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Blackstone Chambers is β€˜widely considered to be the best public law set in London’ and is simply β€˜unrivalled in terms of experience and strength in depth’. Given its size and profile, chambers often finds itself on both sides of truly headline public law litigation, which in 2016, included cases regarding the UK’s exit from the EU, the retention of telecoms data and the residence test for civil legal aid. Nathalie Lieven QC joined the set from Landmark Chambers in 2017, which will add to the set’s strength.

β€˜One of the best public law sets at the Bar’, 11KBW is a β€˜top choice’ for judicial review and acting for local authorities. Though the members take instructions from both sides, the set’s reputation for acting for the government has landed Jason Coppel QC, Tom Cross and Christopher Knight roles in Brexit-related cases, including the Supreme Court case concerning whether an Act of Parliament was required before the triggering of Article 50.

β€˜To put it simply’, 39 Essex Chambers’ β€˜breadth of experience and reported cases speak for themselves’. The set’s expertise covers every area of public law and it has an especially strong reputation in education law. Both Kate Grange QC and Deok Joo Rhee QC took silk in 2017, the latter of whom was appointed counsel to the Labour Party’s inquiry into anti-semitism and other forms of racism. In the clerking team, Sheraton Doyle β€˜really goes the extra mile for clients’.

Brick Court Chambers has β€˜the perfect approach to solicitor relationships’, and is β€˜a set that you can turn to for any challenge, no matter how complex or novel’. Martin Chamberlain QC acted for the Scottish government in the Supreme Court hearing regarding the constitutionality of Westminster’s attempt to unilaterally trigger Article 50. Chambers is also involved in the plain-packaging tobacco challenge.

Landmark Chambers is β€˜among the strongest sets in the area of public law’. Indeed, Richard Drabble QC appeared in the widely publicised Supreme Court case concerning the high-profile β€œbedroom tax”, while standout junior Tim Buley has acted for the government in several significant judicial reviews and Supreme Court cases. Nathalie Lieven QC left for Blackstone Chambers in 2017.

Matrix Chambers has β€˜a long, proud history in the public law space’ and is particularly strong in competition issues and public law cases with a human rights angle. Indeed, Ben Emmerson QC acted for the widow of Alexander Litvinenko during the inquiry into the Russian-defector’s death, while Phillippa Kaufmann QC was involved in the appeal of legal aid provisions under the new legal aid regime.

Cornerstone Barristers is a set that solicitors can β€˜turn to regularly with cases involving local authority or social housing concerns’. In one particularly standout case, Mark Lowe QC was successful in acting for the council in a judicial review of a neighbourhood plan that was challenged on the basis of a conflict with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Doughty Street Chambers has an β€˜extremely high number of expert silks and juniors’ and is regularly acting against the government, especially in cases involving particularly vulnerable individuals. Of note, Martin Westgate QC appeared in the 2016 Supreme Court case regarding the UK’s β€œbedroom tax”.

Monckton Chambers is a β€˜strong set in this area and has earned a good reputation accordingly’. Chambers has recently produced a β€˜very helpful’ Brexit blog to address ongoing client concerns in the wake of the 2016 referendum. Ian Wise QC has maintained a particularly wide-ranging public law practice and regularly appears in the highest courts.

1 Crown Office Row is a β€˜formidable set’ with outstanding public law experience, especially in cases that have a human rights angle. Chambers specialises in challenges concerning healthcare matters, environmental law, fair trial rights and prisons. Indeed, Philip Havers QC is instructed in a claim regarding the government’s failure to prevent smoking in prisons; a case that will reach the Supreme Court in late 2017.

Fountain Court Chambers’ reputation in the public law space has been made by members’ work in judicial review challenges and disciplinary and regulatory matters. Additionally, the set has notable commercial cross-over expertise and has acted in a number of cases involving SRA as well as financial services challenges and investigations.

Francis Taylor Building is a β€˜very strong planning set from top to bottom’ and is thus particularly experienced in matters involving local authorities. Richard Glover QC has acted in cases concerning multiple high-profile compulsory purchase compensation matters, such as those involving the Stratford Olympic Park and Crossrail.

A β€˜superior set with a broad range of advocates’, Garden Court Chambers is regularly instructed to oppose the government in cases with human rights aspects. Stephanie Harrison QC has been involved in a number of judicial reviews involving the provision of benefits to and the processing procedures of asylum seekers.

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has experience in a wide variety of public law work and is a particularly β€˜good set for election law advice’. In a display of agility, Timothy Straker QC was involved in the election petitions in Trinidad and Tobago, and also acted for the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA) in challenging the planning permission of the East-West Cycle Superhighway.

New Square Chambers has β€˜significant experience’ of the intersection between public law and property law, and is especially strong in cases involving public access to land. Indeed, in one particularly topical matter, George Laurence QC acted in relation to a preliminary hearing concerning the jurisdiction of the HS2 select committee to hear certain types of petitions.

β€˜Steadfast in its client support’, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is a β€˜strong public law set with particular specialism in Court of Protection work and clinical inquests’. Members also often act for policing bodies and coroners in judicial review proceedings.

Three Raymond Buildings is β€˜especially good’ at representing the government in extradition and corruption cases, and is also strong in judicial review proceedings and coronial law. Hugo Keith QC was recently instructed by the government regarding a judicial review of the status of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

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