Firm profile submitted by Garden Court Chambers
Heads of Chambers Leslie Thomas QC, Judy Khan QC, Marc Willers QC
Director of Clerking Colin Cook
Chambers’ Director Glenn Fletcher
Senior Civil Clerk Phil Bampfylde
Civil Practice Manager Dan Randall
Housing Practice Manager Tim Hempsted
Public Law Practice Manager Emma Nash
Immigration Practice Manager Lisa O’Leary
Family Practice Manager Sumaya Gilmore
Crime Practice Manager Keith Poynter
Over 40 years ago, Garden Court Chambers was founded on a commitment to hold state agents to account and promote fundamental human rights and freedoms. These principles are reflected throughout our work and embodied in our motto, ‘Do right, fear no-one’.
Garden Court is one of the largest and most high-profile barristers’ chambers in the UK with over 180 barristers, including 20 QCs. The set provides a wealth of expertise across criminal defence, civil liberties, public law, inquest law, housing law, immigration, family law, social welfare and international law. Its passion for human rights and social justice has shaped the development of law in these areas, with many of its members acting in some of the most important, precedent-setting cases in the UK today.
Throughout its history Garden Court has worked with campaigning organisations and individuals to fight injustice and inequality. It has advised and worked alongside organisations targeting a diverse range of issues, from asylum rights, to disability rights, women’s rights, racial equality, human trafficking and access to justice.
In 2016 and 2015 Garden Court’s awards included:
■ Human Rights and Public Law Set of the Year 2016, Chambers UK Bar Awards
■ Outstanding Achievement Award, Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2016
■ Outstanding Achievement Award, Modern Law Awards 2016
■ Crime Set of the Year 2015, Legal 500 Awards
■ Public Law Set of the Year 2017, Legal 500 Awards (finalist)
Types of work undertaken
Administrative and public law; civil liberties and human rights (claims against the police and public authorities; immigration detention civil claims; inquests and inquiries and prison law); social welfare; Court of Protection; criminal defence; education; employment and discrimination law; environmental law; extradition law; family law (children law, financial remedies and international family law); fraud; housing law; immigration law (asylum and human rights, business and private); mental health law; planning law; property law; regulatory law; Romani Gypsy and Traveller rights; welfare benefits. Garden Court International provides advice, representation and training to clients worldwide on best practice in criminal law and procedure, international human rights and humanitarian law. Garden Court Mediation provides an alternative dispute resolution service in all types of civil disputes. A growing number of Garden Court Chambers’ barristers are eligible to accept work directly from lay clients as part of the public access scheme.