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About Chambers


About Chambers

Garden Court North Chambers, formed in 1996, is 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.

Considered to be "the only noteworthy civil liberties outfit outside London" (Chambers and Partners 2005 p1626), and "...the only set outside London to specialise in human rights" (Chambers and Partners 2008), chambers has always had a strong commitment to publicly funded work. Members use their skills to articulate the arguments that their lay-clients would if they could and seek to ensure that in whatever forum they are operating, they uphold the legal rights of their clients to the maximum extent.

Chambers undertakes work in  Human Rights  ,  Public law (Judicial Review)  ,  Criminal defence Community care   ,  Education   ,  Employment & discrimination   ,  Housing   ,  Inquests   ,  Immigration & asylum   ,  International law   ,  Personal injury   ,  Police actions (and civil actions against other detaining authorities)   ,  Prison law   ,  Welfare benefits  .

Most members of Chambers live in or around Manchester, although they frequently travel to court locations across England and Wales including London, the south-east and south-west. Members of Chambers are prepared to undertake work pro bono in appropriate cases where funding is unavailable and some members now offer  Direct Access  .

Equality

Chambers applies an equality code in relation to all of its activities, and opposes discrimination on the basis of, inter alia, sex, race, disability, religion, age or sexuality.  A compilation of our Diversity Data is available upon request from the Diversity Data Officer via clerks@gcnchambers.co.uk  .

Legal Training

Chambers are approved as an external course provider by The Law Society (SRA) to provide continuing professional development (CPD) training in our specialist areas. Members of Chambers regularly train solicitors, law centres and other professional bodies in specialist areas of law.

Premises

We moved to our current premises in Oxford Court in October 2002. Our facilities include client parking, spacious conference rooms and networked IT systems. Our chambers also feature disabled access facilities including a ground floor disabled toilet and disabled access to the ground floor conference room.

Client care

Chambers is proud to make client care the cornerstone of its practice. The  standards charter   sets out the procedures we have implemented to that end.

Direct Access

Until recently, it was not possible for members of the public to go to a barrister directly. They needed to use a solicitor, or some other recognised form of access. However, following changes in the rules, members of the public seeking legal advice or representation can now instruct a barrister directly without the need to instruct a solicitor first. 

Several members of Chambers are able to provide advice and representation directly to instructing clients in immigration matters. 

Before a barrister can be instructed we will need certain information from you to ensure that we are able to assist. Please complete the Direct Access Enquiry Form and email to our clerks as soon as possible:  clerks@gcnchambers.co.uk   

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19/1/15 Victor Nealon - refusal of compensation for miscarriage of justice

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15/12/14 Gudanaviciene (exceptional funding)   

10/12/14 Pete Weatherby QC and Vijay Jagadesham in Landmark Supreme Court decision on ISP Prisoners

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24/11/14 Natalie Wilkins "New immigration tribunal procedure rules" (Free Movement blog)

13/11/14 Permission to appeal granted in benefits case

12/11/14 Joseph Markus and Natalie Wilkins join chambers

11/11/14 Successful exceptional funding application

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10/10/14 Pete Weatherby QC wins Legal 500 Regional Silk Award 2014

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