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.
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.
We offer high quality training in a friendly and informal atmosphere to our pupils that provides them with experience in our areas of expertise (although we do not offer specialist criminal law pupillages). Our pupils tend to be busy during their second six and usually appear in court or tribunal several times a week. We currently offer a pupillage award of £17,000, together with reduced Chambers contributions on fees received during pupillage, payment of travel expenses when attending court or tribunal as an observer, and payment required for course fees.
Chambers recruits pupils annually through the Pupillage Gateway. Successful applicants must demonstrate:
- Intellectual aptitude and potential. This may be evidenced by excellent academic achievement but is not limited to this. Other evidence of intellectual aptitude may be put forward and will be considered;
- Ability to grasp complex issues and concepts and think on his or her feet. Ability to present clear, concise and logical arguments and express himself or herself confidently and articulately;
- Evidence of interest in and commitment to working in civil liberties, human rights law, or other fields of law on behalf of those suffering from disadvantage and/or discrimination. Such evidence might include work in advice centres and law centres, work with solicitors, involvement in campaigning organisations, work for FRU, relevant research;
- Commitment to Chambers’ ethos and in particular to working with and for those who are disadvantaged by poverty and discrimination. Commitment to Chambers’ ethos may be shown by experience either within or outside the law;
- Ability to communicate with a wide range of people from different backgrounds; and
- Diligence and a high level of motivation.
Although there can be no guarantee of tenancy at the conclusion of pupillage, all pupils are entitled to apply for tenancy and the majority of former pupils have become tenants in Chambers.