Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Chambers premises have closed due to the pandemic but practice management team members are working from home and are ready to assist with bookings and other enquiries. Contact details remain the same and can be found on our contact page. Our business hours continue to be 9am to 6pm on Monday to Thursday and 9am to 5:30pm on Fridays.

We will not in the circumstances be able to regularly receive and process post. We request that all documents are sent electronically going forward and all payments of fees via BACS.

Many of our barristers are working from home and we are using technology such as Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams to deal with hearings remotely where appropriate, and to stay in touch virtually.

If anyone has any concerns or questions they are reminded to contact a member of our team, who will be happy to assist. The safety of all here at Garden Court North, clients and colleagues alike, as well as our continuing dedication to pursuing people’s rights through justice, remain our highest priorities.

We are lawyers but we are members of our community first and foremost. We have created this dedicated section of our website to assist legal practitioners and any person who may be struggling during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We hope you find it useful. If you feel that anything is missing, tweet us at @gcnchambers and we will add/update pages as best we can.

Coronavirus Working Arrangements

Dear clients, colleagues and friends of Garden Court North, We would like to provide a further update regarding our arrangements during the coronavirus outbreak. In...

General practice during coronavirus

Courts and tribunals coronavirus planning and practice: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and guidance and Courts and Tribunals COVID-19 publications HMCTS daily operational...

Call for urgent action: COVID-19 inquiry

Please support families bereaved by the Covid-19 pandemic by signing this petition asking the government to start an immediate inquiry

620 people bereaved due to Covid-19 call on the government to hold an immediate public inquiry to prevent further deaths

Pete Weatherby QC, assisted by Mira Hammad and Christian Weaver of Garden Court North Chambers, is instructed by Broudie Jackson Canter solicitors on behalf of...

Your home; a castle, or a prison? International travel and Self-Isolation – the new rules from 8 June 2020

There may be challenges to the vires of the requirement to self isolate, the power to impose fines and fixed penalty notices, and to the...

Criminal defence & appeals team: Policy on physical attendance of counsel in criminal cases

Garden Court North Chambers supports an effective and fair criminal justice system within which the security of defendants, witnesses, court staff, and lawyers should be...

The GCN Housing team join Greater Manchester Law Centre and Tenants Union UK to call for greater protection for tenants

These protections include the abolition of section 21 or ‘no fault’ evictions, changes to the statutory scheme for eviction on the basis of rent arrears,...

Immigration and asylum during coronavirus

This page contains our statement and explanation regarding appeal skeleton arguments and, below, a directory of information and sources of support for immigrants, asylum-seekers and...

The remoteness of the law

Many years ago I sat in a conference hall waiting to listen to a lawyer who had just taken a major tenant’s rights case to...

Inquests during coronavirus

All of our Inquests and Inquiries Team are working in accordance with the following guidance from the Chief Coroner and in line with the Bar...

Social welfare during coronavirus

The Tribunal Procedure (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020 (amends the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber and the Social Entitlement Chamber Tribunal Procedure Rules to permit...

Employment and discrimination during coronavirus

Employment Tribunals Employment Tribunals, England & Wales and Scotland: Help for Users, 15 April 2020 Employment Appeal Tribunals: Help for Users, 15 April 2020 Employment...

For Renters (updated 27 March 2020)

There is an understandable amount of uncertainty for renters at the moment, in part caused by the current pandemic and, in part caused by the...

Criminal Defence and Prisoners during coronavirus

Recording of GCN Seminar on police powers and the Coronavirus Act 2020, 9 April 2020 Updates from HMCTS for both Crown and Magistrates’ Courts available...

Family law and Court of Protection during coronavirus

Family Law Bar Association, COVID-19 updates Remote Access Family Courts, latest guidance, 17 April 2020 President’s Guidance on Decrees during the Coronavirus Pandemic, 9 April...

Courtesy of Garden Court Chambers: Coronavirus, Bail and Custody Time Limits

We are grateful to our colleagues at Garden Court Chambers for drafting this protocol for protecting the rights and lives of prisoners and their families,...

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