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New members of the crime team include:
Sino-UK Seminar on Evidence Disclousure and Criminal Defence Lawyers Rights. David has taught advocacy both in the U.K. and abroad, most recently in South Africa.
Commenting on his move to Garden Court Chambers, he said: "I have chosen to come to Garden Court because it has able criminal practitioners, interesting and high quality work, gifted clerks, efficient administration and is forward looking."
Mark also appeared as lead counsel in high profile "Yarlswood Detention Centre Arson Case" where he secured an acquittal for an alleged ring leader Lucky Jacobs. Mark continues to appear in other more traditional criminal cases.
Since being called to the bar, Mark has conducted a multitude of cases before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) involving all principal Articles in the Convention and related Protocols. He also provides advice and representation in human rights related actions brought before the European Court of Justice of the European Union. Two of his more recent ECHR Grand Chamber cases include Abdullah Ocalan v Turkey where he secured a retrial for the leader of the PKK and Kyprianou v Cyprus(application no. 73797/01) which held that fair trial norms apply strictly to contempt proceedings against lawyers, and recognised a lawyer's right to freedom of expression in the context of his legal duties in defence of his client.
In addition, Mark is Chair of the Kurdish Human Rights Project and of the Bar Human Rights Committee, and is engaged in justice reconstruction programmes in Afghanistan, Sudan, Palestine, and Iraq.
Commenting on his move, Mark said: "I am delighted to be joining such a forward looking chambers. I believe that Garden Court has the right vision and has equipped itself to provide cutting edge legal services for the 21st century. I have long admired it's commitment to publicly funded work and the protection of human rights around the world."
In addition, Michael practices administrative law and has conducted Judicial Review and Divisional Court matters connected with Criminal Cases
Aside from his Criminal Practice Michael is also involved in several aspects of Human Rights including conducting trial observations, preparing published reports and occasional lecturing in Human Rights in international jurisdictions.
Hossein has acted in 'terrorist' cases, for political campaigners as well as in large public order cases. He took higher rights in 2002 and was recently instructed as a junior advocate in the ?ricin? conspiracy case. In 2005 he transferred to the bar and then joined Garden Court Chambers.
Roy developed his criminal practice as a solicitor acting on behalf of clients in a range of criminal matters and benefits from his background and training as a solicitor when appearing as an advocate. On attaining higher rights in 2001, he was instructed in a number of cases where he has appeared as sole advocate, junior advocate and more recently leading advocate. He is currently instructed on behalf of defendant?s in serious organized crime and trident led investigations including 'Operation Aragon' which is a conspiracy to murder involving hit squads being sent to differing locations in the UK to carry out simulated attacks.
Roy happily frequently appears in Crown Courts throughout the UK and enjoys working both in and out of London.
Roy commented on joining Garden Court: 'I wanted to be here because, from experience, when clients are represented by Garden Court counsel, win or lose, they feel that they have had their day in court. Counsel have a genuine interest and commitment to justice and have a fighting spirit that is seldom seen at the bar.'
Before practicing at the London Bar, Brenda maintained a varied practice at the Northern Irish Bar, including crime, judicial review, inquests and employment law.
Brenda has worked extensively in the field of women's human rights, both nationally and internationally and continues to work with organisations such as Amnesty International, Women's Human Rights Project, Dublin and IWRAW Asia Pacific, Malaysia.
Brenda is Irish and attended Queen's University Belfast before becoming based in London. She frequently combines work and travel and has been involved in Human Rights work throughout South East Asia, India, East Africa and Palestine.
Commenting on joining chambers Brenda said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been offered Tenancy at Garden Court Chambers. Knowing Chambers' reputation and unwavering commitment to human rights, I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to become part of the team. Many thanks to Owen and all of the crime team for their support and encouragement!"
In addition to the new members of the crime team, Amanda Meusz has returned to the family team after a break from the bar and Andrew Eaton has joined the civil, housing and immigration team after finishing his pupillage in Chambers.
Amanda Meusz - family
Immediately prior to her return to the Bar Amanda worked as a childcare lawyer for a local authority. This experience has given her invaluable insight in the workings not only of a local authority but also to the work of solicitors.
Amanda has always been interested in the rights of children in the context of legal proceedings and in the wider society. Her practice relates to all areas of the law relating to children, including the provision of services to children, and young people. She has extensive knowledge and experience in public law matters and acts for local authorities, parents/carers, children and their guardians. Amanda enjoys working on cases where there is extensive and conflicting medical evidence / opinion and she has experience in all matters relating to adoption, international adoptions, leave to remove from the jurisdiction and child abduction.
Andrew Eaton - immigration and civil
Andrew is keen to continue to develop a broad civil and public law practice In particular judicial reviews before the High Court and civil actions against public authorities.