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Garden Court Chambers

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

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A highly experienced claimant set, Garden Court Chambers regularly handles complex and high-profile human rights disputes, typically against public bodies. Members at the set have expertise across prison law, protest law, immigration detention and inquiries. Recently appeared in INEOS v Persons Unknown [2019], wherein the Court of Appeal overturned sweeping injunctions preventing protests against fracking activities.

Client service:

"The clerks always get back to you very quickly, they're always happy to help and they're good at allocating cases to appropriate counsel." Colin Cook is the director of clerking.

Strengths:

Amanda Weston QC
A distinguished silk who is regularly called on to handle complex judicial review proceedings and significant immigration cases. She is an established presence in the sphere, regularly appearing before domestic and European courts, including the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. She has particular capability in unlawful detention claims.
"She's completely committed to her work."

Strengths:

Gráinne Mellon
She is commended for her expertise in cases involving children and vulnerable adults. She is particularly noted for her work in judicial reviews and in Human Rights Act damages claims.
"She's responsive, communicates well and works with us as part of a team."
Recent work: Acted in a number of judicial review claims on behalf of young asylum seekers and migrants who were told by the Home Office that they are no longer able to study while in the UK.

Strengths:

Leslie Thomas QC
He lends his civil liberties and human rights expertise to vulnerable clients, routinely handling sensitive matters that involve claims against the police. He is an expert in Article 2 inquiries and is adept at handling public law challenges as well as judicial reviews of the powers of public bodies.
"He's a brilliant advocate."
Recent work:Appeared for the claimant in Dyer v HM Assistant Coroner for West Yorkshire (Western), successfully challenging the provision of a screen to 16 police officers, preventing them from being seen in an inquest into the death of Andrew Hall, who died while in police custody.

Strengths:

Nicola Braganza
She is notable for her human rights expertise pertaining to discrimination cases as well as immigration detention and trafficking claims. She appears before all levels of court as well as before immigration and employment tribunals.
"She is a very good and thorough advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Essop & Others v Home Office, arguing that the Home Office had committed age and race discrimination against 48 employees.

Strengths:

Stephanie Harrison QC
A dynamic silk with a varied practice, who demonstrates prowess in official misconduct, discrimination, minority rights and unlawful detention matters. She is noted for her work on national security and terrorism cases including those concerning deportation and TPIM. She fields additional expertise in international human rights law and is knowledgeable in all matters involving the ECHR.
"A fantastic practitioner; she's a really strong oral advocate and very good at identifying the key issues." "She's extremely knowledgeable, the go-to silk for immigration detention and false imprisonment."
Recent work: Represented one of the defendants in INEOS v Persons Unknown, challenging a sweeping injunction that prevented fracking protests.

Strengths:

Stephen Simblet QC
Regularly called upon to provide expert assistance in claims brought against the police. He is also singled out for his adept representation of bereaved families in matters concerning psychiatric detention and custody deaths. He is noted for his strong judicial review practice and regularly appears at the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
"He fights incredibly hard for his clients."
Recent work: Appeared in INEOS v Boyd [2019], a complex High Court application brought by a fracking company and designed to deter protest against fracking.

Strengths:

Una Morris
A well thought-of junior, specialising in human rights cases against the state. Known for her far-reaching expertise, she is well versed on the ECHR and the Human Rights Act, often taking on inquests and judicial reviews. She has particular experience handling claims involving prisons and other detention centres.
"She's extremely bright, approachable and completely engages with her cases." "She is great in negotiations, fearless both on paper and on her feet. Her work is very detailed and she always has the goal in sight."

Civil Liberties & Human Rights Department

Garden Court Chambers

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57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


Amanda Weston QC
Band 4
Leslie Thomas QC
Band 3
Stephanie Harrison QC
Band 2
Stephen Simblet QC
New Silks

Juniors

London (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


Gráinne Mellon
Band 4
Nicola Braganza
Band 4