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Garden Court Chambers

Community Care

2 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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The barristers at Garden Court Chambers are experienced in the handling of a wide range of community care matters, drawing on the set's recognised strengths in complementary areas such as public law, human rights, immigration and social housing. Members are highly adept at handling cases involving the closure of care homes and hospitals, needs assessments and the funding of community services. Disputes between social services authorities are also a key area of focus for the set. The barristers often appear before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, as well as the ECtHR.

Client service:

"The clerks are extremely professional and always revert back to you with an answer. They are very obliging and efficient, and nothing ever seems too much trouble." Colin Cook is the director of clerking.

Strengths:

Bethan Harris
Adept at a range of community care matters, but particularly strong in cases that concern the housing needs of people with disabilities. Along with others at her set, she produces the Community Care Law Reports, and delivers training and conferences related to the area. 
"She has a really good breadth of public law knowledge and comes up with clever arguments." "Thoughtful and considered in her submissions - the court really trusts her judgement." "She's well informed, thoughtful and a good, careful advocate. She is very collaborative too, which is really helpful."

Strengths:

Tessa Buchanan
Noted for her expert representation of vulnerable adults and children in complex matters. She is experienced in the handling of challenges to age assessment decisions.
"Extremely knowledgeable with great analytical and research skills. She provides sound legal opinions while being creative in her persuasion and presentation." "She has an eye for the technical points often overlooked, as well as the broader public law principles."
Recent work: Instructed as junior counsel for the claimant in a number of different cases challenging Essex County Council's unlawful practice of diverting homeless young people away from Section 20 of the Children Act 1989, with the result that they were deprived of the benefit of being looked-after children.

Community Care Department

Garden Court Chambers

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57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 3LJ

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London (Bar)

Community Care


Bethan Harris
Band 2
Tessa Buchanan
Band 3