Firms To Watch: Administrative and public law

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.
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Administrative and public law in London

Bindmans LLP

Hailed by clients as ‘one of the strongest public law teams in the UK’, Bindmans LLP has a long-established reputation for expertise in traditional claimant, commercial, regulatory, and defendant work, with particular strength in the health and social care, housing, and political sectors. Practice head John Halford is a renowned public law specialist and represents a diverse range of clients, encompassing individuals, campaign groups, regulators, commercial companies and other public sector entities. Karen May’s practice focuses heavily on education and community care judicial review cases, and she regularly appears before the High Court and Court of Appeal. Shirin Marker‘s practice has a particular focus on challenges related to immigration rights and national security, while associate Emma Varley specialises in challenging decisions by local authorities, schools and health bodies.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Halford


Autres avocats clés:

Caroline Robinson; Jessie Brennan; Karen May; Anna Thwaites; Shirin Marker; Emma Varley; Alice Hardy


Les références

‘One of the strongest public law teams in the UK. Widely respected.’

‘High quality public law cases, including lots of variety.’

‘The leading public law firm in London – strong team, involved in all of the key cases.’

Principaux clients

Jean Eveleigh and others


Women Against State Pension Inequality (‘WASPI’)


Helen Timson


Law Society of England and Wales


Age-disputed children


World Uyghur Conference


National Union of Journalists


Sian Berry and Open Rights Group


Mwatana for Human Rights


British Standards Institute


Government of the British Virgin Islands


Good Law Project: Bunzl Health Care challenge


Principaux dossiers


  • Acted for WASPI in judicial review proceedings challenging the outcome of the PHSO’s investigation into maladministration by the Department for Work and Pensions in its communication of changes to the state pension age for women born in the 1950s.
  • Acting for the Law Society in challenging the UK Government’s decision to ignore the recommendation from the Independent Review of Legal Aid led by Sir Christopher Bellamy, recommending a 15% increase in funding for solicitors’ work as the minimum necessary to sustain the system.
  • Representing young people who have been age disputed by the Home Office and/or local authorities.

Deighton Pierce Glynn

Deighton Pierce Glynn fields a team ‘that is dedicated to pursuing the rights of some of the most marginalised people‘, regularly taking on the most complex, novel and high-profile challenges to public authorities in judicial review and private law proceedings, as well as inquiries. Adam Hundt is a leading contact in Bristol and is regularly instructed in significant public law and procurement challenges, while London-based managing partner Polly Glynn regularly handles cases concerning local authorities and accessible housing. Zubier Yazdani typically litigates against public bodies before the Administrative Court in judicial review and damages claims relating to state abuses. Sasha Rozansky recently represented a victim of domestic and sexual abuse who successfully challenged a local authority’s decision to grant licences to an unlimited number of strip clubs, while Ugo Hayter has recently represented victims of trafficking threatened with deportation to Rwanda. Joanna Thomson retired in March 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adam Hundt


Autres avocats clés:

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


Les références

‘Zubier Yazdani is a truly brilliant solicitor, who uses his great intellect to make a difference in the law while making a real difference in the lives of his clients.’

‘A legal team that is dedicated to pursuing the rights of some of the most marginalised people in the immigration and social support sectors.’

‘Deighton Pierce Glynn is rightly regarded as one of the pre-eminent firms in this area. It is regularly instructed in judicial reviews of significant public importance.’

Principaux clients

National Aids Trust


Migrants Organise


Refugees for Justice


Operation Black Vote


Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy


Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher offers a deep bench of specialists in all aspects of public law advice and litigation; the firm’s areas of expertise range from bringing and defending applications for judicial review, to acting in complex inquests, public inquiries and independent reviews. One of those spearheading the practice is Matthew Lohn, who is highly sought after by individuals and corporates for his knowledge of judicial review, information transfer and fair process. Martin Smith is another key name at leadership level, and brings experience advising private sector organisations on their interaction with public bodies, central government and regulators. Tim Suter has been involved in numerous major inquiries in recent years, including the Manchester Arena bombing and the Covid-19 inquiries, while Sarah Ellson is vastly experienced across key public sectors such as healthcare and education. Carina May is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Martin Smith; Matthew Lohn


Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Ellson; Abigail Scholefield; Tim Suter; Carina May; Oliver Carlyon


Les références

‘Top public inquiry department in the field.’

‘Martin Smith has encyclopaedic knowledge on all matters in the public inquiry world, works on the biggest inquiries and is a great strategist.’

‘Fieldfisher are at the forefront of acting as solicitor to the inquiry for a number of the largest UK public inquiries; it is a testament to to their skill and expertise at running large-scale inquiries of huge public interest.’

Principaux clients

WildFish Conservation


The Covid-19 Public Inquiry


Independent Standards Authority


The Independent Inquiry into the issues raised by the David Fuller case


Manchester Arena Inquiry


Construction Industry Training Board (‘CITB’)


Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (‘IICSA’)


Council for Licensed Conveyancers (‘CLC’)


The Dawn Sturgess Inquiry


Pearson Education Limited


Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (‘HFEA’)


The Public Inquiry into the Death of Jermaine Baker


Principaux dossiers


  • Issued judicial review proceedings for the charity WildFish against the Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs to force the withdrawal and redrafting of the Government’s storm overflow reduction plan.
  • Advised the Covid-19 public inquiry on its set-up and establishment.
  • Providing ongoing representation to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on judicial review challenges, urgent appeals before the Licence Committee, and regular attendance at the Statutory Approvals Committee.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

An extension of the firm’s renowned disputes offering, the offering at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP spans all contentious and non-contentious aspects of public and administrative law, including judicial review, tribunal proceedings, government inquiries, and statutory appeal work. Jointly leading the practice are the vastly experienced Andrew Lidbetter and Nusrat Zar, whose combined experience covers an extremely broad range of key sectors including media, telecoms, energy, transport, utilities and financial services. Jasveer Randhawa is another key contact and trusted advisor to major commercial organisations and public bodies and regulators, while senior associate James Wood has developed a solid reputation for expertise regarding professional disciplinary investigations and freedom of information issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Lidbetter; Nusrat Zar


Autres avocats clés:

Jasveer Randhawa; Anna Eliasson; Christine Iacono; James Wood


Les références

‘HSF have been our advisors for over 20 years. They combine excellent sector knowledge with first-class public law advice.’

‘They provide comprehensive, well considered advice, are always available and are on your side.’

‘The best public law team in the City.’

Principaux clients

High Speed Two (“HS2”) Limited


Stagecoach Group plc


British Sugar plc


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


Post Office Limited


NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited


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


AQUIND Limited


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


Water UK


Neptune E&P UKCS Limited


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for High Speed Two in defending a procurement claim relating to its decision to acquire 54 high speed trains for operation on the UK’s new high speed railway.
  • Acting for 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.
  • Acting for STW and STPS, two of the defendants in group litigation which was commenced by around 140 personal search companies against the major water and sewerage companies in England and Wales.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Consisting of specialists who can provide public law advice interwoven with policy considerations, Hogan Lovells International LLP acts for a broad range of clients including sovereign governments, UK public departments, and high-profile commercial clients, with particular strength in judicial reviews within heavily regulated industries. Solicitor advocate Charles Brasted leads the practice, bringing a stellar market reputation and exceptional expertise in the energy, financial services, life sciences and technology sectors to the group. Director of government affairs Robert Gardener is another key contact. Solicitor advocate Julia Marlow regularly advises clients, including C-Suite executives, on public affairs strategies and parliamentary engagement.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charles Brasted


Autres avocats clés:

Julia Marlow; Andrew Eaton; Robert Gardener; Dervla Simm


Les références

‘This is the best administrative and public law firm in the country. The quality from top to bottom is unrivalled.’

‘Charles Brasted must have very exacting recruitment standards!’

‘HL have a cluster of absolutely exceptional associates whose work product is phenomenally good.’

Principaux clients

The London Metal Exchange and LME Clear


Uber


The UK Gambling Commission


Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (formerly the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)


NATS


BDO


The Crown Estate


Rolls Royce


Ofgem


Uber [employment reform]


Patchwork Foundation


Airbnb


Google


NATS


London Metal Exchange


American Airlines


KPMG


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising the London Metal Exchange on matters arising out of a situation that took place in the LME nickel market in March 2022 and which resulted in the LME suspending the market and cancelling trades that had taken place during the morning of 8 March 2022.
  • Advising Department for Energy Security and Net-Zero on a range of public law issues arising from the administration of Bulb.
  • Instructed as Uber’s ongoing regulatory advisors.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP combines considerable breadth and depth of public and administrative law expertise with the firm’s work in judicial review spanning a wide array of key sectors; recent highlights include proceedings with a nexus to real estate and construction, technology, healthcare, and higher education, amongst others. Practice head Sophie Kemp is a seasoned appellate litigator and specialist in judicial review, offering deep experience in large and complex institutional responses to public inquiries. With over three decades of experience, Adam Chapman is highly regarded for his expertise regarding public inquiries, major inquests, and information law, while Nick Wrightson’s practice focuses heavily on commercial and regulatory judicial review.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sophie Kemp


Autres avocats clés:

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


Les références

‘The team is very focussed and ensures that the right people are in situ to provide the right advice. I also find them extremely organised in terms of setting out clearly what their terms are, their likely costs and their contractual arrangements. The advice given is very precise and detailed and the quality of their correspondence is exceptional.’

‘Nick Wrightson and Adam Chapman are both extremely approachable and I feel I can contact either of them at a moment’s notice.’

‘Dealing with the practice was smooth and uneventful to the extent that administering my case was never worrying. My attention could easily concentrate on the excellent professional advice and information I was given.’

Principaux clients

Payment Systems Regulator


Superintendent Robyn Williams


The Institute of Faculty of Actuaries


Kate Brunner KC (in her capacity as Chair of the Isle of Man Independent COVID Review)


University of Cambridge


The Catholic Council for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse


Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales


18 former employees of the London Fire Brigade


Intellectual Property Regulation Board


Free Speech Union


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for the Payment Systems Regulator in the judicial review being brought against it.
  • Acted for Superintendent Williams in successfully resisting a judicial review by the Metropolitan Police seeking to have her dismissed.
  • Acted for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in defending a judicial review challenging the independence and impartiality of its disciplinary structure.

Leigh Day

Operating at the forefront of high-profile claimant work, Leigh Day combines a core set of administrative and public law experts with specialists across a broad range of relevant disciplines, from healthcare and immigration, to refugee law and prisoners' rights. Human rights specialist Jamie Beagent leads the team; his practice focuses particularly on the environment, and the detention and welfare of immigrants and asylum seekers. Tessa Gregory is a vastly experienced litigator and represents a wide variety of clients in complex judicial reviews, including individuals and NGOs. Benjamin Burrows is another key contact and heads the prison law team, while Merry Varney is well regarded for inquests concerning child rights.

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

‘The outstanding public and administrative law practice for claimants, takes on work of exceptional complexity and importance and is able to win the most difficult cases.’

‘Tessa Gregory has an outstanding practice in complex and factually demanding cases.’

‘Great people.’

Principaux clients

Over 320 Core Participants in the Infected Blood Inquiry


Wild Justice


Western Sahara Campaign (UK)


Carolin Lucas MP, Alyn Smith MP, Ben Bradshaw MP


Campaign Against the Arms Trade


John’s Campaign


Asylum Aid


The Bureau of Investigative Journalism


Freedom From Torture


Families of Afghan civilians unlawfully killed by British Forces


British Medical Association


Hepatitis C Trust


Asylum Aid


Campaign Against Arms Trade


Friends of the Earth


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Caroline Lucas MP, Ben Bradshaw MP and Alyn Smith MP in an ongoing challenge before the ECtHR which claims that the UK Government’s failure both to institute an independent investigation into Russian interference in UK democratic processes, and to put in place an adequate legislative framework to protect future elections from foreign interference, is a breach of the right to free and fair elections.
  • Acted on a series of successful 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.

Addleshaw Goddard

With a client roster spanning governmental authorities, utility companies, and private sector entities carrying out work of a public nature, Addleshaw Goddard has a strong reputation for defending and forwarding judicial review applications across key sectors, from local government and education, to transport and infrastructure. Heavyweight disputes specialists Bill Gilliam and Simon Kamstra oversee the administrative and public law offering, with divisional managing partner for litigation Mark Molyneux also supporting. Clare Dwyer has acted in various disputes arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, while managing associate Paul Rowley is renowned for his public law and procurement expertise. Legal director Ryan Geldart has also developed strong expertise in the team's contentious public procurement practice.

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

‘The AG team is outstanding. Brilliant strategic approach to litigation.’

‘I have been hugely impressed by Louise Dobson. She is absolutely on top of her game and an outstanding public law litigator.’

‘Erin Shoesmith is capable of seeing the detail and the bigger picture and formulating a strategy that hits the commercial and emotional as well as the key legal points.’

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


Hallo Healthcare


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


Scottish Enterprise (SE)


Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing SSE in a statutory appeal to the CMA relating to the Ofgem decision in December 2020 regarding electricity transmission system charges for generators, and subsequent judicial review proceedings.
  • Representing the Road Haulage Association in a judicial review regarding the scope of the appellate jurisdiction conferred by s49 Competition Act 1998.
  • Representing three bereaved families in the Manchester Arena inquiry.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is noted for both its advisory and litigious expertise in the public law context. In addition to a strong reputation for commercial judicial review work, the team offers specialist knowledge in relation to tax, information governance and data, professional conduct, and trade issues, with an increased focus on climate change-related litigation. Joanna Ludlam heads the practice and regularly acts on some of the leading public law cases; recent highlights include the UNHCR’s intervention regarding the Government’s Rwanda refugee policy. Yindi Gesinde and Nadia Banno are also highly recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joanna Ludlam


Autres avocats clés:

Yindi Gesinde; Nadia Banno


Les références

‘Experience, intelligence, and strategic awareness.’

‘The team is highly skilled and efficient in the management of complex litigation.’

‘Joanna Ludlam is hugely impressive. She provides experience, sound judgement and strategic oversight.’

Principaux clients

Good Law Project


Former director of GPT Special Project Management (an Airbus subsidiary), Jeff Cook


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


BBC


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising the Good Law Project on a judicial review of the Government’s Net Zero Strategy.
  • Defending Mr Cook, a former director of GPT, in connection with the criminal charges brought against him.
  • Acting for UNHCR in several refugee law cases, including the challenge to the Rwanda policy.

Bates Wells

In addition to being regularly instructed on significant public inquiries and judicial reviews, Bates Wells has particular expertise in advising audit bodies and local government on public sector finance, as well as acting for major charities on regulation, public law challenges and duty spin-outs. Former practice head Melanie Carter moved to Bevan Brittan LLP in July 2022 but the team was bolstered by the addition of co-head Matthew Smith, who has a strong track record on judicial reviews concerning human rights before domestic and European courts, from BDB Pitmans in April 2023. Senior associate Alistair Williams handles matters in the local audit sector, including financial investigations. Claire Whittle has moved to DLA Piper.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Smith


Autres avocats clés:

Alistair Williams; Emma Ainsley


Les références

‘There is a depth of expertise and pragmatism when acting to secure clients’ interests and core values.’

‘Informed, professional, practical, ethical and supportive.’

‘Alistair Williams is very effective; great on the detail and political judgment.’

Principaux clients

Canal & River Trust


Social Work England


Advertising Standards Authority


Royal College of Nursing


AQA


Wales Audit Office


The Waterways Ombudsman


The Forward Trust


Airport Coordination Ltd


The Portman Group


RSPCA


Holland Park School


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing the Royal College of Nursing in its engagement with the UK Covid-19 inquiry.
  • Defending an application for permission for judicial review brought by a complainant against a decision of the Waterways Ombudsman not to uphold his complaint.
  • Acting for the RSPCA on its intervention in a judicial review brought by The Humane League.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Having established a leading reputation for high-profile public work spanning both advisory mandates and judicial reviews, Bevan Brittan LLP offers specialists across a number of key sectors, including local government, healthcase, financial services and education. Inquiries and investigations are another key area of strength. Practice head Virginia Cooper has extensive experience handling complex regulatory matters, jurisdiction consultation duties and judicial review challenges. Melanie Carter joined from Bates Wells in August 2022 and is a leading authority on public sector audit governing, while Olivia Carter has developed a specialism in NHS commissioning issues. Amy Tschobotko regularly handles public law and regulatory cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Stuart Marchant has particular expertise in healthcare and social care.

Responsables de la pratique:

Virginia Cooper


Autres avocats clés:

Stuart Marchant; Olivia Carter; Amy Tschobotko; Melanie Carter


Les références

‘Excellent team of public law specialists. Represent a large number of high-profile public bodies and do cutting-edge cases.’

‘Olivia Carter is a leader in her field; has unrivalled experience of handling complex judicial reviews.’

‘The Bevan Brittan team has exceptional experience of working closely with public sector clients – understanding their challenges and helping to find solutions that really fit. They combine a lot of practical expertise with real strategic insight.’

Principaux clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited


Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman


NHS England


Financial Conduct Authority


University of Oxford


Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Compliance Officer


Kent County Council


Historic England / English Heritage


Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Chartered Institute of Legal Executives


Schools & Nursery Milk Alliance


Local Government Association


London Borough of Haringey


Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd


Grant ThorntonLLP


Canal and River Trust


Marine Stewardship Council


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing NHS England in defending a legal challenge to its decision to terminate a GP’s medical services contract.
  • Acting for the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman in a judicial review challenge relating to whether the LGSCO has the power to withdraw final decisions.
  • Acted for Grant Thornton in its role as statutory external auditor for Cheshire East Council.

Bhatt Murphy

Acting for a broad range of clients, from protestors and victims of crime, to state detainees and bereaved families, Bhatt Murphy has particularly well established expertise in protecting the rights of women and girls, regularly bringing claims against the police for failure to protect and investigate. Immigration law specialist Janet Farrell is a key contact, and has handled numerous public and private law claims for families detained by the Home Office. Michael Oswald acts on behalf of victims of police misconduct in civil claims, judicial reviews, and the police complaints system, while Jane Ryan is a recognised specialist in prison law and has particular strength in handling independent investigations arising from serious abuse in custody.

Responsables de la pratique:

Janet Farrell; Jane Ryan; Michael Oswald


Les références

‘The team at Bhatt Murphy are specialists in dealing with a broad range of public law challenges and are therefore a good port of call for complex claims which may involve a cross-disciplinary aspect. The team is friendly, diligent and approachable while being highly professional.’

‘Absolutely brilliant.’

‘Bhatt Murphy’s public law team is extremely impressive. They are knowledgeable, efficient and very committed to getting the best results for their clients.’

Principaux dossiers


  • Instructed by the charity INQUEST in relation to an intervention in a Court of Appeal case relating to whether Article 2 was engaged in respect of the death of a voluntary mental health patient by an overdose of recreational drugs.
  • Representing 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.
  • Represented Sarah Rennie and Georgie Hulme of the Leaseholder Disability Action Group in a judicial review, challenging the Government’s refusal to implement October 2019 recommendations made by the Chair of the Grenfell Inquiry mandating Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) for all residents whose ability to self-evacuate in an emergency may be compromised.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP is highly sought after by major public and private sector clients to advise on public law issues in relation to corporate transactions, strategic positioning and government relations challenges. The practice handles a steady stream of large-scale judicial reviews touching upon environmental, tax, real estate and human rights issues, with practice head and director Andrew Dean highly respected for his public law and procurement expertise. Senior associate Oliver Carroll is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious mandates, and is instructed by a roster of large corporate, financial services and governmental clients. Elizabeth Morony is also a key contact, especially in the field of judicial review.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Dean


Autres avocats clés:

Oliver Carroll; Elizabeth Morony


Les références

‘Very strong group.’

‘Andrew Dean is a top quality operator. He brings years of advising on the Government side in to private practice and in doing so is someone you want in your corner. Great legal brain.’

‘Their support has been exceptional, adapting to the needs of a smaller charitable business, recognising the particular constraints and challenges that our business and clients face, and providing responsive service despite the pro bono nature of the support. They are exceptional teams providing excellent service.’

Principaux clients

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy


UK Government Investments


NNB Generation Company


Network Rail


UK Government


The Lifescape Project


UKEF


Hertfordshire Independent Living Service


Welsh & Borders


HM Treasury


Official Receiver


UK Debt Management Office


Christie Elan-Cane


Lord Mann of Holbeck Moor; Sarah Champion MP


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising HMG as part of its collaboration with Moderna to procure the development, manufacturing and supply of mRNA vaccines and therapeutics to the UK population for the treatment of Covid-19 and other respiratory diseases.
  • Advising HMG on the structuring of a multi-billion transaction in a highly regulated sector and as part of Liz Truss’ Energy Taskforce initiative.
  • Advising an international private investment client on the legality of policies announced by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is known for the breadth of its public sector expertise, regularly advising major clients on transformational projects, private and third sector collaboration, major outsourcings, procurement, investigations and public sector pensions. Cardiff-based Huw Jones is head of local government and leads on the employment aspects of public sector matters, while in Manchester, Kuljeet Gill has extensive experience in the tax, real estate, banking and construction sectors. In Birmingham, Sarah Jones leads the inquiries and investigations team, while London-based Mukhtiar Tanda leads the governments and infrastructure group. In Birmingham, legal director Isabelle Mitchell has worked extensively on a number of major investigations and public inquiries.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mukhtiar Tanda; Kuljeet Gill; Huw Jones; Sarah Jones


Autres avocats clés:

Isabelle Mitchell; Alison Oldfield


Les références

‘The team has unrivalled experience in this area and they have the huge resources of a truly national firm at their disposal.’

‘Sarah Jones is a superb team leader, astute and clear in her thinking and having a real flair for getting the best out of them all.’

‘Eversheds Sutherland’s administrative and public law practice team is undoubtedly one of the strongest in the country. It has significant expertise across a range of public law areas, most notably in the area of public inquiries and investigations.’

Principaux clients

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc (“EIO”)


The Haemophilia Society


Telford & Wrekin Council


Welsh Language Commissioner


Department for Transport


Housing Ombudsman


Forestry England


National Highways


University of Manchester


Gold Jennings

Gold Jennings is a niche legal aid firm with a public law team renowned for its capabilities in issues concerning migrants' rights, criminal justice judicial reviews, central government decisions, and inquests. Practice head Clare Jennings acts exclusively for claimants in public law matters, with a proven track record successfully challenging state decisions and achieving high-level policy change. Matthew Gold has a stellar reputation for actions against the police, handling complex cases of wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

Responsables de la pratique:

Clare Jennings


Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Gold


Les références

‘Gold Jennings are brilliant; they fight tirelessly for the rights of migrants, individually but also in terms of systemic issues.’

‘Clare Jennings is just incredible, and definitely the best solicitor I could hope to work with when supporting clients at the organisation I work for.’

‘Gold Jennings is a superb specialist public law practice that punches well above its weight. Matthew Gold is an established hand at the tiller and Clare Jennings is a fantastic litigator. They take on unfashionable cases for some of the most marginalised figures and achieve really impressive results.’

Principaux clients

Phone Seizure R(HM & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWHC 695 (Admin)


R (Anons) v SSHD- Manston Possession JR


S v SSHD Rwanda


OO v SSHD Rwanda


R(Simpson) v HM Coroner for Portsmouth, Hampshire and Southampton


XD and YZM (Napier barracks litigation)


FSM/ Pupil Premium Group Litigation


HM – Court of Appeal Costs Appeal


Healthy Starts Judicial Review


JR v Legal Aid Agency


JR v Avon and Somerset & also JR of CPS


Principaux dossiers


  • Acted in a judicial review challenge to the Home Office’s secret blanket policy of seizing all mobile phones from asylum seekers arriving by small boat.
  • Representing asylum seekers against the SSHD for operating a practice, and most likely policy, of seizing all possessions from all small boat arrivals.
  • Representing the claimant in a judicial review challenging the Rwanda scheme.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s strength lies in the diversity of its work; the firm is well versed in complex judicial reviews, and handles mandates ranging from environmental law to gambling regulation, immigration, data protection and discrimination issues. Katy Colton was promoted to partner in April 2023 and leads the offering, with a proven track record advising politicians, activists, NGOs and charities in relation to complex and contentious issues of equality, administrative law, and human rights. Emily Nicholson and James Libson are also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Katy Colton


Autres avocats clés:

Emily Nicholson; James Libson; Maria Patsalos; Alexandra Agnew


Les références

‘The team at Mishcons is really growing in this practice area. The are collaborative, pleasant to deal with and run cases with care and precision. They go the extra mile to fight for their clients.’

‘Alexandra Agnew is brilliant. She is very hardworking, charming and smart. An all-round great person to work with.’

‘Excellent knowledge of, and contacts in, the political world. A real instinct for litigating in the political sphere.’

Principaux clients

Public Law Project


Community Windpower


Radiocentre


Criminal Bar Association


Jennifer Webster


Members of the Afghan judicial system


The Lifescape Project


Rohingya victims of violence in Myanmar


Azeem Rafiq


Samir Jassal


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for the Public Law Project in an appeal concerning potential discrimination arising from the use of algorithms in the Home Office’s decision making.
  • Acted for Community Windpower in a successful public law challenge to the implementation of a cap on revenue for renewable energy generators.
  • Advising The Lifescape Project on an OECD green-washing complaint against Drax Group.

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans has established a comprehensive public law offering, covering the spectrum of litigation, inquiries and inquests, as well as advisory and legislative work, which utilises its notable strength in parliamentary law. With former practice head Matthew Smith departing to Bates Wells in March 2023, the team is now overseen by David Mundy, who brings specialist expertise in the fields of freedom of information, data protection and judicial review to the group. Another key name to note for judicial review work is Richard Langley, who has extensive experience acting for local councils and major regulators.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Mundy


Autres avocats clés:

Richard Langley


Les références

‘Those I have worked with at BDB Pitmans have been of a noticeably high calibre, both as to their strength of legal ability as well as their pragmatic and deep understanding of how their public body client works and what it needs.’

‘David Mundy in particular is extremely knowledgeable in this field.’

‘This team at BDB Pitmans has particular strength in public law work associated with public inquiries and major inquests, deriving from their experience of acting as solicitors to the inquiry and for core participants/interested persons.

Principaux clients

Financial Conduct Authority


The Forde Inquiry


Financial Conduct Authority


AP Wireless (UK)


Royal Albert Hall


Manchester Ship Canal Company


Trinity House


Climate Change Committee


Nuffield Health


Powerrapid Ltd


Financial Conduct Authority (Milne)


Financial Conduct Authority (CRA)


Trinsalvage Enterprises Limited


Natural Resources Wales


Principaux dossiers


  • Represented the Financial Conduct Authority in a number of judicial reviews.
  • Acting for the Manchester Ship Canal Company in legal challenges to restrict the right of sewage companies to discharge sewage into waterways.
  • Acting for the Royal Albert Hall on the promotion of legislation in Parliament to revise its constitution.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

In addition to a strong reputation for high-profile and complex judicial reviews, DAC Beachcroft LLP is particularly well known for advisory work on policy development and implementation, as well as regulatory advice. Practice head Alistair Robertson is renowned for his judicial review expertise, especially in the health sector. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of legal consultant Priyesh Patel from the Government Legal Department, who brings extensive public inquiry experience to the group.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alistair Robertson


Autres avocats clés:

Sophie Devlin; Nico Tilche; Priyesh Patel


Les références

‘Good strategic and legal advice.’

‘Deep and insightful knowledge of relevant regulatory and public law issues affecting NHS providers.’

‘Alistair Robertson is outstanding, consistently giving very prompt, clear, helpful and pragmatic advice on a wide range of topics.’

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


Patient and Client Council


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for NHS England in the UK Covid-19 public inquiry.
  • Defending NHS England in a judicial review challenging the NHS and the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it had on care home residents.
  • Instructed by the RCPCH to intervene in the appeal of two linked cases in which claimants seek to lift anonymity orders granted to doctors involved in the care of children who have died.

DLA Piper

The public law team at DLA Piper provides stellar advice to both public authorities and major corporations and organisations who are impacted by public law decisions, and is regularly instructed by the UK Government as a go-to firm for complex matters. Since April 2022, the practice has been spearheaded by Emma Dowden-Teale, who combines a thriving advisory practice with a busy contentious offering that spans from the Administrative Court to the Upper Tribunals. Claire Whittle joined from Bates Wells in November 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emma Dowden-Teale


Les références

‘Market leader in commercial judicial review; particularly in acting for well-known and high-profile companies and organisations looking to challenge regulatory decisions.’

‘Great team of public lawyers. Strength in depth.’

‘DLA Piper’s team is switched on and enthusiastic. They work incredibly hard but also make working on cases with them a fun and warm experience. Cases feel like a real team effort.’

Principaux clients

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (now the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)


The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office


Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs


Department of Health and Social Care


Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport


Government Legal Department


NHS Digital


The Disclosure and Barring Service


Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority


British Business Bank


Kellogg Company


Halton Borough Council


Velindre NHS Trust


Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council


Public Law Project


Meta Oversight Board


West Coast Railway Company Limited


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in the UK Covid-19 inquiry.
  • Acted for the Department of Health and Social Care and the Government Legal Department in successfully resisting litigation brought by the Good Law Project in relation to the award of several contracts to Abingdon Health limited for the production of a Covid-19 antibody lateral flow testing device.
  • Acted for the Kellogg Company in its judicial review challenge the legality and lawfulness of the Food (Promotion and Placement) (England) Regulations 2022.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors has established a well respected judicial review claimant practice, representing a spectrum of vulnerable claimants in cases relating to human rights, prison, mental capacity and social welfare issues. The team has recently been representing clients in the lead challenge to the SSHD’s Rwanda policy, with Ahmed Aydeed being a key contact on that front. James Packer is director of the public law department and litigates across a broad range of areas, while immigration specialist Toufique Hossain regularly represents vulnerable individuals, including asylum seekers and victims of torture. Rohena Wallace is also highly recommended.

Autres avocats clés:

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


Les références

‘DL’s team are representing many of the most vulnerable migrants, often in time sensitive and significant public law actions. They have great tactical awareness and go the extra mile to get results.’

‘Duncan Lewis is a behemoth in the legal aid sector, with particular specialism in immigration and migrants’ rights cases.’

‘It has a large, dynamic team who work tirelessly on the most challenging cases.’

Principaux clients

The Public and Commercial Services Union, Care 4 Calais, Detention Action alongside six asylum seekers (AAA & Ors)


HT, Detention Action & Public & Commercial Services Union


10 asylum seeking clients and their families accommodated in Staindrop Lodge Hotel


Helen Amare Teshale (and others)


Women for Refugee Women (‘WRW’) and SPM


HVN (victim of trafficking)


KA and 6 Others


Public and Commercial Services Union and Care 4 Calais v SSHD


PB (Asylum Claimant)


JB v SSHD


EDC V SSHD


CBP v SSHD


VV v SSHD (Windrush Compensation)


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting on the lead challenge to the SSHD’s Rwanda policy to remove asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda.
  • Acting on the Manston challenge over wrongful detention in Kent.

Hickman & Rose

With a recognisable strength in bringing public law challenges against decisions within the criminal justice system, Hickman & Rose is a trusted advisor to a wide range of individuals and organisations, including a number of major domestic and international human rights charities. Daniel Machover oversees the practice, which has developed an impressive reputation in connection with inquests and public inquiries, interventions for legal charities in cases of significant public interest, and commercial judicial reviews. Inquests expert Kate Maynard focuses on police, prison and immigration death and serious injury claims, while civil litigator Helen Stone brings public law experience acting in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court to the group.

Responsables de la pratique:

Daniel Machover


Autres avocats clés:

Kate Maynard; Helen Stone; Stefano Ruis


Les références

‘Hickman & Rose has a superb adminstrative law team.’

‘Helen Stone is a stand-out performer.’

‘Kate Maynard and Stefano Ruis are excellent – very good indeed here. No-one better and look at the size of the cases Kate is running (most at the same time).’

Principaux clients

Alfred Omishore


INQUEST and Stopwatch


The family of Thomas Orchard


Louise Grennan


Carla Cumberbatch


Fresh View Swift Properties Limited


IML/LST


Milicent Christian


5Rights Foundation


Ali Babitu Kololo


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for the family of Oladeji Omishore in an ongoing judicial review of the IOPC’s decision to treat police officers involved the restraint of Oladeji prior to his death as witnesses rather than subjects of a conduct or criminal investigation.
  • Acting for two charities as interveners before the Supreme Court in a case concerning the evidential test for determining how and whether police officers may commit misconduct when using force.
  • Acted for companies bringing judicial review proceedings of Magistrates Courts regarding their decisions in respect of Account Freezing Orders.

Hodge Jones & Allen

Hodge Jones & Allen fields a team of expert lawyers with years of experience in cases relating to miscarriages of justice, inquests, and actions against the police. Practice head Susie Labinjoh regularly handles civil actions against the police and prison services, as well as leading on political protest cases. Jocelyn Cockburn focuses on environmental justice, while Sasha Barton has extensive experience representing vulnerable victims of violence where the police have failed to protect and investigate. The practice has also established a solid reputation for judicial review work, covering challenges against a range of public entities including the CPS, Independent Office for Police Conduct, and the UK Government.

Responsables de la pratique:

Susie Labinjoh


Autres avocats clés:

Jocelyn Cockburn; Sasha Barton


Les références

‘Throughout my professional engagements with their firm, I have witnessed their unwavering commitment to upholding the principles of administrative and public law.’

‘Hodge Jones & Allen’s team of dedicated lawyers consistently demonstrate a deep understanding of the complexities involved in this field. Their comprehensive approach, combined with their exceptional legal skills, allows them to effectively navigate intricate administrative and public law matters.’

‘A go-to firm for administrative and public law. They benefit from cross-disciplinary knowledge amongst the teams.’

Principaux clients

The family of Michelle Jones


Grenfell Tower Inquiry


Extinction Rebellion


Ahmed Mohammad Ali Adan


Kings College London Students


Family of Michael McDonagh (Deceased)


Undercover Policing Inquiry – International Solidarity Movement & Others


Jessica Branch, Caspar Hughes and others


The family of Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah


The Family of Alex Tostevin


Kristina O’Connor


Neville Lawrence


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for over 50 core participants in the Grenfell Tower inquiry.
  • Representing over 75 protestors who were arrested after participating in various demonstrations.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is regularly instructed by a diverse range of individuals and organisations, including large campaign groups, in complex and high-profile judicial reviews challenging local authority policies and decisions, human rights abuses by public bodies, and wider public interest cases. Practice head Yogi Amin is well known for handling high-profile cases and strategic litigation, including policy challenges in a broad range of key sectors. Oliver Studdert is highly skilled representing children bringing judicial review proceedings under the Children Act 1989, while Rebecca Chapman’s practice focuses on community care and Court of Protection work. Associate Oliver Carter is developing a strong reputation, especially regarding cases against government departments, local authorities and NHS bodies.

Responsables de la pratique:

Yogi Amin


Autres avocats clés:

Oliver Studdert; Rebecca Chapman; Oliver Carter


Les références

‘Oliver Carter looks like a public law star of the future. Bright, knowledgable and committed to his clients.’

‘They are the big player on the scene in this area. They are good at what they do, and their associates know their stuff.’

‘Irwin Mitchell’s public law team has exceptional individuals at all levels of seniority. They excel in complex claims and work collaboratively and creatively to achieve excellent outcomes for their clients.’

Principaux clients

Survivors of the Manchester Arena Attack


Two social work managers working in the Children Services of a large Local Authority


Sarah Becker


Linklaters LLP

The public law practice at Linklaters LLP is particularly adept at acting for businesses and public bodies on business critical and complex judicial review matters, with specialist expertise across the media, technology, transport, financial services and energy sectors. Practice head Tom Cassels is a prominent public law figure, representing the UK Government, international companies, and major charities in high-stakes public law disputes. The practice also handles a steady stream of advisory work, guiding clients through complex and novel principles of administrative and public law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tom Cassels


Autres avocats clés:

Jacqueline Chaplin; James Phoenix


Les références

‘Experience in advising on extremely high-profile matters.’

‘Tom Cassels is excellent at distilling technical points into easily understandable advice.’

‘Legal and professional excellence. Very approachable, easy to work with, and a collaborative approach. Nothing is too much trouble.’

Principaux clients

The Energy Administrators (Teneo Financial Advisory Limited) and Bulb


The Department for Transport


Medical Protection Society


Ola UK Private Limited


Experian Limited


LGBT Foundation and Stonewall


Privacy International


Hg Capital LLP and Intas Pharmaceuticals Limited, Accord Healthcare Limited and Accord-UK Limited


Shawbrook Bank Limited


Annington Property Limited, Annington Holdings Limited


Camelot UK Lotteries Limited


Home Builders Federation


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for Annington Property in its judicial review of the Ministry of Defence’s attempt to regain property rights over 38,000 properties.
  • Acting for Camelot in relation to the competition for the Fourth National Lottery Licence, valued at over £3.6bn.
  • Advising The Energy Administrators and Bulb on the £1.2bn administration of Bulb and the sale of Bulb to the Octopus Energy Group.

Osbornes

Osbornes is highly regarded for conducting judicial review challenges against local authorities and the SSHD, especially in regard to adverse age assessments for unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors. The team is led by William Ford, who has brought numerous successful judicial review challenges on behalf of a wide range of claimants, including homeless applicants, care leavers, disabled persons, migrants subjected to a hostile environment, and social security claimants. Alex McMahon advises on issues concerning housing, community care, and asylum support, while senior associate Edward Taylor focuses on protecting the rights of children, regularly working with international charities to do so.

Responsables de la pratique:

William Ford


Autres avocats clés:

Alex McMahon; Edward Taylor


Les références

‘Osbornes provides a first-class service to clients, really advocating on their behalf.’

‘Osbornes are extremely knowledgeable and professional throughout.’ 

‘The team at Osbornes is very good.’

Simpson Millar LLP

Active across the full range of administrative and public law areas, Simpson Millar LLP handles complex judicial review work spanning community care, children’s rights, and education, with a particular specialism in acting for victims of trafficking. Chris Callender forms part of the leadership trio and has extensive experience bringing claims against the police and prisons for failing in their duty of care. Co-head Victoria Pogge Von Strandmann specialises in public law challenges concerning the rights of children and vulnerable migrants, while co-head Dan Rosenberg is an expert in education-related judicial reviews, particularly unlawful exclusions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Victoria Pogge Von Strandmann; Chris Callender; Dan Rosenberg


Autres avocats clés:

Silvia Nicolaou Garcia


Les références

‘A fantastic team who demonstrate the highest level of work at all levels. They consistently act in complex claims and those involving vulnerable clients.’

‘Victoria Pogge Von Strandmann is meticulous, approachable and efficient, and a go-to for complex and challenging cases.’

‘The Simpson Millar team are very strong in this area.’

Principaux clients

Diarra Dillon -v- HM Assistant Coroner for Rutland and


North Leicestershire – Court ref no: CO/246/2022


VK v Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


Grandmother of teenage boy with special needs


Humanist parent of a year 9 child in a Worcestershire state secondary school


KH v SSHD CO/3127/2022


MR v SSHD JR-2022-LON-001604


MD v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022]


Principaux dossiers


  • Acted for Diarra Dillon in connection with a judicial review of the failure of the assistant coroner to issue Prevention of Future Death notices to the prison and healthcare services following the conclusion of an inquest into the death of a young person in prison.
  • Acted in connection with a judicial review of the failure of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to make prompt arrangements for medical support in regards to fitting a supra pubic catheter.
  • Acted for the grandmother of a teenage boy with significant Special Educational Needs in a matter concerning the Department for Education’s new behaviour advice for schools which effectively implied that it was appropriate to sanction children so long as they understood the rule or instruction and were not unable to act differently.

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman continues to handle a steady stream of commercial public law, judicial review and public procurement mandates, with clients ranging from regulated corporates and utilities, to public bodies and major NGOs. Heading up the group is Andrew Denny, who offers particular expertise advising on public law aspects of major projects, including the lawfulness of government decisions and freedom of information matters. Maeve Hanna is highly sought after by large corporates, financial institutions and charities.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Denny


Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Townsend; Maeve Hanna


Les références

‘A&O provides clients with excellent support and service. Individual lawyers are experienced and supported by legal teams that allow for fast responses to client queries and concise advice. You always feel with A&O that it will go the extra mile to get your case over the line.’

‘Maeve Hanna is a lawyer with extensive public law experience, good breadth of knowledge and a constructive approach to advising clients and ensuring they understand the options before them. She is excellent at engaging and informing counsel and ensuring her legal teams are on top of their work and the issues they should be addressing in any case.’

‘The main strengths are that the practice takes the time to learn about your individual business and add value. Whilst other providers may provide legal advice on the specific issue, the time Allen & Overy take to learn about the business they are advising means their advice is provided knowing the entirety of its impact.’

Principaux clients

Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles


Hitachi Rail Limited and Bombardier Transportation UK Limited


Bail for Immigration Detainees


Equator Principles Association


Chartered Institute of Management Accountants


RMI


 


CMS

With considerable depth of expertise across heavily regulated sectors such as financial services, gambling, life sciences, healthcare and sport, the public law offering at CMS draws on expertise from numerous relevant disciplines, from regulatory and competition, to commercial and IP litigation. Practice head Dan Tench combines his public and media law expertise to provide advice for clients in the public policy arena, while Tamsin Blow is noted for her expertise in the media and gambling sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dan Tench


Autres avocats clés:

Tamsin Blow; Omar Qureshi; Gowri Chandrashekar


Les références

‘The team bring together experience of media and tech, hard-edged commercial experience, and public law experience which makes them a formiddable ally when dealing with regulatory investigations and enforcement action.’

‘Dan Tench is extremely experienced across sectors, and can draw upon this in any situation.’

‘Great team support on a difficult case provided at all levels.’

Principaux clients

Walleys Quarry Limited


Octopus Energy


National Grid Electricity System Operator (“NGTSO”)


Gravis Capital Management


Road User Charging Adjudicators (“RUCAs”)


Microsoft


Liberty Speciality Markets Limited and Stars Homes Limited


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing Octopus Energy in three expedited judicial reviews commenced against the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy by British Gas, Scottish Power and E.ON respectively challenging BEIS’ decision to approve the transfer of the business of Bulb Energy (in administration) to Octopus Energy.
  • Representing Walleys Quarry, as an interested party, in a judicial review brought against the Environment Agency in relation to allegations the EA was not complying with the law requiring it to protect the life of five-year-old Mathew Richards, in Silverdale, Staffordshire.
  • Represented Microsoft in the Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into Xbox subscription practices.

Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP

With a particularly strong reputation regarding the rights of disabled children, adults and their families, the public law practice at Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP is also highly regarded for its skill in areas such as health and social care, and education law. The firm's three founding partners remain at the helm: Polly Sweeney has a particular interest in strategic litigation involving the rights of children; Anne-Marie Irwin acts for individuals, charities and NGOs in large judicial reviews; and Alex Rook’s specialism lies in mental capacity and human rights law. Alice Cullingworth is also highly recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alex Rook; Polly Sweeney; Anne-Marie Irwin


Autres avocats clés:

Alice Cullingworth; James Betts


Les références

‘My experience with the team has been remarkable. They are a cohesive group dedicated to the success of each client.’

‘I worked primarily with Alex Rook. Alex was always pleasant, dedicated and a true pleasure to work with. He went out of his way for us time and again and showed an exemplary level of sensitivity, integrity and dedication.’

‘Excellence, knowledge, and professionalism.’

Principaux clients

Alexander Harvey


Eva Echo


Gendered Intelligence


Good Law Project Limited


The Runnymede Trust


Residents of St Elizabeth’s Care Home


Sofia Sheakh


Exeter and District Mencap


Principaux dossiers


  • Acted for Good Law Project and others in a judicial review to challenge NHS waiting times for gender identity services.
  • Act for a child who has Special Educational Needs and disabilities in a judicial review regarding the Government’s consultation on its SEND Green Paper.
  • Representing the charity Exeter and District Mencap in a challenge to Devon County Council’s proposal to close a swathe of services for disabled people across the county.

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP is increasingly engaged in complex judicial review and public inquiry work, drawing on its recognised regulatory expertise and growing specialisms in planning, housing, criminal law and immigration. Practice head John Gould is a public law specialist and regularly prepares independent reports on governance and related issues for public sector organisations. Michael Stacey is known for both bringing and defending high-profile judicial reviews, particularly regarding policy issues affecting the charity sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Gould


Autres avocats clés:

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


Les références

‘Fantastic team, great litigation skills and friendly.’

‘Michael Stacey is a fantastic litigator; shrewd and tactical but with excellent legal knowledge and excellent client-handling skills.’

‘The team has great strength in depth which means that work can be delegated down extremely effectively.’

Principaux clients

Core Participants in the Grenfell Inquiry


Solicitors Regulation Authority


CILEx Regulation Limited


The Law Society of England and Wales


Parent of an 18 year old with serious medical needs


Trans parent seeking a Passport for his child without a birth certificate


Mother of two children, one whom has Special Educational Needs (SEN)


Principaux dossiers


  • Acted for core participants in the Grenfell Tower inquiry.
  • Advised a transgender man who gave birth to his child on a free-standing application under the Human Rights Act 1998 to permit a passport application, without a birth certificate.
  • Successfully defended CILEx Regulation in judicial review proceedings.

Saunders Law

Saunders Law is regularly involved in high-profile and cutting edge work in the field of public and administrative law, including major public inquiries, inquests, judicial reviews and other HRA-related claims. Heading the public inquiries team is Cyrilia Knight, who brings extensive expertise handling civil claims against the police and other public authorities to the group. Human rights specialists Nia Williams and Clare Evans are also key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nia Williams; Cyrilia Knight; Clare Evans


Les références

‘The firm provides a high-level service concerning public law claims and actions against the state. They are true experts in inquests, judicial review claims and actions against the police.’

‘Saunders Law really delivers for its clients and explores every avenue to find the right and best outcome for clients.’

‘Very committed and passionate lawyers at every level.’

Principaux clients

Grenfell Tower Inquiry


Infected Blood Inquiry


Covid Inquiry


Family of Kyle Maher (Judicial review)


BW


KTH


Family of AK


Family of KC


Trowers & Hamlins LLP

With recognisable strength in both contentious and non-contentious work, Trowers & Hamlins LLP is highly active in commercial judicial review and transparency issues, as well as advising on public sector powers and governance issues. Lucy James, who heads the firm’s national commercial litigation team, has expanded the contentious procurement offering, while public sector head Scott Dorling has vast expertise advising on vires, procurement and state aid issues for local authority projects.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lucy James; Scott Dorling


Les références

‘I appreciate the commercial and client-focused approach to both advisory work and litigation displayed by the team.’

‘Lucy James as lead partner skilfully combines coverage of the issues with appropriate delegation. She is always sufficiently abreast of matters to be able to properly and sensitively advise the client, whilst also being alive to the need to manage costs and to delegate where appropriate. She is tenacious and flexible as the situation demands.’

‘Lucy James is down-to-earth, commercial and client-focused. She is authoritative and supportive and is a simple pleasure to work with.’

Principaux clients

Birmingham City Council


Excession Technologies


Central Bedfordshire Council


Ambition Institute


Harlow District Council


Trafford Borough Council


Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council


Watkin Jones & Son Limited


North Warwickshire Borough Council


Plymouth Council


Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Principaux dossiers


  • Advised Birmingham City Council on issues arising in its capacity as Host City for the Commonwealth Games.
  • Acted for Ambition Institute in a procurement claim against the Secretary of State for Education, represented by the Department for Education.
  • Acting for Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council in a claim for breach of planning law and seeking injunctive relief against an individual land owner and also against persons unknown.

Wilson Solicitors LLP

Wilson Solicitors LLP is known for its legal aid work and regularly represents clients affected by the actions of public bodies, with a commitment to acting for the most marginalised individuals, including victims of torture and trafficking, children, vulnerable families, disabled people, and those with mental health problems. Head of public law James Wilson, who has also been acting as firm managing partner since April 2023, has overseen an expansion into inquest work to complement the established judicial review and test litigation experience. Nina Rathbone Pullen and Katy Robinson lead the work, with the latter having particular expertise in community care. Nusrat Uddin specialises in strategic litigation relating to modern slavery and trafficking. Jed Pennington was promoted to partner in January 2023 and specialises in judicial review and civil actions challenging immigration detention.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nina Rathbone Pullen; Katy Robinson


Autres avocats clés:

Jed Pennington; James Wilson; Nusrat Uddin


Les références

‘Wilson Solicitors consistently excels in complex claims and those involving cross-over areas of practice. They are an excellent team with exceptional lawyers at all levels and are a go-to firm for strategic claims.’

‘Brilliant, inventive lawyers who really care about their clients.’

‘Wilsons are at the top of their game in all aspects of public law concerning the rights of migrants and asylum seekers. Their expertise in immigration law feeds into the public and administrative court work.’

Principaux clients

ASM (Iraq)


Medical Justice


20 individuals who were detained at the Manston detention facility


6 individuals who brought judicial reviews challenging GPS tags


Wong v Basfar


R (on the application of All the Citizens) & Supply Chain Coordination Limited, Collaborative Procurement Partnership LLP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care


Migrants Organise


G – client held at Napier barracks


FAO and ALN – clients held in unsuitable asylum support accommodation in former jail cells at ‘Clink 78’ hostel


IZ – age disputed client


Principaux dossiers


  • Represented a victim of trafficking in a Supreme Court case, in which the client successfully established that a diplomat is not immune from civil claims of trafficking and domestic servitude.
  • Representing an asylum seeker and victim of modern slavery in a challenge to the government’s Rwanda plan.
  • Acted in a successful challenge against the UK government’s decision to procure rubber gloves from the PPE supplier Supermax, despite clear indicators of forced labour in the supply chain.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Fielding public law specialists with in-depth knowledge of the workings of government, as well as the health and education sectors, Browne Jacobson LLP offers the full range of services to local authorities, central government departments, social housing and emergency services providers. Key contacts include Ros Foster, Richard Barlow, Ben Standing and Laura Hughes; the entire team contributes to the key practice specialisms which span inquiries, procurement, subsidy control and other public law areas.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Barlow; Laura Hughes


Autres avocats clés:

Ros Foster; Ben Standing; Victoria Searle


Les références

‘Strong in the health sector and particularly good choice for judicial review more broadly.’

‘Quick response time, thorough research and robust defence to challenges.’

‘Victoria Searle is approachable, tenacious and reliable.’

Principaux clients

North East London Integrated Care System


Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Natural England


London Borough of Croydon


Civil Aviation Authority


Welsh Government


Derbyshire County Council. Derby City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council


Welsh Government


Qualifications Wales


Nottingham City Council


The Coal Authority


Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (IMA)


Marine Management Organisation


Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP is well known in the administrative and public law market for defending challenges to the actions and decisions of public bodies actions, as well as for its extensive expertise in representing NHS bodies in complex judicial review proceedings. Peter Edwards jointly leads the team with Leeds-based counterpart Ian Cooper, a health and social care specialist who advises public bodies on their statutory powers and responsibilities.

Responsables de la pratique:

Peter Edwards; Ian Cooper


Autres avocats clés:

Georgia Ford; Serena Patel


Les références

‘Fantastic partner availability, good and broad knowledge of the sector and very personable.’

‘The Capsticks team are focussed on our requirements – we are a niche regulator and at no stage do we feel that we are, metaphorically, at the end of a conveyor belt. This approach applies across all the functional areas: policy advice, casework and training. It is a pleasure to work with Capsticks – they ‘get’ us.’

‘Peter Edwards delivers an exceptional level of performance at each engagement. Peter knows our organisation well and his advice is tailored to our requirements. Importantly, Peter does not shrink from giving advice which may not be what we wish to hear, but nonetheless enables proper risk management and protection of reputation. Most impressive.’

Principaux clients

Solicitors Regulation Authority


Bar Standards Board


General Chiropractic Council


Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons


Farriers’ Registration Council


NHS North West London Integrated Care Board


United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust


NHS Kent and Medway Integrated Care Board


Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust


Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising on a number of the individual hospital schemes in the NHS New Hospitals Programme.
  • Advising The Farriers’ Registration Council on its powers to make rules and/or to apply conditions, in respect of courses, qualifications and institutions providing training to farriers.
  • Advising Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust on the best way to set up the group model, having regard to their statutory powers and governance best practice.

Dentons

Noted for its expertise in government-related work, Dentons is knowledgeable across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious work and operates at the cutting edge of major project development work, advising on procurement, industry and environmental regulation, state aid and other European public law issues. The team has recently been re-appointed to the Crown Commercial Services legal panel and is led by the vastly experienced Christopher McGee-Osborne and Catherine Bingham; between them, they oversee a team which boasts considerable experience across a number of key industries, from defence and energy, to transport and finance.

Responsables de la pratique:

Catherine Bingham; Christopher McGee-Osborne


Autres avocats clés:

Richard Caird; Katharine Harle


 


Les références

‘The team has a strength in depth and an ability to throw large numbers of excellent people at projects.’

‘They have a sound commercial awareness and they show a lot of common sense in proposing and actioning pragmatic ways forward.’

‘They have an excellent technical ability and understanding of very extensive and technical legislation, and work closely with in-house legal and parliamentary counsel (in very challenging timeframes) on projects.’

Principaux clients

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


Cabinet Office


Ministry of Defence


Ofgem


Ofwat


Network Rail


DEFRA


Low Carbon Contracts Company


Diagnostics.ai Ltd


Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy


Scottish National Investment Bank


Department for Education


FCDO


Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)


Transport for London


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


UK National Infrastructure Bank


National House-Building Council (“NHBC”)


Glasgow Prestwick Airport Limited


Marks and Spencer plc


David Wilson Homes (South Midlands) Limited


Places for People


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)


Department for Transport


Principaux dossiers


  • Advising the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on the Energy Prices Act 2022.
  • Advising Ofgem on issues arising from the significant volatility/disruption in the GB energy markets.
  • Representing the National House-Building Council in the Grenfell Tower inquiry.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

As well as a broad spread of core advisory and contentious administrative and public law areas, the team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has established significant expertise in the fields of commercial judicial review, constitutional law, public international law challenges, and public and parliamentary inquiries. Philip Rocher is a commercial litigator with significant experience handling regulatory disputes, particularly in the financial sector, while Patrick Doris acts for and against sovereign entities, UK public authorities and major NGOs.

Responsables de la pratique:

Philip Rocher


Autres avocats clés:

Patrick Doris


Les références

‘As a client facing a well-funded and experienced legal attack, I appreciated how GDC guided me to a successful outcome. The team was always approachable with any inquiries I had, no matter the time.’

Principaux clients

Forensic News LLC


Koza Ipek Group


JUSTICE


Human Dignity Trust


Panel on Takeovers and Mergers


Sukhbaatar Batbold


Thomson Reuters Foundation and Richard Ratcliffe


ITN Solicitors

ITN Solicitors is particularly renowned for its public law expertise in the areas of national security, prisoner’s rights, immigration detention challenges, and policing and deaths in custody. William Kenyon is the public law supervisor and head of prison law; he acts in numerous public law challenges and has particular strength in matters concerning detention. Lochlinn Parker departed for Good Law Practice in May 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

William Kenyon


Les références

‘William Kenyon is doggedly diligent and committed to his clients. He is calm and organised in his conduct of litigation and able to liaise with a team of counsel (and other firms of solicitors) seamlessly.’

‘William Kenyon is a phenomenally hard-working lawyer. He puts real time and care into thinking through all the issues on a case and is utterly committed to doing the best for his client.’

‘ITN’s administrative and public law practice has a strong national security and serious crime element.’

Principaux clients

C4 Habeas Corpus application


ADCU – Uber Challenge


C15 and other SIAC cases


Individual subject to polygraph (‘lie detector’) licence condition


Simon Smart – Category A Security Review Challenge


Injunctions


QX – TEO Challenge


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting in an application for habeas corpus on behalf of a client who is being detained indefinitely in a detention camp in North East Syria by the Kurdish authorities.
  • Representing a  client seeking to review the decision to impose and maintain obligations imposed on him pursuant to his Temporary Exclusion Order.
  • Representing several individuals in appeals before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, in respect of the deprivation of their citizenship on national security grounds.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP‘s public and administrative team is well known for its ability to handle complex judicial reviews for both claimants and respondents, acting for a variety of major public bodies including UK Government departments, universities and Southern Water. Practice head Robbie Owen advises on a wide range of public law issues, while David Thorneloe is highly sought after for his expertise in judicial review challenges.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robbie Owen


Autres avocats clés:

David Thorneloe


Les références

‘Pinsent Masons has a very strong public and administrative law offering which includes experts in energy, infrastructure, and local and national government. As well as advisory and dispute work, the firm is also involved in a number of high-profile public inquiries.’

‘The team has great expertise and all the lawyers are very approachable.’

Principaux clients

Cabinet Office


Department for Health and Social Care


Assurant


Cabinet Office


Department for Health and Social Care


Southern Water


East Midlands Development Corporation


E.ON UK plc


Port of Belfast and Crown Estate Paving Commission


Principaux dossiers


  • Advised the Government Legal Department and Cabinet Office on their review of retained EU law in the UK legal system after Brexit.
  • Represented E.ON in its judicial review claim against the decision by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to provide substantial government subsidies to Bulb Energy and/or Octopus Energy.
  • Advise the Cabinet Office on its response to each of the various modules of the Covid-19 public inquiry.

Stephenson Harwood

Utilising an extensive international presence to handle administrative and public law matters, often with a cross-border element, Stephenson Harwood regularly acts for and against public bodies and has a notable strength regarding financial services regulatory issues. Practice head Sean Jeffrey has substantial expertise representing clients against in relation to UK Government-imposed sanctions, while of counsel Stephen Ashley is a specialist in sanctions related to Iran.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sean Jeffrey


Autres avocats clés:

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


Les références

‘The company has a great team, from the associates to the partners; all are very professional.’

‘Stephenson Harwood has a dedicated team with particular strength in public law and regulatory issues relating to aviation.’

‘I can say that the team has pretty unparalleled experience in aviation regulation and is able to bring real strength in this area to public law cases.’

Principaux clients

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission


Ryanair DAC


Arriva Rail East Midlands Limited


North London Waste Authority


CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)


United Kingdom Accreditation Service


Various international entities and banks


Principaux dossiers


  • Successfully represented Ryanair in a judicial review brought against the Civil Aviation Authority.
  • Advised Ryanair on thousands of credit card chargeback requests made under the Visa, Mastercard, and American Express scheme rules by a large number of online travel agents.
  • Successfully represented Ryanair in a Competition and Markets Authority investigation into Ryanair and British Airways.

TV Edwards Solicitors LLP

Harnessing crossover specialisms in housing and Court of Protection work, TV Edwards Solicitors LLP has been successful in numerous challenges of local authority social services departments, including those concerning emergency accommodation and care services. Katie Brown jointly leads the social welfare department with senior partner Jacky Starling; they provide extensive expertise in housing and community care law. Jenny Mansell and Monica Kreel are noted at associate level.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jacky Starling; Katie Brown


Autres avocats clés:

Monica Kreel; Jenny Mansell


Les références

‘A committed team who really support their clients.’

‘Dedicated and extremely competent solicitors who are committed to achieving the best for their clients.’

‘Jenny Mansell is an exceptional solicitor. It is always a pleasure to be instructed by her. Her briefs are meticulous and well prepared and she excels in even the most complicated case.’

Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP

Led by the highly experienced Andrew Brookes, Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP has particular expertise in public and administrative law challenges related to housing. The team recently acted in two interventions in the Supreme Court: one judicial review concerning a local authority’s requirement to find suitable accommodation, and the other relating to Rent Repayment Orders for landlords.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Brookes


Autres avocats clés:

Giles Peaker


Les références

‘Excellent strength in depth.’

‘Andrew Brookes is an outstanding lawyer with tremendous depth of knowledge and tactical nous.’

‘Expertise in challenging property-based matters with local authorities.’

Principaux clients

Safer Renting CIC


Crisis UK


Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry


Lowe Guardians


FHCO Limited


Principaux dossiers


  • Acted for Safer Renting CIC on intervention in the Supreme Court in Rakusen v Jepson, arguing the public policy point of Rent Repayment Orders under Housing and Planning Act 2016.
  • Acting for Crisis on intervention in the Supreme Court in LB Croydon v Imam, arguing on the extent of a local authority’s duty under s193 Housing Act 1996 to secure suitable accommodation for those owed a full homelessness duty.

Hill Dickinson LLP

With considerable expertise spread across the firm's London, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds offices, Hill Dickinson LLP is known for its skill in handling complex judicial review challenges and high-profile public inquiries and investigations, as well as advising on statutory duties and governance law issues, particularly in the healthcare sector. Emma Stockwell and Kiran Bhogal jointly lead the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emma Stockwell; Kiran Bhogal


Autres avocats clés:

Emma Galland; Julie Ford


Les références

‘Hill Dickinson has always provided a robust service, with varied legal support to ensure all legal matters were handled effectively.’

‘The personal touch, all staff I’ve worked with are clearly knowledgeable and effective at what they do. However, they are all nice people too, personable people, this has always helped the collaboration.’

‘Hill Dickinson, and the NHS and public health sector team in particular, are excellent at responding to the needs of our organisation swiftly, and collaborating with our people to respond urgently to emerging issues. The team provides legal advice and support to a very high standard, and instils a great deal of confidence.’

Principaux clients

NHS England


Cheshire & Merseyside Integrated Care Board


Health Education England


Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board


Spectrum Community Healthcare


Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust


King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust


Barts Health NHS Trust


CSH Surrey


Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children


Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


West London NHS Foundation Trust


Principaux dossiers


  • Advised King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on the jurisdiction of the court to make reporting restriction orders in end-of-life cases.
  • Advised Health Education England and NHS England on governance and regulatory matters in preparation for the abolition of HEE and the transfer of its functions to NHSE.
  • Instructed as Recognised Legal Representative for the NHS Business Services Authority in the Infected Blood inquiry.

RPC

RPC handles a diverse range of complex challenges against public bodies, with recent highlights including judicial reviews spanning issues such as the legality of search warrants and powers of arrest, as well as a ground-breaking class action against HMRC’s anti-avoidance powers and pensions law. The practice is headed up by the significantly experienced Adam Craggs, who has particular expertise in challenging the decisions of regulatory and investigative bodies.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adam Craggs


Autres avocats clés:

Robert Waterson


Les références

‘They really fight for their clients. They bring a commercial approach to the litigation that they manage.’

‘The team are very knowledgeable and diligent. The team are able to navigate complexities in a pragmatic fashion which, while involving the clients in the decisions and approach being adopted, does not unnecessarily confuse and complicate things.’

‘Adam Craggs carries an air of authority and calm which is an asset in any situation. He has an enviable ability to cut through the chaff and get to the heart of an issue.’

Principaux clients

Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation


Metropolitan International Schools Limited


Newcastle United Football Company Limited


Stephen Hoey and others


Castco Testing Centre Limited


Principaux dossiers


  • Acting for Newcastle United Football Club in an HMRC investigation into suspected non-payment of Income Tax, NI Contributions and VAT in respect of agents’ fees paid by NUFC in relation to the transfer of players.
  • Acted for Stephen Hoey and a large number of other taxpayers in a judicial review challenge to the way in which HMRC operates certain PAYE provisions to collect tax for certain historic income tax liabilities from employers.
  • Successfully defended the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation against a judicial review claim.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is particularly sought after by public sector clients including central government and local authorities, transport bodies and emergency services. Practice head Alastair Lewis has extensive expertise of the energy and transport sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alastair Lewis


Autres avocats clés:

Mari Roberts; Simon Kiely; Jonathan Blunden; George McLellan


Les références

‘I was particularly impressed by Simon Kiely’s ability to give precise, high-quality advice on litigation – both details and strategy – within a very rapid time frame in every instance, regardless of how large or small the point, and his exceptionally empathetic manner and communication skills.’

‘Their people are excellent, extremely capable and truly helpful.’

‘The breadth of knowledge and experience of public law at Sharpe Pritchard is unparalleled, which means solicitors are capable of dealing with each case in detail, and capable of drawing on their broader expertise in any case.’

Principaux clients

Barking and Dagenham


Waltham Forest London Borough Council


Worthing Borough Council


Vale of White Horse District Council


Thurrock Council


Test Valley Borough Council


Selby District Council


Waltham Forest London Borough Council


Pubs Code Adjudicator


Cheshire East Council


Buckingham Council


Suffolk County Council


Waverly Borough Council


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing a number of local authorities, including Barking and Dagenham, before the Supreme Court in a case relating to persons unknown injunctions.
  • Acting for the London Borough of Waltham Forest before the Court of Appeal regarding what information can be considered by a Tribunal in an appeal which takes place as a rehearing rather than a review.
  • Acting on behalf of Waverley Borough Council in judicial review proceedings against permission granted for gas drilling exploration in Surrey.

TLT

The public inquiries and public law team at TLT represents a broad range of public and private sector clients, including central and local government, non-departmental public bodies, high-profile individuals and blue light services. Practice head Zaqia Rashid has extensive expertise acting on major public inquiries, with particular strength handling large-scale disclosure exercises for HMG.

Responsables de la pratique:

Zaqia Rashid


Autres avocats clés:

Catherine Turtle


Les références

‘TLT bring a rare combination of knowledge of how the big public sector organisations work with a commercial approach which is punchier and more streamlined than traditional in-house Governmental legal approaches. Particularly in demand for cases involving national security and other cases where vetting is required – they have recruited very effectively in this area.’

‘Zaqia Rashid runs the team with seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm. Always available to look at resourcing with ideas on how to juggle complex cases as the demands wax and wane.’

‘Catherine Turtle is a fantastic inquest and inquiry solicitor. She knows national security workings like few other solicitors.’

Principaux clients

HM Treasury


Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), in the Infected Blood Inquiry (IBI)


Northern Ireland Office (NIO), in the Infected Blood Inquiry (IBI)


Essex Mental Health Independent Inquiry


Undercover Policing Inquiry


Department of Work and Pensions


Former Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy


Inquests into the deaths of James Furlong, Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, and David Wails


Department of Health and Social Care


Department of Culture Media and Sport


Inquest into the Death of Benjamin McQueen


Care Quality Commission


Department for Transport


Weightmans LLP

Widely regarded for its comprehensive skill in public inquiries work, Weightmans LLP boasts a diverse range of clients including large corporates, emergency services, and public and regulatory bodies. Martin Forshaw is an expert in police law, while Martin English has been involved in several major inquiries recently, including those related to Covid-19 and undercover policing. Hannah Walsh is also a key name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Martin Forshaw; Hannah Walsh; Martin English


Autres avocats clés:

Simon Cheverst


Les références

‘One of the go-to firms for public law matters, especially for local authorities.’

‘The Weightmans team is a quality team that has acquitted itself well in the time I have worked with them. They have ability at all levels and high capacity for taking on difficult and lengthy tasks.’

‘A very good firm, not at all outgunned by London firms.’

Principaux clients

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust


NHS Blood & Transplant


Greater Manchester Combined Authority


Microbiological Society


British Transport Police


Association of Directors of Public Health


Telford & Wrekin Council


East Riding of Yorkshire Council


Sheffield City Council


Surrey Police


Sussex Police


Medical Defence Union


Medical & Dental Defence Union of Scotland


Medical and Dental Indemnity Protection UK


Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Assent Building Control


Principaux dossiers


  • Representing the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust & Greater Manchester Combined Authority in the statutory Manchester Arena public inquiry.
  • Acted for the independent inquiry chair for the Sheffield Street Trees Public Inquiry, Sir Mark Lowcock, from establishment through to publication.
  • Representing Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust in ongoing judicial review and appellate proceedings relating to the legal interpretation of the application of Article 2 ECHR in inquests.