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The barristers at Garden Court Chambers are well versed in the representation of protesters in both civil and criminal litigation. The team is regularly called upon to handle complex challenges to injunctions preventing occupations, and offers significant expertise in the criminal defence of protesters charged with trespass and breaches of public orders. The set's members are routinely involved in high-profile cases arising from major protests, and recent work for the tenants includes appearing in R v Thacker & Others, an appeal brought on behalf of the 'Stansted 15'. The group faced terrorism charges under the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990.

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"The clerks always get back to us straight away and help out with finding counsel. They identify issues that could be problems in advance." Colin Cook is the director of clerking.

Owen Greenhall
Owen Greenhall is well regarded for his representation of protesters in complex criminal proceedings. He is regularly instructed in right to protest and freedom of expression cases, and also provides advice to campaigning organisations.
"He is highly intelligent, has an excellent strategic mind and is well liked by clients. He is also passionate about his cause." "A standout barrister who is always very good on the law." "He is very forensic and dedicated."

Appeared in the Supreme Court in DPP v Ziegler, the leading modern case on protest and obstruction of the highway.

Henry Blaxland KC
Henry Blaxland KC is a highly sought-after criminal defence barrister who lends his expertise to terrorism, fraud and appellate work. He is particularly well versed in cases with a human rights dimension, including protest rights.
"He is particularly good on questions of justifications and necessities of protest." "A very good jury advocate."

Instructed in a case involving six climate change activists who were charged with obstructing an engine as a result of having climbed onto a DLR train during the Extinction Rebellion protests.

Jacob Bindman
Jacob Bindman is a well-regarded criminal and public law barrister. His wide-ranging expertise encompasses matters such as terrorism, serious crime and protest law, and he represents clients in cases involving a variety of issues, including the right to protest.
"A very good, academic lawyer. He is a very dedicated barrister and very reliable advocate with a lot of experience in protest-related work." "He has a really deep knowledge of protesters' rights."

Represented one defendant who was charged with conspiracy to commit public nuisance. The case related to a much-publicised alleged plot by Roger Hallam and Extinction Rebellion to launch a mass drone release over Heathrow Airport to protest inaction over climate change.

Stephanie Harrison KC
Stephanie Harrison KC is praised by market commentators for her excellent advocacy skills. She is frequently called upon to defend her clients in cases involving civil injunctions used to restrict protests, and is regularly instructed in matters brought against both private companies and public authorities.
"A fantastic advocate who is very committed and very good on her feet in court. Her dedication and her understanding of the law surrounding protest and injunctions in particular are very impressive." "She is very knowledgeable and incredibly bright. She sees everything in a very contextual way, which is really important as she is able to root and contextualise her legal arguments to give them the most weight."

Acted in UKOG v Persons Unknown and 6 Others, a case which secured an extensive curtailment of a wide-ranging injunction.

Tom Wainwright
Tom Wainwright is adept at handling criminal cases involving protesters. He has experience of appearing in matters concerning protesters who have been charged with breaching public orders and trespassing. He has co-authored 'The Protest Handbook', a leading book on protest rights.
"He is one of the best protest barristers at the Bar." "He is one of the go-to people for protest work as he has been working at the coalface for many years."

Acted in Neale v DPP, a case concerning the right to silence, the legal duties imposed on citizens and the scope of coronavirus regulations both at first instance and in the High Court on appeal by way of case stated.

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