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Civil liberties and human rights

Garden Court is recognised as one of the leading chambers in the UK specialising in civil liberties and human rights. We are highly ranked in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for our expertise in this area of law and have a large number of individual barrister rankings.

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’.

Our Civil Liberties and Human Rights practice is made up of the following core areas:

We have a proud history of winning contested cases on behalf of claimants in domestic, pan-European and international courts. Our cases have advanced the law and we have overturned great injustices in landmark, often controversial decisions, including the Hillsborough inquests, the suspension of the Detained Fast Track for asylum-seekers and the Supreme Court case on anonymity for detained mental health patients.

Garden Court Chambers won the Human Rights and Public Law Set of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards 2016.

To find out more about how we can help, visit the pages above or contact Phil Bampfylde, Senior Civil Clerk on 020 7993 7640 or or Emma Manning, Civil Practice Manager on 020 7993 7642 or

Our commitment to civil liberties and human rights

Garden Court’s strength lies in our inter-disciplinary expertise. As the largest chambers in London with over 180 barristers, we can offer an unrivalled breadth and depth of related expertise from our core civil liberties practice areas: claims against the police and public authorities, inquests and inquiries, prison law and immigration detention civil claims.

Our civil liberties and human rights barristers have long worked with campaigning and other organisations such as INQUEST, Liberty, JUSTICE, Just for Kids Law, and the British Institute of Human Rights.

A number of barristers are approved counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Our team includes those who have been shortlisted and won awards such as the Liberty Human Rights Award and the Chambers & Partners Civil Liberties award.

In addition, every member of chambers contributes to a ‘Special Fund’, which provides financial support for smaller organisations to carry out legal, campaigning or charitable work in defence of civil liberties, human rights and social justice.

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