Areas of Specialisation / Supreme Court and ECHR cases

GCN appearances in Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights cases



  • Supreme   Court  -   Downs v Secretary of State for Justice  UKSC 2014/0056  - appeal  hearing is expected to take place in late 2015  - procedural fairness requirements in the category A review context and, specifically, when an oral hearing should be granted for such a review. ( Vijay Jagadesham  and  Jared Ficklin  )  background



  • ECHR  Grand Chamber - Vinter & Others v Grand Chamber  - Landmark  ECHR  Grand Chamber judgment finds whole life orders without review to be inhuman and degrading. ( Pete Weatherby QC more
  • ECHR  - James, Wells and Lee v UK [2012]  ECHR  340  IPP sentences where tariff expired but insufficient courses had been provided for rehabilitation breaches human rights Art 5(1) ( Pete Weatherby QC  )  more
  • Hanif & Khan v UK [2011]  ECHR  296  Police officer's presence on jury made trial unfair ( Mark George QC  )  more
  • Ezeh & Connors v UK [2004] 39 EHRR 1  Article 6 prison adjudications; human rights ( Pete Weatherby QC  ) 

Supreme Court (2009 onwards)

  • Kaiyam - ongoing
  • Scott v Southern Pacific Mortgages and others [2014] UKSC 52 ( James Stark )
  • Osborn, Booth and Reilly v The Parole Board [2013] UKSC 61   ( Prisoners succeed in oral hearings challenges in the Supreme Court)  ( Vijay Jagadesham   ) more
  • R v Gnango [2011] UKSC 59  (crossfire shooting -  Supreme Court  found liability in a re-analysis of the "victim rule" rather than alter existing joint enterprise law)  more
  • Manchester City Council v Pinnock [2010] UKSC 45  (proportionality in demoted tenancy possession)  more
  • R (on the application of Rebecca Noone) v (1) the Governor of HMP Drake Hall, (2) Secretary of State for Justice [2010] UKSC 30 (upholds appeal and reverses lower  court  decisions on â??Home Detention Curfewâ?? in ruling which will affect the release dates of hundreds of prisoners on an ongoing basis)  more
  • R (on the application of F (by his litigation friend F)) and another (Respondents)  Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) [2010] UKSC 17  (indefinite notification requirements without review for convicted sex offenders is incompatible with Article 8 Of the European Convention on Human Rights.)  more
  • Ahmed Mahed & others (Appellants) v SSHD [2009] UKSC 16  . (Third party support and/or joint sponsorship are permissible for entry clearance applications under Rules 281, 297 and 317)  more

House of Lords (to 2009)

  • Secretary of State for Justice (Respondent) v James (FC) (Appellant) (formerly Walker and another) AND R (on the application of Lee) (FC) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for Justice (Respondent) and one other action [2009] UKHL 22  (IPP appeals) more
  • Regina v. Her Majesty's Coroner for the Western District of Somerset (Respondent) and another (Appellant) ex parte Middleton (FC) (Respondent) [2004] UKHL 10  (application of Article 2 to inquest proceedings and the ambit of neglect verdicts)  more
  • R v Manchester Crown  Court  ex parte McCann [2002] UKHL 39 (Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, ASBOs)  more


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GCN barristers present PLP "How to JR"

Matt Stanbury presents "JR for criminal practitioners" Sheffield Law Soc

25/1/16 SSHD failure to apply own policy to Victim of Trafficking

5/1/16 Important statelessness JR (Semeda)

5/1/16 GCN members elected to BHRC Exec Committee

GCN Criminal Law Update December 2015

18/12/15 GCN remains totally committed to first class representation through legal aid

17/12/15 Permission granted in trafficking JR

16/12/15 Natalie Wilkins reports on GCN Family Rights seminar series in  Family Law

15/12/15 Gary Willock on caselaw re delay in obtaining Legal Aid and court deadlines

12/12/15 Appeal of decision that Extension of Workers Registration Scheme 2009 was unlawful now listed for Feb 2017

11/12/15 Court of Appeal quashes extended sentence and finding of dangerousness

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

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

24//7/15 GCN crime team on direct action

22/7/15 Zimran Samuel obtains second ever FGM Protection Order  

21/7/15 Baby boy's injuries caused by bone disorder not violence  

14/7/15 GCN crime team support Rally to Save Criminal Legal Aid

30/6/15 GCN crime team "It's time we took action"

12/6/15 Mark George QC on IPCC Orgreave report

10/6/15 Kate Stone to chair PLP "Private Law for Public Law Practitioners" on 24.6.15

8/6/15 Nealon and Hallam: miscarriage of justice compensation claims dismissed

4/6/15 Is Canal and River Trust entitled to have same approach applied to Art 8 defences as landlords of social housing?  

Tom Royston speaking at CPAG seminar "Localisation of Social Security" on 8.6.15

Lucy Mair speaking at "Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law" 7.7.15 (Lancaster)

28/5/15 Lucy Mair discusses Eve Ensler's "Avocado" human trafficking monologue

27/5/15 GCN supports action by Northern Ireland Bar

27/5/15 Lucy Mair on trafficking JR (Free Movement)

13/5/15 Abuse of process argument succeeds in prosecution under common law where statutory offence would also apply

Haldane "Child Sex Abuse Inquiry" Lecture panel feat. Pete Weatherby QC 21.5.15

Pete Weatherby QC speaking at Prisoners' Advice Service annual panel discussion 19.5.15

20/4/15 Matt Stanbury on Bad News for Good Character

20/3/15 Sex Offender Notification Reviews Guidance

4/3/15 Joe Markus appointed to Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel

26/2/15 S222 injunction to restrain begging in Leeds City Centre discharged by High Court

23/2/15 Prisoner adjudication decision quashed

16/2/15 Extension of Workers Registration Scheme was unlawful; EU workers

13/2/15 Rory O'Ryan appointed as Deputy Upper Tribunal Judge

5/2/15 Zimran Samuel contributes to "Now That You Know Say NO To FGM" short film

27/1/15 Permission granted in homelessness affordability appeal

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

13/1/15 Kate Stone on Human Rights and Arms Trade Treaty

5/1/15 GCN move to Blackfriars House profiled in M.E.N

15/12/14 Gudanaviciene (exceptional funding)   

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

5/12/14 UT decision on Bereavement Benefits and telephone marriage

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

3/11/14 Chambers UK 2015 recommends GCN in Band 1   

28/10/14 Inquest finds failures in prison mental health services

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

9/10/14 Zimran Samuel wins Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year 2014

3/10/14 Clerks  "first class " in Legal 500 2014

26/9/14 Legal Aid, Labour and a 'manifesto for hope'


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