Firms To Watch: Administrative and public law

With Robbie Owen at the helm of the team, Pinsent Masons LLP is garnering a growing reputation for its successful representation of both claimants and respondents in a variety of complex judicial review cases. The team is able to draw on the firm's established strengths in public policy, planning and development, infrastructure, energy, education, and public procurement.
The public and administrative law disputes group at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was formed in 2021 under the leadership of Max Davis. The team acts in relation to planning, immigration and public inquiries, and is also noted for its strong connections with the Caribbean jurisdictions.
Under the guidance of Rebekah Carrier, the housing-focused team at Hopkin Murray Beskine Solicitors handles a range of public law claims and discrimination cases in this area. Recent highlights include challenging welfare reform policies and allocation of social housing.

Administrative and public law in London

Bindmans LLP

The ‘irreplaceable‘ team at Bindmans LLP is regularly seen acting on an impressive cross-section of market leading public law cases at any given time; current highlights include representing multiple claimants in litigation against the Secretary of State for Digital, Cultute, Media and Sport concerning regulations affecting the entertainment sector during the pandemic, and bringing a claim against the Metropolitan Police for refusal to investigate the Prime Minister’s alleged breach of Covid-19 regulations. The group is ‘guided with skill and technical excellence‘ by co-chairs Jamie Potter and John Halford. Karen May brings her experience as head of the firm’s education department to bear on judicial review cases in that arena, with Emma Varley also rapidly developing expertise in the same field. Salima Budhani is much lauded for her stellar work with vulnerable and marginalised clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jamie Potter; John Halford

Autres avocats clés:

Salima Budhani; Caroline Robinson; Jessie Brennan; Karen May; Anna Thwaites; Shirin Marker; Emma Varley

Les références

‘They’re pretty unique, to be honest. Bindmans are activist lawyers, and proud of it. They do difficult cases, on legal aid rates, because it is the right thing to do, and they are pretty irreplaceable.’

‘Shirin Marker was incredibly knowledgable, while also being straight forward and clear in a way that gave me total confidence in her ability.’

‘Bindmans is the number one firm for claimant public law cases. Their public law solicitors are top quality throughout, and are guided with skill and technical excellence by Jamie Potter and John Halford.’

Principaux clients

World Uyghur Congress

Helen Timson

Law Society of England and Wales

Miriam Binder & Ors

Windrush Lives

National Union of Journalists

Ken Livingstone and Pam Bromley

Good Law Project

Seven Sisters Market Tenants Association

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing LW Theatres Group, The Really Useful Group, Michael Harrison Entertainment, Cameron Mackintosh, Sonia Friedman Productions and LIVE in litigation against the Secretary of State for Digital, Cultute, Media and Sport related to restrictions imposed on the entertainment sector as a result of the pandemic.
  • Representing the Good Law Project in a claim against the Metropolitan Police, relating to the latter’s refusal to investigate the Prime Minister.
  • Advising the Association of Child Psychotherapists  Regulatory on novel regulatory issues arising from the provision of child psychotherapy services online across international borders.

Deighton Pierce Glynn

Deighton Pierce Glynn is positioned at 'the cutting edge of developing law' and is therefore widely known for its 'brilliant work on the most important cases across the board of human rights and judicial review'. Managing partner Polly Glynn predominantly focuses on challenging failures of public bodies, and as part of this work has set up and runs the innovative Pre-action Protocol Project, which aims to empower communities to enable them to prepare formal legal letters in response to unlawful decisions made by central or local government. Zubier Yazdani is regularly instructed to represent victims of trafficking and modern slavery, both nationally and internationally, while Joanna Thomson has latterly been involved with a number of complex detention cases. The firm also has a strong presence in Bristol, where Adam Hundt is the name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adam Hundt

Autres avocats clés:

Polly Glynn; Joanna Thomson; Sue Willman; Zubier Yazdani; Sasha Rozansky; Ceri Lloyd-Hughes

Les références

‘Zubier Yazdani is a highly intelligent solicitor who never stops thinking about his cases and refining and fine tuning the legal and factual issues in them, so that the strongest possible case is advanced.’

‘The team are at the cutting edge of developing law. They are quick to get up to speed and on the ball in urgent cases and where steps need to be taken urgently.’

‘Absolutely brilliant – I have never worked with anyone at DPG who was less than great. They have particular strength and depth in strategic litigation, asylum support, trafficking, and human rights issues.’

Principaux clients

Operation Black Vote

The Runnymede Trust

Big Brother Watch, Open Rights Group, English PEN


Gulf Center for Human Rights

Crisis (the Homeless Charity)

Migrants Organise

The Unity Project


Humans for Rights Network

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully represented claimants in a challenge to the Home Office’s seizure of new asylum arrivals’ mobile phones.
  • Successfully challenged the DPP’s refusal to prosecute a trafficker.
  • Successfully challenged the Home Office’s “No Recourse to Public Funds” policy.


Fieldfisher continues to be regarded as a firm of choice for public inquiry work, as illustrated by its instruction in December 2021 to assist the Covid-19 Inquiry in its initial set up phase, and its continued involvement with the Manchester Arena, Jermaine Baker and Grenfell Tower Inquiries; Tim Suter is the key contact for such mandates. At leadership level, Matthew Lohn and Martin Smith are the names to note - the former has extensive experience advising regulators and commercial organisations in the financial, electoral, sporting and healthcare fields, while the latter's caseload is focused on judicial review, vires issues, statutory interpretation and the fair exercise of powers and duties. Legal director Carina May is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Martin Smith; Matthew Lohn

Autres avocats clés:

Abigail Scholefield; Tim Suter; Carina May; Oliver Carlyon

Principaux clients

Construction Industry Training Board (‘CITB’)

British Association of Shooting and Conservation

The Professional Standards Authority

Phonepaid Services Authority

Manchester Arena Inquiry

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (‘IICSA’)

Jermaine Baker Inquiry

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

Sudesh Amman Inquest

East London Inquests – Inquests into the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor

The Inquests into the Deaths of Yves Marie Gloaguen and Pascal Lucien le Floch following the Sinking of the MFV Bugaled Breizh

Inquest touching the death of Dawn Sturgess

The Dyson Investigation

Independent Panel Review into the death of Daniel Morgan

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the Chair of the Manchester Arena Inquiry on issues under s.36 of the Inquiries Act 2005, in order to compel two witnesses to attend the Inquiry to give evidence.
  • Acted for the Phonepaid Services Authority in a judicial review claim issued by TCS, a premium rate services provider.
  • Instructed by the Right Honourable Lord Dyson to advise him on his independent investigation into allegations made regarding BBC Panorama’s 1995 interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's 'simply stellar' team is able to draw on the firm's highly regarded disputes practice to expertly handle all contentious aspects of administrative and public law issues across a wide variety of sectors and industries. As well as having 'the resources to bring off big cases', the group also fields an impressive pro bono practice, which supports charities including Liberty, the AIRE Centre, JUSTICE, and the Public Law Project. Andrew Lidbetter and Nusrat Zar are the department's co-chairs, with both bringing significant experience of acting on judicial reviews, statutory appeals, regulatory disputes, investigations, and public inquiries to their roles. 'Depth at both partner and associate level' is another key differentiator; Jasveer Randhawa is an example of the former, while Anna Eliasson is a standout in the latter category.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Lidbetter; Nusrat Zar

Autres avocats clés:

Jasveer Randhawa; Anna Eliasson; Christine Iacono; James Wood

Les références

‘Excellent tactical awareness and a thorough knowledge of public law issues.’

‘Exceptionally thorough. Andrew Lidbetter and Jasveer Randhawa have an outstanding reputation in this field, and it is rightly deserved.’

‘One of the few truly excellent public law teams in the city with depth at both partner and associate level.’

Principaux clients

Stagecoach Group plc

Centre for Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (“AIRE”)

British Sugar plc

Severn Trent Water Limited (“STW”) and Severn Trent Property Solutions Limited (“STPS”)

High Speed Two (“HS2”) Limited

Bail for Immigration Detainees

Church of England: Several entities including the Church Commissioners and the Archbishops’ Council

Post Office Limited

Parkdean Resorts

Water UK


The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery

Telefónica UK Limited (O2)

Horserace Betting Levy Board

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Post Office in the statutory Horizon IT Inquiry.
  • Defending HS2 against two procurement claims relating to its Rolling Stock competition, which comprises the design, building, testing and commissioning of a minimum fleet of 54 high speed trains for operation on the UK’s new high speed railway.
  • Representing British Sugar in its judicial review challenge to the decision by the UK Government to introduce an “autonomous tariff quota” for raw cane sugar with effect from the end of the Brexit transition period.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The offering at Hogan Lovells International LLP falls under the umberella of the firm's global regulatory practice - headed up by 'peerless' Charles Brasted - and is therefore an advisor of choice for commercial clients operating in heavily regulated sectors; the team's current roster of household names includes Uber and Aribnb. The group also benefits from the presence of Robert Gardener, whose 'deep insight into  government and public affairs allows the department to give a political and media angle to their assistance', and ensures its continued place on multiple expert advisory panels and committees. Solicitor advocate Julia Marlow is currently leading on work with Ofgem to support the design and delivery of a new economic regulatory model which will aid the UK’s transition to a greener economy.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charles Brasted

Autres avocats clés:

Julia Marlow; Andrew Eaton; Robert Gardener; Dervla Simm

Les références

‘Charles Brasted remains at the very tip top of the market. Julia Marlow is a deserved addition to the partnership – formidably clever, driven and poised. Andrew Eaton is the best senior associate in the industry, by a considerable margin. He is calm, deep-thinking and wise.’

‘The team’s strength is the depth and breadth of their capability. Partners like Charles Brasted are market leading in their technical expertise, whilst Robert Gardener brings a non-legal background to add breadth and nuance to the services they can offer in relation to government and public affairs.’

‘Robert Gardener has been a key individual for us. His deep insight into  government and public affairs allows the department to give a political and media angle to their assistance which has made it much more practically valuable for us.’

Principaux clients




The UK Gambling Commission

London Metal Exchange

Justice for Jasmine

Euroclear UK & International

Manchester Airports Group

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Crown Estate


Patchwork Foundation

Biggin Hill


Principaux dossiers

  • Instructed as Uber’s go-to regulatory adviser.
  • Advising Manchester Airports Group on a possible judicial review of the Government’s decision not to publish any information explaining their decisions as to which countries were allocated to either the “red”, “amber”, or “green” lists in the traffic light system for foreign travel, which was introduced by the Government at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on energy supplier financial difficulties and insolvencies, and the subsequent Government response.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP draws on its ‘extensive history in reputational protection for companies and individuals‘ to field a team which is much lauded for defending commercial judicial review litigation; the firm’s track record includes acting on cases concerning matters as diverse as environmental and social governance, the taxation of political donations and gender issues. ‘Doyen of public law solicitorsAdam Chapman continues to provide guidance to the group, which is now headed up by ‘trusted advisorSophie Kemp. In May 2021, ‘superstar in the makingNick Wrightson was promoted to partner, further deepening the bench of recommended advisors at this level.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sophie Kemp

Autres avocats clés:

Adam Chapman; Nick Wrightson; Emily Carter; Stephen Parkinson; Nick De Mulder

Les références

‘Kingsley Napley have a regulatory and public law team which is unrivalled in depth and public law experience.’

‘Adam Chapman is a doyen of public law solicitors. He has immense experience of Government which he has transferred to private practice, building a superb team in his own image.’

‘Impressive versatility to deal with all manner of public law work, particularly touching on commercial interests. KN draws in this on its extensive history in reputational protection for companies and individuals. For the quality of the work it produces, its rates are great value for money.’

Principaux clients

University of Cambridge

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Payment Systems Regulator

The Labour Party

Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

18 former employees of the London Fire Brigade

Clandeboye Agencies Limited

Arron Banks

Roman Catholic Church organisations

Free Speech Union

Dr David Bell

The International Commission of Jurists and the Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented the University of Cambridge in all aspects of its central role in two high profile jury inquests relating to the terrorist attack at Fishmongers’ Hall.
  • Commissioned and helped conduct an Independent Review at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors into allegations that the organisation had tried to suppress a critical internal report into its finances.
  • Defended the Payment Systems Regulator, the economic regulator for the payment systems industry in the UK, in the first claim for judicial review ever brought against it.

Leigh Day

As a ‘truly top tier player‘, Leigh Day fields both a core set of practitioners working exclusively on administrative and public law matters – primarily judicial review – and a roster of dedicated lawyers in fields including healthcare, immigration and refugee law,  who regularly bring public law cases in these areas. The team exhibtis ‘courage combined with tactical know-how‘ when litigating at all levels of the court system and across a wide range of subject areas, from cases arising out of armed conflict and environmental protection challenges, through to right to life and right to die issues. Jamie Beagent heads up the practice, which also fields such notable names as Tessa Gregory and Benjamin Burrows. In terms of particular specialisms, Waleed Sheikh is noted for immigration matters, while Merry Varney is the key name for bereaved families and victims of domestic human rights violations.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jamie Beagent

Autres avocats clés:

Tessa Gregory; Benjamin Burrows; Emma Jones; Waleed Sheikh; Merry Varney; Stephanie Hill; Tom Short

Les références

‘Leigh Day’s team is highly efficient and creative. They regularly handle very large and high profile cases and have the expertise to back it up. They really do have the whole package – people, billing, diversity, technology! A truly top tier player.’

‘Waleed Sheikh – really creative and persistent. Can handle large and complex matters efficiently.’

‘This is a very capable team. They are judicious in the cases and issues they select and are extremely well-run. They have an eye for a good issue to argue and their work is done to a very high standard.’

Principaux clients

Freedom From Torture

Wild Justice

UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights

Carolin Lucas MP, Chris Bryant MP, Lord Strasburger, Ben Bradshaw MP, Baroness Wheatcroft, Alyn Smith MP, and all the citizens

Campaign Against Arms Trade

John’s Campaign

Open Rights Group

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Cycling UK

Over 320 Core Participants in the Infected Blood Inquiry

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for claimants in in judicial review proceedings concerning alleged breach of Article 2 ECHR during the unlawful killings of civilians by British Special Forces in the course of night raids in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012.  
  • Successfully conducted a series of judicial review claims challenging discrimination against two severely disabled men over the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ failure to provide adequate transitional payments to protect them and others from a cliff-edge loss of income following their move on to Universal Credit.  
  • Acting on judicial review proceedings, and most recently an application to the European Court of Human Rights, challenging the UK Government’s failure to investigate Russian interference in UK electoral processes.  

Addleshaw Goddard

The ‘highly competent and experienced legal team’ at Addleshaw Goddard regularly represents both public bodies – including governmental authorities – and private sector clients in judicial reviews. The firm fields a strong cross-disciplinary team with recognised litigation practitioners, who bring sector experience and insight. Simon Kamstra specialises in high values international disputes with a focus on energy and utilities. ‘Skilled negotiatorBill Gilliam is experienced in health, transport, energy and infrastructure. Clare Dwyer is known for her public law work arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. At managing associate level, Paul Rowley is singled out.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bill Gilliam; Simon Kamstra; Mark Molyneux

Autres avocats clés:

Clare Dwyer; Ryan Geldart; Louise Dobson; Erin Shoesmith; Paul Rowley

Les références

‘A highly competent and experienced legal team, with good awareness of strategic issues in judicial review. Excellent client handling skills’.

‘Paul Rowley has excellent client handling skills and ensures deadlines are met.’

Principaux clients

Department for Transport

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Scottish and Southern Energy plc (“SSE”)

Build-a-Bear Workshop Inc (and its UK subsidiaries)

United Utilities plc

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

Microgeneration Certification Standards Board

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

McKesson UK / Lloydspharmacy

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (“CMAL”)

Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (“HIAL”)

SGN plc

Skanska UK Construction Limited & Morrison Utility Services Limited joint venture company “tRIIO” (Grenfell Tower)

Aldi Stores Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Handled a statutory appeal to the CMA relating to Ofgem’s decision in December 2020 regarding electricity transmission system charges for generators, and also acted in subsequent judicial review proceedings.
  • Successfully defended HS2 against a challenge by Bechtel, an unsuccessful bidder on the £1.3bn HS2 Old Oak Common Station development project.
  • Representing three bereaved families, as core participants, in the Manchester Arena Inquiry.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is able ‘to guide clients in a strategically astute way‘; the team handles cases spanning a number of different areas, ranging from work stemming from Brexit and the pandemic to environmental issues. The firm recently acted for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the litigation over the UK's proposed deportations of asylum seekers to Rwanda. Global co-chair of the compliance and investigations team, Joanna Ludlam, acts for key clients in both the private and public sector, often handling judicial review, regulatory compliance, crisis and reputation management cases. Yindi Gesinde is experienced in public law procurement, and is described by clients as ‘responsive, accessible and bright‘. Nadia Banno is also a name to watch.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joanna Ludlam

Autres avocats clés:

Yindi Gesinde; Nadia Banno

Les références

‘Joanna Ludlam is an incredibly switched on litigator with impressively broad and deep experience of public law and associated areas. Clients rightly feel in safe hands.’

‘Yindi Gesinde is a superbly commercial and focused lawyer who understands where clients want to go and helps them get there. I have worked on a number of matters with her over the years and she is very good at isolating what is really important in a case and honing in on it.’

‘My knowledge is of Joanna Ludlam and her team, in the context of major public inquiry involvement. They are well known and respected in this sector. They are aware of the fact that inquiries often take place at the same time as other processes, such as select committee interest, and are able to guide clients through all of these in a strategically-astute way.’

Principaux clients

Good Law Project

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the Good Law Project in a judicial review of the Government’s Net Zero Strategy.

Bates Wells

Bates Wells is well regarded for advising clients on a wide range of public law matters, ranging from judicial reviews to public enquiries and finance issues with a nexus to the public sector. It regularly acts for third sector clients such as Royal Parks and Oxfam. and is praised for providing 'a superb and responsive service'. Claire Whittle, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is highly regarded for public law challenges, including judicial reviews and statutory appeals. Senior associate Alistair Williams is likewise recommended.

Autres avocats clés:

Claire Whittle; Alistair Williams; Emma Ainsley

Les références

‘The team are extremely professional, approachable and supportive. They are always extremely efficient and provide a superb and responsive service. The support and guidance provided is exceptional.’

‘The qualities I value are the fact that the team are always on hand to provide expert advice and guidance. They offer a personal service to discuss the matters at hand and then provide superb written guidance which I value. Every now and again I receive a supportive e-mail and this makes you feel valued.’

‘The Bates Wells team has been very user friendly and always reliable and efficient.’

Principaux clients

Canal & River Trust

Social Work England

National Audit Office

Advertising Standards Authority

The Royal Parks

Architects Registration Board

Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman

Local Government Ombudsman

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

The Portman Group

Airport Coordination Ltd

Royal College of Nursing


Wales Audit Office

British Council

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Compliance Officer

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented the International Planned Parenthood Federation as the claimant in a judicial review.
  • Represented the Forward Trust at the Brook House Inquiry.
  • Representing the Advertising Standards Authority in a judicial review claim brought by Aldi Stores.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP is proficient in many sectors of public law, including governance, health, social care and housing. The firm benefits from its cross-departmental teams, combining sector-specific knowledge and public law expertise to provide support to clients which is ‘commercially aware, whilst also being in line with public law principles‘. The team have represented clients in high profile judicial review challenges in both the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice. Virginia Cooper head up the department, acting for a wide range of clients, including the Local Government Association. Stuart Marchant is on the forefront of mental health cases, and has recently handled pre-eminent cases in the Court of Appeal. Olivia Carter leads on high profile and complex judicial review challenges, including those concerning compliance with the Equality Act 2010. Amy Tschobotko is another name to watch, while the team was also boosted by the recent arrival of public & regulatory law expert Melanie Carter from Bates Wells.

Responsables de la pratique:

Virginia Cooper

Autres avocats clés:

Stuart Marchant; Olivia Carter; Amy Tschobotko; Melanie Carter

Les références

‘The team combines an exceptionally detailed knowledge of all aspects of public law with a real understanding of the practical issues that arise for public authorities and others. Members of the team work particularly well with clients and, where necessary, with external counsel, to add value and deliver results.’

‘Olivia Carter is an experienced partner with encyclopedic knowledge of the case law, able to boil down complex cases to the key issues and delivers really sound advice on the best approach. I have seen a number of pieces of advice that Olivia has provided – I’ve never disagreed with a word of it and her sense of how issues will play out in litigation is really impressive.’

‘Amy Tschobotko has just had a well-deserved promotion to partner. Hugely reassuring presence on any case – has an instinctive understanding of the context in which public law decisions are made and provides sound advice on how to protect clients’ interests.’

Principaux clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Financial Conduct Authority

University of Oxford

Local Government Association

Kent County Council

Historic England / English Heritage

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Kent County Council in connection with its responsibility to care for unaccompanied asylum seeking children who arrive in the UK via small boat crossings across the Channel, and in a subsequent high profile dispute with the Home Office relating to the responsibility being shared amongst other local authorities.
  • Representing the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in challenges to its decision-making when considering whether to uphold claims for compensation following the failure of financial services firms.
  • Advising Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group on its public law obligations and statutory duties arising in the context of the implementation of its wide-ranging ‘Fit for My Future’ transformation programme.

Bhatt Murphy

Bhatt Murphy is known for its work on behalf of state detainees, bereaved families, protesters and victims of crime. The team has represented NGOs and charities before domestic courts at all levels, as well as the European Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights. The firm has been acknowledged for its work in challenges to indiscriminate state surveillance powers, litigation in support of child migrants, and cases touching on the rights of women. Janet Farrell specialises in actions for those detained under immigration powers, with a focus on the rights of vulnerable groups including children, pregnant women and victims of torture. Jane Ryan‘s expertise is in the civil liberties of prisoners and those detained under immigration powers, including investigations arising from serious abuse in custody. Michael Oswald is well known for working with clients who have been subjected to misconduct at the hands of the state.

Autres avocats clés:

Janet Farrell; Jane Ryan; Michael Oswald

Les références

‘Bhatt Murphy stand out for their combination of steadfast commitment to their clients, phenomenal technical ability and great client care. They are adept at running complex judicial review claims at the cutting edge of the law and have particular expertise at the intersection between public law and private law causes of action.’

‘Janet Farrell is one of the leading two or three solicitors in England and Wales dealing with immigration detention. She combines extraordinary attention to detail with great procedural know-how and a firm understanding of law and policy. She continues to do groundbreaking work on behalf of families impacted by immigration detention.’

‘Bhatt Murphy recruit well and have a number of exceptional solicitors at the junior end who are already making a mark.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented an orphaned Afghan child in a challenge of the refusals by the Secretary of State for the Home Department to accept responsibility for his asylum claim under Article 8(2) EU Regulation 604/2013. The Court found that the SSHD decisions were unlawful and that the SSHD had breached his rights under Article 8 ECHR finding that there was a positive obligation to take charge of the asylum claim and the failure threatened the applicant’s moral and physical integrity.
  • Acted for Liberty in a Judicial review challenging the legality of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 which has enshrined digital surveillance methods first disclosed by Edward Snowden. The powers are being challenged as contrary to both the ECHR and EU law.
  • Represented the family of Jermaine Baker in proceedings due to be heard in the Supreme Court in October this year concerning the test to be applied when determining whether police officers’ use of force will amount to misconduct.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP is extremely well regarded for its judicial review prowess, as well as its focus on government advisory and public policy work. The firm is active both in public and private sector work; at the intersection of the two areas, the group handles public law issues relevant to corporate transactions, strategic positioning, and government relations challenges. The team has latterly been much involved with pandemic-related mandates, which have notably included advising the Vaccine Task Force on procurement law issues surrounding the production and roll-out of the country’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. Heading the team is Andrew Dean, who ‘has the additional unique and invaluable insight from his years in-house advising the most senior stakeholders in central government bodies and procurement authorities‘. Elizabeth Morony leads the dedicated judicial review team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Dean; Elizabeth Morony

Autres avocats clés:

Oliver Carroll

Les références

‘Clifford Chance’s public law team combines a solid knowledge of commercial realities with practical political nous.’

‘Oliver Carroll is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The team provides first class public law and procurement advice. I have worked with them on both stand-alone issues and major projects where they have proved themselves able to integrate fully and effectively into the wider team, as necessary, as well as handle anything and everything we have thrown at them. They bring a highly sophisticated understanding of the law and the way it interacts with the commercial and practical issues, differentiating them from the majority of their competitors.’

Principaux clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

UK Government Investments

Department for Transport

Christie Elan-Cane – X Passports

The Lifescape Project

HM Treasury

Department of Health and Social Care

Affinity – Military Flight Training System

Network Rail

Government Legal Department

UK Debt Management Office

UK Export Finance


Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the Vaccine Task Force (part of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Department for Health and Social Care) on public and procurement law issues surrounding the production and roll-out of the country’s Covid-19 vaccination programme.
  • Advised the Test and Trace unit within the Department for Health and Social Care and the Government Legal Department on various Covid-19 initiatives.
  • Represented the Lifescape Project in judicial review proceedings seeking to overturn licences granted by the Scottish Government to kill beavers in Scotland.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s is noted for its expertise in the transport, infrastructure and utilities sectors. The firm’s core client base comprises central government, local authorities, universities and transport authorities. The team regularly advises on transformational projects, governance and structures, and public pensions, as well as fielding a very strong public inquiries team who represent core participants in high profile statutory and non statutory investigations. Huw Jones in Cardiff acts as head of the local government group and is also the employment lead on all public sector matters. Birmingham-based Sarah Jones oversees the public inquiries and investigations offering, in which legal director Isabelle Mitchell also plays an important part. Mukhtiar Tanda and Kuljeet Gill are key senior practitioners in London and Manchester, respectively.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mukhtiar Tanda; Kuljeet Gill; Huw Jones; Sarah Jones

Autres avocats clés:

Isabelle Mitchell; Alison Oldfield

Les références

‘The Eversheds team works hard to understand the culture and challenges of the workplace and the public sector rules in our particular case. They shape their advice to our circumstances which can be complex. They are able to offer a service where there are specialists that can help when we needed particular issues resolved with tailored solutions.’

‘The team listen well to what we need and always worked hard to give us options and solutions. We have valued their ability to take on board the particular restrictions that can be in place when operating in the public sector and to help us navigate our way through.’

‘I have used the team extensively for advice on CPO matters and their knowledge and pragmatism have been exceptional.’

Principaux clients

Housing Ombudsman

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc (“EIO”)

The Haemophilia Society (“The Society”)

Telford & Wrekin Council

National Highways

MSA (Britain) Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

National Grid – National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) and National Grid Gas (NGG)

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Teaching Regulation Agency

Gold Jennings

The 'simply phenomenal' team at Gold Jennings is headed up by 'dynamite solicitor' Clare Jennings, whose 'technical brilliance, strategic oversight and exceptional creativity' is singled out by clients. The group is particularly well known for its work on migrant rights, cases against the police, and inquests. Name partner Matthew Gold is recommended for his expert representation of claimants in substantial and complex claims for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and misfeasance in public office.

Responsables de la pratique:

Clare Jennings

Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Gold; Rachel Etheridge

Les références

‘Although a relatively small firm, Gold Jennings punches well above its weight in public law matters. The firm’s solicitors are clever, creative and tenacious. Their pre-action letters and witness statements are exquisite: there can be a tendency with some administrative and public practitioners to get carried away with an exciting point of law at the expense of the voices of vulnerable claimants, but Gold Jennings’ solicitors are very much mindful of keeping the client at the centre of the litigation at all times.’

‘In every case that I have worked with Clare Jennings on, I have been in awe of her technical brilliance, strategic oversight and exceptional creativity, but what makes her especially deserving of recognition is that she never allows those things to overshadow her empathy and humanity. She has a very collaborative working style and is a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent cohesive team – strong work ethic and team spirit, excellent communication and strong client relationships. At the forefront of particular areas of work, achieving excellent results. 

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully represented a number of claimants in a judicial review challenging the use of Napier Barracks.
  • Represented claimants in a case concerning the mass seizure of asylum seekers’ mobile phones following small boat arrivals.
  • Successfully acted in a judicial review which led to widening of the Secretary of State for Education’s pupil premium scheme.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s core specialism lies in handling judicial review claims involving a wide range of matters engaging human rights issues. The firm regularly engages in defending politically motivated persecutions, including extradition claims. The group also has a strong track record of holding companies and governments to account. Managing partner James Libson  has built a very strong reputation for high profile clients, including charities and corporations. Maria Patsalos has experience acting on claims relating to political asylum. Managing associate Katy Coltonhas the business and political awareness that few lawyers of her seniority have‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

Katy Colton

Autres avocats clés:

James Libson; Maria Patsalos; Alexandra Agnew

Les références

‘I had the pleasure of dealing with the Mishcon de Reya team this year. The team is immensely likeable, responsive, articulate and able.’

‘I have worked with Mishcon on various occasions on various cases. The service they provide has always been seamless, efficient and highly effective. They are one of the best firms I have been instructed by, accompanying their excellent client-handling with probably the best public law legal analysis I have come across.’

‘Katy Colton is a high-flying managing associate. She is an excellent lawyer but also supremely enjoyable to work with. She also has the business and political awareness that few lawyers of her seniority have.’

Principaux clients

Members of the Rohingya community

Ukraine Justice Alliance

Afghan judges

Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (‘PRCBC’)

Jenny, The Accidental American (Mandatory Disclosure Regime case)

Stella Creasy MP

Black Justice Project

The Lifescape Project

One Young World and the Democracy and Culture Foundation

Climate Migration Project

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing members of the Rohingya community in an action to hold Facebook to account for its role in facilitating human rights abuses in Myanmar.
  • Representing members of the Afghan judiciary and legal profession in trying to expedite the urgent issue of their visa applications to escape severe threats to their life and property by the Taliban.
  • Partnered with One Young World and the Democracy and Culture Foundation to devise and lead the Global Youth Climate Inquiry, which was the first legally-based approach to use an Inquiry to seek, test and present evidence from global youth leaders on climate injustice and the threats to the rights of education and freedom of expression posed by climate change.

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans is equally proficient in both contentious and non-contentious mandates in the public law arena; in both instances, the expertise is drawn from the firm’s Parliamentary and healthcare regulation practices. Public Inquiries and inquests form a significant part of the team’s regular work roster. Matthew Smith oversees the group, while Sinéad Lester works closely with Government agencies on sensitive issues concerning public interest immunity. Richard Langley is particularly skilled in judicial review, regularly handling high profile cases for clients including Network Rail and the Metropolitan Police.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Smith

Autres avocats clés:

Sinéad Lester; Richard Langley; Natasha Davis

Les références

‘Innovative, hard working and popular with clients, BDB have a sold public law offering.’

‘Richard Langley is an ideal practitioner: always calm and reliable, he has good judgement and exceptional legal knowledge.’

‘The team has particular expertise in inquests and public inquiries, and in public law relating to those subjects. This is one of the few teams experienced in acting as solicitors to the inquiry, a role which involves managing large-scale investigations, disclosure exercises and hearings.’

Principaux clients

Former Chief Coroner of England and Wales (HHJ Mark Lucraft QC)

Various former Detainee Custody Officers at Brook House Detention Centre

The Forde Inquiry

Natural Resources Wales

Financial Conduct Authority

AP Wireless (UK)

Clean Air Zone work for major cities throughout England

Manchester Ship Canal

Nuffield Health

Trinity House

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted as solicitors to the coroner as part of the inquests into the deaths arising from the terrorist attack at Fishmongers’ Hall in 2019.
  • Representing various individuals formerly employed by G4S as Detainee Custody Officers in the Brook House Public Inquiry.
  • Advising on various aspects of The Forde Inquiry.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields a strong, specialised and defendant-focused team. The bulk of the work revolves around judicial review, with sector specialisms ranging from education to insurance; the firm is heavily involved with work in the health and care sector, especially around the NHS’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The firm is equally well placed to handle a range of both complex advisory and contentious matters. Alistair Robertson heads the team - he is described as 'calm, measured, and tactical'.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alistair Robertson

Autres avocats clés:

Sophie Devlin; Nico Tilche

Les références

‘Formidable knowledge of the healthcare and government sectors. Well versed in public law and inquiries. Very enjoyable to work with.’

‘Alastair Robertson – unflappable and unflagging. He is great at working with clients, understanding their needs and managing conflicting priorities and pressures. He has an excellent understanding of the healthcare sector, as well as of public law and inquiries.’

‘Nico Tilche – goes the extra mile and then another in mastering the fine detail of complex documentation; can be relied upon for accurate and timely contributions to arguments and briefs. Backed up by his thoroughness, I know that nothing important will be forgotten.’

Principaux clients

NHS England & Improvement

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Government Legal Department

Nursing & Midwifery Council

UK Research and Innovation

Royal College of Physicians

Association of British Insurers

Information Commissioner’s Office

Post Office

NHS Digital

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Health Research Authority

NHS England & Improvement

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Government Legal Department

Nursing & Midwifery Council

UK Research and Innovation

Royal College of Physicians

Association of British Insurers

Information Commissioner’s Office

Post Office

NHS Digital

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Health Research Authority

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing NHS England in the Covid-19 Inquiry.
  • Preparing a ‘Green Paper’ in collaboration with The Adolescent and Children’s Trust to inform government policy on the status of foster carers.
  • Defending NHS England in a judicial review challenging the client and Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it had on care home residents.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors regularly engages in high profile strategic public law litigation, with a particular focus on vulnerable claimants in cases relating to prison law, court of protection, mental capacity and social welfare issues. They firm has also been successful in representing Grenfell Tower core participants and assisting individuals in the Windrush Scheme. Toufique Hossain leads the area of immigration in public law, with experience conducting high profile class action challenges. James Packer litigates across test cases concerning access to the Courts, unlawful detention and enforced removals. Rohena Wallace is a name to watch for her work in representing vulnerable clients.

Autres avocats clés:

Ahmed Aydeed; Bahar Ata; Claire Ryan; Gergana Pentcheva; James Packer; Nazia Khan; Rohena Wallace; Toufique Hossain; Vilash Gami; Zofia Duszynska

Les références

‘Toufique Hossain has brought innovative challenges that have ensured the Home Office adhere to fair practice in such areas as immigration applications, detention and removals; and his challenges in these fields have helped clarify important points of ethics and law.’

‘Bahar Ata’s immigration team in the Luton office are an exceptional team in a crowded field. The team has been involved in numerous notable cases in the higher courts, and stands out because of its extraordinary commitment to their clients, particularly when they represent vulnerable individuals.’

‘They are very well-known for their work in providing high-quality representation to vulnerable asylum seekers who arrived by “small boat” and who resist return to European countries that they have passed through before coming to the UK. Bahar Ata’s team have persistently and expertly challenged removal.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the claimant in a test case brought by a confirmed victim of modern slavery challenging the refusal to grant her leave whilst she pursues an asylum claim.
  • Representing the claimants in a judicial review challenge of an unlawful Home Office decision which has wider implications for the many children stranded in the detention camps in Syria who were born after their parents were deprived of their citizenship.
  • Represented the claimant in a judicial review brought against the Lord Chancellor, which culminated in the publication of changes to the Immigration and Asylum Specification of the Standard Civil Contract, which now sets out remuneration for legal aid providers to provide 30 minutes of free advice to an immigration detainee in prison without reference to their eligibility to legal aid.

Hickman & Rose

The ‘incredibly thorough‘ team at Hickman & Rose regularly brings public law challenges against decision-makers within the criminal justice system, ranging from police forces to the Government. The team is led by Daniel Machover, who is described by one client as operating ‘at the top of his field‘. The firm has recently been increasingly involved with mandates concerning allegations of torture. Kate Maynard  has a significant inquest and inquiry caseload. Recently promoted partner Helen Stone is a name to watch for her work in representing families of people who have died in police and prison custody.

Responsables de la pratique:

Daniel Machover

Autres avocats clés:

Kate Maynard; Helen Stone; Stefano Ruis

Les références

‘They are efficient, knowledgeable, kind, empathetic and incredibly thorough. You feel you can trust them implicitly to represent you expertly and fairly. Costings and invoicing always very clear. Collaborate extremely well with the client. Excellent communicators.’

‘Stefano Ruis’ ability to combine outstanding legal knowledge and ability with informed empathy really made him stand out to me in comparison to other solicitors I have worked with. He was easy to work with, efficient and kind, and he gets results.’

‘Depth and breadth of experience in public law, representing claimants.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the mother of Emiliano Sala, an Argentinian professional footballer who died in a light aircraft crash while travelling between France and the UK in January 2019.
  • Representing 13 individual core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Advising a charity concerned with upholding human rights in Africa on the merits of making a criminal complaint to the war crimes team at the Metropolitan Police Service (SOI15).

Hodge Jones & Allen

Hodge Jones & Allen is well known for its expertise in actions against the police, inquests and miscarriages of justice. Within medical law, the team has niche expertise in public law challenges against medical institutions such as the NHS. Susie Labinjoh is highly regarded for her expertise in seeking compensation for the victims of miscarriages of justice; recent highlights include acting on behalf of Extinction Rebellion protestors and Kings College London students. Jocelyn Cockburn is frequently involved in inquests relating to deaths in police custody. Sasha Barton specialises in challenges against state bodies, including representing vulnerable victims of sexual assault, rape and domestic violence.

Responsables de la pratique:

Susie Labinjoh

Autres avocats clés:

Jocelyn Cockburn; Sasha Barton; Alice Hardy

Les références

‘Excellent in all areas.’

‘All of the team were professional in their approach to our case. They all worked with respect and compassion for the family.’

‘Their team has the best gender diversity of all the firms I’ve worked with.’

Principaux clients

Core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Extinction Rebellion

Kings College London


Undercover Policing Inquiry – International Solidarity Movement and Others

Neville Lawrence

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the family of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah in a case which uses the European Convention on Human Rights to shine a light on the impact of UK Government failures to protect life in relation to air pollution.
  • Representing over 40 core participants at the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is regularly involved in complex cases invoking the Human Rights and Equality Acts, acting against public bodies and challenging secondary legislation brought in as a result of Covid-19. Yogi Amin is the national head of the public law team, specialising in judicial review, Human Rights Act cases and mental capacity law. Oliver Studdert specialises in children’s rights, community care and Court of Protection cases. Rebecca Chapman is experienced in mental capacity law, assisting to alleviate the issues clients experience with accessing appropriate medical care.

Responsables de la pratique:

Yogi Amin

Autres avocats clés:

Oliver Studdert; Rebecca Chapman; Oliver Carter

Les références

‘We experienced real care, concern and expertise. IM staff understood the appalling circumstances we were all in and their reassurance and professional service allowed us to get through even when at our lowest ebb. Emails and calls were dealt with efficiently and we felt there was someone there that we could rely upon.’

‘Oliver Carter – undoubtedly the lead person we relied upon. He was so supportive, understood the case brilliantly and worked so hard to see it through. When he was on leave, he left the case with Oliver Stoddart who held the fort admirably until Oliver Carter returned and it reached its conclusion.’

‘The team is top notch. Briefs are always thoroughly prepared and instructions clear. The groundwork is done properly and there is rarely any need to seek further clarification or for further steps to be taken before counsel can get going.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing charity Article 39 in a case which resulted in the Court of Appeal unanimously declaring that the Secretary of State for Education acted unlawfully in failing to consult the Children’s Commissioner for England and other children’s rights organisations before making changes to legal protections for England’s 78,000 children in care.
  • Acted for Claire Mercer to investigate bringing a public law claim against Highways England in respect of the decision to implement and to continue to use Smart Motorways.
  • Advising charity Birthrights on the legal position concerning the recording or streaming of the ultrasound examination at antenatal scan appointments.

Linklaters LLP

The Linklaters LLP team provides a service covering aspects of public and administrative law, ranging from judicial reviews across a range of sectors, to mandates with a nexus to media and technology. The team is praised for providing a 'combination of commercial acumen and sector specific specialisms, making a rounded offering across disputes and corporate', and is adept at acting for businesses and public bodies on complex matters which require urgent resolution or involve issues of significant public interest. Practice head Tom Cassels is sought after by high-profile clients to provide senior level advice, and is commended for his ‘superb strategic vision and tactical nous‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tom Cassels

Autres avocats clés:

Jacqueline Chaplin; James Phoenix

Les références

‘Tom Cassels has acted for us for many years on many different matters, but most recently he has engineered a superb team of Linklaters lawyers and counsel to handle a major legal challenge that is critical to the future of our business. I could not have asked for anything more.’

‘Tom Cassels’ experience and knowledge of our business is unique, and unbeatable when combined with his top-notch client base, knowledge and experience in administrative and public law, and his 100% commitment to his work. He is supported by a great range of extremely able, committed and hard-working lawyers.’

‘All the lawyers I have dealt with have the same straightforward, friendly approach which is all the more impressive when advising, at times, under great pressure.’

Principaux clients

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK)

JD Sports

The Department for Transport

Medical Protection Society

Ola UK Private Limited

Experian Limited

Stonewall and LGBT Foundation

Privacy International

Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited, Accord Healthcare Limited and Accord-UK Limited

Hg Capital LLP

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Annington Property Limited, Annington Holdings (Guernsey) Limited (collectively, “Annington”) and Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Annington Property in its multi-billion pound judicial review of the Ministry of Defence’s attempt to regain property rights over 38,000 properties.
  • Advised Camelot on the competition for the Fourth National Lottery Licence, valued at over £3.6bn.
  • Representing Shawbrook Bank in its application for judicial review of a decision of the Financial Ombudsman Service.


The ‘confident and diligent‘ team at Osbornes is renowned for its Legal Aid work, achieving justice for the most marginalised in society. The firm is known for expertly running judicial review challenges against local authorities, and has recently succefully challenged the Secretary of State for the Home Department in a case relating to adverse age assessments for unaccompanied asylum-seeking putative minors. William Ford undertakes public law challenges across a wide range of areas, including housing, community care, welfare benefits, and support for migrants. Alex McMahon is a specialist within judicial review, frequently representing claimants against public bodies. Edward Taylor is singled out as ‘an exceptional advocate‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

William Ford

Autres avocats clés:

Alex McMahon; Edward Taylor

Les références

‘Osbornes are an extremely strong team with highly capable solicitors, associates and partners working in public law. They are a go-to for confident, diligent and careful work and really excel in client care and knowledge in the field. The team are regularly involved in complex challenges including strategic litigation and policy challenges.’

‘Edward Taylor is an outstanding solicitor who consistently goes above and beyond for every client. He is careful, diligent and has a keen eye for strategy. Edward has a very collaborative approach and is a delight to work with.’

‘The team are exceptionally dedicated and hard-working. The team also have an excellent command of the applicable legal principles and are adept at exploring the best evidence on behalf of their clients.’

Simpson Millar LLP

Simpson Millar LLP advises claimants on the full gamut of public law issues, including niche and specialist areas such as the representation of victims of trafficking and the reunification of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children with family members in the UK. The group also has expertise in children’s rights work, regularly acting in community care challenges for homeless teenagers as well as in child assessment challenges. Chris Callender, who jointly heads up the public law and human rights offering, is an expert in representing children and young people, as is his counterpart Victoria Pogge von Strandmann. Dan Rosenberg oversees the dedicated education and children’s rights offering, while Lancaster-based Imogen Jolly heads up the broader public law department.

Responsables de la pratique:

Imogen Jolley; Victoria Pogge von Strandmann; Chris Callender; Dan Rosenberg

Autres avocats clés:

Silvia Nicolaou Garcia

Les références

‘I have had various cases with the team and they provide a first class service. I work with particularly vulnerable young people and the team are adept at communicating complex information to this client group.’

‘I have mainly worked with Chris Callender. Chris is great at communicating complex legal ideas to young people in a way that is accessible and understandable and he is a passionate and tireless advocate for them. He is very responsive if there is an urgent matter and will make the time to consider the situation and give sound advice.’

‘Simpson Millar are a hugely well regarded firm and for good reason for being exceptionally capable, dedicated and firmly client focused. They have a varied team who are consistently outstanding and are a real go-to for complex and urgent cases.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented the lead appellant in her challenge of the Home Office’s failure to identify her as a victim of trafficking.
  • Represented a vulnerable asylum seeker in a judicial review against the Secretary of State for the Home Department.
  • Represented the claimant – a vulnerable 14 year old unaccompanied child in France – in a judicial review challenging the UK’s refusal to transfer him to reunite with his sister and other family members in the UK.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP's client base primarily comprises private sector entities, which the firm's 'great minds capable of solving the most complex of problems' advise on the gamut of regulatory issues - including those affecting supply chains - and represent in judicial reviews. Andrew Denny brings an 'an encyclopaedic knowledge of public law' to his role as practice head, while Maeve Hanna 'rolls her sleeves up and lets nothing get in her way of finding a resolution to complex problems'.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Denny

Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Townsend; Maeve Hanna

Les références

‘Experts of the highest calibre, working together as a team, ensuring that the demands of a case are always met. Speedy in their response and highly knowledgeable, working with counsel who are the top experts in their fields.’

‘Maeve Hanna is a star, with an excellent eye for detail, excellent knowledge of the law and a great tactical mind.’

‘Andrew Denny has an encyclopaedic knowledge of public law issues.’

Principaux clients

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Hitachi Rail Limited and Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Scottish Power (SP Energy Networks)

Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles


CMS' client roster spans sectors ranging from financial services to energy and utilities. The firm excels in providing strategic advice on complex matters, with expertise ranging from representation in judicial review and public law challenges, to advice on clients’ engagement in Parliamentary Select Committees. Dan Tench heads up the practice. Tamsin Blow is an advisor of choice for clients from the media and gambling sectors. Omar Qureshi, who always 'ensures he brings on board the right team for the job', has a diverse practice, which is focused on advising non-public authority clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dan Tench

Autres avocats clés:

Tamsin Blow; Omar Qureshi; Gowri Chandrashekar

Les références

‘Excellent combination of commercial acuity, technical knowledge and strength in depth. From my perspective CMS has a unique ability to seamlessly combine UK energy sector technical expertise from across the firm with an excellent litigation team.’

‘Omar Qureshi is outstanding: personally extremely proficient and easy to work with, he also ensures he brings on board the right team for the job.’

‘Gowri Chandrashekar is a safe pair of hands, proactive and efficient.’

Principaux clients

Utilita Energy Limited

Cadent Gas Limited

Walleys Quarry Limited

Teva Europe

GVC Services Limited

Gravis Capital Management

Northern Ireland Water Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Utilita on a prospective judicial review application against Ofgem, challenging the latter’s decision on 5 August 2021 concerning the calculation of default tariff caps for gas and electricity customers moving to smart meters.
  • Acted for Teva on a case in the EU General Court in relation to the refusal to grant a marketing authorisation for a generic cabazitaxel product.
  • Acted for Cadent Gas on its successful appeal to the Competition and Markets Authority against Ofgem’s RIIO-2 price control decision.

DLA Piper

In April 2022, Emma Dowden-Teale took over leadership of the team from former head Paul Stone, who retired; under her guidance, the ‘high-powered‘ group maintains its reputation for contentious and advisory public law matters, particularly those involving regulatory aspects. The firm is particularly lauded for its strong base of ‘senior associates who have driven forward the team‘ - George McLellan is a name to note in this capacity.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emma Dowden-Teale

Autres avocats clés:

George McLellan

Les références

‘The public law team is genuinely excellent. A team of senior associates who have driven forward the team. They’ve done an excellent job, and have real strength and depth.’

‘George McLellan is also a very hard-working and thoughtful figure, really impressive to work with.’

‘The team is very high-powered. Its members have a strong instinct for the needs of clients and think commercially. Interpersonally, they are delightful.’

Principaux clients

The UK Health Security Agency

Department of Health and Social Care

Kellogg Company

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

NHS Digital

Public Law Project

Velindre NHS Trust

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Electronic Collar Manufacturer Association and Petsafe Limited


Principaux dossiers

  • Handling a number of contentious and non-contentious public and administrative law matters relating to the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic on behalf of the UK Health Security Agency.
  • Defending the Department of Health and Social Care against litigation brought by the Good Law Project in relation to the award of several contracts to Abingdon Health for the production of a Covid-19 antibody lateral flow testing device.
  • Representing the Kellogg Company in its judicial review challenge to the UK Government’s “high in fat, sugar and salt” policy.

Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP

Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP focuses its public and administrative work on the rights and interests of disabled children and adults and their families. The firm also brought multiple challenges to government procurement of PPE during the recent Covid-19 pandemic. Polly Sweeney is singled out as a ‘top notch solicitor in the education law field‘. Alice Cullingworth is noted for their expertise in health and social care law. Founding partners Alex Rook and Anne-Marie Irwin continue to be actively involved with a diverse range of cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anne-Marie Irwin; Alex Rook; Polly Sweeney

Autres avocats clés:

Alice Cullingworth; James Betts

Les références

‘Rook Irwin Sweeney are highly regarded in the public law field, being comprised of individuals who were already working to a high level in this area when at Irwin Mitchell.’

‘There are a number of strong individuals, but I would single out James Betts. He is an excellent solicitor, particularly for SEN appeals in relation to which he has first class knowledge and experience, and judicial review challenges which engage education law issues.’   

‘The expertise and experience in this team is second to none.’

Principaux clients

Gendered Intelligence

Good Law Project Limited


The Runnymede Trust

The Endocrine Society

Russell-Cooke LLP

Under the leadership of John Gould, Russell-Cooke LLP's 'fantastic team' continues to stand out for its judicial review expertise, and particularly its activity on behalf of professional regulatory bodies; the recent addition of CILEx Regulation as a client is testament to the firm's reputation in this area. Former civil servant Michael Stacey is praised for his 'bags of experience, common sense and legal knowledge'.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Gould

Autres avocats clés:

Graham French; Alex Ground; Michael Stacey; Lauren Cormack; John Webster

Les références

‘A fantastic team of people with good commercial experience and knowledge of regulatory law.’

‘Michael Stacey is a new partner with bags of experience, common sense and legal knowledge.’

‘Russell-Cooke are a very good firm with broad expertise in judicial review and regulatory matters.’

Principaux clients

Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

CILEx Regulation Limited

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Triplerose Limited

Authentic Equity Alliance

Borough Market

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing 15 clients who are core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, including previous residents who escaped from the fire, bereaved families whose relatives were victims, and residents of the local area who were adversely affected by the fire.
  • Acted for Authentic Equity Alliance in a judicial review challenging the lawfulness of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Statutory Code of Practice on Services in respect of separate sex and single-sex services and whether it strikes a reasonable balance between the rights of women and the rights of transsexual people.
  • Acted for a developer on a planning appeal in relation to the conversion of an industrial warehouse to residential use.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a strong contentious focus, with a core client base comprising major players from the health, social care and housing sectors. Key contacts at the leadership level are Lucy James – who heads up the firm’s national commercial litigation practice – and Scott Dorling – who oversees the public sector group. Helen Randall‘s broad workload ranges from navigating complex vires, governance, procurement and public subsidy cases, to advising on the public law asepcts of joint ventures.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lucy James; Scott Dorling; Helen Randall

Les références

No matter who we engage with the advice it is always very clear and they understand our needs and what we are trying to achieve. The advice addresses the issue at heart and where there may be a different way to approach maters options are always provided. In addition, it is always a helpful and speedy turnaround.’

‘Scott Dorling understands a lot of what we are trying to achieve and even if the right question has not been asked Scott makes the effort to get to the heart of the issue and provide excellent and thorough advice.’ 

‘Deep knowledge of local government. Excellent people. Depth and breadth of team.’

Principaux clients

Central Bedfordshire Council

Excession Technologies Limited v Police Digital Service (formerly Police ICT Company)

Powerrapid Limited v Harlow District Council

Vital Energi (Drakelow) Limited v South Derbyshire County Council and Countryside Properties Limited (as interested party)

Westminster City Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

London Borough of Hillingdon

Warwickshire County Council

A not for profit central purchasing body providing services relating to public procurement.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is instructed by a wide range of public sector clients, from local government to universities across the country, with Welsh clientele being a new niche area of focus. The firm is noted for its strong Public Inquiry practice, and has acted for core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, and for NHS England in the Manchester Bombing Inquest. Ros Foster focuses on regulatory work and health care clients, having been instructed on a variety of judicial reviews against the Parliamentary and health service Ombudsman. Richard Barlow advises many public bodies on governance, judicial review and vires issues. Ben Standing is a name to watch for his work in environmental public law challenges. Laura Hughes completes the roster of recommended practitioners.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Barlow; Laura Hughes

Autres avocats clés:

Ros Foster; Ben Standing; Victoria Searle

Les références

‘Victoria Searle – highly recommended.’

‘Dedicated team, quick to respond, effective with advice, focused on solutions.’

‘Laura Hughes – excellent understanding of the client’s business and able to give credible advice to Board members in difficult circumstances.’

Principaux clients

Welsh Government

Independent Monitoring Authority for Citizens Rights

Qualification Wales

Natural England

Coal Authority

Canal and Rivers Trust

Marine Management Organisation

Natural Resources Wales

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

East Midlands LawShare Consortium (range of local authority and arms length clients)

NHS England and Improvement

Professional Standards Authority

Sports England

UK Sport

London Borough of Croydon

Lawyers in Local Government (Wales)

Thanet District Council

Various CCG’s

Money and Pensions Service

Environment Agency

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Yew Tree Primary School in its successful judicial review claim against the forced academisation decision made by the Secretary of State for Education.
  • Advised Natural England on new advice to competent authorities on the assessment of the impacts of new plans and projects on protected sites.
  • Advised the Welsh Government on its reform of primary health services in Wales, including the response to Covid-19.

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP is well-known for its specific focus on public law work for the NHS; this includes judicial reviews of decisions to relocate or reconfigure clinical services and decisions that affect the treatment of individual patients with complex health and care needs. Peter Edwards has over thirty years’ experience advising public bodies on their governance and statutory powers and duties, especially with regards to clients in the healthcare sector. Ian Cooper heads up the national advisory and public law team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Peter Edwards; Ian Cooper

Autres avocats clés:

Georgia Ford; Serena Patel

Les références

‘Good experience in the context of regulatory law/public law crossover.’

‘Serena Patel is a fantastic up and coming associate with a good eye for detail, hard working, responsive and popular with regulatory clients.’

‘Exceptional knowledge, experience, judgment and wisdom.’

Principaux clients

NHS Kent and Medway CCG

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS Lincolnshire CCG

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

NHS Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

NHS Oxfordshire CCG

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS South West London CCG

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

NHS South East London CCG

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Bar Standards Board

General Chiropractic Council

General Pharmaceutical Council

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for the Solicitors Regulation Authority in successfully defending a judicial review claim arising from the client’s response to a registrant’s complaints.
  • Advised Kettering General Hospital and Northampton General Hospital on statutory, constitutional and governance issues in respect of the establishment of a hospital group model.
  • Representing NHS Frimley Clinical Commissioning Group in a judicial review claim brought by two social media influencers in respect of access to IVF treatment.


The practice at Dentons is primarily dedicated to government work, with the team’s expertise spanning judicial review; competitive tendering; public procurement; environmental issues; and non-contentious advice on the powers, administrative functions, and duties of central and local bodies. The firm recently leveraged its in-depth knowledge of the financial services sector to ensure its recent successful reappointment to the Crown Commercial Service legal panel. Catherine Bingham and Christopher McGee-Osborne are the senior contacts to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Catherine Bingham; Christopher McGee-Osborne

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Caird; Katharine Harle

Les références

‘The Dentons team differentiates itself with a greater use of technology than other firms, and has the capacity to take on the biggest projects.’

‘The team are very responsive, particularly when deadlines are tight.’

‘Richard Caird is able to draw on a wealth of financial services and regulatory law experience when defending public bodies. He has a natural feel for what is reasonable when such bodies are exercising their discretions.’

Principaux clients

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) (legacy Department for International Development (DFID))

Cabinet Office

Ministry of Defence



Network Rail


Low Carbon Contracts Company Ltd

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Scottish National Investment Bank

Department for Education


Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Transport for London

Acorn CCS (joint venture among Shell UK, Storegga, Harbour Energy and NSMP)

UK National Infrastructure Bank

Glasgow Prestwick Airport Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the National House-Building Council in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Advising energy regulator Ofgem in 2021 and 2022 on issues arising from the significant volatility of the GB energy markets.
  • Representing the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in a judicial review arising out of the collapse of mini-bond provider London Capital & Finance.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is regularly instructed by corporate clients, sovereign governments, UK public authorities and NGOs on the gamut of public and regulatory disputes, and advisory matters. Recent highlights include significant engagements in the fields of financial sector regulation, journalistic ethics, and challenges against the decisions of data privacy regulators across Europe. Commercial litigator Philip Rocher is a key contact for contentious mandates, while Patrick Doris is regularly handles judicial review matters and cross-border expropriation cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

Responsables de la pratique:

Philip Rocher

Autres avocats clés:

Patrick Doris

Les références

‘This is a very good team with expertise and focus. They earned the respect of the barristers in this field and making a great team together on the disputes and applications.’

‘Patrick Doris is an expert. He also has very good communication skills and clients love him.’

Principaux clients

Human Dignity Trust


Panel on Takeovers and Mergers



Koza Ipek Group


William Hill plc


Thomson Reuters Foundation and Richard Ratcliffe

Forensic News LLC

Innospec plc


Compagnie Saint-Gobain

Anglo American plc

Marsh McLennan

ITN Solicitors

ITN Solicitors is known for its work in claimant-focused administrative law. The firm engages in challenging and complex litigation, from cases involving issues of national security to cross-border claims. The team is also well known for handling challenges to immigration detention policies. Lochlinn Parker heads up the civil liberties offering, while William Kenyon oversees the public and prison law groups.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lochlinn Parker; William Kenyon

Les références

‘The stand out factors are their rapid response to clients and their transparency and communication.’

‘They put the client first and ensure the rule of law is upheld.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully defended the ADCU against a cliam brought by Uber London.
  • Successfully acted for client in his challenge of a decision made by the Parole Board of England and Wales to refuse to direct his re-release on licence.
  • Represented client in a successful appeal against his conviction for an offence pursuant to section 241 Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood regularly advises on the important administrative and public law issues of the day, especially in relation to financial services regulatory matters. The team is also regularly involved in advising clients in relation to EU and UK financial sanctions, acting for public bodies as well as against them; Stephen Ashley is a name to watch for this kind of work. Sean Jeffrey is an expert in the area of financial sanctions, acting on behalf of foreign financial institutions and their senior executives.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sean Jeffrey

Autres avocats clés:

Sue Millar; Paul Thwaite; Steven Ashley; Paul Phillips; Chloe Challinor

Les références

‘Stephenson Harwood’s team is exceptionally dedicated and has fantastic depth. Their client-service is first rate.’

‘Paul Phillips is outstanding. He is a delight to work with and provides clients with an exceptional service.’

‘Chloe Challinor has a brilliant mind and impressive sectoral expertise. She is a delight to work with.’

Principaux clients

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Ryanair DAC

Arriva Rail East Midlands Limited

Bank Saderat Plc

Ministry of Defence and Support for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran

North London Waste Authority

Bank Sepah International Plc

CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)

United Kingdom Accreditation Service

Various international entities and banks, Russian-owned banks and Iranian and Iranian-owned banks as well as individuals, such as Iranian and Syrian businessmen

Principaux dossiers

  • Conducted a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company and the conduct of its directors and auditors on behalf of Gibraltar Financial Services Commission.
  • Successfully represented Ryanair in a judicial review brought against the Civil Aviation Authority regarding the lawfulness of certain of its actions.
  • Acted for Ryanair in a judicial review of the UK Government’s “traffic light” travel restrictions.

TV Edwards Solicitors LLP

The team at TV Edwards Solicitors LLP is particularly known for the public law work it carries out in relation to community care, housing and Court of Protection issues. Monica Kreel is a valued associate who specialises in areas including community care, discrimination and human rights. Jenny Mansell focuses on community care work, including assisting people with physical and mental disabilities with Care Act assessments.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jacky Starling ; Katie Brown

Autres avocats clés:

Monica Kreel; Jenny Mansell

Les références

‘The exceptional feature of this firm is that it operates at the apex of public law matters – Court of Protection, community care, health care, housing, and is able to offer crossover expertise rather than being limited to a particular domain.’

‘Excellent responsiveness, willingness to go the extra mile, particularly when dealing with non-English speakers and very complex matters. Also particularly sensitive to the needs of the client – took time and made effort to explain, communicate consistently and ensure understanding.’

‘My primary involvement with TV Edwards’ public law work has been through its housing, community care and Court of Protection teams. Their strength across these areas means that they are almost uniquely well-placed to deal with difficult cases for clients with complex needs spanning these areas, to provide a truly holistic service to some of the most vulnerable clients.’

Wilson Solicitors LLP

The practice at Wilson Solicitors LLP is headed by James Elliott, who is singled out by one client as ‘a bible on unlawful detention‘. The firm is primarily a legal aid practice, which engages in test litigation and judicial review, with a particular focus on immigration. Katy Robinson specialises in community care and migrants’ rights. Nusrat Uddin focuses her practice on victims of human trafficking and modern slavery. Jed Pennington is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Elliott

Autres avocats clés:

Katy Robinson; Nusrat Uddin; Nina Rathbone Pullen; Rebecca Ives; Jed Pennington

Les références

‘Wilsons have a great depth of experience in this area. They are incredibly well prepared, dedicated and really know their stuff. They are utterly committed and truly exceptional lawyers.’

‘James Elliott – a bible on unlawful detention and a pleasure to work with. Nina Rathbone Pullen– very experienced in civil claims for false imprisonment and very committed to her clients.’

‘Wilsons’ public law team is enthusiastic and technically excellent, a great choice for difficult public law cases.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented a claimant in a case concerning compensation arising out of losses he faced as the result of a decision wrongly taken that he had obtained an English Language Qualification.
  • Acting in the ongoing judicial review against the UK authorities concerning the decision to award new contracts to supplier of PPE gloves Supermax, despite clear indicators of forced labour.
  • Representing a claimant who was arrested by the police on suspicion of cannabis cultivation, despite clear indicators that the client had been trafficked to the UK for the purposes of exploitation.

Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP

Housing-related judicial review, particularly in the field of homelessness and allocations, forms the cornerstone of the practice at Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP. The group is also increasingly using this established expertise to position itself at the forefront of the rapidly evolving law involving regulation of private sector landlords. ‘Incredibly authentic and knowledgeableAndrew Brookes leads the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Brookes

Autres avocats clés:

Giles Peaker

Les références

‘The team is able to draw on a wealth of experience.’

‘Andrew Brookes has amazing client care and is determined to go the extra mile. A brilliant solicitor.’

‘What makes the practice stand out from the rest is the client-centred service and the ability to access industry-leading experts. From the start of our relationship, the practice was very keen to understand our specific wants and needs and was very supportive of helping to achieve them. They demonstrated the ability to be able to review every last detail of evidence and to deliver outputs which exceeded the brief. Where required, they were also able to bring external inputs to add additional weight to their output, really demonstrating a great level of collaboration.’

Principaux clients

Safer Renting CIC

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Safer Renting CIC on an intervention in the Court of Appeal case Rakusen v Jepson, arguing the public policy point of Rent Repayment Orders under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has an impressive track record of work in the major public sector projects space for notable clients including central government departments, transport and healthcare providers, and environmental authorities. Gary Soloman and John Houlden jointly head up the practice; the former leads on planning and compulsory purchase matters, while the latter focuses on procurement issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gary Soloman; John Houlden

Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Ramus; Marcus Harling; Ian Tucker

Les références

‘Ian Tucker – a superlative litigator, someone truly worthy of “most trusted advisor” label.’

‘Ian Tucker is the ultimate professional. Always willing to provide concise, commercial advice and expertise on matters of public law.’

‘Burges Salmon are efficient, commercial and on the pulse of public sector law and changes in the market.’

Principaux clients

UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

Bristol City Council

The Department for Education

North Somerset Council

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Torbay Borough Council

The Rourke Family

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the UK Atomic Energy Authority, an executive non-departmental body responsible for researching fusion energy and related technologies, on a number of procurement matters.
  • Advising Bristol City Council on various aspects of its ‘City LEAP’ plan to raise around £1bn of investment to transform Bristol into the UK’s first smart-energy, carbon neutral city by 2030.
  • Advising the Department for Education and the new Children’s Services Trust for Northamptonshire following a number of “inadequate” Ofsted ratings, and the consequent issuing of a statutory direction to Northamptonshire County Council in respect of the provision of its children’s social care services.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP is differentiated by its focus on the healthcare sector; the team advises on issues of corporate governance and NHS commissioning, handles judicial reviews and public inquiries, and assists with data protection matters in this sphere. The firm operates seamlessly across its offices in Liverpool (where Emma Stockwell is the key contact), Manchester, London (the base for recommended practitioner Kiran Bhogal) and Leeds.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emma Stockwell; Kiran Bhogal

Autres avocats clés:

Emma Galland

Les références

‘The team is very knowledgeable about the healthcare sector and responsive to clients’ needs.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable, very responsive and very easy to work with. They get to the heart of the matter quickly and just make things easy. In my experience this is a rare quality in solicitors.’

‘We work closely with Kiran Bhogal. She is great – makes things easy and just gets to the heart of the matter quickly.’

Principaux clients

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Practice Plus Group

Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre, the Reproductive Genetics Institute and London Fertility Centre

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Health Education England

NHS North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully defended NHS North Central London CCG and NHS England against a crowdfunded judicial review claim concerning the CCG’s decision to approve a change of control in the largest provider of primary care services to the NHS in England, in connection with its acquisition by a company that was ultimately owned by a US healthcare corporation.
  • Instructed by NHS England to draft amendments to its standard primary medical services contracts to reflect legal changes set out within seven sets of regulations and directions governing the commissioning of primary medical services in the NHS in England.
  • Advising various places within the Cheshire & Merseyside integrated care system on the development of their place-based partnerships.


Under the expert guidance of Adam Craggs , RPC has carved out a niche leading novel class action judicial review challenges against HMRC; the team is 'live to the peculiaries which confront clients when tax and adminstrative law meet'. Recent highlights have included challenges to the legality of HMRC search warrants and arrest powers, as well as claims in relation to national minimum wage legislation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adam Craggs

Autres avocats clés:

Robert Waterson

Les références

‘Excellent knowledge. Very client friendly.’

‘Robert Waterson: excellent instinct on which points to take.’

‘RPC are a very large, reputable and capable firm that acts with professionalism and high levels of expertise. Their team is always available to support the client needs during, and outside of, office hours and the support the team provided to our legal case throughout was exceptional.’

Principaux clients

Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation

Metropolitan International Schools Limited

Newcastle United Football Company Limited

Stephen Hoey and others

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Dr Simon Emblin and others

News Group Newspapers Limited

Full Circle Asset Management Limited

M J W Asbestos Removal and Re-Insulation Services Limited

Castco Testing Centre Limited

News Media Association

Oleg Deripaska/Filatona Trading Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation in a judicial review following a decision made in the Magistrates’ Court.
  • Representing Newcastle United Football Club in a judicial review relating to HMRC’s raid of St James’ Park in 2017, when search warrants were executed.
  • Representing the claimants in a judicial review of HMRC’s use of the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLPdraws on a long and well-deserved reputation for having the best and most informed local government law knowledge‘ to expertly represent a client base consisting predominantly of such institutions in complex judicial reviews. Alastair Lewis brings a ‘practical, problem-solving approach‘ to the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alastair Lewis

Autres avocats clés:

Mari Roberts; Simon Kiely; Jonathan Blunden

Les références

‘Simon Kiely is exceptionally organised, considered, thorough, and always well-prepared.’

‘Sharpe Pritchard provides specialist advice and representation in administrative and public law matters and has a loyal following of local authority clients. The quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the service it provides makes it a popular and leading firm in the field.’

‘Simon Kiely – a profound knowledge of his practice area, many years’ experience, pragmatism and efficiency all keep his clients coming back for more. Simon is a pleasure to work with: his knowledge, experience and thoroughness instill confidence, and his instructions are always well-researched and prepared.’

Principaux clients

London Borough of Newham

Northamptonshire County Council and West Northamptonshire Council

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Pubs Code Adjudicator

A local authority

One Chiswick Ltd

The National Trust

Chelmsford City Council

Braintree District Council

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Weightmans LLP

For the 'pool of talented lawyers' at Weightmans LLP, statutory public inquiries are the core focus; the firm is typically involved with all major examples of such work at any given time, with current highlights including representation of participants in the Manchester Arena Inquiry and Undercover Policing Inquiry. Martin Forshaw, Hannah Walsh and Martin English are the key senior names to note. Principal associate Simon Cheverst joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP in August 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Martin Forshaw; Hannah Walsh; Martin English

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Cheverst

Les références

‘Martin Forshaw is a first-rate partner with deep experience of police law, who has an intensely practical and pragmatic outlook to cases and gives clear and concise instructions to the counsel with whom he works.’

‘Bright, committed and personable.’

‘I know the team very well indeed. They are remarkable, not only in terms of levels of expertise, industry, application and organisation, but also in terms of team spirit and morale.’

Principaux clients

NHS Blood & Transplant

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

NHS Resolution

Telford & Wrekin Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Surrey Council

Sheffield City Council

Surrey Police

Sussex Police

The Metropolitan Police Service

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing one of the principal core participants – North West Ambulance Service NHSFT – in the ongoing statutory Public Inquiry into the terrorist explosion at the Manchester Arena.
  • Representing the East Riding of Yorkshire Council in the statutory Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Representing the Sussex Police in the statutory Public Inquiry into the mistreatment of individuals detained at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre.