Jeremy Frost, Steven Galliver-Andrew, Ella Gunn and Rachel Schon joined Garden Court Chambers as pupils at the beginning of October and have already started developing multi-disciplinary practices across a wide range of areas of law.
Jeremy joins Chambers under the supervision of Maya Sikand, with whom he will gain experience in the areas of actions against the police, inquests and criminal appeals concerning victims of trafficking.
Alongside his legal studies Jeremy volunteered with Detention Action and the Bar Pro Bono Unit, and undertook a traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He is a member of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Human Rights Lawyers Association. Before training as a barrister, Jeremy worked as a priest in the Church of England and is also a trained musician.
Steven joins Chambers under the supervision of Mark Symes and Anya Lewis. He hopes to build a practice with a particular focus on immigration, public law, and criminal defence.
Before coming to the Bar, Steven worked with vulnerable teenagers on projects which aimed to increase the educational attainment of underrepresented groups. He was later employed by the Ministry of Justice, gaining a unique understanding of the impact of legal aid reform. He left this position to obtain an MSc. His dissertation research – concerning NGO beneficiary accountability – was completed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in association with major aid organisations including Oxfam GB, Concern Worldwide, and JP/HRO.
After completing his MSc, Steven assisted the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). He later worked as an election observer for AEGEE (Romania) and the British Embassy Tbilisi (Georgia), and spent a brief period of time lecturing at Zaporizhzhya National University in conflict-afflicted South-east Ukraine. More recently, he volunteered his time to assist with a challenge to capital punishment in Louisiana with Amicus ALJ.
Ella joins Chambers under the supervision of Ronan Toal and Tom Wainwright. She intends to build a public law practice with a focus on immigration and human rights law.
Prior to joining the bar, Ella qualified as a solicitor in Brisbane, Australia. In Brisbane she worked as a Judge’s Associate and later as a solicitor, practising in commercial litigation. Volunteering experience with refugees in Australia inspired her to specialise in the field of refugee law. This led her to move to the UK where she completed an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation focused on the role of the Special Advocate and its use within immigration law proceedings. Following the MSc, Ella held a number of research roles including: research assistant for two academics in refugee law, legal researcher at Garden Court Chambers, and senior researcher at White & Case LLP.
Rachel joined chambers as a pupil in October 2018 under the supervision of Rebecca Chapman, with whom she is gaining experience in all aspects of immigration, asylum and administrative law.
Prior to being called to the Bar Rachel worked in social research. Initially she worked on projects spanning healthcare, education, social isolation, physical activity and homelessness at The Young Foundation, a think tank supporting innovation in the public and charity sector. She then worked as Research and Evaluation Coordinator at The Helen Bamber Foundation, a charity providing integrated care to victims of human rights violations.
During her legal training Rachel volunteered with the School Exclusion Project and represented an excluded child with special needs in front of the Governors’ Disciplinary Committee and Independent Review Panel hearings. Rachel also volunteered with the Free Representation Unit and appeared in the Employment Tribunal in a successful unfair dismissal claim against a large restaurant chain.