Our ethos

Garden Court North Chambers is a progressive set of barristers with a strong commitment to publicly funded work, to offering representation to those disadvantaged by discrimination and inequality or with multiple and complex needs, to challenging the state, to fighting for justice, and to undertaking work pro bono in appropriate cases where funding is unavailable. It is these values which have underpinned our entire ethos since the foundation of Chambers in 1996 by a group of young barristers wanting to provide a radical alternative to the more traditional barristers’ chambers.

Since our foundation 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. In addition to human rights work, Chambers has built a strong reputation for 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. We have been involved in many high profile and landmark cases.

Our instructing solicitors say they value us for our “willingness to fight cases, commitment to [our] client group”, our “good rapport between counsel and solicitors”. We are known for our “matchless dedication to cases” and our “quick turnaround of work and no-nonsense approach to advice.” The calibre our barristers has been described as “truly outstanding”. 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.

Our barristers are 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”, which prides itself on being “approachable and helpful”,  and whose members are “some of the most ‘friendly and supportive’ administrative staff on circuit”.

Although Chambers is in Manchester, our members frequently travel to courts and tribunals 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.

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.

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

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

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