Welcome to Halcyon Chambers

Halcyon Chambers

A Commitment to Excellence

Halcyon Chambers (formerly known as 43 Temple Row Chambers), continues to offer outstanding levels of legal services.

We are committed to providing a first class personal and approachable service. Our barristers are straightforward, easy to talk to and focused on providing expert advice and practical legal solutions.

Knowledge & Experience

Halcyon Chambers have a reputation for being client focused, approachable and innovative Barristers that have proven themselves to be strong adversaries.

Our barristers are a diverse group of exceptionally talented specialists who are supported by an approachable, friendly and efficient clerking team.

Commercial and Chancery

Our Commercial and Chancery team cover a broad and diverse range of disputes both contentious and non-contentious issues. Our practitioners offer a dedicated and high quality service whether they are drafting pleadings, advising on individual case merits or representing clients at Court.

Credit Hire

Our Credit Hire team have years of experience representing both claimants and defendants in all types of matters right through to substantial multi-track matters and appeals.

The team can assist at every stage from pre-issue advice and drafting proceedings to representation at trial and appeal.

Education Law

Our Education Law Team advise clients on all aspects of education and special educational needs and regularly represent local authorities, responsible bodies and parents at all levels.

Employment Law

Our Employment Barristers are experienced in representing and advising both Claimant and Respondent in a pragmatic and direct manner. Members of the team regularly appear in Employment Tribunals across the Country as well as before the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Family Law

Our Family Team is a specialised team of barristers who have many years’ experience of dealing with all aspects of family law and are recognised for their outstanding level of expertise.

Immigration Law

Our Immigration Law Team have a broad range of experience in all areas of immigration law including asylum, nationality and business immigration.

Our highly skilled Immigration and Asylum practitioners regularly appear before both the First-tier and the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Motoring Offences

Our Barristers are able to offer road traffic law expertise at the highest level. Our Members are committed to achieving the best outcome for every client.

Personal Injury

Our Personal Injury Team provides expert advocacy and advice in all aspects of personal injury at all stages of the litigation process, including pre-action, drafting pleadings, skeleton arguments and schedules on behalf of claimants and defendants throughout the country.

Public Law

Our Public Law Barristers offer specialist advice and representation to individuals who wish to challenge all areas of public decision-making by government and other forms of governmental authority. Our members regularly appear before the Administrative Court and Upper Tribunal.

Our instructions are typically Claimant-based which allows us to advocate the rights of the individual with a strong focus on human rights, EU law and international law. Given the cutbacks in public funding, Chambers is committed to providing pro-bono representation where needed.

In the News

Tom Wheeler successfully defeats a Bankruptcy Petition against the odds!

Tom’s client was faced with liability orders for unpaid council tax across a large portfolio of tenanted properties. Having failed to participate in the proceedings which brought about the liability ...

Brexit – an interference with family life?

Article by Jonathan Bott With the date for Brexit put off to another unknown date, one might think that the substantive effect of the UK leaving the European Union is yet to be felt. However, followin ...

SMBC v Z

Article by Jonathan Bott Jonathan Bott has successfully obtained findings on behalf of Sandwell MBC in a case involving serious assault, child cruelty and international forced marriage. The respondent ...

Court of Appeal grants permission to appeal in test case CJ (international video-link hearing: data protection) Jamaica [2019] UKUT 126

Ramby de Mello and Tony Muman act for the Appellant who protests that being compelled to give evidence via video-link from Jamaica is in breach of GDPR instructed by Sanjeev Sharma at JM Wilson Solic ...

The Importance of ADR: Further Guidance from the Court of Appeal

Article by Katie Wilkinson The Court of Appeal have clarified the powers of the Court to require parties to engage in early dispute resolution which goes much further than the Courts’ general encour ...

The ‘Surinder Singh’ principle: ‘Centre of Life’ test unlawful says Upper Tribunal – Omarkhail v Home Secretary

Article by Tony Muman The Surinder Singh principle, or ‘route’ as commonly referred to, takes its name from the old Court of Justice judgment in R v IAT and Surinder Singh ex.p. SSHD Case C-370/90 ...

Halcyon teams defend injunction claim in School LGBT row: a pupil’s perspective

  Last week following an intense five-day trial in the High Court Mr Justice Warby reserved judgment in Birmingham City Council v Afsar and others. The case was compelling both in arguments of fa ...

Tony Muman: European Court of Justice

Tony Muman appears at the European Court of Justice. Tony is accompanied by Trevor Berriman (Head of Chambers) and Christopher Ridley (Senior Clerk) ...

France: Banning the niqab violated two Muslim women’s freedom of religion – UN experts

France: Banning the niqab violated two Muslim women’s freedom of religion – UN experts On 27 November Tony Muman led by Ramby de Mello appeared before the Grand Chamber of the European Court o ...

immigration

Tony Muman: Immigration & Asylum Law Barrister of the Year 2018

Tony Muman: Immigration & Asylum Law Barrister of the Year 2018   43templerow is extremely proud to announce that Tony Muman has been awarded Barrister of the Year 2018 in Immigration & ...

Credit Hire | Enforceability | Irving v Morgan Sindall

Please find a copy of the judgment by clicking here. The recent appeal judgment in Irving v Morgan Sindall PLC [2018] EWHC 1147 (QB) by Mr Justice Turner is greatly appreciated for bringing much need ...

Tony Muman successfully represents Masters Student in the High Court wrongly expelled.

Tony Muman successfully represented a Masters Student in the High Court wrongly expelled, see previous post together with article below for further details. Tony Muman acted for HA and was led by Ramb ...

Kate Thomas appointed District Judge

43 Temple Row Chambers is delighted to announce the judicial appointment of Miss Kate Thomas as a District Judge. Kate was called to the Bar in 1994 and after a few initial years of practise in Lo ...

SM (Algeria) v Entry Clearance Officer, UK Visas Section A JUDGMENT OF TWO PARTS: a non-lawyer’s guide – Part 2

SM (Algeria) v Entry Clearance Officer, UK Visas Section A JUDGMENT OF TWO PARTS: a non-lawyer’s guide (2/2) Susanna is a beautiful seven year old girl.  Abandoned at birth outside an Algerian hosp ...

SM (Algeria) v Entry Clearance Officer, UK Visas Section A JUDGMENT OF TWO PARTS: a non-lawyer’s guide – Part 1

SM (Algeria) v Entry Clearance Officer, UK Visas Section A JUDGMENT OF TWO PARTS: a non-lawyer’s guide (1/2) Susanna is a beautiful seven year old girl.  Abandoned at birth outside an Algerian hosp ...

R (HA) v University of Wolverhampton General Pharmaceutical Council (intervening) [2018] EWHC 144 (Admin)

R (HA) v University of Wolverhampton General Pharmaceutical Council (intervening) [2018] EWHC 144 (Admin) Spent Convictions and the MPharm Course: fitness to practice In a judgment handed down this m ...

Joseph Neville appointed Judge of the First Tier Immigration Tribunal

43 Temple Row Chambers is delighted to announce the judicial appointment of Mr Joseph Neville as a Judge of the First Tier Immigration Tribunal. Joseph’s appointment will take effect from 26 J ...

Jonathan Bott represents father in Re: PQR (Children) [2017] EFWC B86 reported in The Guardian

Jonathan Bott has represented the father in Re. PQR (Children) [2017] EFWC B86 reported in The Guardian.  The father and mother had an ‘open relationship’ which included the parents having relati ...

Tony Muman ranked in 2018 Chambers and Partners

Chambers are proud to announce that Tony Muman has, for the sixth successive year, been ranked as a leading barrister in the prestigious Chambers and Partners Bar Guide 2018. The guide notes Tony as & ...

A QUICK UPDATE ON MM (Lebanon) 3 days before the Rules change by Tony Muman, Counsel for MM

A QUICK UPDATE ON MM (Lebanon) 3 days before the Rules change… Following the Court’s judgment on 22 February 2017 the parties sought to agree an order which gave effect to it and in particular to ...

Certifying human rights claims of individuals liable to deportation (Kiarie and another v Secretary of State for the Home Department)

Immigration analysis: Tony Muman of 43 Temple Row Chambers explores the core issues in the Supreme Court’s decision in R (on the application of Kiarie and another) and examines why the ‘deport no ...

Govt’s ‘Deport First, Appeal Later’ policy is UNLAWFUL rules the Supreme Court

  R (Kiarie) and R (Byndloss) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42 In the Conservative Party Conference 2013 Theresa May, then Home Secretary, announced her flagship policy ...

Do you earn enough?—Article 8, section 55 and the minimum income requirement: R (on the application of MM (Lebanon)

Immigration analysis: The Supreme Court’s decision on the minimum income requirement (MIR) for partners of non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals seeking leave to enter is considered by Tony Mum ...

Immigration analysis: The Supreme Court’s decision on the minimum income requirement (MIR)

Immigration analysis: The Supreme Court’s decision on the minimum income requirement (MIR) for partners of non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals seeking leave to enter is considered by Tony Mum ...

Minimum Income Rules – How to get your clients through the new regime Education and Network Event

The Supreme Court decision handed down today certainly caused some confusion among commentators: Income rules stopping thousands of British citizens bringing their foreign spouse to UK are lawful  ...

A Barrister’s tips for giving evidence in the Family Court

Following, Jonathan Bott’s successful lecture at Community Care Live in Birmingham last year, he has recently provided an article for Community Care Inform, the online resource for social work prof ...

24 Jan 2017: Supreme Court refuses Government’s Article 50 Appeal.

The Supreme Court has dismissed the Government’s Appeal in R (on the application of Miller), AB Parties v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. In what has been described as one of the ...

14 Dec 2016: Thomas Wheeler successfully opposes High Court Permission to Appeal/Appeal.

Thomas Wheeler successfully opposes an application for Permission to Appeal/Appeal within Insolvency proceedings before The Honourable Mr Justice Mann. The case summary can be found here. ...

8 Dec 2016: Tony Muman instructed on behalf of AB Parties

Tony Muman of 43 Temple Row Chambers is instructed to act on behalf of AB Parties. Click here to access live feed to the Supreme Court. ...

3 Nov 2016: The Claimants have WON the Brexit Judicial Review challenge.

Full Article 50 High Court judgment available here. Tony Muman of Counsel instructed on behalf of AB Parties with the assistance of Thomas Green. Further details to follow. ...

Brexit Day One at the Royal Courts of Justice

BREXIT DAY 1 Proceedings in the much anticipated ‘Brexit Litigation’ commenced on Thursday 13th October 2016 with Lord Pannick QC opening the case for Gina Miller.  An official transcript of the ...

Article 50 and Brexit – The Government’s Case

Article 50 and Brexit – The Government’s Case Last week, on 6th October 2016, the Government served their skeleton argument in advance of the much awaited hearing before the Divisional Court, begi ...

BREXIT & THE ROYAL PREROGATIVE: Can the Govt. alone pull us out?

In October 2016 the Divisional Court will hear a 2/3 day judicial review to determine whether there is a need for Parliamentary authority prior to the giving of notice of withdrawal from the EU under ...

Tony Muman instructed by Mr. Byndloss as Supreme Court grants Permission to Appeal against ‘Deport First Appeal Later’ provision.

Supreme Court grants Permission to Appeal against ‘Deport First Appeal Later’ provision The Supreme Court (Lords Kerr, Reed and Toulson) has today granted permission to appeal in R (Bynd ...

43 Temple Row Barristers Appear in the Supreme Court to Challenge Minimum Income Visa Rules

43 Temple Row Barristers Appear in the Supreme Court to Challenge Minimum Income Visa Rules   Thursday 25 February 2016 Over the course of a three day hearing between 22-24 February 2016, a seven ...

The pre-entry English requirement for partners and article 8

Tony Muman recently wrote an article for LexisNexis following the outcome of the Bibi case at the Supreme Court which can be viewed by clicking on the link below. To instruct Tony Muman on any public ...

Supreme Court rules on pre-entry English language tests

43templerow Supreme Court rules on pre-entry English language tests On 18 November 2015 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in R (on the applications of Ali and Bibi) v Secretary of State for the H ...

Preparation for RTA Trials

Accuracy of Pleadings: Parties should be careful to accurately state the circumstances of the accident in the Particulars of Claim or Defence. Witness Statements should be cross checked with the Ple ...

Supreme Court give permission in landmark human rights case

The Supreme Court has now given permission to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision in SSHD v SS (Congo) & Ors [2015] EWCA Civ 387. The court has directed that the appeal be heard on 22nd ...

R (on the Application of SS Congo) v Secretary of State for Home Department

Notice has been received today that permission to Appeal in this case has been granted. The Appeal will be heard with R (on the Application of MM Lebanon) in February 2016. Tony Muman and Joseph Nevil ...

The Doctrine of Co-extensive liability in a tripartite relationship

The principle, first outlined in Octagon Assets Limited v Remblance [2009] EWCA Civ 581 can be simply stated. A tenant, who had fallen into rent arrears, brought an action against the landlord for bre ...

Costs in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber)

  Following a recommendation in the Report of the Costs Review Group to the Senior President of the Tribunal in December 2011, costs in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) can now be award ...

Direct Public Access – Narrowing the Divide

The legal profession has been in existence for hundreds of years and there has traditionally been a clear distinction between the roles of Solicitors and Barristers.  Solicitors would liaise with the ...

Tony Muman: Minimum income requirements and Article 8 Rights

Tony Muman recently wrote an article for LexisNexis following the outcome of the latest stage of  MM which can be viewed here To instruct Tony Muman on any public law or immigration matter, please ...

Court of Appeal rules on family migration and the minimum income threshold

The Court of Appeal has today handed down judgment in which it has allowed the Home Secretary’s appeal against Mr Justice Blake’s decision in MM and others v Secretary of State [2013] EWHC 1900 A ...

Reaction to Judgment S.A.S. v France

Following the Judgment handed down today in the Grand Chamber, Public Law Barrister Tony Muman commented as follows: – “The judgment is naturally disappointing for the client and she will ...

S.A.S. v France

European Court of Human Rights to give judgment concerning the prohibition on wearing the full-face veil in public in France On Tuesday 1 July 2014 at 11am the Grand Chamber will promulgate its much a ...

Handcuffs and denial of funeral rites to Hindu prisoner in clear breach of Articles 8 and 9 ECHR

So held Mr Justice Leggatt in a very carefully considered ex tempore judgment given yesterday afternoon (1st April) in the Administrative court sitting in Birmingham. “And when he dies…and when th ...

Affluent people are likely to integrate better than poor people!

This was but one of a number of startling submissions made by the Secretary of State to the Court of Appeal earlier this week in Secretary of State  v. MM and Others in defence of her controversial F ...

Tony Muman listed in Chambers & Partners Bar Guide

43templerow chambers are pleased to confirm that Immigration & Public Law Barrister Tony Muman is featured as a “notable practitioner” on the Midland Circuit in the Chambers & Part ...

MM & ORs v Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Judgment for this case can now be accessed here. Counsel Tony Muman of 43 Temple Row can be contacted for comment via his clerks. ...