Lucy Mair > Garden Court North Chambers > Manchester, England > Barrister Profile

Garden Court North Chambers
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Lucy Mair is a passionate and experienced human rights barrister who practices in all areas of immigration and asylum law, with particular expertise in cases involving gender-based violence, especially for victims of human trafficking/ modern slavery and migrant victims of domestic violence.

Lucy has acted in a number of reported trafficking cases including with regard to the correct approach to expert evidence, to the definition of forced labour and in reported migrant domestic violence cases regarding rights of appeal, procedural fairness and the correct approach to corroborative evidence.

Lucy also represented a trafficking client in the first successful substantive claim for judicial review against a decision of the Upper Tribunal (a “CART JR”) which addressed issues of procedural fairness, country guidance and expert evidence.


Lucy was called to the bar in 2011 and was shortlisted for a Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award in 2014. Before coming to the bar, Lucy worked in the fields of human rights and refugees for over a decade. Most recently she worked at Human Rights Watch, during which time she opened and managed the first Jerusalem field office and researched and authored full length human rights reports. She has also worked as a freelance consultant for international aid agencies and holds a masters degree in Human Rights from Columbia University in New York.




Lucy is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, where she acts as a mentor to aspiring human rights lawyers. Lucy serves on the Executive Committee of the Bar Human Rights Committee.


GDipL (distinction);
BVC (graduated first in class with a mark of outstanding).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Immigration

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Lucy Mair – Garden Court North Chambers ‘Lucy has excellent knowledge of asylum, immigration, and modern slavery law. She is a fighter who is also very empathetic with clients.’

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Lucy Mair – Garden Court North Chambers ‘Lucy is a fantastic choice of counsel as she is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate, she has excellent client care, and is always prepared and thinking about client issues. She provides strong, clear, and concise representation, she adds value to the cases she works on, and it is clear that she spends a considerable amount of time ensuring accuracy and considering legal authorities to support the best outcome possible.’