Joseph Markus > Garden Court North Chambers > Manchester, England > Barrister Profile

Garden Court North Chambers
M3 2JA

Work Department

Immigration, Community care and mental health, Housing, Injunctions and breaches of injunction, Public law (judicial review)


Joseph Markus was called to the Bar in 2012. He specialises in publicly funded cases in the fields of housingand community care, with a particular focus on public lawHe has been instructed in a number of high-profile cases across his practice areas from County and High Court level to the Supreme Court.

Joe has a particular interest in Gypsy/Traveller cases and has experience of Mobile Homes Act and trespasser possession claims across both England and Wales.

Joseph is also a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Preferred Counsel (‘B’ Panel). He has particular expertise in claims brought under the Equality Act 2010, both in a housing context and otherwise. 


Joseph is a judicial review specialist, with a practice covering his core areas of practice as well as a range of other fields. Some examples of his work in this area include: 

  • R (Elkundi) & Ors v Birmingham City Council [2022] EWCA Civ 601 and [2021] EWHC 1024 (Admin): These linked cases concerned a systemic challenge to the defendant’s system of dealing with rehousing those to whom it owes housing duties under homelessness legislation. Various claimants were awarded mandatory orders requiring the defendant to rehouse them.
  • R (Kiarie) v SSHD [2017] UKSC 42: This was the successful challenge to the “deport first, appeal later” scheme, on the basis that it was incapable of fair operation in the claimant’s case

Joe was a finalist in the Legal Aid Newcomer category in the 2016 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards.




  • Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Panel of Preferred Counsel (“B Panel”);
  • ILPA;
  • HLPA;
  • Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers; and
  • Liberty.


LLB (Hons), First Class: University of Manchester;
LLM, Distinction: University College London;

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Social housing

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Joseph Markus – Garden Court North Chambers

Viewed as ‘a strong set for housing law’, Garden Court North Chambers‘ members handle a wide spectrum of work in the space, including unlawful evictions, disrepair claims, homelessness matters and possession claims. James Stark is sought after for his expertise in advising on cases involving human rights issues, and Sonia Birdee is very well known for representing tenants in discrimination cases under the Equality Act 2010. Joseph Markus regularly represents vulnerable clients in homelessness cases. Elizabeth Mottershaw is ‘judicious and measured – a reliable and solid advocate‘. In December 2022 Gary Willock moved to Trinity Chambers.

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Joseph Markus – Garden Court North Chambers ‘Joseph’s written work is always of a high quality and he is reliable in providing it. He is a calming presence with clients and is clear and persuasive in his advocacy.’