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Garden Court Chambers

Administrative & Public Law

2 ranked barristersBand 4London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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The set's well-known expertise in areas such as immigration and civil liberties is grounded in a firm command of public law principles and judicial review. Its capability in this area is strongly geared towards safeguarding the rights of vulnerable groups and individuals, in challenging policies of the Home Office and other government departments. In recent months barristers from this set have appeared in numerous high-profile cases on immigration detention, including a successful challenge to the adequacy of a proposed investigation into conditions at Brook House. They also possess notable experience covering policy on human trafficking, mental health and criminal justice.

Client service:

"Always quick to reply, happy to help and very efficient. I have never experienced a problem and if I cannot instruct my preferred barrister they are good at suggesting a suitable alternative." "The clerks are extremely professional - one of the few chambers who will come back to you even if they cannot find counsel to assist. They are very obliging and efficient with the work that we request from them." Colin Cook is the director of clerking and Emma Manning leads the team for public law.

Strengths:

Amanda Weston QC
Operates an excellent public law practice with a strong emphasis on advocating for the rights of minorities and vulnerable people. She is experienced in cases relating to the Mental Health Act, in the context of immigration and asylum law as well as the criminal justice system.
"An extremely impressive advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in R (VC) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, a judicial review challenging a policy on the detention of people with mental ill-health.

Strengths:

Stephanie Harrison QC
Strong choice for public law challenges involving immigration and asylum. She has been at the forefront of challenges to the Home Secretary's policies on immigration detention. She is also frequently instructed in judicial reviews against the Special Immigration Appeals Commission's decisions. Another area of expertise is public law claims concerning discrimination.
"A really fantastic advocate, even in front of a hostile court - she digs in and stands her ground. She's great for the strategic oversight and she can really strip the issues down and get straight to the crucial points." "A heavyweight in court and has sublime advocacy skills."
Recent work: Acted in a successful challenge to the Home Office's decision to instruct the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman to carry out an investigation into abuse at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre. The High Court found that such an investigation would be inadequate as it would lack statutory powers to compel witnesses.

Administrative & Public Law Department

Garden Court Chambers

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57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 3LJ

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Administrative & Public Law


Amanda Weston QC
Band 4
Stephanie Harrison QC
Band 2