Marc Willers QC

Year of Call: 1987, 1992 (Ireland) | Year of Silk: 2014

"One of the best international silks in the market at the moment."

Legal 500 2019

"He's the first point of call for any Gypsy or Traveller planning matters - he's extremely knowledgeable and an exceptional advocate."

Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018

"It is quite simply an honour to instruct him, he is an encyclopaedia of planning law."

Legal 500 2017

"Marc Willers is superb at dealing with Traveller families; he has a breadth of knowledge and understands minutely the cultural issues that face this client group."

Chambers UK Bar Guide

"An exceptional barrister with great drafting and absolutely excellent advocacy skills." "He's a super specialist in his chosen field."

Chambers UK Bar Guide

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Marc Willers QC specialises in the following areas: planning and environmental law; public and administrative law; civil liberties, human rights and discrimination; and Gypsy, Traveller and Roma law. He is recommended in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019 and Legal 500 2019 in planning law and civil liberties.

Marc won the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award in 2011. He is a member of the Irish Bar, and a qualified mediator and a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's A-list Panel of Counsel. He is registered with the Bar Council for public access work and assists private clients in all the areas of his expertise.

On 30 May 2019, Marc was named Times Lawyer of the Week after an application by Bromley Council for an injunction prohibiting camping on 171 open spaces and car parks in the borough was refused by the High Court following a legal challenge by London Gypsies & Travellers (intervening) represented pro bono by Marc Willers QC and Tessa Buchanan. 

Administrative and Public Law

Overview

Marc has extensive experience and expertise in public and administrative law. 

Examples of his casework in this field include his representation of: the residents of the Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone when they challenged the Government’s decision to place a high velocity missile system on the roof of their tower block as part of the air defence plan for the 2012 Olympic Games; the young offender claimants who challenged the government’s decision to close Ashfield Young Offenders Institute; and the Irish Traveller residents of Dale Farm in their widely publicised judicial review of Basildon Council’s decision to evict them from their site. 

Marc also undertakes work concerning planning and environmental law, human rights and discrimination and the rights of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.

Notable Cases

Frackman v SSCLG and Cuadrilla (2018) EWCA Civ 9
This was an appeal against the decision of >Dove J - (2017) EWHC 808 (Admin) - in respect of a High Court planning challenge brought by Mr Frackman against the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to grant Cuadrilla planning permission for fracking operations at a site in Lancashire.

Mr Frackman argued that the Secretary of State erred because he had failed to consider the likely cumulative impacts of the proposed development by only taking into account carbon emissions from "exploration" and ignoring the indirect emissions from the production stage. He also argued that the Secretary of State had acted irrationally by failing to apply the precautionary principle when deciding to grant Cuadrilla planning permission, because the public health effects of fracking are unknown and so cannot be regulated. Dove J rejected both grounds and the Court of Appeal upheld his decision.

Knowles v Department for Work and Pensions (2013) EWHC 19 (Admin)
This was a judicial review challenge in which it was argued that the housing benefit regulations relating to the provision of housing benefit to those Gypsies and Travellers living on private sites were discriminatory and incompatible with Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. 

Harrow Community Support Limited v Secretary of State for Defence (2012) EWHC 1921 (Admin)
This was the highly publicised judicial review challenge of the decision to deploy a high velocity missile system on the roof of the Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone, London as part of the air defence plan for the 2012 Olympics.

R (Mary Michelle Sheridan and Others) v Basildon BC (2011) EWHC 2938 (Admin)
This was a judicial review challenge of the council's decision to take direct action to evict Irish Travellers from their plots on Dale Farm. The case received worldwide publicity and was heard at first instance by Ouseley J and Lord Justice Sullivan on appeal.

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Environmental Law

Overview

Marc's environmental law practice is extensive and includes work within the United Kingdom and abroad.

Marc is regularly instructed to advise on challenges to the grant of planning permission for development that has an impact on the environment. Notably, he recently represented Mr Frackman in both the High Court and Court of Appeal in his high-profile judicial review challenge of the decision of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to grant Cuadrilla planning permission for fracking at two sites in Lancashire.

Marc has also been instructed to advise on challenges to government environmental legislation and policy, including those relating to fracking and climate change.

Notable Cases

In the international arena, Marc has been instructed with two other members of Chambers to bring a multi state complaint before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of a number of Portuguese youth applicants who will argue that their rights protected by Articles 2, 8, 14 and Article 1 of Protocol 1 of the Convention are being violated because of the states' individual and collective failure to take appropriate steps to tackle climate change. This case has been mentioned in the Times (July 2019) - 'Climate change warriors turn to courts'. 

In addition Marc has been instructed to represent CAN-Europe in their application to intervene in the People’s Climate Case which is currently being considered by the General Court of the European Union. 

Marc has also recently been instructed with other members of Chambers to act on behalf of the Inhabitants of Barbuda in a case they wish to bring against the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

The people of Barbuda were evacuated to Antigua in the wake of hurricane Irma. However, the government has not yet restored essential facilities and amenities on Barbuda and the inhabitants have not yet been repatriated to their island. Further, the government has just passed legislation that affects the communal rights of ownership of the Barbudan people.

Marc and his colleagues are instructed to bring a constitutional and public law challenge in the Antiguan courts to the legislation and a claim to force the government to carry out the necessary work on the island and repatriate the inhabitants.

Other recent cases include:

Steer v Shepway DC and Westgarth [2018] EWHC 238 (Admin)
This was a successful judicial review challenge of a council's decision to grant planning permission for a holiday park in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Kent on grounds that it failed properly to explain its decision.

Frackman v SSCLG and Cuadrilla [2018] EWCA Civ 9
This was an appeal against the decision of Dove J - (2017) EWHC 808 (Admin) - in respect of a High Court planning challenge brought by Mr Frackman against the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to grant Cuadrilla planning permission for fracking operations at a site in Lancashire.

Mr Frackman argued that the Secretary of State erred because he had failed to consider the likely cumulative impacts of the proposed development by only taking into account carbon emissions from "exploration" and ignoring the indirect emissions from the production stage. He also argued the Secretary of State had acted irrationally by failing to apply the precautionary principle when deciding to grant Cuadrilla planning permission, because the public health effects of fracking are currently unknown and so cannot be regulated. The Judge rejected both grounds and the Court of Appeal upheld his decision.

Carolyn Brown v London Borough of Ealing and Queen's Park Rangers [2018] EWCA Civ 556
This appeal from Dove J - (2017) EWHC 467 (Admin) - was heard by the Court of Appeal in 2017. The appellant had judicial reviewed the Council's decision to grant Queen's Park Rangers planning permission to redevelop the 61-acre Warren Farm site in the Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) for mixed use as a training facility for the football team and community open space/sports facilities. The appeal concerned the meaning of the term "very special circumstances" but also had a very important environmental angle, namely the application of the London Plan's policies on the development of protected open spaces within the MOL.

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Planning Law

Overview

Marc has a wide experience and expertise in planning law and represents both developers and objectors in planning and enforcement appeals, statutory reviews and appeals, examinations in public and planning enforcement proceedings in both the civil and criminal courts.

Notable Cases

Steer v Shepway DC and Westgarth [2018] EWHC 238 (Admin)
A successful judicial review challenge of a council's decision to grant planning permission for a holiday park in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Kent on grounds that it failed properly to explain its decision.

Frackman v SSCLG and Cuadrilla [2018] EWCA Civ 9
This was an appeal against the decision of Dove J – (2017) EWHC 808 (Admin) – in respect of a High Court planning challenge brought by Mr Frackman against the decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to grant Cuadrilla planning permission for fracking operations at a site in Lancashire. 

Mr Frackman argued that the Secretary of State erred because he had failed to consider the likely cumulative impacts of the proposed development by only taking into account carbon emissions from "exploration" and ignoring the indirect emissions from the production stage. He also argued the Secretary of State had acted irrationally by failing to apply the precautionary principle when deciding to grant Cuadrilla planning permission, because the public health effects of fracking are currently unknown and so cannot be regulated. The Judge rejected both grounds and the Court of Appeal upheld his decision.

Carolyn Brown v London Borough of Ealing and Queen's Park Rangers [2018] EWCA Civ 556
This appeal from Dove J – [2017] EWHC 467 (Admin) – was heard by the Court of Appeal in 2017. The Appellant judicial reviewed the Council’s decision to grant Queen’s Park Rangers planning permission to redevelop the 61-acre Warren Farm site in the Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) for mixed use as a training facility for the football team and community open space/sports facilities. The appeal concerned the meaning of the term ‘very special circumstances’ but also had a very important environmental angle, namely the application of the London Plan’s policies on the development of protected open spaces within the MOL.

O'Brien v South Cambridgeshire DC and SSCLG [2016] EWHC 36 (Admin)
This was a claim of judicial review concerning the proper construction and application of the planning enforcement related power of a local authority under section 70C of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, and related transitional provisions. In a particularly detailed judgment, Lewis J considers the underlying statutory purpose of the power, and the question of proportionate enforcement action under Article 8 ECHR, within the context of alleged, delayed and abusive reliance by a planning authority upon an extant enforcement notice issued in 2005.

Stevens v SSCLG and Guildford BC [2013] EWHC 792 (Admin)
This was a statutory challenge brought in respect of a planning inspector's decision to refuse temporary planning permission for a Gypsy site. The claimant argued that the inspector had failed to take account of the best interests of the children in accordance with the principles laid down by Baroness Hale in the Supreme Court decision in ZH (Tanzania) v SSHD [2011] UKSC 4. The Judge accepted that the principles were relevant and gave guidance on their application in planning cases but concluded that on the facts that the Inspector had complied with those principles.

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Civil Liberties and Human Rights

Overview

Marc’s human rights practice is extensive. He is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s A list Panel of Counsel.

Marc takes instructions on human rights claims in cases before domestic and international courts. 

Marc is currently instructed by a number of Portuguese children to bring a complaint against all 47 member states of the Council of Europe on grounds that they have failed to comply with their climate change obligations and have thereby breached the complainants’ rights protected by articles 2, 8, 14 and article 1 of protocol 1 of the Convention.

Marc also speaks regularly at conferences and seminars in both the UK and abroad on human rights and discrimination and has been instructed by the Council of Europe and the EU to act as an expert on these topics on a number of occasions.

 

Notable Cases

Mulvenna and Smith v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (SSCLG) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) (2017) EWCA Civ 1850
These two judicial review claims followed Moore and Coates v SSCLG and EHRC [2015] EWHC 44 (Admin) in which Gilbart J found the Secretary of State had unlawfully discriminated against Romani Gypsies/Irish Travellers by recovering all Gypsy/Traveller caravan site planning appeals for his own determination in breach of the Equality Act 2010 and Articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The claimants argued that the Secretary of State's unlawful recovery of their appeals had a "domino effect", which rendered his own appeal decisions unlawful. The EHRC supported that argument but Cranston J rejected it and the Court of Appeal upheld his decision.

Traveller Movement v J D Wetherspoon PLC (2015) Central London County Court, 18th May 2015, HHJ Hand QC
In this landmark discrimination claim the court held that a pub that had refused entry to Irish Travellers and Romani Gypsies and their companions following an annual conference organised by the Traveller Movement had committed direct race discrimination because the pub landlord made stereotypical assumptions that Irish Travellers and Romany Gypsies were likely to cause disorder. The court also held that the Travellers' and Gypsies' companions also succeeded in their claims for associative direct discrimination.

Buckland v United Kingdom (2012) Application No 40060/08, 18th September
In this case the ECtHR found that the Article 8 rights of a Romani Gypsy had been violated in circumstances where she had not been given the opportunity to challenge the proportionality of a decision to seek possession of her rented pitch on an authorised site before an independent tribunal. The ECtHR awarded the applicant EUR 4000 and the Welsh Government subsequently amended the law to make it compatible with the ECHR.

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Romani Gypsy and Traveller Rights

Overview

Marc is well known for his representation of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers and has appeared in many leading cases relating to rights, including: the high-profile judicial review challenge of the decision taken by Basildon Borough Council to use its direct action powers to evict Irish Traveller families from their homes on Dale Farm; and the successful discrimination claim brought against the pub chain, JD Wetherspoon, by a registered charity called the Traveller Movement and a number of Gypsies and Travellers.

Marc is also on the Advisory Board of the European Roma Rights Centre and he is a Trustee of the registered charity, Friends Families and Travellers.

Notable Cases

Mulvenna and Smith v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (SSCLG) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) (2017) EWCA Civ 1850These two judicial review claims followed Moore and Coates v SSCLG and EHRC [2015] EWHC 44 (Admin) in which Gilbart J found the Secretary of State had unlawfully discriminated against Romani Gypsies/Irish Travellers by recovering all Gypsy/Traveller caravan site planning appeals for his own determination in breach of the Equality Act 2010 and Articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention). The claimants argued that the Secretary of State’s unlawful recovery of their appeals had a "domino effect", which rendered his own appeal decisions unlawful. The EHRC supported that argument but Cranston J rejected it and the Court of Appeal upheld his decision.

Traveller Movement v J D Wetherspoon PLC (2015) Central London County Court, 18th May 2015, HHJ Hand QC
In this landmark discrimination claim the Court held that a pub which had refused entry to Irish Travellers and Romani Gypsies and their companions following an annual conference organised by the Traveller Movement had committed direct race discrimination because the pub landlord made stereotypical assumptions that Irish Travellers and Romany Gypsies were likely to cause disorder. The Court also held that the Travellers' and Gypsies' companions also succeeded in their claims for associative direct discrimination.

Stevens v SSCLG and Guildford BC (2013) EWHC 792 (Admin)
This was a statutory challenge brought in respect of a planning inspector's decision to refuse temporary planning permission for a Gypsy site. The Claimant argued that the Inspector had failed to take account of the best interests of the children in accordance with the principles laid down by Baroness Hale in the Supreme Court decision in ZH (Tanzania) v SSHD [2011] UKSC 4. The Judge accepted that the principles were relevant and gave guidance on their application in planning cases but concluded that on the facts that the Inspector had complied with those principles.

Knowles v Department for Work and Pensions [2013] EWHC 19 (Admin)
This was a judicial review challenge in which it was argued that the housing benefit regulations relating to the provision of housing benefit to those Gypsies and Travellers living on private sites were discriminatory and incompatible with Article 14 of the Convention.

Buckland v United Kingdom [2012] Application No 40060/08, 18th September
In this case the ECtHR found that the Article 8 rights of a Romani Gypsy had been violated in circumstances where she had not been given the opportunity to challenge the proportionality of a decision to seek possession of her rented pitch on an authorised site before an independent tribunal. The ECtHR awarded the applicant EUR 4000 and the Welsh Government subsequently amended the law to make it compatible with the ECHR.

Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs v Meier and others [2009] UKSC 11
In this case concerning New Travellers, the Supreme Court held that a wide possession order granted to the Forestry Commission in respect of land which it owned and occupied and of which no-one was, at present, in unauthorised occupation, should be discharged and in so doing, the Supreme Court also overturned the Court of Appeal's earlier decision in the case of Drury v Secretary of State for the Environment [2004] EWCA Civ 200.

R (Lisa Smith) v London Development Agency and SSTI [2007] EWHC 1013 Admin
This was a judicial review challenge brought by Romani Gypsy to the Compulsory Purchase Order of land used as a Gypsy site for the purposes of the Olympics.

R (Clarke) v Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions [2002] EWCA Civ 819 and [2002] JPL 1365
This was a successful statutory challenge by a Romani Gypsy to a planning appeal decision in which it was established that the offer of bricks and mortar accommodation to a Gypsy with a cultural aversion to bricks and mortar could constitute a breach of Article 8 of the Convention.

Coster v UK [2001] 33 EHRR 20
This was one of five complaints brought before the European Court of Human Rights by Gypsies and Travellers who claimed that enforcement action taken against them had breached their rights protected by articles 8 and article 1 of protocol 1 of ECHR. The seminal lead judgment can be found in the judgment in the case of Chapman v UK (2001) 33 EHRR 18.

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Discrimination

Overview

Marc’s discrimination practice is extensive. He is a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s A list Panel of Counsel.

Marc takes instructions on discrimination claims before both domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights.

Marc also speaks regularly at conferences and seminars in both the UK and abroad on discrimination and has been instructed by the Council of Europe and the EU to act as an expert on these topics on a number of occasions.

 

Notable Cases

Mulvenna and Smith v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (SSCLG) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) (2017) EWCA Civ 1850These two judicial review claims followed Moore and Coates v SSCLG and EHRC [2015] EWHC 44 (Admin) in which Gilbart J found the Secretary of State had unlawfully discriminated against Romani Gypsies/Irish Travellers by recovering all Gypsy/Traveller caravan site planning appeals for his own determination in breach of the Equality Act 2010 and Articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention). The claimants argued that the Secretary of State’s unlawful recovery of their appeals had a "domino effect", which rendered his own appeal decisions unlawful. The EHRC supported that argument but Cranston J rejected it and the Court of Appeal upheld his decision.

Traveller Movement v J D Wetherspoon PLC (2015) Central London County Court, 18th May 2015, HHJ Hand QC  
In this landmark discrimination claim the court held that a pub that had refused entry to Irish Travellers and Romani Gypsies and their companions following an annual conference organised by the Traveller Movement had committed direct race discrimination because the pub landlord made stereotypical assumptions that Irish Travellers and Romany Gypsies were likely to cause disorder. The court also held that the Travellers’ and Gypsies’ companions also succeeded in their claims for associative direct discrimination.

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Further notable cases

More of Marc's notable cases can be found here.

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Publications

Marc is the co-editor and co-author of a book entitled Gypsy and Traveller Law which was first published by the Legal Action Group and the Commission for Racial Equality in 2004 (the second edition was published in 2007 and the third edition is pending publication).

Marc is also the editor of the Council of Europe's handbook for lawyers defending Roma and Travellers entitled Ensuring access to rights for Roma and Travellers - The role of the European Court of Human Rights (2014) and he is a regular contributor to the Legal Action Group magazine and other legal publications.

Training and Seminars

Over the past 15 years Marc has undertaken a considerable number of international speaking engagements relating to human rights and civil justice abroad, including:

  • The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and its relevance for the protection of refugees and asylum seekers at an event organised by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Moscow.
  • The application of the ECHR in Armenia at an event organised by Interights and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee for Lawyers.
  • A human rights course in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, for the Council of Europe.
  • A course held in Tbilisi, Georgia, on religious and other forms of discrimination prohibited by the ECHR.
  • Roma Rights and the ECHR, on behalf of the Council of Europe at a conference organised by the Greek Ombudsman in Athens.
  • Delivering the keynote speech at a conference on protecting the freedom of movement and human rights of Roma in Vienna organised by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.
  • Presentations on Roma rights and European discrimination law in Budapest, Bucharest and Sofia.
  • Speaking at a seminar on Gypsy Justice on behalf of the Council of Europe at the American Bar Association conference, Dublin.

Marc has also undertaken a significant amount of training and advisory work on behalf of the Council of Europe and the European Union, including:

  • "Support for Access to Justice in Armenia", specifically the development of a School for Advocates in Armenia.
  • Advising on reform of the Russian civil appeals procedure, legal aid and access to justice training in Pyatigorsk, Russia, for Chechen lawyers.
  • Advising on the Council of Europe's Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) e-learning programme and the creation of a website educational tool on anti-discrimination.
  • Expert advice and presentations on civil appeals procedure in an EU project to improve civil justice in Russia.
  • Expert advice and presentations on civil appeals procedure in an EU project to improve civil justice in the Ukraine.

Latest News

Discrimination facing Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in the UK today

Marc Willers QC and Tim Baldwin, Garden Court Chambers, set out an overview of the discrimination and socio-economic disadvantages experienced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in the UK which, despite equality legislation and legal protection for their tra

4 July 2019

Marc Willers QC named Times Lawyer of the Week

We're delighted to announce that Marc has been named Times Lawyer of the Week

31 May 2019

High Court rules against local authority encampment ban

London Gypsies and Travellers were the interveners, represented pro bono by Marc Willers QC and Tessa Buchanan, both of Garden Court.

17 May 2019

High Court rules that Mineral Planning Authorities are not bound by statutory definition of fracking and can apply their own wider definitions

Marc Willers QC represented Councillor Paul Andrews, Mayor of Malton, North Yorkshire. He led his colleague Tim Baldwin, and was instructed by Ricardo Gama of Town Legal LLP.

6 November 2018

Garden Court's Marc Willers QC and David Neale respond to questions posed by APPG on the Impact of Shale Gas

The evidence, delivered today, was drafted by Marc Willers QC and David Neale.

23 October 2018

All we need are sites

By Chris Johnson of CLP and Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers

20 September 2018

CAN Europe is intervening in the People’s Climate Case

Marc Willers QC of the Garden Court Chambers Environmental and Planning Law Team is the leading barrister representing CAN Europe. Garden Court's Richard Reynolds, Paul Clark and Julia Lowis worked with Marc on the application to intervene. 

20 September 2018

Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal to hear new arguments in Barbudans’ legal action against “unlawful” development of international airport

Leslie Thomas QC, Marc Willers QC, Thalia Maragh and Tihomir Mak are instructed in this case. 

11 September 2018

The Mayor of Malton takes legal action against planned government changes to how fracking applications are handled

Marc Willers QC has been instructed to represent Paul Andrews, the Mayor of Malton in North Yorkshire, in the legal challenge.

23 August 2018

Work on Barbuda international airport halted by interim injunction

Leslie Thomas QC, Marc Willers QC, Thalia Maragh and Tihomir Mak of Garden Court Chambers are instructed on this case.

3 August 2018

Barbudans take legal action against Government of Antigua and Barbuda for unlawful development of an international airport

Legal action seeks injunction to immediately halt development; reveals government continued construction despite knowledge of major ecological, archaeological risks and damage to island

2 August 2018

Barbudans call on Commonwealth leaders to address human rights injustices, failing democracy in wake of Hurricane Irma

Leslie Thomas QC, Marc Willers QC, Thalia Maragh and Tihomir Mak are representing Barbudans in this case.

17 April 2018

'We believe areas of community open space in London need to be protected from development'

Marc Willers QC and Justine Compton were instructed by Richard Buxton Environmental and Public Law for the appellant. 

27 March 2018

High Court quashes decision to grant planning permission for a holiday park in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The claimant was represented by Marc Willers QC and Richard Reynolds of Garden Court Chambers’ Environmental Team.

16 February 2018

Anti-fracking campaigner pursues Supreme Court challenge in bid to overturn Government decision to approve fracking in Lancashire

Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers is seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.

12 January 2018

Barbudans file injunction to expose unlawful introduction of land act changes

Leslie Thomas QC, Marc Willers QC, Thalia Maragh and Tihomir Mak are acting for the group of Barbudans.

20 December 2017

Marc Willers QC appointed as trustee of the European Roma Rights Centre

The ERRC work to combat anti-Romani racism and protect human rights of Roma through strategic litigation, research, policy development, advocacy and education.

5 December 2017

Appeal to Save Warren Farm as open space for the Community

Marc Willers QC and Justine Compton are appealing the ruling to the Court of Appeal in December.

27 November 2017

Children affected by climate change are crowdfunding to sue European governments

The Global Legal Action Network is preparing to bring a case to the ECHR to sue 47 European governments for inaction.

27 September 2017

Anti-fracking campaigner takes challenge to Court of Appeal seeking to overturn Government decision to approve fracking in Lancashire

Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers is representing environmental campaigner, Gayzer Frackman

29 August 2017

The Garden Court Chambers Housing Team respond to the consultation of Terms of Reference of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has called for responses to the consultation of Terms of Reference.

3 August 2017

Anti-fracking campaigner launches Court of Appeal challenge against Government decision to approve fracking in Lancashire

Marc Willers QC, Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers, is representing the appellant.

8 May 2017

Campaigner loses High Court planning challenge against fracking in Lancashire

Mr Gayzer Frackman was represented by Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers.

12 April 2017

The public trust doctrine’s role in post-Brexit Britain

Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers and Emily Shirley of Our Children's Trust write for UKELA.

31 March 2017

Marc Willers QC represents campaigners in High Court challenge against Lancashire fracking plans

Environmental and planning law barrister, Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers represents local campaigner, Gayzer Frackman.

21 March 2017

Leslie Thomas QC, Judy Khan QC and Marc Willers QC elected as Joint Heads of Chambers

Garden Court is delighted to announce that Leslie Thomas QC, Judy Khan QC and Marc Willers QC have been elected as Joint Heads of Chambers.

31 January 2017

High Court challenge launched over Lancashire fracking site on climate change grounds

Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers is representing the claimant, anti-fracking campaigner Gayzer Frackman, in the High Court challenge.

18 January 2017

High Court dismisses Doncaster MBC’s challenge to a Gypsy site in the Green Belt

Marc Willers QC and Justine Compton of Garden Court Chambers represented AB.

21 December 2016

High Court success in fight to save Ealing public land from QPR scheme

Marc Willers QC of Garden Court Chambers is acting on behalf of the Save Warren Farm campaigners.

22 November 2016

Garden Court and Stephanie Harrison QC shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law awards

Garden Court has been shortlisted at the Chambers Bar Awards, whilst Stephanie and our Public Law Team are shortlisted at the Legal 500 Awards.

21 October 2016

New handbook for lawyers defending Roma and Travellers by Marc Willers QC

Marc Willers QC is Joint Head of Chambers and a member of Garden Court Chambers’ Romani Gypsy and Traveller Rights Team.

17 February 2016

Marc Willers QC appointed Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers

Marc Willers QC joins Henry Blaxland QC and Dr Kathryn Cronin as Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers.

12 February 2016

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