Garden Court North is pleased to welcome Alex Offer and Clare Ashcroft.

Alex joins the Public law and Housing teams and Clare joins the Crime team.

Alex Offer has represented the occupants of land in some of the most significant cases on the scope of Article 8 ECHR. He has extensive experience over a much wider range, including homelessness, housing allocation, unlawful eviction, disrepair and disability discrimination. 

He is an expert in cases involving the Gypsy and Traveller community, including declarations of incompatibility. This accompanies his wider practice in public law which includes challenges to police disclosure decisions, quasi-public law challenges to decisions of regulatory bodies on behalf of their members, challenging LSC/LAA contracting and funding decisions, challenges to public procurement decisions, schools and education cases, taxi licensing decisions and provision of services and funding to the disabled. 

Alongside his housing and public law practice, Alex has experience of Local Government law, Community care, inquests and regulatory law (including regulatory crime).

Clare Ashcroft has extensive experience in serious crime cases with particular interest in defending trials in cases of sexual assault, serious violence and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. She is experienced in dealing with vulnerable clients and procedures under the Mental Health Act and also has expertise in dealing with young offenders.

Clare has extensive experience of appearing in the Court of Appeal, she has been successful in both appealing against convictions and sentence, as well as successfully arguing against the Attorney General’s request for the Court of Appeal to increase a sentence

Clare has experience of working as both in-house counsel and as a member of chambers. Prior to coming to the Bar Clare lectured and researched law at the University of Reading and the University of London.

Please speak to the clerks on 0161 236 1840 for more details on either Alex or Clare’s practices. 

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