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  1. Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets
  2. Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks
  3. Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks
  4. Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2018 silks
  5. Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2019 silks
  6. Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

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Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2017 silks

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Administrative and public law (including local government) – 2018 silks

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Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

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    • Declan O’Callaghan - Landmark Chambers β€˜He is very knowledgeable in his field and he always has time to discuss the issues.’
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    • Katherine Apps - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Excellent public lawyer who has the trust of government in sensitive and complex cases.’
    • Mark Beard - Six Pump Court β€˜He is fast thinking, direct and can assure you that a decision worth taking will be upheld.’
    • Jude Bunting - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜Robust in his analysis and has an extremely creative approach to the law.’
    • James Burton - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A leading junior in public and community care fields; very experienced and tenacious.’
    • Chris Buttler - Matrix Chambers β€˜A great all-round public law/immigration barrister and an excellent advocate.’
    • Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She demonstrates strong analytical skills and high levels of intellect and commercial acumen.’
    • Tom Cross - 11KBW β€˜He is highly personable, acts for lots of local authorities and clients love him.’
    • Emma Dixon - Blackstone Chambers β€˜She is held in high regard and is a delight to instruct.’
    • Paul Greatorex - 11KBW β€˜He understands the issues and is quick to grasp the strengths and weaknesses of a case.’
    • Sarah Hannett - Matrix Chambers β€˜Conscientious, thorough and very good at putting clients at ease.’
    • Hilton Harrop-Griffiths - Field Court Chambers β€˜He has good drafting skills, is personable and clients like his unflustered approach.’
    • Hanif Mussa - Blackstone Chambers β€˜First rate in public law and civil liberties. He is collegiate and phenomenally articulate.’
    • Jane Oldham - 11KBW β€˜Noted for a strong local government practice.’
    • Iain Steele - Blackstone Chambers β€˜A very adept junior with a broad practice and excellent tactical nous.’
    • Adam Straw - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜One of the best barristers in the field and he produces super written work.’
    • Richard Wald - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜He is personable, nice to deal with and gets stuck in.’
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With β€˜an exceptional depth of counsel’, Blackstone Chambers β€˜has a well-deserved reputation as the preeminent chambers for public law, judicial reviews and civil liberties work.’ It is instructed on a roll-call of high-profile cases involving crucial points of law and issues and has an all-encompassing breadth of expertise from commercial and regulatory matters to human rights, data protection and disciplinary law. It has been entrusted with a number of cases concerning the UK’s exit from the EU and Dinah Rose QCacted for Unison in a judicial review challenge to the new fees regime for employment tribunal cases which was successful at the Supreme Court.

11KBW β€˜is an excellent set that offers good value for money’ and takes on cases for central and local government bodies and individuals. Jason Coppel QC represented the claimant in the challenge to NHS regulations concerning charging visitors to the UK and immigrants without settled status. A team led by Clive Sheldon QC acted for the FA in its independent review into child sex abuse allegations in football. Aileen McColgan, formerly of Matrix Chambers, joined the set in January 2018.

39 Essex Chambers β€˜is certainly a leading set in the area of public law, it has strength and depth and to most in the know is the go-to set’. The scale of its work takes in key roles in the Grenfell inquiry and the Charlie Gard cases. Kate Grange QC is part of the team representing the government in challenges to the intelligence sharing regime between the UK and US, and the system of interception of external communications under RIPA. Alison Foster QC in instructed in Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee v the Department of Health, a judicial review challenge to proposals to reduce funding for the sector.

Brick Court Chambers β€˜has incredible strength and depth and always provides a first-rate experience’. The clerking team is also highlighted for being β€˜unmatched’ in its services. Its clients span corporates, individual claimants, NGOs and an array of public bodies for which it takes on matters ranging from regulatory challenges to human rights violations. Some of its high-profile and constitutionally important work includes a challenge to the law on abortion laws in Northern Ireland, in which Martin Chamberlain QC acted for the Attorney General of NI. On the corporate front Jemima Stratford QC acted for Bayer in a judicial review concerning use of the cancer drug Avastin.

Landmark Chambers β€˜offers strength and depth in a number of areas’ and is home to β€˜a broad and formidable selection of individuals’. In a case on whether the Royal Prerogative is available to revoke the passports of terrorism suspects, David Blundell acted for the Secretary of State for the Home Department. Meanwhile, David Elvin QC was instructed on a case considering the lawfulness of the government allowing exploratory drilling preparatory to fracking.

Matrix Chambers is highlighted for its β€˜excellent, modern approach and good service’. One solicitor commented: β€˜I have been consistently impressed by their skill, commitment and quality results.’ The set combines its broad public law expertise with its skills in commercial, EU, criminal and international law. The set was also instructed in an Article 8 to the compatibility of the 1997 Police Act requirement of mandatory lifelong disclosure to employers of reprimands and cautions.

Cornerstone Barristers β€˜is a leading, well-run and organised set’ with β€˜clerks who are very friendly and efficient’. It represents central government and more local authorities across an array of areas, as well as companies and individuals. Members acted in Suffolk Coastal District Council v Hopkins Homes where the Supreme Court considered the National Planning Policy Framework and its interaction with primary legislation.

β€˜An excellent chambers with a great reputation’ Doughty Street Chambers β€˜is a leader in public and human rights laws’. Its blend of expertise extends across constitutional and administrative laws, taking in areas such as prison law, immigration, local government and terrorism. Members are acting for claimants in a case before the Supreme Court and which challenges the legality of the government’s criminal records disclosure scheme. Adam Wagner joined the set in January 2018.

Monckton Chambers is considered β€˜a strong set’ that β€˜appears to have an excellent range of highly recommended barristers for public law and regulatory matters’ and is also noted for β€˜having recruited exceptional junior barristers.’ Ian Wise QC was instructed in a case where the Home Secretary appealed unsuccessfully against the High Court decision that is was unlawful to detain a child refugee even if there was a reasonable but wrong belief that the young person was not a child.

With a fine reputation in civil liberties 1 Crown Office Row is considered β€˜an excellent set for public law issues and which always delivers’. Members act both for and against government departments, and several members are special advocates in control order cases. Shaheen Rahman QC’s recent work included acting for a claimant against Secretary of State for the Home Department in connection with the smoking ban in public places and whether it applied to prison communal areas.

Fountain Court Chambers is home to β€˜some excellent barristers’ and is recommended for β€˜complex public law advice.’ It is known for its regulatory, disciplinary and commercial focus as well as acting for government bodies including the Treasury, Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence. Timothy Dutton QC acted for the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the challenge to its decision that independent midwives who did not carry appropriate insurance would be removed from its register. In other work James McClelland acted for the FCA in a high-profile judicial review challenge brought by one of Russia’s largest oil companies; the case considered the legality of EU sanctions imposed on Russia following its actions in the Ukraine.

While Francis Taylor Building is hailed as β€˜probably the best set for planning’ it has a strong, national reputation in relation to local government law. It advises on major transport schemes and other infrastructure projects, environmental and licensing issues. Morag Ellis QC is advising on the proposed M4 Smart Motorway Upgrade inquiry which will test Welsh environment legislation. Members also advised on the judicial review into the controversial Garden Bridge.

In addition to being a leading set in immigration law, Garden Court Chambers β€˜has a good breadth and depth of counsel for public law and social housing’. It takes on challenges to a range of authorities, such as local councils, the police and the Home Office. Amanda Weston acted on behalf of a ten-year-old claimant in a judicial review of the Home Office fee payable for children to register as British citizens.

At 4-5 Gray's Inn Square Tim Straker QC has a well-established elections and constitutional law practice and is referred to as β€˜a go-to counsel on any difficult local government problem’. He continues to act on a challenge to Transport for London concerning the East-West Cycle Super-Highways and is also advising on election petitions in Trinidad and Tobago. The set is noted for having β€˜some excellent juniors coming through’ and has been bolstered by the arrival of Christopher Baker after the merger with Arden Chambers

New Square Chambers combines expertise in public law and real estate, handling disputes relating to public access to land and rights of way. The hugely experienced George Laurence QC was instructed on a dispute concerning rights of navigation in Brighton Marina, and has also dealt with appeals over public rights of way of railway lines and the registration of village greens.

With β€˜extremely good customer service from the clerks’ Serjeants' Inn Chambers provides expertise in cases involving police forces and chief constables, inquests, matters involving mental health and human rights, and the Court of Protection. John Beggs QC represented the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire in the Court of Appeal concerning the extent of res judicata in a long-running police misconduct case. Amy Street was part of the team that acted for Welsh ministers in the Court of Appeal case which confirmed that a community treatment order under the Mental Health Act 1983 can authorise a deprivation of liberty under Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Three Raymond Buildings has an acknowledged reputation in extradition and international crime matters, and more generally β€˜has an outstanding team which has a great depth of expertise and experience’. Members are instructed in judicial reviews for both claimants and defendants and matters ranging from inquests and investigations to environmental and licensing issues. Hugo Keith QC’s work includes representing the Metropolitan Police Service in the inquests relating to 2017’s Westminster terror attack.

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