ‘Tom is extremely intelligent, his written work is concise and he brings to his work a wider understanding and dedication to the social security field. He has an impressive work capacity.’

Garden Court North Chambers is ‘a very strong set‘ and has a team of barristers with extensive experience across a wide range of public law matters involving human rights, immigration, inquests and inquiries, housing, discrimination, community care, prison law and state benefits. Its members are also active in representing vulnerable individuals and community groups. Social security law specialist Tom Royston successfully acted for the claimants in Deadman and Ryan v SSWP, concerning transfers between legacy benefits and universal credit. Pete Weatherby KC has been instructed to represent the Covid-19 Bereaved Families 4 Justice group in a public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Immigration

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Tom Royston – Garden Court North ChambersTom has an encyclopaedic knowledge of social security law and is deeply imaginative. He has a knack for turning a case about one person into one which pushes the boundaries for many.’

Garden Court North Chambers is a ‘very strong set‘ for all aspects of immigration law, including asylum, trafficking and nationality cases. Vijay Jagadesham has substantial experience acting for vulnerable individuals, including torture-survivors, unaccompanied asylum seeker children and victims of gender-based violence. EU law and freedom of movement are key areas in Mikhil Karnik‘s practice, whilst Tom Royston specialises in matters with a cross-over between EU law-related immigration and socio-economic rights. Kerry Smith undertakes work in all aspects of asylum, immigration and human rights law in the First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Immigration and Asylum Chamber, and Tasaddat Hussain is also a notable name.