We have a team of expert lawyers who specialise in administrative and public law. We are a leading firm for those in public sector and those who interact with entities in the public sector. This means our work in this field sits at the heart of many of the firm’s practice areas. We understand that administrative and public law considerations run through all aspects of decision making, policy and procedure for many of our clients, and that getting the right approach is key to managing risk. Our administrative and public law team operate across a wide range of sectors including:
- local government;
- financial services;
- police and crime commissioners;
- fire and rescue authorities;
- regulators; and
- housing associations.
The breadth and depth of our experience enables us to deliver pragmatic and cost effective advice to our clients.
Entrusted by applicants and defendants with complex and politically sensitive judicial reviews
Working with clients
We provide a full end to end service in relation to administrative and public law. A key part of our practice is advisory work which includes providing early input on decision making in relation to:
- the lawful exercise of powers;
- Equality Act duties;
- governance; and
- risks associated with particular decisions and projects, including around cuts to services and restructuring.
Our public law litigation experience, covers all aspects of Judicial Review challenges and statutory appeals in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. We advise on the two-stage procedure specific to Judicial Review, the duty of candour and disclosure obligations, dealing with urgent applications, and advising on strategy and when to concede as well as consequential orders including on costs. We have particular expertise in acting for clients in complex, politically sensitive, high profile and multi-party Judicial Review challenges and supporting clients with the wider practical and reputational considerations they present.
We are ranked in tier 2 for administrative and public law in Legal 500 and as band 2 in Chambers and Partners.
They are fully engaged in achieving the best practical outcome for their clients. They have excellent knowledge of the areas of law in which their clients operate, and of the ins-and-outs of public law litigation.
- We advised South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner in relation to the challenge by the former Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, of the decision of the Police and Crime Commission to require him to resign following the verdicts in the Hillsborough Inquests.
- We acted for NHS England in the successful defence of a Judicial Review challenge brought by the British Homeopathic Association against NHS England's decision to include homeopathy in guidance for medicine and treatment items which should not routinely be prescribed by GPs (R (British Homeopathic Association) v. National Health Service Commissioning Board  EWHC 1359 (Admin)).
- We acted for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman in its defence of a Judicial Review claim arising from the Ombudsman's decision to investigate a complaint made against a GP out of time (R (Newman) v. Parliamentary and Health Service Commissioner  EWHC 3336 (Admin)).
- We represented Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in a Judicial Review challenge to a decision by Westminster City Council to grant planning permission for the development of the Paddington Cube in the vicinity of St Mary's Hospital, London.