Special Fund

Garden Court’s Special Fund has donated almost £2.5 million to small legal, campaigning or charitable organisations undertaking work in defence of civil liberties or access to social justice.

Every member of chambers contributes financially to the Special Fund.

Most of the organisations we support improve access to justice for disadvantaged, marginalised or vulnerable members of society.

We offer special discounted rates for charities and NGOs that wish to rent our meeting rooms.

Long-term Funding

We currently provide long-term funding to 20 organisations. Each beneficiary receives £16,000 over a four year period (£4,000 per year).

The current beneficiaries of the long-term funding are:

Short-term Funding

We also make a number of one-off donations every year of up to £3,000. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications for more than £3,000.

Recent beneficiaries of short-term funding include:

  • Amicus
  • Asylos
  • Corporate Watch
  • Criminal Bar Association bursary scheme
  • Death Penalty Project
  • Detention Action
  • Ella’s
  • Fair Trials
  • Family Rights Group
  • Friends of the Earth
  • Garden Court’s 'Access to the Bar for All' mentoring scheme
  • Hear Me Out
  • Migrants Organise
  • Rainbow Migration
  • Rene Cassin
  • Reprieve
  • Stephen Knafler QC scholarship
  • Zacchaeus 2000 Trust


If you want to apply for funding or require further information about the Special Fund, please email Rajiv Menon KC (rajivm@gclaw.co.uk), Convenor of Garden Court Chambers Special Fund Committee, or telephone him on 020 7993 7803.

If you are applying for short-term funding, you can apply at any time. The next deadline for long-term funding will be 5th January 2026. 

In your application for funding, please tell us about your organisation, set out in detail on what the money will be spent and enclose your most recent Annual Report or statement of accounts.


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