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Welcome to Garden Court North Chambers.

Formed in 1996, we are a progressive set of barristers with a strong commitment to publicly funded work and to offering representation to those disadvantaged by discrimination and inequality or with multiple and complex needs. This ethos underpins our emphasis upon criminal defence and civil rights based work in all the areas in which we practice.


“the clerking is exceptional – there is good rapport between clerk and counsel, meaning work gets turned around quickly”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“very well respected for the quality of the advice and representation it offers claimants in a wide range of public law matters”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“the level of service provided by [the GCN clerks] team is ‘always first class’”.

Legal 500 2014

"Garden Court North has established a strong practice in the field of claimant-based human rights"

Chambers & Partners 2014


"This set's civil liberties and human rights offering is founded on a strong commitment to the representation of disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals..."

Chambers & Partners 2013


"an impressive set that houses barristers who are 'prompt, [and] approachable' ...Solicitors favour the individuals here not just because of their evident legal skills, but also because they provide extremely useful seminars, newsletters and ad hoc advice." 

Chambers & Partners 2011


Areas of practice


Latest cases


Legal resources


Human Rights
Public law (Judicial Review)
Community care
Employment & discrimination
Immigration & asylum
International law
Personal injury
Police actions
Prison law
Welfare benefits

Supreme Court / ECHR cases


Hillsborough inquests
IPP (Art 5) Kaiyam
Gudanaviciene (ECF)
Cat A oral hearings
Council tax reduction
Parole (Osborne & Booth)
Whole life ECHR (Vinter)
Oxford sex-grooming case
James ECHR (IPP sentences)
Equal pay (Trafford)
Joint enterprise (Gnango)
Third party race discrim
Art 9 protection (Bashir)
Pinnock (Art 8 defences)
Noone (HDC)
Sex offenders register
Third Party Support 
Sonny Lodge Public Inquiry
Guittard (IPP transfer)
Michael Shields freed
Ian Lawless freed


Criminal law update
Housing bulletin
Immigration bulletin
Prison law bulletin
Seminar papers
RAGFS protocol
Privacy Policy

2015 Pupillages

Information for lay clients


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