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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.

"Garden Court North has a strong reputation for advising claimants on all areas of domestic and international human rights law"

Chambers and Partners 2016

"An ethos that supports social justice"

“a wide array of counsel who are easy to work with and quickly engage with a case to provide helpful feedback on preparation and tactics ”.

Legal 500 2015

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

Chambers and 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 and Partners 2015

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

Legal 500 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 and Partners 2013


Areas of practice


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Human Rights

Public law (Judicial Review)


Community Care and Mental Health

Court of Protection


Employment and discrimination

Family Rights



Immigration and 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 and 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  


Privacy Policy

2015 Pupillages  


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1/12/14 Zimran Samuel speaks about FGM at Family Law Conference 2015

23/11/15 Sentence reduced (serious health problems and delays in proceedings)

12/11/15 GCN Housing Bulletin: serious disrepair and injunctions

12/11/15 CCMS Resources page updated

4/11/15 Bedroom Tax Appeals

3/11/15 Chambers UK Bar Guide ranks GCN in Band 1 for "Administrative and Public Law" and "Civil Liberties and Human Rights"

Tom Royston speaking at CPAG Genuine Prospects of Work seminar on 30.11.15

30/10/15 Transgender prisoners - Matt Stanbury on how the MoJ is disregarding its own policy

26/10/15 Successful out of time appeal in unlawful extended sentence

Anti-Slavery Day event: Current issues affecting victims of Trafficking 22.10.15

21/10/15 Vijay Jagadesham on proposed Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Jamaica

30/9/15 Acquittal in Operation Pallial (North Wales Enquiry) historic allegations case

28/9/15 Immigration FTT recognizes appellant as Victim of Trafficking (VOT)

24/9/15 Immigration FTT relies on Trafficking JR and grants asylum to VOT

17/9/15 Legal 500 recommends 2015; Counsel "easy to work with and quickly engage"; Clerks "consistently very helpful"

11/9/15 Zimran Samuel obtains FGM Protection Order to safeguard 13 year old taken to Sudan

9/9/15 Ben McCormack Court of Protection talk for YLAL North

24/8/15 "Bedroom tax" appeal dates set (Rutherford)

19/8/15 Mark George QC responds to HHJ Clayson Practice Note

Mark George QC Amicus US Death Penalty Training in Oct 2015