Garden Court Chambers is delighted to welcome four new pupils: Matthew Banks, Abby Buttle, Daniella Davenport, and Christopher Lambert.
From Left to Right: Matthew Banks, Abby Buttle, Daniella Davenport, and Christopher Lambert.
Matthew looks to specialise in public law and community care law. Matthew holds a degree in Law from the University of Cambridge and a MA in Interpreting: British Sign Language (BSL)/ English. Matthew previously worked as an advocate and BSL interpreter supporting deaf and disabled people for the past 15 years. This includes volunteer roles at St John's Deaf Community Centre and the BSL Act Now! Campaign.
Matthew previously completed a mini pupillage at Garden Court Chambers and has shadowed barristers at various chambers.
Abby looks to develop a broad practice encompassing public law, immigration law, human rights law and mental health law. Abby holds a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School, a BCL from the University of Oxford and an LLB from London School of Economics (LSE). Prior to joining Chambers, Abby worked as Legal Officer at the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB). Abby also has experience in working at a solicitor firm as a paralegal.
While studying, Abby was also a student researcher at the Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic. During her BCL, Abby conducted research for Oxford Pro Bono Publico. Abby has previously volunteered at human rights organisations including JUSTICE, the Howard League for Penal Reform, Prisoners Advice Service, the Free Representation Unit, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, Safe Passage and Refugee Support Europe.
Daniella specialises in criminal defence law and has an interest in criminal youth justice. Daniella graduated in Law from Lancaster University and completed the BPC at the University of Law. While studying, she was a student adviser and advocate under the ULaw Litigation Programme, advising, preparing and assisting litigants in person, primarily on children matters at East London Family Court.
Daniella worked at Advocate as the Lead Criminal Caseworker and volunteered there previously as a casework intern. Her role involved drafting summaries, creating bundles and advocating for cases to be taken on by barristers. Prior to this, she was a volunteer advisor at Lancaster University's Immigration & Asylum Law Clinic, which included interviewing clients on sensitive matters and conducting legal research. She also volunteered at North Lancashire Citizens Advice.
Christopher looks to develop a broad practice encompassing housing law, administrative and public law, civil liberties and employment law. This draws on Christopher's previous experience as a housing advocate, welfare benefits caseworker and employment law advisor. Christopher holds a LLB in Law from the University of Kent, and a BPTC from the University of Law.
Christopher previously worked as an advocate and housing duty advisor at Greenwich Housing Rights representing clients up to the Upper Tribunal. He was also a social welfare caseworker at Cambridge House Law Centre,. Christopher has experience as a court marshall at St Albans Crown Court. Prior to this, he was a voluntary advisor at Citizens Advice Lewisham, and a full-time caseworker and interim advice service manager at Kings College London Student Union (KCLSU).