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A strong public law practice.

Temple Garden Chambers has long been renowned for its work in public, administrative and regulatory law, and its members regularly appear in the most important, high-profile and cutting-edge cases in the field.

The set is almost unique in its ability to offer expertise across the range of public law issues in tandem with complementary expertise in inquests and inquiries  extradition, professional discipline, and international law. This enables us to provide our clients with big picture strategic advice and a one-stop service across a range of jurisdictions.

We are particularly well known for our work in cases that have a human rights, criminal justice, immigration and asylum or national security dimension, though our expertise runs far wider than this. In recent times our members have acted in cases involving issues as diverse as the Covid-19 hospitality curfew, the military evacuation of Afghanistan, the fees charged for British citizenship applications, extraordinary rendition and enhanced interrogation during the ‘War on Terror’, the release of murderers on parole, the Novichok poisonings, the admissibility of marine safety reports in shipping arbitrations, and the campaign to save Geronimo the alpaca. Our members have appeared in many of the leading cases across the gamut of public law issues, at all levels from the First-tier Tribunal to the Supreme Court and internationally. We have appeared in a huge number of reported cases.

We have a broad client base, including individuals and businesses, Government departments and agencies, local government bodies, the Security and Intelligence services, HMRC, the SFO, regulators, national sports bodies, and Magic Circle and other leading firms of solicitors. Our barristers include members of the Attorney-General’s Panel of Counsel at all levels of seniority.

 

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Public Law Barristers

Public Law
Extradition & Interpol
Inquests

Robin Tam KC

Call 1986 | Silk 2006

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International Law
Public Law

Dominic Grieve KC

Call 1980 | Silk 2008

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Inquests
Inquiries
Personal Injury
Public Law

David Barr KC

Call 1993 | Silk 2014

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International Law
Public Law
Extradition & Interpol
Inquiries

Rodney Dixon KC

Call 2000 | Silk 2014

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Inquiries
Inquests
Public Law
Personal Injury

Andrew O’Connor KC

Call 1996 | Silk 2015

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Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Cathryn McGahey KC

Call 1990 | Silk 2016

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Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Nicholas Moss KC

Call 1995 | Silk 2021

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Clinical Negligence
Inquests
Personal Injury
Professional Discipline
Public Law

Ian Ashford-Thom

Call 1977

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Environmental Law
Health & Safety
Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Nicholas Chapman

Call 2001

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Extradition & Interpol
Public Law

Myles Grandison

Call 2002

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Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Louise Jones

Call 2004

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International Law
Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law
Business & Human Rights

Kathryn Howarth

Call 2005

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Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Benjamin Seifert

Call 2007

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Costs & Litigation Funding
Inquests
Inquiries
International Law
Personal Injury
Public Law

Sian Reeves

Call 2006

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Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
International Law
Public Law

Émilie Pottle

Call 2008

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Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
Public Law

Saoirse Townshend

Call 2010

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Inquests
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law

William Irwin

Call 2010

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Inquests
Inquiries
Personal Injury
Professional Discipline
Public Law

Anthony Lenanton

Call 2011

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Clinical Negligence
Costs & Litigation Funding
Health & Safety
Inquests
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law

Richard Boyle

Call 2012

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Inquests
Inquiries
International Law
Professional Discipline
Public Law

Zeenat Islam

Call 2013

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Costs & Litigation Funding
Insurance
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law

Robert Riddell

Call 2015

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Public Law
International Law
Business & Human Rights
Collective Redress
Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
Commercial
Costs & Litigation Funding

Juliet Wells

Call 2016

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Costs & Litigation Funding
Environmental Law
Health & Safety
Inquests
Inquiries
Insurance
Professional Discipline
Public Law

Harriet Gilchrist

Call 2016

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Clinical Negligence
Costs & Litigation Funding
Credit Hire
Inquests
Inquiries
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law

Olivia Rosenstrom

Call 2018

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Automated & Electric Vehicles
Credit Hire
Inquiries
International Law
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law
Business & Human Rights
Collective Redress

Paul Erdunast

Call 2018

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Personal Injury
Public Law
Inquiries
Motor Insurance Fraud
Credit Hire
Insurance
Extradition & Interpol

Harry Peto

Call 2019

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Credit Hire
Inquests
Inquiries
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law
Clinical Negligence

Rochelle Powell

Call 2019

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Extradition & Interpol
Personal Injury
Public Law

Nicholas Dobbs

Call 2020

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Automated & Electric Vehicles
Extradition & Interpol
Health & Safety
Inquests
Inquiries
Insurance
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law
Professional Discipline

Anisa Kassamali

Call 2020

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Automated & Electric Vehicles
Clinical Negligence
Credit Hire
Environmental Law
Extradition & Interpol
Inquests
Inquiries
Motor Insurance Fraud
Personal Injury
Public Law

Grace Corby

Call 2021

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Personal Injury
Public Law
Extradition & Interpol
International Law
Collective Redress
Business & Human Rights

Sebastian Bates

Call 2021

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R (on the application of AAA & Others) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (UNHCR intervening)

21/12/2022

On 19 December 2022, the Divisional Court handed down an important judgment in claims for judicial review challenging the government’s proposal to relocate asylum seekers to Rwanda to have their asylum claims determined there. Sian Reeves, instructed by the Government Legal...
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QX v Home Secretary

30/11/2022

Court of Appeal decision on temporary exclusion orders. Robin Tam KC instructed by GLD. The Court of Appeal decided that Article 6 ECHR applies to a review of the imposition of a TEO if that has been followed by the...
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HM Attorney General v Dowie (comital for contempt of court); HM Attorney General v Dowie (sentence)

23/06/2022

Kathryn Howarth represented the Attorney General in proceedings for contempt of court, heard by Mr Justice MacDonald, who found the defendant in contempt of court for posting recordings of proceedings from family court proceedings, which involved children and were heard...
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R (Secretary of State for Justice) v Parole Board

31/05/2022

Leading case on the statutory “public protection” test, to be applied by the Parole Board when considering whether to direct the release of a prisoner. Nicholas Chapman acted for the Parole Board. The Divisional Court confirmed that the statutory test...
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R v Secretary of State for the Home Department R (O) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

02/02/2022

A high-profile Supreme Court appeal concerning the fees charged to children applying to register as British citizens. The leading case on the rules of statutory interpretation and related constitutional law principles.  Nicholas Chapman, led by Sir James Eadie QC, represented...
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Secretary of State for the Home Department v Krupaliben Patel

25/01/2022

Nicholas Chapman acted for the Secretary of State in an important case concerning the principles of finality, res judicata and issue estoppel in the Tribunal jurisdiction, and the circumstances in which the Tribunal can permissibly depart from previous findings in...
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