Judicial review and public law

We have one of the largest and most highly regarded claimant-focused judicial review teams in the UK.

Our team is recommended by both the Chambers’ Guide to the Legal Profession (“pre-eminent firm advising individual claimants and intervening NGOs”) and the Legal 500 directory (“one of the best claimant teams around”) as being amongst the leading firms in the UK for judicial review work.

The rules public bodies must comply with when carrying out their public functions are complex. Our expertise lies in our knowledge of the rules public bodies must comply with, coupled with our extensive experience of using judicial review court proceedings to challenge unlawful decisions and failures to act.

Our solicitors have brought hundreds of successful judicial review and other public law claims across a broad range of areas and against a wide range of public bodies. For example: challenges to cuts to public services; claims against the police, CPS and IPCC; challenges to planning decisions and environmental challenges; unlawful detention and deprivation of liberty challenges, education law claims, claims to secure access to treatment; challenges to public sector procurement decisions; social security challenges; challenges to local housing authorities and social services authorities; challenges to central government policies of national and international significance; and challenges to secure access to subsistence support for destitute asylum seekers and migrants.

By claimant-focused we mean that most of the time we advise and represent those seeking to challenge the decision-making of public bodies. In this capacity, our clients have included charities, public bodies, private companies and law firms as individuals.

We also provide training and advice to public sector organisations seeking to improve the quality of their decision-making.