In praise of: Garden Court Chambers’ four new QCs
Marc Bloomfield
Brenda Campbell, Sonali Naik, Clare Wade and Amanda Weston from Garden Court took silk in February. The chambers described it as an ‘outstanding achievement’ that reflects its multi-disciplinary expertise across criminal defence, public law, immigration, civil liberties, community care, Court of Protection and inquests.
All four have appeared in high-profile cases over the years. Weston represented Mark Neary in his deprivation of liberty case regarding his son Steven at the Court of Protection ([2011] EWCOP 413; see July/August 2014 Legal Action 8). She was a finalist in the legal aid barrister of the year category in the 2013 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) awards.
Campbell was one of a team that represented the families of 77 of the football fans who died at Hillsborough. The inquest found that they had been unlawfully killed. She was a legal aid barrister of the year finalist in the 2017 LALY awards.
Naik has acted in many test cases on refugee rights, including R (HN and SA) (Afghanistan) [2016] EWCA Civ 123; July/August 2016 Legal Action 27. In the 2016 LALY awards, she was a finalist in the legal aid barrister of the year category.
Wade’s career has included a stint at the Law Commission where she worked on criminal law reform. She appeared in R v Hyde in 2015, a widely reported retrial of a young woman convicted of murdering a violent man. In the retrial, Hyde was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter on the grounds of self-defence.
We congratulate them on their achievement.

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