Chambers is a leading human rights set and has been recommended as the leading set for human rights and civil liberties work outside London in Chambers and Partners every year since 2006.
Chambers has a strong commitment to civil liberties and human rights and this is apparent throughout every area of specialisation. We have experience in all aspects of human rights law and are happy to advise on such matters and undertake human rights challenges wherever relevant. For example:
- Members of the Crime Team have brought cases before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR);
- In public law and judicial review, Members regularly pursue human rights challenges to administrative decision-making;
- The Immigration Team regularly undertake human rights applications and appeals;
- Members of the Prison Law Team have been involved in leading cases, including the successful Article 6 challenge to prison adjudications and Article 5 challenges to IPP sentences;
- Members of the Housing and Community Care Teams are experts in the field of human rights law and regularly employ arguments under the ECHR;
- Our Actions Against the Police Team is experienced in pursuing claims under the ECHR; and
- The Inquests Team is instructed in cases on the application of Article 2 to inquest proceedings.
In addition, Chambers' commitment to human rights is further demonstrated by our Members' involvement in organisations such as Inquest, Liberty, British Irish Rights Watch and Amicus, and by their involvement in death penalty work in the US and human rights missions to Bahrain. Our Members also deliver seminars and training on all aspects of human rights relating to all areas of specialisation, both through Chambers activities and personal commitment to specific organisations.
"This Manchester-based set is highly regarded in the North for its long-standing commitment to civil liberties work, which interviewees recognise as being at the core of much of its members' work."
Chambers and Partners 2012
"Garden Court North is an impressive set that houses barristers who are "prompt, approachable and ready to do pro bono work." Solicitors favour the individuals here not just because of their evident legal skills, but also because they provide extremely useful seminars, newsletters and ad hoc advice."
Chambers and Partners 2011
"Garden Court North is the leading set for civil liberties work outside London ."
Chambers & Partners 2009
"This Manchester-based set has experience in a wide range of human rights cases , touching on subjects such as immigration, race relations, social security, housing, discrimination, public law, police law and inquests. The set is instructed by leading human rights law firms in the North, the Midlands and London ".
Chambers and Partners 2007
"Interviewees comment that this Manchester-based chambers...is the 'only set in the North which has set its stall out to do human rights work.'Commentators report that this proactive set is cultivating a real human rights expertise in the North ..."
Chambers and Partners 2006
"'Top notch' and considered by practitioners to be 'the only noteworthy civil liberties outfit outside London' . Members deal with regional work raising important human rights issues, such as the Oldham and Burnley riot cases, as well as receiving wide-ranging national instructions".
Chambers and Partners 2005