Garden Court enters Legal 500 top five

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Garden Court Chambers has risen up the Legal 500 rankings once again this year to secure a spot in the top five sets of Chambers based on the number of individual rankings. We have once again been recommended as a Top Tier set in Legal 500 2015.

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We are pleased to remain the only set ranked in Tier 1 for Immigration, and we have also retained our Tier 1 rankings in Civil Liberties and Social Housing.

In total, we have achieved 80 individual rankings – of which 18 are silk rankings and 62 are junior barrister rankings.


Tier 1: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

Garden Court has a team of ‘experienced and highly regarded barristers’ and is a ‘go-to set for police actions’. Recent high-profile cases include Hounga v Allen, which saw the Supreme Court examine the UK’s obligations towards victims of trafficking.

Leading silks

  • Henry Blaxland QC
  • Dexter Dias QC
  • Stephen Knafler QC

Leading juniors

  • Tim Baldwin
  • Stephen Cottle
  • Kirsten Heaven
  • Leonie Hirst
  • Sean Horstead
  • Colin Hutchinson
  • Shu Shin Luh
  • Terry Munyard
  • Patrick Roche
  • Maya Sikand
  • Stephen Simblet
  • Rajeev Thacker
  • Paul Troop
  • Amanda Weston
  • Felicity Williams

Tier 1: Immigration

Garden Court Chambers attracts praise as ‘undoubtedly the leading set for immigration work’, and is also ‘massively experienced in asylum and human rights work.’ The set is notable for its comprehensive expertise across areas including national security, trafficking, detention, migrant welfare and business immigration.’

Leading silks

  • Laurie Fransman QC
  • Stephen Knafler QC
  • Ian Macdonald QC

Leading juniors

  • Adrian Berry
  • Nicola Braganza
  • Michelle Brewer
  • Rebecca Chapman
  • Kathryn Cronin
  • Helen Foot
  • Leonie Hirst
  • Louise Hooper
  • David Jones
  • Peter Jorro
  • Patrick Lewis
  • Greg Ó Ceallaigh
  • Bryony Poynor
  • Richard Reynolds
  • Sadat Sayeed
  • Duran Seddon
  • Navtej Singh Ahluwalia
  • Abigail Smith
  • Mark Symes
  • Ronan Toal
  • Amanda Weston

Tier 1: Social Housing

Garden Court Chambers’ members primarily act for residents. It is ‘an excellent set with a brilliant complement of barristers at all levels.’

Leading silks

  • Jan Luba QC
  • Stephen Knafler QC

Leading juniors

  • Tim Baldwin
  • John Beckley
  • Adrian Berry
  • Stephen Cottle
  • Liz Davies
  • Edward Fitzpatrick
  • Bethan Harris
  • Catherine O’Donnell
  • Beatrice Prevatt
  • Marina Sergides

Tier 2: Crime

Garden Court Chambers has ‘certainly benefitted from the additions from Tooks Chambers’ in 2013. One area of focus is criminal appeals; the barristers also provide advocacy before international tribunals.

Leading silks

  • Henry Blaxland QC
  • Stephen Kamlish QC
  • James Scobie QC
  • Michael Turner QC
  • Kieran Vaughan QC

Leading juniors

  • Mark Gatley
  • Anya Lewis
  • Dafna Spiro
  • Clare Wade

Tier 4: Administrative and public law (including local government)
Garden Court Chambers can call on a ‘range of very talented public law, civil liberties and immigration experts’, and is also noted for its strength in housing matters.’

Leading silks

  • Jan Luba QC

Leading juniors

  • Leonie Hirst
  • Stephen Simblet
  • Colin Yeo


A set ‘which never provides less than impeccable service,’ Garden Court Chambers’ members are regularly involved in cases concerning nature conservation, low-impact development, climate change, and listed buildings.’

Leading junior

  • Tim Baldwin – tier 4


Business and Regulatory Crime (Including global investigations)

  • Kieran Vaughan QC – tier 3

Children Law (Including Public and Private Law)

  • Ian Peddie QC – tier 2
  • Maggie Jones – tier 2


  • Shu Shin Luh – tier 5


  • Nicola Braganza – tier 4
  • David Renton – tier 4

Fraud Crime

  • Bernard Tetlow QC – tier 4
  • Keir Monteith – tier 4

Inquests and Inquiries

  • Leslie Thomas QC – tier 3

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