Pete Weatherby KC

Year of Call: 1992 | Year of Silk: 2012

"Always right up to date with the law and is especially good at making written legal arguments."

Chambers UK 2014

"Very good. He has always had a fantastic reputation."

Chambers UK 2014

"Very committed and a good lawyer. One of your first choices if you are looking for a prison law silk outside London."

Chambers UK 2014


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Ranked in Chambers UK 2023
Ranked in Chambers UK 2023

Pete Weatherby KC predominately practises in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Liverpool. He undertakes the full range of criminal defence work, as well as actions against the police and general prisoners' rights law. He is also a tenant of Garden Court North, Manchester.

Criminal Defence

Pete undertakes the full range of criminal defence work including murder, manslaughter, GBH, armed robbery, public order, drugs, theft and fraud. He is particularly interested in cases with a civil liberties dimension, or political, prison law or mental health aspects. He has an increasingly appellate practice and has appeared in a number of miscarriage cases in recent years.

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Prisoners’ Rights

High Court applications (judicial review and habeus corpus) regarding conditions, rules and release dates. Actions against the Home Office for assault and negligence. Representation at 'Discretionary Lifers panels', and the new style adjudications. Pete has appeared in the Court of Appeal, House of Lords and Court of Human Rights in respect to false imprisonment, Article 6 (adjudications), and Article 2 (prison death inquests) cases.

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Notable Cases & News

Garden Court Chambers revises policy on Stratford Magistrates' Court

23 May 2024

Garden Court Chambers statement on security searches at Stratford Magistrates' Court

8 May 2024

Garden Court Chambers and Garden Court North remember Ian Macdonald QC

Garden Court Chambers and Garden Court North were honoured to host a memorial event for Ian Macdonald QC 1939-2019 at Middle Temple Hall on Tuesday 7 February 2023.

17 February 2023

Garden Court secures top tier rankings in the Legal 500 2023

Garden Court Chambers is proud to be recognised as a Top Tier set again in the Legal 500.

30 September 2022

Members of the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team support escalating proposed CBA action to include days of action

17 June 2022

Stephanie Harrison QC, Chair and Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers, comments on the Nationality and Borders Bill receiving Royal Assent

29 April 2022

Garden Court Crime Team statement on no returns action

30 March 2022

Garden Court secures number one rankings in Chambers UK Bar Guide 2022

21 October 2021

Garden Court Chambers Crime Team shortlisted for Crime Set of the Year by Chambers Bar Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Garden Court Chambers Crime Team has been shortlisted by the Chambers Bar Awards 2021 for Crime Set of the Year.

27 August 2021

Pete Weatherby QC in landmark Supreme Court judgment on prisoners' right to rehabilitation

Supreme Court holds that all indeterminate sentence prisoners must be given chance to reform themselves.

11 December 2014

ECHR rules whole-life tariffs without review inhumane and degrading

In a landmark judgment which the UK government has already aired its "profound disagreement" with, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that whole-life prison sentences without review are inhuman and degrading. Pete Weatherby

10 July 2013

Garden Court Crime Team members defend EDL bomb plotters

Rajiv Menon QC, Pete Weatherby QC, Hossein Zahir, Terry Munyard and Anna Morris have acted to defend five of the six men accused of plotting to bomb a rally staged by the far right English Defence League.

11 June 2013

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