Monckton Chambers

Civil Liberties & Human Rights Department

London (Bar)
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Monckton Chambers is noted for its particular capability to handle the human rights aspects of commercial and regulatory litigation. Its members offer expertise across a wide range of human rights matters including children's rights, disability discrimination, immigration law and police law. Monckton barristers regularly appear at all levels in domestic courts and before the ECtHR.

Client service: "I like instructing Monckton because you get a professional service from their clerks. They provide fee notes in a timely fashion and they are always correct." David Hockney is the senior clerk.

Azeem Suterwalla
A respected practitioner with a broad human rights practice, known for his expertise in the rights of children, education and social housing. He also demonstrates particular insight into the needs of vulnerable adults and matters concerning state retention of information. He is regularly instructed in major human rights cases at all levels of UK court as well as at the ECtHR and CJEU.
Strengths: "Azeem is reliable and very prompt to respond to any issues you may have. He is good on his feet in court and persuasive in his written pleadings." "He makes it look easy. He has a special rapport with the clients, especially those who have been let down by the system on a number of occasions."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the claimants in GP, JP and P v London Borough of Camden, concerning whether in failing to provide support to a mother and her two children without immigration status, they were left destitute and if the Borough breached their Article 3 and 8 rights.

Ben Emmerson QC
A highly commended lawyer with an esteemed international practice encompassing public, criminal and human rights law. Greatly sought after as an advocate, Ben makes regular appearances before all levels of the domestic courts, the ECJ and the International Criminal Court. He frequently acts for and against foreign governments, advising on the right to life and prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment under the ECHR.
Strengths: "Ben is well recognised for his major role in civil liberties and human rights matters." "He's very well known and highly regarded in terms of his ability."

Conor McCarthy
A junior with a strong human rights and civil liberties practice, known for his involvement in surveillance matters. He draws on his prior experience working at the ECtHR and for the UN, focusing his practice on judicial review claims and public international law. His extensive client base includes NGOs, public bodies and individual claimants.
Strengths: "A good junior and pleasant to work with."
Recent work: Appeared in R (Campaign Against Arms Trade) v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in which the claimant NGO brought a challenge against the UK Government decision to continue selling armaments to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.

Eric Metcalfe
A highly commended human rights practitioner who is a familiar face in the Supreme Court. He regularly handles high-profile, sensitive cases concerning national security and immigration matters. He frequently represents government departments,regulatory authorities and NGOs. He also has experience acting for coalition groups and has intervened at the ECtHR in support of the right to freedom of expression worldwide.
Strengths: "His written submissions are of extremely high quality."
Recent work: Acted in Big Brother Watch and Others v United Kingdom, the first case at the international level dealing with mass surveillance by the UK intelligence services.

Nikolaus Grubeck
A notable civil liberties and human rights junior who has a significant practice at all levels of UK court and the ECtHR. He represents NGOs and individuals as well as the government in a range of matters, with a particular specialism in national security. He is known for his expertise in data protection, especially when it comes to new developments in the area.
Strengths: "Incredibly hard-working and dedicated. He punches above his level of call." "He's sharp, insightful and really good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in R (Ul Haq) v Walsall Council, a judicial review of Walsall Council’s cemeteries policy, regarding burial rules for Muslims.

Piers Gardner
Highly regarded for his in-depth knowledge of EU law and particularly the ECHR, having previously worked at the European Commission of Human Rights. He advises throughout the UK and Europe on data and property protection, jurisdictional issues and extradition matters. He also has experience acting on behalf of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
Strengths: "He pays meticulous attention to detail but also has a human touch and he's really good with clients. He also has a very clear and persuasive writing style."
Recent work: Acted in Zia and Others v Cyprus, the first application by dispossessed Turkish Cypriots against the Government of Cyprus for the expropriation and exploitation without compensation of extensive commercial residential and agricultural land in and near Limassol.