Public Law Barristers

Public Law

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 [2016] EWHC 3355 (Admin): first local government challenge under English devolution scheme
  • R (Watch Tower) v Charity Commission (2016) (CA) [2016] 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 [2016] 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 [2016] EWCA Civ 1060: whether it is lawful to return asylum seekers to Italy under the European Regulations
  • Kennedy v Charity Commission [2015] 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 [2013] 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 [2013] 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.


For more details contact

Call +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or email:

Steven Wright, Senior Clerk

Emma Wise, Public Law Clerk

Alex Coomber, Public Law Clerk

Public Law Barristers

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Barrister Rachel Langdale

Rachel Langdale QC

Call: 1990 | QC: 2009

Barrister Barbara Connolly

Barbara Connolly QC

Call: 1986 | QC: 2011

Barrister Vanessa Marshall

Vanessa Marshall QC

Call: 1994 | QC: 2018

Barrister Adam Clemens

Adam Clemens

Call: 1985

Barrister Tim Meakin

Tim Meakin

Call: 1989

Barrister Adam Korn

Adam Korn

Call: 1992

Barrister Nicholas Cropp

Nicholas Cropp

Call: 1999

Barrister Richard Baker

Richard Baker

Call: 2000

Barrister Steven Gray

Steven Gray

Call: 2000

Barrister Gina Allwood

Gina Allwood

Call: 2002

Barrister James Weston

James Weston

Call: 2007

Barrister James Robottom

James Robottom

Call: 2009

Barrister James Macdonald

James Macdonald

Call: 2010

Barrister Helen Compton

Helen Compton

Call: 2011

Barrister Jas Jandu

Jas Jandu

Call: 2014

Barrister Kat Shields

Kat Shields

Call: 2016

Barrister Nia Frobisher

Nia Frobisher

Call: 2016

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