Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following a detailed risk assessment, Chambers premises is now open with limited staff. Practice management team members are continuing to work from home and are ready to assist with bookings and other enquiries. Contact details remain the same and can be found on our contact page. Our business hours continue to be 9am to 6pm on Monday to Thursday and 9am to 5:30pm on Fridays.

We will now be able to regularly receive and process post. We continue to request however that all documents are sent electronically going forward and all payments of fees via BACS.

Many of our barristers are also still working from home and we are using technology such as Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams to deal with hearings remotely where appropriate, and to stay in touch virtually.

If anyone has any concerns or questions they are invited to email covidcomms@gcnchambers.co.uk, and we will be happy to assist. The safety of all here at Garden Court North, clients and colleagues alike, as well as our continuing dedication to pursuing people’s rights through justice, remain our highest priorities. To this end we encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with our Risk Assessment, which can also be found on our website.

We are lawyers but we are members of our community first and foremost. We have created this dedicated section of our website to assist legal practitioners and any person who may be struggling during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We hope you find it useful. If you feel that anything is missing, contact us and we will add/update pages as best we can.

Coronavirus Working Arrangements

Following a detailed risk assessment, Chambers premises is now open with limited staff. Practice management team members are continuing to work from home and are ready...

General practice during coronavirus

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Call for urgent action: COVID-19 inquiry

Please support families bereaved by the Covid-19 pandemic by signing this petition asking the government to start an immediate inquiry

620 people bereaved due to Covid-19 call on the government to hold an immediate public inquiry to prevent further deaths

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Your home; a castle, or a prison? International travel and Self-Isolation – the new rules from 8 June 2020

There may be challenges to the vires of the requirement to self isolate, the power to impose fines and fixed penalty notices, and to the...

Criminal defence & appeals team: Policy on physical attendance of counsel in criminal cases

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The GCN Housing team join Greater Manchester Law Centre and Tenants Union UK to call for greater protection for tenants

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Immigration and asylum during coronavirus

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The remoteness of the law

Many years ago I sat in a conference hall waiting to listen to a lawyer who had just taken a major tenant’s rights case to...

Inquests during coronavirus

All of our Inquests and Inquiries Team are working in accordance with the following guidance from the Chief Coroner and in line with the Bar...

Social welfare during coronavirus

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Employment and discrimination during coronavirus

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For Renters (updated 27 March 2020)

There is an understandable amount of uncertainty for renters at the moment, in part caused by the current pandemic and, in part caused by the...

Criminal Defence and Prisoners during coronavirus

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Family law and Court of Protection during coronavirus

The Family Court and COVID 19: The Road Ahead 2021, Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, 8 January 2021 Urgent Family Applications to...

Courtesy of Garden Court Chambers: Coronavirus, Bail and Custody Time Limits

We are grateful to our colleagues at Garden Court Chambers for drafting this protocol for protecting the rights and lives of prisoners and their families,...

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