Garden Court North Chambers

Administrative & Public Law Department

Northern/North Eastern (Bar)
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Garden Court North Chambers maintains its reputation as the pre-eminent set in the North for public law. Members of the set are sought after for their extensive expertise in a wide range of issues, including immigration, housing and human rights. They offer notable experience acting on behalf of claimants in judicial reviews and regularly appear before the Supreme Court. Recent mandates handled by the set include the representation of Jeremy Bamber in a claim challenging the refusal of the CPS to provide disclosure of certain material which would better enable him to challenge the safety of his convictions for the 'White House Farm Murders'.

Client service: Annmarie Nightingale heads the practice management team at the set.

Ben McCormack

Predominantly acts in claims against housing and community care decisions by local authorities and other public bodies. He is also proficient at inquests and regularly appears before the Court of Protection. His capabilities include public law disputes involving discrimination.
Strengths: "A steady pair of hands."

Kate Stone

Focuses predominantly on representing bereaved families and other interested parties at inquests. Her public law practice includes judicial reviews challenging coronial decisions and the availability of legal aid funding for inquests. She also appears in police and prison judicial reviews.
Strengths: "She is very, very good at written work and is very thorough in her assessment of a case. She also explains things in a way that clients can understand." "She is very good at distilling evidence down."

Lucy Mair

Brings her previous experience working in human rights organisations to the Bar in a niche practice centred on representing vulnerable victims of trafficking and domestic violence. Recent mandates for such clients include judicial review challenges to Home Office decisions concerning immigration, asylum and right to work status.
Strengths: "She is thorough and knowledgeable."
Recent work: Brought a judicial review claim on behalf of a Gambian national who claimed asylum on the basis of her risk of FGM. Although it was accepted she was a member of the Fula tribe, it was not initially accepted that she would be subjected to FGM, which the applicant challenged as unlawful and irrational.

Matthew Stanbury

Specialises in public and administrative law cases with a civil liberties and human rights crossover. He has considerable experience of cases which arise in the context of prison and criminal law. He typically acts for claimants in judicial reviews which challenge decisions by the Ministry of Justice, as well as coroners, independent adjudicators and prosecutors. He regularly appears in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He looks at ways we can develop and push the law effectively. His advocacy is excellent; judges ask him the most obscure questions and the way he is able to think quickly on his feet is just phenomenal."
Recent work: Represented Jeremy Bamber in a claim challenging the refusal of the CPS to provide disclosure of certain material which may enable him to challenge the safety of his convictions for the 'White House Farm Murders'.

Pete Weatherby QC

Particularly adept at utilising human rights arguments as grounds for challenging public body decision-making and policy. He typically acts for prisoners and other claimants in judicial reviews and also handles related proceedings before the ECtHR. He has strong depth of experience in public inquiries.
Strengths: "He's very thorough, measured and a very good advocate."
Recent work: Acted in a judicial review concerning the Criminal Cases Review Commission's decision not to refer to the Court of Appeal an unsafe murder conviction relating to a 15-year-old blind boy.

Tom Royston

Represents individual claimants and NGOs in public law cases involving social security and welfare entitlement. He frequently handles litigation before the Upper Tribunal and the Supreme Court, as well as the ECJ. He has particular strength in matters with some immigration or homelessness crossover.
Strengths: "He is responsive, has good attention to detail and is very approachable." "He always understands the policy issues behind the law and he drafts very clearly. He is also completely reliable when it comes to deadlines."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the appellant in a case in the Supreme Court which ruled that an applicant for homelessness assistance will not be 'intentionally homeless' if they could only have kept their previous accommodation by using benefits for rent instead of food and necessities.

Vijay Jagadesham

Has considerable expertise in administrative and public law matters involving immigration and prison law decisions. He has notable experience representing children and other vulnerable claimants. His public law practice is informed by his expertise in civil liberties and human rights, and he frequently handles discrimination claims against public bodies. He is regularly instructed in relation to age assessment matters.