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Garden Court Chambers is delighted to be ranked in Band 1 in the prestigious Chambers UK 2016 rankings, and Tier 1 in the Legal 500 2015 rankings. We are number one ranked for immigration, social housing, civil liberties and human rights.

Top_tier_firmsChambers UK 2015 Leading SetBoth directories publish rankings of the leading barristers and sets of chambers in the UK, based on extensive research and from taking up references with solicitors and clients.


Chambers UK 2016 (Band 1)

Garden Court Chambers is the leading practice for exclusively tenant-side work. Its members are committed to publicly funded clients and often represent the most vulnerable in society. It has been instrumental in developing law at the highest appellate level in this area and its members make frequent appearances in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Instructing solicitors praise the barristers as “fantastic people who have great experience, drive and commitment.”

Legal 500 2015 (Tier 1)

“Garden Court Chambers’ members primarily act for residents. It is ‘an excellent set with a brilliant complement of barristers at all levels.”


Chambers UK 2016 (Band 1)

We remain the only set in London ranked in Band 1 in Immigration.

Garden Court Chambers remains the pre-eminent immigration set in the country, instructed in the most high-profile and sensitive matters across the spectrum of immigration, nationality and refugee law. In addition to advising on EEA free movement and PBS matters, including applications under Tiers 2 and 4, advocates have appeared before domestic and international courts of the highest levels on matters including trafficking, third country removals and deportation. SIAC cases continue to account for a significant proportion of the group’s practice. The set’s barristers continue to contribute greatly to textbooks and journals in the immigration field.

Legal 500 2015 (Tier 1)

“‘Garden Court Chambers attracts praise as ‘undoubtedly the leading set for immigration work’, and is also ‘massively experienced in asylum and human rights work.’ The set is notable for its comprehensive expertise across areas including national security, trafficking, detention, migrant welfare and business immigration.”

Civil Liberties and Human Rights

Chambers UK 2016 (Band 2)

Garden Court Chambers boasts an impressive selection of silks and juniors offering broad-ranging expertise in the field of civil liberties and human rights. The set enjoys a strong reputation for work in immigration, social care, police misconduct and other work for claimants challenging the actions of public bodies.

Legal 500 2015 (Tier 1)

“Garden Court Chambers has a team of ‘experienced and highly regarded barristers’ and is a ‘go-to set for police actions’. Recent high profile cases include Hounga v Allen, which saw the Supreme Court examine the UK’s obligations towards victims of trafficking.”

Police Law

Chambers UK 2016 (Band 2)

An accomplished team of advocates who handle important and complex police law cases for claimant clients. Members both bring private claims for those who have suffered torts, such as having been falsely imprisoned, or assaulted, and undertake judicial reviews of individual decisions and systemic policies. They frequently act in inquests on behalf of the families of those who have died in circumstances involving the police. Several members were recently instructed in the high-profile inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

Court of Protection

Chambers UK 2016 (Band 3)

Garden Court Chambers offers representation and advice over the full range of personal welfare issues and has notable experience in property and affairs matters. The set houses a number of barristers who are experienced in representing a range of clients from protected individuals to local authorities. Members of the team were involved in the recent landmark Re X case.


Chambers UK 2016 (Band 3)

“A large and expanding set of chambers with an excellent reputation,” Garden Court Chambers has over 80 members, nearly a fifth of whom are in silk. Its barristers are regulars at the Old Bailey and regularly defend individuals charged with the most serious offences. Terrorism cases are a particular specialism and the set is also seen to be ramping up its capability on the financial crime front. Solicitors praise the individuals here for their commitment to social justice and pronounce them to be “confident and highly competent advocates.” Alongside its criminal capability, the set is also recognised as being very strong on the spin-off areas of police law, inquests and unlawful detention.

Legal 500 2015 (Tier 2)

“Garden Court Chambers has ‘certainly benefitted from the additions from Tooks Chambers’ in 2013. One area of focus is criminal appeals; the barristers also provide advocacy before international tribunals.”

Crime: International Criminal Law

Chambers UK 2016

Two individuals are recommended for international criminal law: Sareta Ashraph and Richard Reynolds.

Fraud: Crime

Legal 500 2015

Two individuals are recommended for fraud:crime – Bernard Tetlow QC and Keir Monteith.

Business and Regulatory Crime

Legal 500 2015

Kieran Vaughan QC is recommended in this area.

Inquests and Public Inquiries

Chambers UK 2016

Garden Court Chambers acts for bereaved families in a range of inquests and inquiries. The set is noted for its strength in proceedings arising from police conduct and regularly handles cases involving police shootings, deaths in custody and failure to act. Members are particularly adept at tackling Article 2 inquests and judicial review challenges to verdicts. A number of barristers have been acting for bereaved families in the inquest into the Hillsborough football stadium disaster. Market sources say: “They have a large number of high-quality inquest barristers who are really experienced across a broad range of matters.”

Legal 500 2015

Leslie Thomas QC is listed as a leading individual.

Administrative and Public Law

Chambers UK 2016

Four barristers are ranked for Administrative and Public Law: Stephanie Harrison QC, Stephen Knafler QC, Jan Luba QC and Shu Shin Luh.

Legal 500 2015 (Tier 4)

“Garden Court Chambers can call on a ‘range of very talented public law, civil liberties and immigration experts’ and is also noted for its strength in housing matters.”

Planning Law

Chambers UK 2016

Marc Willers QC is listed as a leading individual.

Legal 500 2015 (Tier 6)

“A set ‘which never provides less than impeccable service,’ Garden Court Chambers’ members are regularly involved in cases concerning nature conservation, low-impact development, climate change, and listed buildings.”

Community Care

Chambers UK 2016

Although the directory does not rank sets of chambers for community care work, three of our team are recommended: Stephen Knafler QC, Shu Shin Luh, and Felicity Williams.


Shu Shin Luh is ranked in both Chambers and Partners 2016 (Band 3) and in the Legal 500 2015 (Tier 5) for education.


Legal 500 2015

Nicola Braganza and David Renton are highlighted as leading individuals.

Family/Matrimonial Law

Chambers UK 2016

Two individuals are recommended for family and child law: Maggie Jones and Malek Wan Daud.

Legal 500 2015

Two members of our Family Team have been highlighted as leading individuals: Ian Peddie QC and Maggie Jones.