About Garden Court Chambers
Founded in 1974, Garden Court Chambers is a number one ranked barristers’ chambers advising solicitors, members of the public and organisations across the UK and around the world. Our motto, ‘Do right, fear no one’, embodies our longstanding ethos: we are dedicated to fighting your corner, no matter how formidable the opponent might seem. Equally, our approach is progressive. We help many clients use the law to advance social justice and equality. Our multi-disciplinary expertise has proved vital for clients where cases bridge a number of areas. Reflecting the size of Garden Court and our diversity of specialisms, we have three Joint Heads of Chambers: Stephanie Harrison QC, Liz Davies and Rajiv Menon QC.
Garden Court has a proud history of winning ground-breaking cases of constitutional importance. Our legal challenges have overturned great injustices in many landmark decisions. Equally, our barristers fight hard for clients in countless cases that don’t hit the headlines, but are nonetheless vital for defending the rights of those we represent.
We are the largest barristers’ chambers in London offering clients an unrivalled breadth and depth of expertise. We currently have 203 leading barristers and amongst those are 27 expert Queen's Counsel.
Pupillage Recruitment Calendar:
25 November 2021 - all approved Pupillage vacancy advertisements will be published for prospective applicants to browse on the Gateway.
5 January 2022 – Pupillage Gateway submissions window opens at 11.00am. You can now start submitting your applications for pupillage via the Gateway. We will not have access to your applications until the window closes.
9 February 2022 – Pupillage Gateway closes at 11.00am. Garden Court Chambers will now begin the shortlisting process. Applicants will be notified and updated only through the Pupillage Gateway portal.
We aim to notify all Generalist applicants of the outcome of their application by 6pm on Friday 8th April 2022. Applicants to the Specialist Crime Pupillage advert will be notified on Monday 11 April 2022.
16 April 2022 – First Round Pupillage Interviews
April 30 and May 1, 2022 – Second Round Pupillage Interviews. You will interviewed on one of these days, not both. Your interview slot will be allocated at random.
6 May 2022 – Offers will be sent out after 9am.
Culture and values
Garden Court Chambers, now located at 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, has come a long way from its origins in 1974 when six barristers just out of pupillage set up, with the help of a loan, in three rooms in Lincoln’s Inn.
At the time, their aspirations were regarded as revolutionary if not subversive.
They had clear goals in mind:
- to provide socially useful legal services, supporting and complementing law centres
- to work in an environment that was democratic with a balance of sexes and races
- to train pupils and pay them
- to argue cases that made a difference; in particular, to engage in the struggle for human rights (at a time when the term was regarded with nothing less than ridicule) and for sexual and racial justice. If necessary, working for no reward.
Such ambitions, they realised, could only be achieved by setting up a new set of their own. Three of the founders are still members of Chambers today.
Over the years as Chambers expanded we’ve been in different locations: first to Farrar’s Building in the Inner Temple, then to Garden Court with annexes at Devereux Court. In 2005, we relocated to Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
The aspirations of our founders still remain integral to Chambers
Through thick and thin the commitment of the members of Chambers and staff has not wavered. Much of the founders original vision has been achieved. Some of our innovations have been accepted by the Bar in general and some have even become compulsory.
Our casework has substantially contributed to the progress of the law and to social progress. In the reported cases, across all our areas of practice, counsel from Garden Court Chambers have argued in the defence of the rights of accused and in furtherance of the rights of individuals against the state in landmark decisions. Our stance is often bold and inventive and, in the end, successful.
Our belief in our motto 'Recte faciendo neminem timens' (Do right, fear no-one!), our commitment to principle and to the quality of our client service remains as strong as ever.
Equality and diversity
Garden Court is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination and to encouraging diversity. We particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority and women candidates. We seek to operate a fair recruitment process.