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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

In the words of one source: ‘Think civil liberties… think Garden Court Chambers’. The multidisciplinary set is ‘peppered with excellence’, ‘champions the vulnerable and is a voice for the voiceless’ across immigration, inquest law, actions against public authorities, and ‘works effectively within the increasingly hostile environment of the criminal justice system’, including the youth justice system. Counsel are ‘client-minded, not fee-minded. They have been instructed even where funding has been at risk and continued to work diligently. Their barristers always share their knowledge, they always give 110% to you’. David Emanuel, Hossein Zahir, and Keir Monteith took silk in 2019 and the crime team was strengthened by the arrival of senior junior and former solicitor Hugh Mullan and Gerwyn Wise from 187 Fleet Street Chambers. ‘Any clerks’ room that is led by Colin Cook is destined to success.’ The set’s ‘legendary’ director of clerking is ‘an approachable and reliable person to deal with. The rest of his team follow his example.’ The ‘absolutely class’ immigration team is led by Lisa O’Leary and he deputies, Helen-Louise D’Agostino and Harriet Massie. Housing practice manager Tim Hempsted provides ‘an excellent, prompt, and above all professional service that surpasses expectations’. Civil deputy practice manager Joe Fraser is ‘extremely attentive and organised in arranging counsel and managing cases’. In the crime team, practice manager Charlie Tennent ‘particularly impresses for his personable style and efficiency’; deputy practice managers Michael Barrett and Luke Harvey are ‘always eager to help and are a pleasure to deal with’. Naomi Bridge has joined from Cornerstone Barristers as the new deputy practice manager in the family team. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Leading Silks

Stephanie Harrison QC - Garden Court ChambersHer advocacy always strikes the right tone with judges.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Amanda Weston QC - Garden Court ChambersCreative, ingenious and committed.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Shu Shin Luh - Garden Court ChambersShe knows how to put together a robust case with excellent evidence.

Ranked: tier 4

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Children law (including public and private law)
Leading Silks

Ian Peddie QC - Garden Court ChambersIs a tenacious and determined advocate who puts the case for his client with strength and clarity.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Maggie Jones - Garden Court ChambersGoes the extra mile for her clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Kathryn Cronin - Garden Court ChambersWith an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration and family law, she has identified a lacuna in the law and been involved in the most important cases shaping adoption and surrogacy law.

Ranked: tier 4

Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright - Garden Court ChambersIs able to explain complex legal concepts in an easy to understand way to lay people, and gets to the root of the issue at hand quickly.

Ranked: tier 5

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers is one of the 'leading human rights sets' with its members securing numerous victories for clients in domestic, pan-European, and international courts. The head of the set's human rights team, Maya Sikand, is sole counsel to former police officer and whistleblower Peter Francis in the Undercover Policing Inquiry and was also instructed in Maria Carter (aka Maria Litvinenko) v the Government of Russia in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for breaches of the claimant's Article 2 and 3 rights. Leslie Thomas QC is currently acting in a judicial review into the decision of the First Minister to control the ambit of the Inquiry into Welsh Assembly Member Carl Sargeant's death, as well as representing families in the Grenfell inquiry. Others members of note include Joanne Cecil whose practice focuses on the intersection between criminal and civil law, and Stephanie Harrison QC is known for her immigration-related human rights work.

Leading Silks

Dexter Dias QC - Garden Court ChambersIncredibly clever and committed to international human rights law.

Ranked: tier 4

Henry Blaxland QC - Garden Court ChambersWill go down as a pre-eminent barrister who was at forefront of modern slavery law.

Ranked: tier 4

Leslie Thomas QC - Garden Court ChambersThe ultimate tactician and courtroom warrior. He has a very good legal brain and is able to read his audience.

Ranked: tier 4

Marc Willers QC - Garden Court ChambersLeading counsel on the law on gypsies and traveller communities.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephanie Harrison QC - Garden Court ChambersFiercely intelligent and a real fighter – definitely someone you want on your side.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Amanda Weston QC - Garden Court ChambersA genuinely fearless advocate who is not afraid of a fight and fights the client’s corner very hard and very effectively.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Maya Sikand - Garden Court ChambersA barrister who is really on top of her game. She knows how to win over a judge even when she is presenting a difficult case.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Troop - Garden Court ChambersA very committed and clever junior barrister.

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Roche - Garden Court ChambersA shrewd, tactically astute and exceptional barrister.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Simblet - Garden Court ChambersHe is approachable, razor sharp on the issues and papers and an extremely persuasive advocate to boot.

Ranked: tier 2

Felicity Williams - Garden Court ChambersVast knowledge on public law and an impressive advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Joanne Cecil - Garden Court ChambersA star performer.

Ranked: tier 3

Kirsten Heaven - Garden Court ChambersVery good at cutting through to the key issues of a case and identifying the most appropriate way forward.

Ranked: tier 3

Rajeev Thacker - Garden Court ChambersHe has a pronounced sense of justice and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Cottle - Garden Court ChambersVery good and is a specialist adviser on gypsies and travellers.

Ranked: tier 3

Shu Shin Luh - Garden Court ChambersShe has excellent judgement and is spot on with her succinct and excellent drafting. She truly has star quality.

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court ChambersVery quick to pick up the key points in the case and is extremely approachable.

Ranked: tier 3

Una Morris - Garden Court ChambersBrave and prepared to take on difficult cases. Punches above her weight.

Ranked: tier 3

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Court of Protection and community care
Court of Protection and community care - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers is described by some as a ‘very good set overall with members who are willing to assist’. The set's members act in Court of Protection matters at all levels and undertake health and welfare cases as well as covering property and affairs matters for the Official Solicitor, professional advocate litigation friends, family members, and public bodies. It ‘has a wide range of excellent, talented, and skilled barristers who are often willing to step in even at the last minute to help with urgent and complex cases.’ Representing the local authority in T (A Child), Amanda Weston QC acted in a leading Court of Appeal decision which considered whether a ‘Gillick competent’ transgender teen, in the care of an LA, could be deprived of their liberty under the court’s inherent jurisdiction where no secure accommodation was available.

2018 Silks

Amanda Weston QC - Garden Court ChambersClients are particularly impressed by her fearless advocacy and grasp of the academic and human elements of a case.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Bethan Harris - Garden Court ChambersIs excellent at spotting important details and nuances, which can make all the difference to a case.

Ranked: tier 1

Shu Shin Luh - Garden Court ChambersIntimidatingly clever, handles exceptionally complex, layered and novel points with ease.

Ranked: tier 2

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court ChambersTerrific attention to detail, very conscientious about making the points you ask him to make, does not shy away from complex or challenging points.

Ranked: tier 2

Gráinne Mellon - Garden Court ChambersIs a solution-oriented barrister who gets straight to the nub of a case.

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Curtis - Garden Court ChambersIs a reassuring presence to have by your side and always on the ball.

Ranked: tier 3

Maria Moodie - Garden Court ChambersA very responsive junior.

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
Crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Garden Court Chambers

'A very good set, with a good compliment of silks and juniors', Garden Court Chambers is 'strong in complex crime cases and has a strong mix of barristers at different levels of experience and expertise'. With a strong reputation for publicly funded defence work, alongside challenging murder and sex offence cases, chambers has had members involved in a range of politically charged matters, with terrorism and criminal appeals among other areas of expertise. It also remains 'the go-to set when it comes to representing vulnerable defendants'. Stephen Kamlish QC secured a stay for an abuse of process after a drug trial collapsed – the prosecution argued that an hour and a half surveillance tape was missing and must have been incriminating, but was throughout in their possession and innocuous. James Scobie QC represented Siddique Kamara, a drill musician under the name "Incognito" and member of the Moscow17 group, who was acquitted of the murder of a member of the Zone 2 group. Criminal appeals are an area of expertise: Clare Wade QC represented Sally Challen, whose 2011 conviction for murdering her husband with over 20 blows of a hammer was overturned following fresh evidence demonstrating coercive control – a guilty plea to manslaughter on that basis was accepted, and the sentence imposed was covered by time served. Dexter Dias QC, Tom Wainwright, Owen Greenhall, and Jacob Bindman represented various members of the "Stansted 15", a group of activists who were convicted of an aviation security offence, but all avoided immediate custody, for breaking into Stansted airport and chaining themselves to a Boeing 767 to halt a deportation charter flight. Bill Evans returned to the independent Bar in September 2018, joining the set from LP Evans Solicitors and Advocates, and Helen Butcher joined the month before from One Pump Court.

Leading Silks

Henry Blaxland QC - Garden Court ChambersA brilliant orator and jury advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Judy Khan QC - Garden Court ChambersBringing a degree of humanity to her cases, she relates extremely well to juries and lay clients.

Ranked: tier 1

James Scobie QC - Garden Court ChambersOne of the leading serious crime barristers of his generation.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Kamlish QC - Garden Court ChambersIf the police or corrupt witnesses have sought to bend the evidence, there is nobody better to consider instructing.

Ranked: tier 1

Icah Peart QC - Garden Court ChambersFearless, intelligent, smooth and extraordinarily persuasive.

Ranked: tier 2

Rajiv Menon QC - Garden Court ChambersHis closing speeches leave juries absolutely captivated.

Ranked: tier 2

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC - Garden Court ChambersWhen he speaks, every jury listens.

Ranked: tier 3

Bernard Tetlow QC - Garden Court ChambersTakes no prisoners and is a tough cross-examiner; juries like his direct style of advocacy.

Ranked: tier 3

Di Middleton QC - Garden Court ChambersShe has a track record of cases with child defendants.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Ivers QC - Garden Court ChambersHis well-versed advocacy affords him a unique and entertaining style.

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Wilcock QC - Garden Court ChambersHe combines a deep insight for the key issues in a trial with the advocacy skills of a seasoned raconteur.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Brenda Campbell QC - Garden Court ChambersShe cross-examines with such panache she gets results.

Ranked: tier 1

Clare Wade QC - Garden Court ChambersHer knowledge of the law surrounding cases with defendants with mental health issues is second-to-none.'

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

David Emanuel QC - Garden Court ChambersHe has a track record of criminal appeals.

Ranked: tier 1

Hossein Zahir QC - Garden Court ChambersA very impressive new silk.

Ranked: tier 1

Keir Monteith QC - Garden Court ChambersHe combines righteous anger in a closing speech with an assured charm.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Alex Rose - Garden Court ChambersHe is able to consider vast quantities of material quickly, grasp the essential issues, and give pragmatic and realistic options to clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Anya Lewis - Garden Court ChambersExceptionally bright, industrious and proactive.

Ranked: tier 2

Jo Cecil - Garden Court ChambersShe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the criminal law relating to children.

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Gatley - Garden Court ChambersVery bright, and a strong advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Wainwright - Garden Court ChambersHe combines great technical knowledge with a relentless desire to fight his client's corner.

Ranked: tier 2

Bill Evans - Garden Court ChambersAn extremely dedicated barrister who presents himself with absolute finesse.

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine Oborne - Garden Court ChambersA powerhouse: clever, committed and a fighter who leaves no stone unturned.

Ranked: tier 3

Christian Wasunna - Garden Court ChambersVery intelligent and a perfect fit for complex and heavy trials.

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Fenn - Garden Court ChambersShe robustly represents her lay client and advances precisely-argued legal submissions.

Ranked: tier 3

Gerwyn Wise - Garden Court ChambersFirst choice when instructing counsel when a certificate has been granted in the youth court.

Ranked: tier 3

Helen Butcher - Garden Court ChambersAn excellent cross-examiner and particularly skilled when dealing with sexual offences.

Ranked: tier 3

Jacob Bindman - Garden Court ChambersIncredibly skilled at very quickly identifying nuanced and complex legal arguments.

Ranked: tier 3

Nerida Harford-Bell - Garden Court ChambersA great advocate and very personable.

Ranked: tier 3

Owen Greenhall - Garden Court ChambersTop choice for cases raising human rights arguments.

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Rowlands - Garden Court ChambersHis deft and intelligent cross-examination is a joy to observe.

Ranked: tier 3

Victoria Meads - Garden Court ChambersHer cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses strikes just the right balance.

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Leading Juniors

Gráinne Mellon - Garden Court ChambersShe is incredibly bright and practical and offers sound advice.

Ranked: tier 5

Shu Shin Luh - Garden Court ChambersHas broad expertise in education, human rights, community care and immigration law.

Ranked: tier 5

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Employment
Leading Juniors

David Renton - Garden Court ChambersVery competent and knowledgeable as well as very committed.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicola Braganza - Garden Court ChambersShe has impeccable client care skills, superb drafting and advocacy skills and is a tenacious negotiator.

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Leading Silks

Mark Willers QC - Garden Court ChambersExcellent for claimant judicial review work, he is extremely approachable and has a great client manner.

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Garden Court Chambers

At Garden Court ChambersAli Naseem Bajwa QC represented the defendant in R v Sovu, a case which concerned charges of conspiracy to make and supply technology for fraudulent use, namely credit card reader fraud; the defendant was sentenced to 11-years imprisonment in his absence after absconding from the country during his trial. Meanwhile, Keir Monteith QC represented the defendant in R v Kazz Neufville, a multi-defendant insurance fraud case worth £1m, concerning fake claims for damages at a number of commercial premises across the UK; the defendant was found not guilty.

Leading Silks

Bernard Tetlow QC - Garden Court ChambersAn incredibly eloquent, charming and persuasive advocate with a killer instinct.

Ranked: tier 2

Ali Naseem Bajwa QC - Garden Court ChambersAs manners maketh man, so integrity maketh this advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Henry Blaxland QC - Garden Court ChambersHis client care is impeccable.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

Keir Monteith QC - Garden Court ChambersHighly experienced in handling complex fraud cases.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Anya Lewis - Garden Court ChambersShe understands the needs of the case, the client and the solicitor, and balances them all beautifully.

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Wainwright - Garden Court ChambersClients are impressed by the tenacity and vigour he shows when putting their cases forward in court.

Ranked: tier 4

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Garden Court Chambers

'Due to its strength and depth of the expertise' with 'barristers who are highly knowledgeable on all aspects of immigration, nationality and asylum lawGarden Court Chambers is seen as 'the second to none immigration set in the United Kingdom'. In one representative instruction, Stephanie Harrison QC is involved in a significant case against the Secretary of State for the Home Department concerning the legality of the government's policy used to decide whether a person is a victim of human trafficking. The case is currently on appeal to the Court of Appeal. Also of note, Sonali Naik QC is acted against the Home Secretary in a test case concerning the reasonableness of internal relocation for asylum-seekers on return to Afghanistan.

Leading Silks

Laurie Fransman QC - Garden Court ChambersHis nationality expertise is exceptional – he has an answer to every point however complex and esoteric.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephanie Harrison QC - Garden Court ChambersShe is the go-to expert for matters relating to immigration detention.

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Macdonald QC - Garden Court ChambersHe is a heavyweight authority on Immigration and nationality law.

Ranked: tier 2
2018 Silks

Amanda Weston QC - Garden Court ChambersVery passionate and very good on technical nationality litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sonali Naik QC - Garden Court ChambersExcellent knowledge of all aspects of immigration.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Adrian Berry - Garden Court ChambersWithout doubt one of the brightest barristers in the field.

Ranked: tier 1

Duran Seddon - Garden Court ChambersAn excellent strategist and his written submissions are extremely persuasive.

Ranked: tier 1

Kathryn Cronin - Garden Court ChambersBrilliant at thinking through strategy on a case.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Jorro - Garden Court ChambersHe has a phenomenal memory and knowledge of immigration law and practice.

Ranked: tier 1

David Jones - Garden Court ChambersHe has wonderful interpersonal skills and is engagement with clients and the court is exemplary.’

Ranked: tier 2

Greg Ó Ceallaigh - Garden Court ChambersDiligent in the way he works and is always available when needed.

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Chapman - Garden Court ChambersBrings to her practice sharp intellect, high-class written work and steely determination.

Ranked: tier 2

Ronan Toal - Garden Court ChambersCreative, thinks out of the box and has a thorough understanding of the complex immigration appeals structure.

Ranked: tier 2

Sadat Sayeed - Garden Court ChambersHis advocacy and preparation in Article 8 ECHR cases is unsurpassed.

Ranked: tier 2

Anthony Vaughan - Garden Court ChambersHe is very able, has good technical skills and pays close attention to statutes and procedural rules.

Ranked: tier 3

Bryony Poynor - Garden Court ChambersExcellent analytical skills, thinks around he box and very hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Colin Yeo - Garden Court ChambersExtremely experienced and has a very good grasp of immigration law as a whole.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Symes - Garden Court ChambersHe is a pleasure to work with, and is not afraid to pursue difficult challenges.

Ranked: tier 3

Michelle Brewer - Garden Court ChambersShe shows incredible commitment, tenacity and legal acumen throughout a case, as well as excellent client care.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicola Braganza - Garden Court ChambersVery experienced and knowledgeable at handling complex outside the immigration rules family reunion appeal cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Patrick Lewis - Garden Court ChambersKnows the law well and has a fantastic calm manner with clients and in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Ali Bandegani - Garden Court ChambersHe is a fighter who is able to bring a judge around to his case in the most uncompromising cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Abigail Smith - Garden Court ChambersAn outstanding and gifted lawyer because of her extraordinary attention to detail and meticulous case preparation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Bijan Hoshi - Garden Court ChambersThere is no aspect of immigration law that he does not excel in.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Grieves - Garden Court ChambersHis awareness of the political background in Syria makes him “go-to” in SIAC cases involving Syria.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gemma Loughran - Garden Court ChambersAlways has the client’s bests interest at the forefront of every decision and always thinks pragmatically.

Ranked: tier 4

Helen Foot - Garden Court ChambersShe is completely down to earth, client focused and with just the right amount of empathy.

Ranked: tier 4

Louise Hooper - Garden Court ChambersShe is really strong on asylum and appeals as well as a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Raza Halim - Garden Court ChambersDelivers a senior product when it comes to drafting – time and time again.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Reynolds - Garden Court ChambersA very capable and intelligent lawyer, who provides sharp advice and can turn around instructions very quickly.

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers has a 'wide selection of excellent barristers for inquests' and members of chambers regularly act for the bereaved in inquests after deaths with some degree of state involvement. Leslie Thomas QC, in addition to being lead counsel representing eleven families in the Birmingham Pub Bombings inquests, represented the family of former Welsh Assembly Member Carl Sargeant in the inquest into his death . Brenda Campbell QC represents the family of Steven Colwell, who was shot and killed after failing to stop at a Police Service of Northern Ireland checkpoint in April 2016, in the inquest into his death. Other members are also instructed in IICSA and the Grenfell Tower Inquiry - Thomas QC is instructed by firms including Anthony Gold, Birnberg Peirce & Partners and Duncan Lewis Solicitors to represent the "G11 Group" of bereaved, survivors and residents.

Leading Silks

Leslie Thomas QC - Garden Court ChambersHe is widely respected, able to build rapport quickly with clients and an expert cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Anna Morris - Garden Court ChambersFantastic in multi-agency inquests and always calm, clear and strong.

Ranked: tier 3

Rajeev Thacker - Garden Court ChambersAn effective advocate who juries find appealing.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Simblet - Garden Court ChambersFearless, composed and an inspired cross examination of witnesses.

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Horstead - Garden Court ChambersStrong in cross-examination with an effective inquest technique.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Stoate - Garden Court ChambersHe is an excellent orator and is very good when questioning witnesses at inquests.

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
Leading Juniors

Paul Clark - Garden Court ChambersA measured, persuasive and indomitable advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Sareta Ashraph - Garden Court ChambersShe is very analytical and extremely hardworking.

Ranked: tier 3

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Planning
Leading Silks

Marc Willers QC - Garden Court ChambersExtremely approachable with a great client manner.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

In the words of one source: ‘Think civil liberties… think Garden Court Chambers’. The multidisciplinary set is ‘peppered with excellence’, ‘champions the vulnerable and is a voice for the voiceless’ across immigration, inquest law, actions against public authorities, and ‘works effectively within the increasingly hostile environment of the criminal justice system’, including the youth justice system. Counsel are ‘client-minded, not fee-minded. They have been instructed even where funding has been at risk and continued to work diligently. Their barristers always share their knowledge, they always give 110% to you’. David Emanuel, Hossein Zahir, and Keir Monteith took silk in 2019 and the crime team was strengthened by the arrival of senior junior and former solicitor Hugh Mullan and Gerwyn Wise from 187 Fleet Street Chambers. ‘Any clerks’ room that is led by Colin Cook is destined to success.’ The set’s ‘legendary’ director of clerking is ‘an approachable and reliable person to deal with. The rest of his team follow his example.’ The ‘absolutely class’ immigration team is led by Lisa O’Leary and he deputies, Helen-Louise D’Agostino and Harriet Massie. Housing practice manager Tim Hempsted provides ‘an excellent, prompt, and above all professional service that surpasses expectations’. Civil deputy practice manager Joe Fraser is ‘extremely attentive and organised in arranging counsel and managing cases’. In the crime team, practice manager Charlie Tennent ‘particularly impresses for his personable style and efficiency’; deputy practice managers Michael Barrett and Luke Harvey are ‘always eager to help and are a pleasure to deal with’. Naomi Bridge has joined from Cornerstone Barristers as the new deputy practice manager in the family team. Offices in: London

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Social housing
Social housing - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Garden Court Chambers

Garden Court Chambers has, according to one client, 'a huge cadre of talented barristers, and the clerks will bend over backward to ensure you have excellent cover, if necessary'; housing practice manager Tim Hempstead is 'very good at ensuring that you get a response'. The set has had significant involvement in the Grenfell Tower inquiry, with it representing circa 280 bereaved individuals, survivors and residents (BSR) core participants. As part of the ‘G4’ team, the work entails detailed scrutiny of the actions of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Tenant Management Organisation, police and fire brigade. Members are also representing former tenants in disputes involving various issues, particularly rehousing allocation. Elsewhere, the set excels in all types of general housing disputes, and is also outstanding in more specialised cases (such as public law homelessness appeals and accommodation-related community care judicial review claims). Illustrative of its excellent record in cases of the utmost significance, Tim Baldwin represented the defendant at the Court of Appeal in LB Hackney v Yavuz Yildiz; this case concerns succession to a secure tenancy and the interplay between Ground 15A of Schedule Two of the Housing Act 1985 and Section 83. In another matter before the Court of Appeal, Edward Fitzpatrick and Justine Compton acted for the defendant in Paragon Asra Housing Limited v James Neville, a test case on disability discrimination and the extent to which the Equality Act 2010 can be raised at the eviction stage of a possession claim where there was a previous suspended possession order.

Leading Juniors

Edward Fitzpatrick - Garden Court ChambersHe is a very talented barrister, with exceptional knowledge of housing law cases

Ranked: tier 1

Liz Davies - Garden Court ChambersHer clients are as much of a cause as a case – increasingly rare in this area

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Baldwin - Garden Court ChambersHe is approachable, friendly and extremely thorough

Ranked: tier 2

Bethan Harris - Garden Court ChambersShe specialises in housing matters involving Equality Act 2010, mental capacity and community care issues

Ranked: tier 3

Catherine O'Donnell - Garden Court ChambersAn expert in tenants' rights in relation to disrepair and other adverse housing conditions

Ranked: tier 3

Justine Compton - Garden Court ChambersShe is very knowledgeable, her paper work is good and timely. She is very good on her feet too

Ranked: tier 3

Marina Sergides - Garden Court ChambersShe provides really detailed advice and is very knowledgeable of the law. Able to think outside the box

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Cottle - Garden Court ChambersExcellent advocate, intellectually strong, with a commitment to the cause and personable nature

Ranked: tier 3

Adrian Marshall Williams - Garden Court ChambersHe has a keen eye for detail and will spot any novel or unusual legal or other argument that might be available, and will not be afraid to run with it

Ranked: tier 4

Connor Johnston - Garden Court ChambersThinks through all the issues in the case and knows the law like the back of his hand

Ranked: tier 4

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Sport
Leading Juniors

Ifeanyi Odogwu - Garden Court ChambersHe is very prominent and respected, sitting regularly on the most high-profile misconduct cases for the FA.

Ranked: tier 3

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