Protest rights

Garden Court North Chambers’ team of protest rights barristers is highly regarded amongst practitioners and protest groups alike.

We are considered as one of the leading sets in the country dealing with contemporary protest issues and offer full advice and representation to protestors in both criminal and civil litigation matters. We have acted in some of the most important protest cases in recent years including R. v Roberts (Richard) [2018] EWCA Crim 2739 and Cuadrilla Bowland Ltd v Persons Unknown [2020] EWCA Civ 9.

The importance of protest and supporting those exercising their freedom of expression is rooted in our core principles and values. Members of the team are always available to provide informal and pro bono advice to professional clients and are often consulted before receiving formal instructions.

We recognise that protestors risk a significant amount in the pursuit of their aims. Our support to protestors thus extends beyond legal representation. Members of GCN’s protest team co-authored and assisted in the writing of the ‘Protest Handbook’ and our work advising protestors of their rights has been featured in mainstream media.

A principle that runs through all of our work is providing advice in clear and understandable language. This approach ensures that our clients remain fully involved in the process throughout and are able to make informed decisions about their case.

The team expertise across the whole spectrum of protest law, including:

  • Actions against the police
  • Aggravated trespass
  • Breach of the peace
  • Criminal damage
  • Public order offences
  • Obstruction of the highway
  • Harassment and intimidation

Please contact the Practice Management Team to find out more about the work of the team or particular protest rights barristers. We accept instructions across England and Wales.

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