Garden Court North Chambers is recognised as one of the leading sets in the country for its provision of specialist advice on all aspects of asylum, immigration and nationality law. There has been a specialist Immigration Team in Chambers since its inception. Ian Macdonald QC, one of the founder Members of Chambers, is an acknowledged leader in the field and the co-author of Macdonald's 'Immigration Law & Practice', to which other Members of the Team also contribute.
Members of the Team undertake appeals and judicial review work and regularly appear before the Upper Tribunal, Administrative Court and Court of Appeal, as well as taking cases to the Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.
The Team is committed to publicly funded work and to assisting the vulnerable, including people who have been trafficked, subjected to domestic violence and who are experiencing mental ill-health. Several Members of the Team also accept public access instructions.
The Team's expertise includes:
- Asylum and humanitarian protection, including asylum support, family reunion and fresh claims;
- Bail and unlawful detention;
- Family Rights cases with an immigration and asylum cross-over;
- Cart judicial reviews;
- Criminal offences and penal sanctions for immigrants, landlords and employers;
- Entry clearance and visitor visas;
- European Union free movement law;
- Family immigration, including applications for partners, children, adult dependant relatives and victims of domestic violence;
- Human rights law, including medical, private life cases and 'sham marriages';
- Nationality law;
- Points-based system for workers, investors, entrepreneurs and students, including sponsor licence suspension;
- Procedural issues, including fee waivers;
- Right to rent;
- Trafficking; and
- Urgent removals.
"Garden Court North is one of the best immigration sets on the Northern Circuit. The individuals at the set have a broad knowledge base and are able to advise on a range of immigration, asylum and nationality law matters."
Chambers & Partners 2014
"Garden Court North is a leading regional immigration presence, and maintains a large team of practitioners with experience in the area . Instructing solicitors are confident in referring human rights claims and difficult appeals to them."
Chambers & Partners 2013
"Garden Court North is lauded for its public law work, especially in relation to immigration and asylum. With an attractive range of call and experience available, the barristers offer a broad spectrum of expertise , including on matters relating to deportation and the ECHR. Areas of specialism include discriminatory breaches, the points-based system, EEA family reunion, refusal of sponsorship licences, and sovereign immunity."
Chambers & Partners 2012
"...this set remains a public law powerhouse in the North of England , and is capable of handling a broad range of immigration and asylum matters."
Chambers & Partners 2011
"...sources bestow much praise upon its immigration practitioners."
Chambers & Partners 2010
"...still the pre-eminent public law set in the North, drawing plaudits for its expertise across immigration , housing and prison law."
Chambers & Partners 2009
"Lawyers laud the 'breadth of experience evidenced by a number of practitioners who are all committed experts in this field'."
Chambers & Partners 2008
"'There are no rivals to this set for immigration prowess in the North,' interviewees confidently asserted. A host of 'talented barristers' handle all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law. These barristers 'do not merely acquiesce with accepted principles, they are always challenging the norm,' said one source. This makes the set popular for complex immigration cases."
Chambers & Partners 2007
"This set stands out in the Northern Circuit for its work on all aspects of asylum, immigration and nationality law."
Chambers & Partners 2006
"The members of this set, which rules the Northern circuit for immigration, are praised for their ability to 'analyse critically' and to 'make independent judgments'."
Chambers and Partners 2005