We are delighted to announce that Amanda Weston QC of Garden Court Chambers has been shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law Silk of the Year by the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2021.
Chambers Bar Award finalists are selected through extensive objective research by Chambers & Partners to identify barristers at the pinnacle of their profession, including outstanding work and excellence in client service.
Amanda is a leading silk in administrative and public law with 25 years' experience in judicial review at all levels including the Supreme Court.
Substantive areas of her public law practice include community care, mental health and mental capacity, immigration and nationality, unlawful detention, trafficking, national security measures such as deprivation of citizenship, prison law, criminal and coronial procedure and children’s rights.
She is an elected member of the Executive of the Bar Human Rights Committee engaged in promoting and protecting human rights internationally and is on the ‘A’ Panel of Counsel approved to represent the Equality & Human Rights Commission.
The themes of human rights, discrimination and civil liberties established by the common law run through her work.
The breadth of her expertise can be seen from her recent Supreme Court cases. They include ‘Re T’ concerning the limits on the use of the court’s inherent jurisdiction to authorise a deprivation of liberty of a teenager at risk of harm, ‘SM (Rwanda)’ concerning the legal effect of defective bail order and ‘VC’ in which the Secretary of State for the Home Department conceded breaches of article 3 in her treatment of a mentally disordered detainee.
Her clients include individuals, charities, NGOs and local authorities and she has extensive experience in systemic and public interest judicial review, cost-capping orders, closed material procedures and interventions.
She writes, teaches and trains other lawyers on the cutting-edge of public law, human rights and discrimination, coaches and mentors the next generation and is committed to an inclusive Bar and access to justice for all. She is the co-author of Judicial Review: A Practical Guide (Lexis Nexis).