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DISCLAIMER: We are aware of a potential scam where people wanting to become au pairs are being informed by email that the organisation they have contacted have consulted with named barristers from Garden Court North Chambers and that the individual applying for the au pair role should transfer a specific amount of money to the organisation concerned.  Garden Court North chambers and it’s members have not been consulted in any way by this organisation and have had no contact whatsoever with the author of the email (updated 7.7.14).


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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 established a strong practice in the field of claimant-based human rights. Its members are particularly adept at handling cases concerning prisoners' rights, immigration and the criminal justice system. They are experienced in representing bereaved families".  (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) more

"This Manchester-based set is highly regarded in the North for its long-standing commitment to civil liberties work, which interviewees recognise as being at the core of much of its members' work." (Chambers & Partners 2012) more

"The front-line staff at Garden Court North are considered a real asset, with sources noting that the clerks are "helpful, friendly and easy to deal with." (Chambers & Partners 2012) more

"Garden Court North is 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) more

"Garden Court North Chambers' unique commitment to public law and civil liberties continues unabated despite funding pressures" (Legal 500 2010)"Garden Court North is widely accepted as the strongest public law set in the North of England..." (Chambers & Partners 2010) more

"...some of the most friendly and supportive administrative staff on circuit." (Chambers & Partners 2009) more

"A highly respected player in the human rights field. Noted for its commitment to publicly funded work..." (Chambers & Partners 2008) more

"...with counsel noted for an unswerving commitment to civil liberties." (Legal 500 2007) more


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


James (IPP sentences)
Equal pay (Trafford)
JR appeal permission refusal
Whole-life tariff (Vinter)
Police officers on juries
Joint enterprise (Gnango)
Third party race discrim
Art 9 protection (Bashir)
Osborn & Booth (oral hrg)
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
DNA database challenge


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

2014 Pupillages


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Latest GCN legal bulletins
Housing Team Bulletin (Feb 2014)
Crime (December 2013)

LASPO resources
Quick Guide to LASPO 2012 Part 3 (re: crime)
Quick Guide to LASPO 2012 for Housing Law
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22/7/14 Unlawful killing verdict in toddler inquest

22/7/14 CPAG test case on Council Tax Reduction

21/7/14 "Bricks and mortar" interim accommodation

16/7/14 Lucy Mair on "Little more than rough justice" for Litigants in Person following legal aid cuts (The Justice Gap)

10/7/14 Zimran Samuel expert evidence in Pakistan CG case

9/6/14 Vijay Jagadesham on students and veracity checks (Free Movement)

19/5/14 Supreme Court hears IPP Article 5 challenge

24/4/14 GCN's Lucy Mair shortlisted for LALY award

24/4/14 David Campion awarded Master of Laws in Employment Law

28/3/2014 Angry GCN Members oppose CBA decision to discontinue protests against legal aid cuts

19/3/2014 Lucy Mair contributes to BHRC Report on Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka   

17/3/2014 Zimran Samuel contributes to BHRC report on human rights inquiry into Violence Against Woman and Girls 

12/3/14 Kerry Smith Returns from maternity leave 5th May

11/3/14 Garden Court North Sponsor Legal Justice Together: Call for Action Conference

03/3/14 Scott v Pacific Mortgages and Others in Supreme Court

28/2/14 Tom Royston on Bedroom Tax: Update and Winning Bedroom Tax Cases

20/2/14 Police Call Handler Unanimously Acquitted of Misconduct in Public Office

02/01/2014 Criminal Barristers National Protest

19/12/2013 Breach of PSED in the provision of women’s approved premises  

18/12/2013 GCN Chambers welcomes vote of no confidence in Law Society leadership in Legal Aid fight 

12/12/13  Richard Brigden acting for anti drilling protesters  

3/12/2013 MoJ VHCC list clarification 

28/11/2013 David Campion - Judgment in EAT case on employment status of a CoE priest handed down

21/11/13 Matthew Stanbury- Divisional Court reiterate that there is no power to lay an information outside the six-month time-limit

19/11/13 Phillip McLeish - Judgment in Leicester City Council v Shearer