Stephen Clark, Tihomir Mak, Laura Profumo and Franck Magennis have joined Chambers as full members and have already started developing multi-disciplinary practices across the full span of Chambers’ areas of law.
Stephen was supervised by Amanda Weston and Alex Taylor-Camara during his pupillage, gaining valuable experience in complex public law cases involving national security, terrorism and children’s rights alongside practical advocacy experience in the Magistrates' Court, Crown Court and the Immigration Tribunal.
Immediately prior to starting pupillage, Stephen was the Judicial Assistant to Lord Justice Jackson and Lord Justice Burnett in the Court of Appeal. He also has extensive experience of NGOs and international tribunals, having worked at the AIRE Centre, JUSTICE, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights. Stephen has worked on a broad range of human rights issues, from the extra-territorial application of human rights treaties and state immunity to positive obligations under Articles 2, 3 and 4 of the ECHR.
Tihomir completed pupillage under the supervision of Leslie Thomas QC and Minka Braun, gaining experience in civil actions against the police, human rights claims, inquest work, immigration and the provision of advice and representation of clients in criminal cases before the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts.
Before coming to the Bar, Tihomir worked as an international law adviser in a large humanitarian charity where he provided advice on international humanitarian law issues. Previously, he worked in the world’s first dedicated Tier 1 public international law firm where he represented and advised States, international organisations and private clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious public international law issues.
Tihomir holds a civil law degree from the University of Zagreb, an LL.M. specialising in international law from King’s College London where he was a Chevening (FCO) scholar, a common law degree from BPP University and a degree in professional legal practice at the Bar from City University London.
After six months of working on factually and legally difficult actions against the police, inquests and inquiries (including the Undercover Policing Inquiry) with Maya, Laura spent her second six undertaking practical advocacy in the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court, and the Immigration Tribunal. She also independently advised on several Parole Board judicial reviews, and HRA actions against the police.
Her pupillage culminated in being led by James Scobie QC in a three-week attempted murder trial at the Old Bailey, that led to the Defendant, the rap star “Trapstar Toxic”, being acquitted on all counts.
Before joining Garden Court, Laura worked at Advocates for International Development, an NGO which operates as a pro bono broker between the charitable sector and legal community. Prior to this, her experience was based in journalism, writing for the Times Literary Supplement amongst other publications.
During his pupillage, Franck was supervised by Mark Symes, Liz Davies and Rajiv Menon QC. Franck was exposed to a wide range of work across the immigration, housing and crime practice areas specialising in working with vulnerable clients and protecting their rights.
Before joining Garden Court, Franck worked as a paralegal at Birnberg Pierce specialising in challenging unlawful immigration detention and closed material proceedings in the High Court. Franck is also prolific among campaigning and activist groups, trying to secure real and lasting change in our communities.