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Rajeev Thacker

  • Call: 1993
Rajeev Thacker
"He knows discrimination law inside out and gains client confidence very quickly. He is able to spot human rights angles and deal with them creatively."

Chambers UK, 2019

"Refined and precise. An effective advocate who appeals to the jury."

Legal 500, 2019


Rajeev has a wide-ranging practice, dealing in areas as diverse as immigration detention, criminal due process and inquests. He has a detailed knowledge of different areas of the law, something which is of particular value in cases spanning more than one field. At present, his practice has an emphasis on the following areas:

  • Public law
  • Claims against public authorities
  • Claimant-oriented work in the discrimination field
  • Inquests – Rajeev has particular expertise in inquests involving state failings towards victims of domestic abuse

Rajeev has a strong commitment to the pro bono movement and has carried out such work throughout his career. He is also well aware of the difficulties that are faced by claimants in obtaining funding for cases and is willing to consider conditional fee arrangements in appropriate cases.

As with many of his colleagues, Rajeev regularly carries out training work for external organisations and contributes to the internal training courses run by chambers. Rajeev is ranked in Band 2 in Chambers UK 2019 for Police Law (Claimant) and is also ranked in the Legal 500 2019 for Civil Liberties and Human Rights and Inquests and Inquiries.

“He knows discrimination law inside out and gains client confidence very quickly. He is able to spot human rights angles and deal with them creatively.”
Chambers UK 2019 (Police Law)

“Refined and precise. An effective advocate who appeals to the jury.”
Legal 500 2019 (Civil Liberties and Human Rights)

“He gives really reliable advice. He is a pleasure to work with and down-to-earth, as well as having an excellent knowledge of the law.”
Chambers UK 2018 (Police Law)

“A confident, effective advocate, who really appeals to a jury.”
Legal 500 2017 (Civil Liberties and Human Rights)

“He specialises in police cases involving discrimination and has good judgement.” “He brings a very intellectual but accessible approach and is easy to work with.” “He cares about clients, is really collaborative and courts and judges like him.”
Chambers UK 2017 (Police Law)

“Recommended for actions against the police.”
Legal 500 2016 (Civil Liberties and Human Rights)

“He is a thoughtful and sensitive lawyer who is committed to police law.”
Chambers UK 2016 (Police Law)

“He’s immensely likeable, really easy to work with and constructive in his approach.” “He is determined to utilise his knowledge to ensure that his clients get the right result.”
Chambers UK 2015 (Police Law)

“He has unparalleled knowledge of discrimination law in the field of police actions and can always be relied upon for thoughtful advice.” “He is good on his feet and when cross-examining officers. He identifies the issues and nips them in the bud before they become a problem.”
Chambers UK 2014 (Police Law)

“Committed, with a very good instinct for resolving knotty issues of law.”
Legal 500 2014 (Civil Liberties and Human Rights (including public inquiry law and actions against the police)

Rajeev is a Recorder of the Crown Court and was a part-time Employment Judge from 2005 to 2010.


Rajeev was previously a visiting lecturer in criminal law and public law at the University of Westminster. He joined Garden Court in 2001, having previously been a tenant at a multi-disciplinary set at 4 Brick Court. He is involved in Green politics, having previously stood as a candidate in local, national and European elections. He was Chair of the Board of Trustees of Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) from 2007 to 2015.


Rajeev is a contributor to the LAG book on ASBOs (2006), the LAG book on Mediation (2012) and McDonald on Immigration Law and Practice (2014).

Interesting Recent Cases

Inquest into the Death of Joseph Phuong, Royal Courts of Justice, October 2017

Inquest into the Death of Darren Neville, St Pancras Coroner’s Court, June 2015 (Police restraint)

Sylvester v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Central London County Court, March 2015 (Successful claim for damages arising out of police use of a taser)

Michael and Others v Chief Constable of the South Wales Police and Another [2015] UKSC 2, [2015] 2 WLR 343 (Liability of the police in negligence and under the Human Rights Act)

Inquest into the Death of Maria Stubbings, Essex Coroner’s Court, September-October 2014 (Police failure to investigate)