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Luke McLean

Year of Call: 2017

“Luke did an excellent job at drafting the representations which resulted in this case being discontinued. It isn’t very often that you find barristers as passionate as Luke and willing to go the extra mile for our clients."

Kamal Channa, Solicitor, 2020

“A massive thank you to Luke who represented two of our client’s pro-bono this morning. Combined they had been detained more than 13 months through a pandemic. Two bail grants”

Bail for Immigration Detainees, 2020

“Luke is an asset to your team, his positive can-do attitude and polite demeanour put us at ease instantly, Luke was open and transparent on his thoughts on the case and gave clear direction. Luke was happy to discuss the case and go through the evidence at length meaning we were able to find the direct contradictions and faults in the prosecution’s case.”

Client, 2020

“It’s refreshing to work with energetic and enthusiastic Counsel. It really makes a difference with clients and makes my life much easier! I hope that we can continue to work with Luke and look forward to many more court hearings”

Conor Johnstone, M.A.J. Law, 2020


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Luke joined Garden Court in January 2021 after successfully completing pupillage. He accepts instructions in all areas of family law.

Family Law

Luke is building a family law practice representing clients in public and private law matters. Before commencing pupillage, Luke worked for a local authority, working on the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. In addition to thorough cross-examination, Luke’s experience in criminal and public law allows him to give practical advice and solutions in complex cases. Luke is well-regarded by solicitors and lay-clients for his down to earth approach.

Private children’s law
Luke has experience dealing with a range of private law matters including matters involving child arrangement’s order’s prohibited steps orders and specific issue orders. He represents individuals at First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointments, Direction Appointments, Fact-Finding Hearings and Final Hearings. Luke has substantial experience dealing with matters involving allegations of domestic abuse and alcohol misuse.

Private family law
In addition to private law children matter’s Luke has experience dealing with private law family matters involving non-molestation order’s, occupation orders and transfer of tenancy. Luke has been involved with various fact-finding and final hearings under the Family Law Act 1996.

Financial Remedy
Luke has represented clients in proceedings under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and is developing a practice in financial remedy cases. He has represented individuals at first direction’s appointment in relation to financial remedy proceedings. Luke has also successfully represented clients in relation to parties seeking periodic payments for child maintenance and lump-sum payments under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.

Public law
Luke has some experience dealing with public law matter’s acting for both the Parent and Local Authorities. His experience ranges from dealing with hearings in relation to Emergency Protection Order’s, Interim Care Order’s, and Final Hearings. Luke has also acted for a Local Authority in obtaining a last-minute recovery order in the High Court.

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Inquests and Inquiries

Luke welcomes instructions in inquests and inquiries work. Before coming to chambers, Luke worked for a local authority on the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse carrying out a variety of tasks, including dealing with subject access requests and reviewing historical files.

Luke most recently worked on the Grenfell tower inquiry, carrying out tasks in preparation for the phase 1 hearings.

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Administrative and Public Law

Luke’s first-six pupillage was mainly in public law. Luke observed and assisted on various types of immigration public law cases particularly relating to trafficking decisions and trafficking support. Luke also assisted on public law cases relating to community care under the Care Act 2014. 

Having observed various cases relating to community care, support for vulnerable adults and carers under the Care Act 2014, and support for looked after children and care leavers under the Children Act 1989, Luke is keen to build a practice in this area.

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Court of Protection

Luke is building a practice in court of protection work, particularly in relation to best interests determinations, mental capacity issues and lasting power of attorneys.

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Prior to commencing the BPTC, Luke was very involved in his local community, helping members secure access to justice by informing them of their legal rights and ensuring they obtained legal representation.

After successfully completing the BPTC, Luke then went on to work on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse for Lambeth Council.

Before commencing pupillage, he worked for the independent Grenfell Tower Inquiry team assisting with preparation for the phase 1 hearings.

He prides himself on being adaptable to working with both professionals and members of disadvantaged communities who often have real distrust in the legal system.


BPTC, City Law School
LLB (Hons), City Law School

Professional Membership

Family Law Bar Association
Accredited Mediator (The Society of Mediators)
Gray’s Inn

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