Garden Court North Chambers, formed in 1996, is a progressive set of barristers with a strong commitment to publicly funded work and to offering representation to those disadvantaged by discrimination and inequality or with multiple and complex needs. This ethos underpins our emphasis upon criminal defence and civil rights based work in all the areas in which we practice.

Considered to be "the only noteworthy civil liberties outfit outside London" (Chambers and Partners 2005 p1626), and "...the only set outside London to specialise in human rights" (Chambers and Partners 2008), chambers has always had a strong commitment to publicly funded work. Members use their skills to articulate the arguments that their lay-clients would if they could and seek to ensure that in whatever forum they are operating, they uphold the legal rights of their clients to the maximum extent.

Most members of Chambers live in or around Manchester, although they frequently travel to court locations across England and Wales including London, the south-east and south-west. Members of Chambers are prepared to undertake work pro bono in appropriate cases where funding is unavailable and some members now offer Public Access.

Equality

Chambers applies an equality code in relation to all of its activities, and opposes discrimination on the basis of, inter alia, sex, race, disability, religion, age or sexuality.  A compilation of our Diversity Data is available upon request from the Diversity Data Officer via gcn@gcnchambers.co.uk.

Legal Training

Chambers are approved as an external course provider by The Law Society (SRA) to provide continuing professional development (CPD) training in our specialist areas. Members of Chambers regularly train solicitors and other legal professionals in specialist areas of law.

Premises

We moved premises to Blackfriars House in the heart of Manchester in late 2014.  Our new home has a custom-built layout with fantastic conference and meeting facilities, enabling superior service to clients and supporting co-operative working practices amongst our barristers.

Client care

Chambers is proud to make client care the cornerstone of its practice. The Service Standards and Contractual Terms information page sets out the procedures we have implemented to that end:

  • Standard Contractual Terms
  • Quality Policy
  • Standards Charter
  • Complaints Procedure
  • Social Media Policies
  • Public Access Policy

Public Access

Until recently, it was not possible for members of the public to go to a barrister directly. They needed to use a solicitor, or some other recognised form of access. However, following changes in the rules, members of the public seeking legal advice or representation can now instruct a barrister directly without the need to instruct a solicitor first. 

Several members of Chambers are now able to provide advice and representation directly to instructing clients in some of our areas of specialisation. 

For more information see our Public Access Policy and Public Access Enquiry Form.

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