Garden Court North Chambers

Civil Liberties & Human Rights Department

Northern (Bar)
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A market-leading human rights and civil liberties set, Garden Court North Chambers' barristers are praised for "working with consistent energy, commitment and intelligence for clients who are amongst the most marginalised." The set offers expertise across areas such as inquests, criminal defence, prison law and immigration. Recently members of the set have represented the partner of Anthony Grainger, in the inquiry into his killing by the police in 2012.

Client service: "The clerking service is very good." Annmarie Nightingale is the head of practice management.


Matthew Stanbury

He is highly regarded for his wide-ranging civil liberties practice, encompassing areas such as Court of Protection cases and significant Crown Court matters. His diverse client base includes prisoners, bereaved families and individuals facing criminal charges. He has significant expertise in miscarriage of justice compensation cases. 
Strengths: "There's a small handful of genuine prison law and public law barristers in the North, and he is by far the best." "He's very easy to work with."
Recent work: Appeared for the claimant in R (Gary Warner) v Secretary of State for Justice, where the government was accused of interfering with the Criminal Cases Review Commission.


Pete Weatherby QC

An accomplished human rights silk who routinely handles matters concerning protests, miscarriages of justice and complex elements of prison law. He is well versed in EU and international human rights issues, and regularly attracts instructions in high-profile, significant judicial reviews. He is an active participant in the human rights wing of the Bar Council. He has particular experience advising on human rights cases in Mauritius.
Strengths: "The work he does is excellent; he's a driving force in the human rights field."
Recent work: Appeared for the claimant in R (Jordan Cunliffe) v Criminal Cases Review Commission, a judicial review into the decision of the CCRC not to refer the case of R v Jogee.


Vijay Jagadesham

A respected junior offering broad-based expertise in areas such as immigration, prison law and data protection. He is particularly well known for his deft handling of matters involving vulnerable adults. He is also noted for tackling cases involving prisoners subjected to racism. He has handled a number of actions against the police.
Strengths: "He is very focused and creative, as well as generous with his time and advice." "Vijay has a very strong civil liberties and human rights practice." "He has a clear thought process, and is very articulate."