Chambers, in keeping with our founding principles, specialises in criminal defence work and will actively seek to ensure that a defendant's fundamental rights are protected. Our Team, which consists of criminal advocates with experience at all levels from junior to queens’ counsel, has a particular interest in cases with civil liberties implications. Our more experienced Members have appeared in cases arising out of the miners’ strike of 1984-5, the struggle by print-workers to save their jobs in the dispute with union-busting employer Eddie Shah in Warrington in the 1980s, and cases arising out of the disturbances in Oldham and Burnley in 2001. More recently Members have appeared in cases involving fracking, animal rights campaigns, climate change and anti-road widening protests.
The core of our criminal defence work is in the Crown Court and involves all types of serious crime, including:
- Serious assaults;
- Firearms offences;
- Theft and serious fraud;
- Drugs manufacture, importation and supply;
- Proceeds of crime proceedings and confiscation;
- Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences;
- Public order offences; and
- Sexual offences.
Work in the Magistrates Court is undertaken, particularly in cases arising from political protests and demonstrations.
Members are also experienced in Youth Court work.
The Team also has a strong presence in appellate work at all levels including the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the Supreme Court. Members of Chambers have brought cases before the European Court of Human Rights. A number of Members are experienced in miscarriage of justice cases, especially those referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. We have a strong commitment to pro bono work where public funding is unavailable.
Members of the Team are also instructed:
- On behalf defendants of all ages in injunction cases, including those arising out of alleged anti-social behaviour and gang injunctions (“Gangbos”);
- In Inquests, particularly involving deaths in custody;
- In actions against the police;
- In the Administrative Court, particularly in case stated appeals and judicial reviews concerning custody time limits and natural justice;
- In cases concerning the rights of prisoners; and
- In military law cases on behalf of those appearing before District, General Courts Martial and the Courts Martial Appeals Court.
GCN criminal law update bulletins
Older GCN criminal law bulletin editions are still available on our old website and will be transferred over to here over time.
"The calibre of counsel at Garden Court North was described as 'truly outstanding' . Known for their 'matchless dedication to cases' , they enjoy the support of some of the most 'friendly and supportive' administrative staff on circuit."
Chambers & Partners 2009
"...counsel noted for an unswerving commitment to civil liberties"
Legal 500 2007