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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

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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

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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

Camille Warren - Garden Court North ChambersNot afraid to deal with difficult issues head-on.

Ranked: tier 1

Kerry Smith - Garden Court North ChambersShe has done outstanding work on complex cases.

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

Vijay Jagadesham - Garden Court North ChambersThorough, diligent and very clear in his advice.

Ranked: tier 1

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

Tasaddat Hussain - Garden Court North ChambersVery experienced in immigration cases.

Ranked: tier 2

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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

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Leading Sets
Leading Sets - ranked: tier 1

Garden Court North Chambers

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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

James Stark - Garden Court North ChambersA brilliant advocate whose legal knowledge is second to none.

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Stanbury - Garden Court North ChambersHis advice is always cogent, succinct and can be relied upon

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Royston - Garden Court North ChambersParticularly notable for his work on social security and benefits.

Ranked: tier 1

Joseph Markus - Garden Court North ChambersPassionate and committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for his clients.

Ranked: tier 2

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