Our barristers are involved in a wide range of public law cases, and challenges under the Human Rights Act 1998, appearing at every level, often in the Court of Appeal, the House of Lords, the Supreme Court, and the Privy Council, as well as international constitutional cases. We act for individuals, commercial bodies, regulators, quasi-public bodies, and central and local government.
Chambers’ public law and judicial review work includes:
- Community care, mental health and Court of Protection work
- Civil liberties and human rights (including before the European Court of Human Rights)
- Commercial and regulatory judicial review
- Coronial Law
- Education law, particularly special educational needs cases
- Health care
- Immigration and asylum
- Local Government (including vires, powers, local government finance, cuts cases and constitutional issues)
- Prison judicial review
- Public procurement
- Public inquiries
- We are represented on the Attorney General’s A, B and C Panels of Treasury Counsel and on the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates.
- R (Derbyshire County Council v Sheffield Combined Authority  EWHC 3355 (Admin): first local government challenge under English devolution scheme
- R (Watch Tower) v Charity Commission (2016) (CA)  1 WLR 2625: whether statutory appeal an alternative to judicial review;
- Magyar Helsinki v Hungary (2016): ECtHR overrules Supreme Court decision in Kennedy
- R (English Bridge Union) v Sports England  1 WLR 957: whether Sports England acted unlawfully in refusing to recognise bridge as a sport
- NA (Sudan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1060: whether it is lawful to return asylum seekers to Italy under the European Regulations
- Kennedy v Charity Commission  AC. 455 (SC): Article 10, right of access to information and common law rights
- Al Sweady Inquiry (2014): Public inquiry into allegations of unlawful killing and the ill treatment of detainees by members of the British Army in Iraq in 2004.
- Re: Frances Andrade (2014): Inquest into the death of a victim of historical sexual abuse after she had given evidence at the trial of her abusers.
- R v Misick (2014): (Turks and Caicos CA): constitutional challenge to judicial independence
- AS (Afghanistan) v SSHD  EWCA Civ 1469: Whether an immigration tribunal is bound by the determination of a competent authority that a person is not a victim of human trafficking.
- Re: Melanie Beswick (2013): Article 2 inquest into the death of the only female prisoner to have died in the prison estate in 2010.
- Gallastegui v Westminster City Council & Ors & (1) Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (2) SSHD  EWCA Civ 28: Compatibility of The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 with Article 6 of the ECHR.
- Mid Staffordshire Inquiry (2010 – 2012): Inquiry into poor care and high mortality rates amongst patients in the late 2000’s.