News & views

Beware drafters of threshold documents

18 September 2018

Lessons can be learnt from two recent cases regarding the phrasing of a) threshold documents and b) the court’s findings in relation to threshold. 

Hannah Wyatt

Statutory Charge: Care Costs and Human Rights Act Applications

18 September 2018

The following guidance applies when making an HRA application: make a separate and standalone application, and keep costs of pursuing the HRA claim separate from the care case.

Monifa Walters-Thompson

The London Infant and Family Team & The New Orleans Intervention Model

18 September 2018

In England two local authorities – Croydon and Tower Hamlets –  have been trialling the New Orleans Intervention Model, a relationship focused intervention for families involved in care proceedings. King's College London are currently undertaking a randomised controlled trial (The Best Services Trial – BeST) to assess its effectiveness.

Victoria Burgess

Inquest finds that hospital death was in part contributed to by systemic neglect

17 September 2018

The family was represented by Ifeanyi Odogwu of the Garden Court Chambers Inquests and Inquiries Team.

Ifeanyi Odogwu

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

11 September 2018

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

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‘Licensed to Kill’ – Granada Reports exclusive on those killed by offenders under the supervision of the probation service

10 September 2018

Una Morris instructed by Kelly Darlington at Farleys LLP to act for Michael Hoolickin and Matthew McKenzie's families.

Una Morris

Garden Court Chambers welcomes Bill Evans to the Criminal Defence Team

6 September 2018

We are delighted to announce that Bill Evans has joined the Garden Court Chambers Criminal Defence Team.

Bill Evans

Inquest into death of Windrush citizen Dexter Bristol concluded after family walk out of hearing

28 August 2018

Una Morris represented the family, instructed by Irène Nembhard of Birnberg Peirce. 

Una Morris

Garden Court Chambers welcomes Julia Lowis to the Civil Liberties, Public Law and Immigration Teams

28 August 2018

We are thrilled to announce that Julia Lowis has joined the Civil Liberties, Public Law and Immigration Teams at Garden Court Chambers.

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

23 August 2018

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

Marc Willers QC

Parents of Bristol University student hope inquest will provide answers following her sudden death

23 August 2018

Tom Stoate is instructed by Gus Silverman of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors for the family, supported by INQUEST. 


Carl Sargeant’s widow mounts legal challenge over inquiry into the death of late Welsh Government Minister

22 August 2018

Leslie Thomas QC is instructed by Neil Hudgell of Hudgell Solicitors on behalf of Carl Sargeant's family, alongside Sheryn Omeri of Cloisters Chambers.

Leslie Thomas QC

Housing Allocation and Homelessness Law & Practice Fifth edition now published

15 August 2018

The textbook was written by His Honour Judge Jan Luba QC, Liz Davies, Connor Johnston and Tessa Buchanan.

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Garden Court Chambers welcome Helen Butcher to the Crime Team

14 August 2018

We are delighted to announce that Helen Butcher has joined the Crime Team at Garden Court Chambers.

Helen Butcher

Garden Court Chambers welcome Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright and Monifa Walters-Thompson to the Family Team

10 August 2018

We are delighted to announce that Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright and Monifa Walters-Thompson have joined the Family Law Team at Garden Court Chambers.

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Surrey Police apologise and trial collapses after defence submissions reveal systemic disclosure failings in Jonathan King sex abuse case

7 August 2018

Henry Blaxland QC is instructed by Steve Bird of Bird Solicitors, representing Jonathan King.

Henry Blaxland QC

High Court ruled that Home Office unlawfully detained potential victim of trafficking and breached Article 4 ECHR in failing to protect him

6 August 2018

Louise Hooper of Garden Court’s Public Law Team appeared for the successful claimant.  She was instructed by Monika Glowacka and Sulaiha Ali of Duncan Lewis Solicitors.

Louise Hooper

Work on Barbuda international airport halted by interim injunction

3 August 2018

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

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High Court orders police force and local authority to pay damages to man who was sexually abused while in residential care

2 August 2018

Stephen Simblet appeared for the successful claimant, W. He was instructed by Bill Uppal of Uppal Taylor Solicitors, Nottingham.

Stephen Simblet

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

2 August 2018

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

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