Garden Court North Chambers was established in 1996 by a group of young barristers who wanted to provide an alternative in Manchester to the more traditional barristers chambers.

We are 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 social and civil rights based work in all the areas in which we practice.

Chambers has built a strong reputation for human rights law, housing law, immigration law, public law, criminal defence, prison law, inquests, actions against the police, court of protection work, welfare law and expertise in discrimination work. Chambers and Partners (2017) describes us in the following way:

“… an established team of barristers who are committed to the field of civil liberties and human rights. Its strong track record in areas such as immigration, asylum, prison law and miscarriages of justice distinguishes the chambers as a go-to human rights set outside of London. Alongside its stellar reputation domestically, … [it] offers a practice which is international in scope, with members frequently tackling major human rights matters as far afield as Bahrain, Colombia and the USA.

Since our inception we have set our stall out to do human rights work, and throughout our history we have advanced the application of human rights law in the regions, taking cases to the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and to the European Court of Human Rights.

Although Chambers is located in Manchester, our Members frequently travel to courts and tribunal across England and Wales, including the rest of the North West, the Midlands, the North East, North Wales, South Wales, London, the South East, and the South West.

Chambers is supported by a Practice Management Team which is described as being “exceptional....with a good rapport between clerk and counsel meaning work gets turned around quickly” (Chambers and Partners 2015) and which prides itself on being “approachable and helpful”  (Chambers and Partners 2016).

Our instructing solicitors say they value us for our “willingness to fight cases, commitment to [our] client group” and our “good rapport between counsel and solicitors”. 

In addition to receiving instructions from solicitors, an increasing number of our instructions come from public access work and from human rights based organisations such as the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Members of Chambers are prepared to undertake work pro bono in appropriate cases where funding is unavailable.

Along with providing advice and representation, Members of Chambers regularly train solicitors and other legal professionals in specialist areas of law.

Chambers applies an equality code in relation to all of its activities, and opposes discrimination on the basis of, amongst other things, sex, race, disability, religion, age and sexuality.  

Our overarching motivation is to uphold people’s rights through justice.