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Top Ranked Chambers UK Bar 2019
The Legal 500 Top Tier Set 2019
Human Rights and Public Law Set of the Year Winner 2016 UK Bar Awards

We help our clients pursue public law challenges against all public authorities including government departments, courts and tribunals, coroners, the police, housing authorities, schools and prisons.

Areas of Expertise

  • Challenges to government policy and secondary legislation
  • Constitutional challenges to all the key departments of state
  • Challenging cuts to public services
  • Access to justice
  • Deaths for which the state could be responsible
  • Public inquiries
  • Human rights and international humanitarian law
  • False imprisonment, administrative detention and prisoners’ rights
  • National security and counter-terror measures
  • Social welfare and health
  • Criminal justice
  • Discrimination
  • Trafficking and modern slavery
  • Environmental and planning

Our public law barristers specialise in bringing challenges that defend the rights of individuals and have a wider lasting and beneficial impact for society and affected groups.

Public law challenges arise in nearly all of Chambers’ specialist areas. Our core strength is the multi-disciplinary expertise we can offer at all levels of seniority. We pursue bold and innovative points of law to secure the best possible outcome for our clients.

Our public law barristers write leading texts on judicial review and regularly train others on how to pursue judicial reviews. We are always happy to discuss creative ways in which we can work with you and add value to your work. 

Garden Court Chambers won the Human Rights and Public Law Set of the Year Award at the Chambers Bar Awards 2016 and was shortlisted for Public Law Set of the Year at the Legal 500 Awards 2017.

Latest News

Reported case: High Court orders release of vulnerable immigration detainee

Claimant represented by Taimour Lay of Garden Court Chambers instructed by Bahar Ata of Duncan Lewis Solicitors. David Jones of Garden Court Chambers is instructed in the ongoing unlawful detention claim.

21 August 2020

Lord Chancellor accepts unlawfulness of new Legal Aid scheme for immigration and asylum appeals

Sonali Naik QC and Ali Bandegani of the Garden Court Chambers Immigration and Public Law Teams represented the claimants in two separate claims.

12 August 2020

Court of Appeal allows appeal against deportation order approved by Upper Tribunal on grounds of identifying procedural unfairness in decision making and findings of fact

David Jones and Tim Baldwin of the Garden Court Chambers Immigration and Public Law Teams appeared for the Appellant instructed by Rachel Meates of Irving and Co Solicitors.

10 July 2020

Doctors File Legal Challenge to PPE Guidance

Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers leading Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers represent Dr Viz and Dr Joshi, instructed by Jamie Potter of Bindmans LLP.

10 June 2020

Doctors to file legal challenge to PPE guidance

Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers and Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers represent Dr Viz and Dr Joshi, instructed by Jamie Potter and Basmah Sahib of Bindmans LLP.

22 May 2020

Miranda Butler shortlisted for Legal Aid Newcomer of the Year at LALY Awards 2020

22 May 2020

High Court rules Home Office 'No recourse to public funds’ policy for migrants en route to settlement is unlawful

Amanda Weston QC of Garden Court Chambers instructed by the intervenor, Project 17.

7 May 2020

High Court legal challenge to No Recourse to Public Funds policy

Amanda Weston QC of Garden Court Chambers leading Bijan Hoshi and Ollie Persey of the Public Law Project instructed by Project 17.

6 May 2020

Legal challenge against UK government’s guidance about personal protective equipment in hospitals

Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers and Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Barristers represent Dr Viz and Dr Joshi, instructed by Jamie Potter and Basmah Sahib of Bindmans LLP.

23 April 2020

Briefing on the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020

By Louise Hooper of the Garden Court Chambers Civil Liberties Team.

27 March 2020

Landmark Supreme Court judgment on state obligations under Article 4 ECHR to identify & protect victims of trafficking

Shu Shin Luh of Garden Court Chambers acted for the Intervener, the Aire Centre. Ronan Toal, Kathryn Cronin and Bryony Poynor of Garden Court Chambers acted for the appellant instructed by ATLEU in the Court of Appeal and Immigration Tribunals.

18 March 2020

Stephen Simblet and Allison Munroe of Garden Court Chambers appointed Queen’s Counsel today

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Stephen Simblet and Allison Munroe of Garden Court Chambers have been formally appointed Queen’s Counsel today.

16 March 2020

Nick Bano joins Garden Court Chambers as a new tenant

Nick specialises in representing homeless people, residential occupiers, and destitute & migrant households in both public law and private law disputes.

12 March 2020

High Court declares £1,012 fee charged by the Home Office to children applying for British citizenship is unlawful

The claim was brought by Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) and two children who had been affected by the level of the fee. Miranda Butler of Garden Court appeared for PRCBC, led by Richard Drabble QC of Landmark Chamber

19 December 2019

Home office admits unlawful detention of mentally ill man

Stephanie Harrison QC, Shu Shin Luh and Anthony Vaughan of the Garden Court Chambers Public Law and Immigration Teams instructed.

5 December 2019

Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Civil Liberties & Human Rights Silk of the Year at Legal 500 UK Awards 2020

We are delighted to announce that Stephanie Harrison QC has been shortlisted for Civil Liberties and Human Rights Silk of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2020.

29 November 2019

Supreme Court holds that Dublin III Detention between January 2014 and March 2017 was unlawful

Irena Sabic of Garden Court was instructed by Bahar Ata of Duncan Lewis; Greg Ó Ceallaigh of Garden Court was instructed by Krisha Prathepan of Duncan Lewis and Raza Halim of Garden Court was instructed by Kaweh Beheshtizadeh of Fadiga and Co.

27 November 2019

Test case on the detention of trafficking victims settles leaving meaning of “public order” unclear

Louise Hooper and Anthony Vaughan of Garden Court were instructed by Ahmed Aydeed and Sumbul Philips of Duncan Lewis (Birmingham).

25 November 2019

Home Office concedes unlawful imposition of study restriction as a bail condition on individuals who are ‘appeals rights exhausted’

The two claimants were represented by Shu Shin Luh and Grace Capel of Garden Court’s Public Law and Immigration Teams, instructed by Hannah Baynes, Helen Baron and Joud Soeb of Duncan Lewis’ Public Law Team.

21 November 2019

Garden Court barristers join the JUSTICE Working Party on Racial Disparity in Youth Justice

Maya Sikand, Kate-Aubrey Johnson and Danielle Manson of Garden Court have been appointed to the JUSTICE Working Party, 'Racial Disparity in Youth Justice'

20 November 2019

High Court declares trafficking policy unlawful for preventing effective access to victims to be correctly identified in breach of UK’s trafficking obligations

Shu Shin Luh of Garden Court Chambers’ Public Law Team, was instructed by Frances Lipman of Deighton Pierce Glynn Solicitors for the Claimant.

15 November 2019

Home Secretary announces investigation into Brook House immigration removal centre will be converted into Public Inquiry

MA is represented by Stephanie Harrison QC of Garden Court Chambers and Alex Goodman of Landmark Chambers, instructed by Lewis Kett and Nicholas Hughes of Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ Public Law team.

8 November 2019

Shu Shin Luh wins Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year 2019

We are delighted to announce that Shu Shin Luh of Garden Court Chambers has won the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2019 in recognition of her outstanding commitment to pro bono work over the last year.

7 November 2019

Home Secretary withdraws appeal in child’s citizenship challenge

Amanda Weston QC of Garden Court Chambers, leading Alex Burrett of 1 Pump Court Chambers and instructed by Hina Kargar of Law Lane Solicitors, represented the child ‘K’.

6 November 2019

Garden Court Chambers wins the ECPAT Children's Champion Award 2019

The award is made in recognition of Garden Court's tireless work advocating for the rights of trafficked children and developing the law to protect child victims for over a decade.

25 October 2019

Garden Court Chambers ranked in Band 1 in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020

We are delighted to have once again been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2020.

17 October 2019

Judicial review challenge on health inequalities caused by NHS Charging Scheme for migrant women and their children

Shu Shin Luh and Laura Profumo of the Garden Court Chambers Public Law Team are instructed by Janet Farrell, Partner at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors on behalf of Maternity Action.

15 October 2019

HMRC defeated at European Court of Justice on rights for pregnant self-employed EU Citizens

Adrian Berry and Desmond Rutledge of Garden Court Chambers represented Ms Dakneviciute, instructed by the Welfare Rights Service of the City of Wolverhampton Council.

19 September 2019

Judy Khan QC shortlisted for Crime Silk of the Year and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law Silk of the Year by Chambers Bar Awards 2019

Winners of the awards will be announced at a ceremony on 31 October 2019 at the Hilton on Park Lane.

6 September 2019

Judicial review challenges refusal of discretionary leave to remain to a victim of trafficking

Maha Sardar of Garden Court represented the applicant in the Upper Tribunal where permission was granted to judicially review the Home Office decision. She was instructed by Duncan Lewis.

2 August 2019

Garden Court Chambers welcomes new tenant Camila Zapata Besso

We are delighted to announce that Camila Zapata Besso has joined Garden Court Chambers as a tenant.

1 August 2019

Joanne Cecil wins Legal Aid Barrister of the Year and Una Morris wins Legal Aid Newcomer of the Year at 2019 LALY Awards

Garden Court Chambers is delighted to announce that two of our barristers won awards at the seventeenth annual Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

11 July 2019

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Notable Cases


We are known for ground-breaking and successful challenges to government policy in test cases of constitutional importance.

Our barristers regularly appear in the European Court of Human Rights, European Court of Justice, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court and the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber).

Our team also fights for clients in judicial reviews that may not hit the headlines, but are nonetheless vital for protecting the rights of vulnerable individuals.

Recent high-profile cases include:

R (K and Anor) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 2951(Admin)
High Court strikes down Home Office decision to cut support for victims of trafficking and modern slavery in a claim successfully challenging the policy decision of the Home Office. Reported in the Guardian and Independent

R (DS and Ors) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions UKSC 2018/0074
Challenge to revised benefit cap as unlawfully discriminating against lone parents with children under two. Supreme Court Judgment pending. See Rights Info.

Hussein v Secretary of State for the Home Department & Anor [2018] EWHC 2013 (Admin)
Permission granted to seek public inquiry into systematic abuse at Brook House immigration removal centre. Reported in the Guardian in February and May 2018.

R (PRCBC) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, CO/2663/2018
High profile challenge concerning the excessive fee charged by the Home Office to children who wish to register for British citizenship. Reported in the Guardian

R (Against Borders for Children) v Secretary of State for Education, CO/8/2018, C1/2018/0763
School census data collection is breach of EU and domestic data protection principles. Further to the litigation, the Education Secretary decided in May 2018 to cease collection of such data in future school census. Reported in the Independent

R( Andrews) v SSBEI and SSHCLG, CO/3256/2018
High Court rules that Mineral Planning Authorities are not bound by statutory definition of fracking and can apply their own wider definitions

R (Medical Justice) v SSHD [2017] CO/5386/2016
High Court rules government redefinition of torture in immigration detention policy is unlawful. Wide reaching findings for hundreds of victims of torture found to have been wrongly detained in immigration detention centres. Reported in the Guardian

R (ota) CL v Greater Manchester Police [2018] CO/3515/2016 & CO/1076/2018
Boy wins right to judicial review in challenge to have details of 'sexting' incident erased by police. Reported in the Guardian.

R (oao Slade & Baxter) v HM Attorney General and the DPP (C1/2018/1351)
Successful test case to challenge the refusal by the Attorney General to conduct independent inquiry of high-profile criminal case. Reported by the BBC.

R(C) v Secretary of State for Justice [2016] UKSC 2
The Claimant successfully challenged a decision by the Home Secretary to refuse him unescorted leave in the community and maintained an order of anonymity to protect his identity. Widely reported, including by the BBC

R (Kiarie; Byndloss) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42; [2017] WLR 2380
Landmark Supreme Court ruling on access to effective remedy for out of country appeals.

R (Joanna Dennehy) v SSJ and Governor of HMP Bronzefield  [2016] EWHC 1219 (Admin)
Successful challenge to the legality of regulations and policies on prolonged segregation of vulnerable prisoners. 

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What others say

"Garden Court Chambers is very well respected for its work in public law on behalf of claimants seeking to challenge the decisions of central government and local authorities. Its members are highly accomplished in pursuing actions in the context of immigration, national security and social housing."

Chambers UK Bar Guide



Our barristers have contributed to or co-authored many of the leading texts on public law, immigration, housing and criminal justice:

  • Judicial Review: A Practical Guide, 3rd edition 2017 – Amanda Weston QC
  • Judicial Review: A Practical Guide, 2nd edition 2012 – Amanda Weston QC
  • Judicial Review: Law & Practice, 1st edition, 2012 – Amanda Weston QC
  • Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Law and Practice, 1st edition 2018 - Michelle Brewer and contributions from other members of the public law team
  • Archbold Criminal Pleading Evidence & Practice – Maya Sikand, Contributing Editor 2015 to date
  • Blackstone’s Guide to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, OUP, 2009 – Maya Sikand
  • Blackstone’s Criminal Practice, OUP – Maya Sikand, Contributing Editor 2009 – 2014
  • Housing Allocation and Homelessness, Jordans, 4th edition, 2016 – Liz Davies
  • Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice – all editions have included contributions from many members of the public law team
  • Butterworths’ Immigration Law Service – Greg Ó Ceallaigh


Associate member expertise

We have strong academic links and boast a number of Associate Members with particular expertise in areas such as discrimination law, race and policing in the EU, gender, equality, sexuality, human rights approaches to legal gender recognition, environmental law and planning law. 


The Team

Stephanie Harrison QC

Year of Call: 1991

Year of Silk: 2013

Marc Willers QC

Year of Call: 1987

Year of Silk: 2014

Leslie Thomas QC

Year of Call: 1988

Year of Silk: 2014

Sonali Naik QC

Year of Call: 1991

Year of Silk: 2018

Amanda Weston QC

Year of Call: 1995

Year of Silk: 2018

Stephen Simblet QC

Year of Call: 1991

Year of Silk: 2020

Kathryn Cronin

Year of Call: 1980

Nicola Braganza

Year of Call: 1992

Liz Davies

Year of Call: 1994

David Jones

Year of Call: 1994

Louise Hooper

Year of Call: 1997

Maya Sikand

Year of Call: 1997

Adrian Berry

Year of Call: 1998

Gordon Lee

Year of Call: 1998

Ronan Toal

Year of Call: 1999

Felicity Williams

Year of Call: 2000

Tim Baldwin

Year of Call: 2001

Irena Sabic

Year of Call: 2002

Mark Symes

Year of Call: 2004

Joanne Cecil

Year of Call: 2005

Justine Compton

Year of Call: 2005

Sarah Hemingway

Year of Call: 2006

Shu Shin Luh

Year of Call: 2006

Greg Ó Ceallaigh

Year of Call: 2006

Anthony Vaughan

Year of Call: 2006

Kirsten Heaven

Year of Call: 2007

Richard Reynolds

Year of Call: 2007

Helen Foot

Year of Call: 2008

Gemma Loughran

Year of Call: 2008

Raza Halim

Year of Call: 2009

Paul Clark

Year of Call: 2010

Owen Greenhall

Year of Call: 2010

Connor Johnston

Year of Call: 2010

Gráinne Mellon

Year of Call: 2010

Emma Fitzsimons

Year of Call: 2011

Bijan Hoshi

Year of Call: 2011

Ifeanyi Odogwu

Year of Call: 2011

Tessa Buchanan

Year of Call: 2012

Una Morris

Year of Call: 2012

Susan Wright

Year of Call: 2013

Stephen Clark

Year of Call: 2013

Miranda Butler

Year of Call: 2013

Nick Bano

Year of Call: 2013

Ubah Dirie

Year of Call: 2014

Laura Profumo

Year of Call: 2016

Franck Magennis

Year of Call: 2016

Camila Zapata Besso

Year of Call: 2016

Ella Gunn

Year of Call: 2018

Associate Members

Anna Morris

Year of Call: 2006

Adrienne Copithorne

Year of Call: 2018

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