Garden Court Chambers shortlisted in seven categories at Chambers UK Bar Awards 2023

Monday 11 September 2023

We are delighted to announce that Garden Court Chambers has been shortlisted in seven categories at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2023.

The awards recognise a Chambers pre-eminence in the UK. They also reflect achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service. They honour the work of sets and individuals across the country based on the research for the recent edition of Chambers UK Bar.

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We are over the moon to announce that Garden Court Chambers has been nominated for seven awards at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2023, taking place on Thursday 30 November 2023.

We have been shortlisted across three set categories and four of our members have been shortlisted. See our shortlisted categories below:

  • Client Service Set of the Year - Garden Court Chambers
  • Crime Set of the Year - Garden Court Chambers
  • Human Rights and Public Law Silk of the Year - Sonali Naik KC 
  • Inquests & Public Inquiries Junior of the Year - Una Morris
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Outstanding Set - Garden Court Chambers
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Outstanding Contribution - Grace Brown
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Future Leader - Danielle Manson

Garden Court Chambers is shortlisted for Client Service Set of the Year. Garden Court Chambers has highly responsive team-based clerking, which ensures we maintain the highest levels of customer service.

Garden Court Chambers is shortlisted for Crime Set of the Year. Our criminal defence barristers have defended in – and won – many of the landmark cases that have defined modern criminal law. The Garden Court Crime Team regularly defends individuals charged with the most serious offences. We have a strong presence at the Central Criminal Court, where our barristers are instructed on a daily basis. Our Crime Team has also been shortlisted as 'Crime Set of the Year' at the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2023.

Sonali Naik KC is shortlisted for Human Rights and Public Law Silk of the Year. Sonali specialises in public law cases and in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law and practice. She is a senior practitioner with over 28 years’ experience. She was appointed King’s Counsel in 2018 and conducts almost exclusively leading work at all levels: the European Court of Human Rights, the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Administrative Court and in the Upper Tribunal in statutory appeals and judicial reviews. 

Una Morris is shortlisted for Inquests & Public Inquiries Junior of the Year. Una is a leading civil liberties, human rights and public law practitioner with a diverse practice and co-convenes the Civil Liberties Team. Una’s significant expertise extends across a range of different areas, including claims against the police and public authorities, inquests, inquiries, public law, abuse claims, data and privacy, protest rights, youth justice and child rights, prisoners’ rights and discrimination.

Garden Court Chambers is shortlisted for Diversity & Inclusion: Outstanding Set. This award aims to recognise a set that is demonstrating measurable impact in advocating for and implementing an inclusive work environment, as well as working to ensure the UK Bar advances equity. Founded upon a commitment to social justice, Garden Court Chambers has always prided itself on a commitment to diversity. Our pioneering mentoring scheme, ‘Access to the Bar for All’, which encourages students from minority and disadvantaged groups to consider a career as a barrister, we hope will be emulated across the Bar.

Grace Brown is shortlisted for Diversity & Inclusion: Outstanding Contribution. This award is for a senior barrister that has shown an outstanding commitment across multiple strands of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Grace is a public law practitioner with a particular focus on human rights, immigration and refugee law. She commenced practice in 1995 inspired by the desire to promote the rights of the underprivileged and disadvantaged and quickly established herself as a well-respected and busy human rights and immigration barrister. Grace is known for her work supporting those affected by the Windrush scandal and is appointed to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's preferred Panel of Counsel.

Danielle Manson is shortlisted for Diversity & Inclusion: Future Leader. This award is for a junior barrister who is leading the way in one or more strand of diversity and inclusion e.g., D&I network leads, helping diverse communities through pro bono work or roles in charities/external D&I networks and organisations. Danielle is deeply committed to ensuring diverse voices are heard at the Bar, particularly through her work with The Kalisher Trust. She has particular expertise representing children and vulnerable young people, and is known for being extremely personable as well as technically and strategically astute.

View the full shortlist here.

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