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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, with recent work for the tenants including the representation of several anti-arms trade protesters in DPP v Ziegler and Others, a case involving complex questions surrounding freedom of assembly and expression.
Client service: Colin Cook is the director of clerking.
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.
Strengths: "He's exceptionally intelligent, and his written work and legal advice are very good." "He is very analytical and forensic."
Recent work: Acted for 15 defendants facing terrorism charges under the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990 in R v Thacker & Others.
Stephanie Harrison QC
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.
Strengths: "She is tough as nails and a real fighter." "She is a brilliant advocate and is very authoritative in court."
Recent work: Represented Friends of the Earth in a High Court action against fracking company Caudrilla concerning its wide-ranging injunction restricting protest against its operations at Preston New Road in Lancashire.
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.
Strengths: "Very experienced. He's like a terrier - he doesn't give up."
Recent work: Represented two of the 15 defendants in R v Smoke, a case concerning several protesters who chained themselves around the base of a deportation flight in order to save the lives of those on board.