Civil & social rights

The Civil and Social Rights Team is a multidisciplinary team that covers all aspects of civil work with a particular emphasis on protecting human rights and civil liberties. This work is underpinned by Garden Court North Chambers’ founding ethos of a strong commitment to publicly funded work, to offering representation to those disadvantaged by discrimination and inequality or with multiple and complex needs, to challenging the state, to fighting for justice, and to undertaking work pro bono in appropriate cases where funding is unavailable.

The Team consists of advocates with experience at all levels, from juniors to Queen’s counsel, and is committed to upholding people’s rights through justice.

It is this commitment to each client’s rights that distinguishes Chambers’ barristers from others. The client remains the focus throughout the preparation and presentation of each case. Members of the Team forcefully pursue each case whilst understanding and addressing each client’s concerns at every stage, explaining matters clearly and providing realistic and carefully considered advice in language that is easily understood. This approach ensures that the client remains fully involved in the process throughout and is able to take their own fully informed decisions about their case. The Team is approachable, down to earth and willing to go the extra mile for clients. Members of the Team are available to provide ad hoc pro bono advice to professional clients.

Chambers and Partners 2019: “The barristers are well known, well respected and work hard for the clients.” “The set stands out from others in terms of its swiftness of response, professionalism and efficiency.”

The Civil and Social Rights Team’s strength lies in its multidisciplinary breadth and depth across the following aspects of civil law:

This collective strength has led Chambers and Partners 2019, to describe Chambers as doing “the lion’s share of civil liberties work for claimants in the North.” In Previous years Chambers and Partners has also commented that: “Garden Court North Chambers houses an established team of barristers who are committed to the field of civil liberties and human rights. Its strong track record in areas such as immigration, asylum, prison law and miscarriages of justice distinguishes the chambers as a go-to human rights set outside of London. Alongside its stellar reputation domestically, … [it] offers a practice which is international in scope, with members frequently tackling major human rights matters as far afield as Bahrain, Colombia and the USA”.

Although Chambers is in Manchester, members of the Civil and Social Rights Team frequently travel to courts across England and Wales. If you would like to know more about the Civil and Social Rights Team please contact the Practice Management Team on 0161 817 6377 or at

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