Administrative and public law in London

Bindmans LLP

As a prominent firm at the forefront of public law and human rights issues, Bindmans LLP is a trusted adviser to prolific campaign groups, individuals and commercial organisations. Practice leaders John Halford and Jamie Potter regularly bring judicial review challenges against central government bodies before the High Court, with recent headline cases involving EU citizens’ rights, the provision of PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic, and challenges to the government’s immigration and foreign policies. Associate Salima Budhani advances claims under the Human Rights Act against the Home Office, while newly recruited associate Karen May (previously of Sinclairslaw) expands the team’s skillset in education law; engagements on this front include judicial review challenges for vulnerable children and adults, and funding challenges on behalf of schooling bodies. Former practice head Saimo Chahal QC (Hon) took up a judicial role, though is retained as a senior consultant.

Practice head(s):

John Halford; Jamie Potter

Testimonials

They take really good care of you. Very down to earth and approachable. Client care is excellent. There is an informality in the relationship that is refreshing and reassuring- you feel that they are on your side, not just doing a job for you.

Bindmans are a hugely capable, processional and expert team who work across a broad range of public law matters. They are multi-disciplinary in the sense that many members of the team have varied expertise and experience. In terms of key strengths, the team are consistently extremely committed to each and every case they work upon, fastidious in terms of detail and without fail, providing services to clients of the highest calibre.

Bindmans is without a doubt the Rolls Royce of claimant law firms. The strategic thinking and attention to detail of their public law team is second-to-none. They provide a calibre of service for clients that is unparalleled amongst their competitors. A real strength from my perspective is how they support counsel so that the client gets an integrated team deploying the strengths of all of its members.

The team at Bindmans is an exceptionally experienced team in public and administrative law. They have a genuine commitment to securing outcomes for their clients which is second to none, and are always a joy to work alongside.

John Halford is without doubt the best public law solicitor in the country. He offers a Rolls Royce service with remarkable value for money. He works extraordinarily hard for his clients, and understands the area better than anyone. His experience of high-profile judicial reviews, including appeals at the highest level, is without parallel. He would always be my first choice.

Jamie Potter was very down to earth, approachable, had an excellent command of the papers and issues, gave comprehensive and practical advice. Always available, worked in a very collaborative way which meant that we felt full engaged with the process and understood the process very well throughout. A pleasure to work with, and always felt that we were in very safe hands and that our interests were being fully looked after. Would not hesitate in recommending.

Salima Budhani is a really outstanding individual, great attention to detail and very sharp indeed.

Jamie Potter and Basmah Sahib are two of the leading practitioners in the public law field in the UK. Jamie is a calm and reassuring presence who brings clarity and leadership to the case. He is also an excellent drafter, who knows how to press the right buttons in correspondence. Basmah is an up and coming practitioner who is starting to make waves.

Key clients

British Standards Institute

Good Thinking Society

Mwatana for Human Rights and Global Legal Action Network

The3million and others

Shannon Morgan

Nicholas Warren

Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Work highlights

  • Representing the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, in respect of guidance that purports to prohibit Local Government Pension Schemes from disinvesting in certain areas relating to UK foreign and defence policy.
  • Representing EU citizens’ rights group the3million and individual claimants in a crowd funded judicial review challenge, aimed at holding the UK government to account for denying EU citizens across the country their vote in the European Elections in May 2019.
  • Advising a number of former international students who were falsely accused of cheating in their English Language (‘TOEIC’) tests.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s regulatory group sustains a strong reputation across all fields of public and administrative law under the leadership of Martin Smith and Matthew Lohn. Smith and Tim Suter are regularly engaged by QCs and coroners to assist with landmark public inquiries and inquests; the group also represents high-profile commercial clients in regulatory investigations. Public law challenges are handled for commercial claimants, defendants and interested parties. Recent highlights showed a diversity of instructions, ranging from Sarah Ellson’s representation of global pharmaceuticals companies and qualifications bodies, to senior associate David Northfield’s representation of central government bodies in statutory appeals to fines and levies. The team is also known for advising on and designing national policy and governance schemes, as well as conducting independent investigations into regulatory bodies in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Martin Smith; Matthew Lohn

Testimonials

Contains some of the best brains in the business for public inquiries and large inquests.

Phenomenally productive. Immense experience. Shrewd judgment. The best in the business.

The firm is the major player in inquiry and inquest work.

Martin Smith is a senior statesman in the field – unrivalled knowledge of the law and practice relating to public inquiries. Tim Suter and Oliver Carlyon are similarly knowledgeable. All have the skills needed to run large-scale hearings with fairness and respect to all concerned.

Tim Suter is the best inquiry solicitor in the business. Superhuman ability to marshal huge inquiries and inquests.

Martin Smith is the senior admiral of the inquiry fleet.

Martin Smith is simply the best inquiry and inquest lawyer out there. He is highly intelligent and encyclopedic; he knows everything there is to know about the rules and procedures. But he is also tactically astute, unflappable, and has unending stamina. Oliver Carlyon (recently made partner) is in Martin’s image. Hardworking, intelligent and robust, a very good lawyer and strategist.’

Key clients

Live Nation (Music) UK Limited

Pearson Education Limited

Construction Industry Training Board

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Roche Products Limited

Manchester Arena Inquiry

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

London Fire Commissioner (Corporation Sole) – Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sir John Saunders as the solicitors to the Inquiry into the 22 people killed in the Manchester Arena bombing on 22 May 2017.
  • Instructed as solicitors to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is the largest statutory inquiry ever established. Responsible for providing legal advice to the Chair and Panel in relation to all aspects of the Inquiry’s work.
  • Acting for Live Nation in its application for judicial review of the decision of The Royal Parks to award the contract for the 2020-2025 Hyde Park Music Festival to AEG Presents Ltd.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Andrew Lidbetter heads up the public law practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, which further cemented its market-leading position by representing Sir John Major in the Miller v The Prime Minister Supreme Court appeal into the prorogation of parliament. Headline public procurement litigation against the government is handled by Nusrat Zar, with recent challenges to franchise disqualifications filed against the Department for Transport. Further stand-out names include of counsel Jasveer Randhawa for her 'colossal intellect' and senior associate Anna Eliasson, who acts for commercial clients in high-value judicial review claims, regulatory investigations, public inquiries and Article 8 matters. The group also has a substantial pro bono offering, which represents charities and NGOs when intervening in High Court litigation. Lidbetter recently handled a challenge to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ administration of the EU Settlement Scheme.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lidbetter

Testimonials

Superb knowledge of our organisation and what we do; always available and accessible; impeccable customer service; clear and well informed legal advice.

Without doubt the number one public law team in the City. They have a remarkable strength in depth with best-of-class individuals at every level. A truly world-class team.

Andrew Lidbetter is highly experienced, very insightful with a deep understanding of our organisation and its parameters.

Andrew Lidbetter is the top public law partner in the city by a country mile with unrivalled experience of cases at the top level.

Jasveer Randhawa has a colossal intellect and brilliant client skills.

Sahil Kher is a star in the making.

Claire Hall is already making waves in the public law field, particularly in groundbreaking appeals for claimants.

Nusrat Zar is extremely well experienced in her field and always able to give a clear steer on what can be extremely complex issues. She is pretty unflappable and always quick to respond.

Key clients

The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH

Stagecoach

Church Commissioners for England and the Archbishops’ Council

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

Liberty

Engie

Wisley Property Investments Limited (WPIL)

High Speed Two Limited (HS2)

Cuadrilla

Zurich Insurance

EdF

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

Public Law Project (PLP)

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH in his intervention in the most high-profile judicial review of 2019 in the High Court and in the successful appeal in the Supreme Court concerning the prorogation of Parliament for an exceptional length of time.
  • Acted for Stagecoach as claimant in two judicial reviews and two Part 7 claims relating to the highly publicised decision of the Secretary of State for Transport to disqualify Stagecoach from certain rail franchise competitions.
  • Acted for the Church of England as a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s public law and policy department recently welcomed ex-cabinet office member Robert Gardener to the team, who has extensive government policy knowledge, which he applies to corporate clients’ dealings with state regulators. Further enhancing the firm’s regulatory offering, the firm's innovative Brexit Taskforce provides public and private sector clients with business-critical knowledge of public, constitutional and human rights law reform. Representative of its expertise at the juncture of public and private law, the team is retained by The Crown Estate for all advice pertaining to the statutory requirements of its commercial endeavours. 'Sharp, incisive and strategic' practice head Charles Brasted, of counsel Julia Marlow and senior associate Andrew Eaton have diverse contentious practices; both corporate clients and public bodies instruct them on judicial review cases, most recently regarding election broadcasting coverage, and pricing control and licensing issues in the transport sector.

Practice head(s):

Charles Brasted

Testimonials

Hogan Lovells’ team brings a deep understanding of public law issues and litigation strategy, coupled with a very practical and commercial approach.

Intelligent and practical advice. Challenging and engaging in a very specialised and niche area of the law.

Charles Brasted is sharp, incisive and strategic. He can be relied on for a considered opinion on almost any issue we throw at him.

Charles Brasted is very knowledgeable and intelligent. Practical and clear advice. He is a real asset to have as an adviser.

Dervla Simm is very diligent and hardworking. Great attention to detail. Clear and practical advice.

Charles Brasted is an incredible intellect.

Key clients

ITV

Uber

The UK Gambling Commission

NATS

London Metal Exchange (LME)

The Crown Estate

EC2 Master Limited

ENRC

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF)

Ataer Holding AS

Work highlights

  • Acted for ITV in its successful defence of two expedited judicial reviews brought by the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party.
  • Acting for Uber in a number of proceedings, including on Transport for London’s (TfL) recent decision not to renew Uber’s London Private Hire Operator’s Licence..
  • Advising the Gambling Commission in relation to the competition to award the next National Lottery licence.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Under a team led by Adam Chapman, Kingsley Napley LLP handles market-defining issues in the field of administrative and public law. On the public inquiries front, Sophie Kemp and Emily Carter are retained by senior police officers, religious institutions, utilities regulators, former soldiers and patient safety charities to represent their interests in high-profile investigations. As an indicator of the diverse claimant work handled, political organisations across the spectrum – from The Liberal Democrats to Leave.EU Group – engaged the team on judicial review challenges against national broadcasters concerning election coverage, and the Electoral Commission concerning campaign finance rules. Iain Miller’s regulatory practice is a leading voice in advising and drafting governance and policy regimes for national regulators and government bodies, while also providing litigation support when needed.

Practice head(s):

Adam Chapman

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Kemp; Emily Carter; Iain Miller

Testimonials

Legal advice is always given with an awareness and deep experience of the wider legal context (in our case, public inquiries) and a sensitivity to the client’s objectives.

Knowledgeable, responsive, thoughtful, professional, well networked and well connected, with a touch of elegance which goes beyond what one normally encounters in a legal firm. It has been a pleasure to deal with Kingsley Knapley. They are available, it seems to me 24/7, and are proactive and determined to find answers to difficult and challenging legal issues. They work extremely well with counsel in the interests of the client. In a complex and important area of law, they have worked at a very high level.

Adam Chapman and Sophie Kemp in particular are intellectually talented, but also highly pragmatic. They both represent their clients’ interests vigorously, but fairly, and it is always a pleasure to work with, and more strikingly, against them.

The team is small but packs a punch well above its size: they are quick, flexible, continuously on the ball and efficient. The best way to run litigation, especially for cost-conscious clients!

Adam Chapman has much experience in advising on public inquiries. His informed insights into the probable thinking of those involved in the inquiry is very helpful in shaping the strategic approach. Adam shows a good grasp of the overall objectives of the client and tailors his advice accordingly. His client care, demonstrated by periodic brief e-mails providing interesting information, developments or background, are appreciated.

Sophie Kemp and Emily Carter are two immensely able professionals. We have been working with them for five years now. What is outstanding is their capacity to manage complex issues in the wider context and to provide excellent legal advice, whilst still acknowledging the human realities which underpin public law issues. They are consummate and caring professionals and human beings.

Stand-out partners are Adam Chapman, Sophie Kemp and Emily Carter. They are market leaders, but maintain a courteous manner in dealing with opponents, all the while protecting their client’s interests to the best of their ability. They are genuinely interested in and impressive contributors to public law.

Emily Carter is superb, incredibly approachable and precisely the kind of solicitor a client wants when the going gets tough. She is hands-on and firm.

Key clients

The Liberal Democrats

Catholic Council for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse

Leave.EU Group Limited and Eldon Insurance Services Limited

English Benedictine Congregation

Leave.EU Group Limited

London Fire Commissioner

Former Metropolitan Police Commander

Downside Abbey

Financial Reporting Council

Work highlights

  • Represented The Liberal Democrats, the UK’s third largest national political party, in a high-profile judicial review challenge to national television company ITV Broadcasting. The claim was in relation to ITV’s decision to limit the first 2019 general election leaders’ debate to the leaders of the Labour and Conservative parties.
  • Represented the Catholic Council for Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, in connection with the wider Catholic Church investigation which culminated in a two week hearing in October 2019.
  • Acting for Leave.EU, which campaigned for the “leave” vote in the 2016 EU referendum. On 11 May 2018, the Electoral Commission issued its final notice in its investigation into Leave.EU’s campaign expenditure in the referendum, imposing penalties for offences relating to Leave.EU’s compliance with campaign finance rules.

Leigh Day

Leigh Day is frequently engaged by non-commercial public law claimants in cutting-edge judicial review challenges against government bodies. Prison law team head Benjamin Burrows is heavily invested in representing the rights of transgender prisoners, while Stephanie Hill and Waleed Sheikh handle challenges concerning immigration detention. Practice head Jamie Beagent has a notable practice in planning and environmental law; Tessa Gregory has brought numerous challenges to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ implementation of universal credit; Rosa Curling has a diverse practice ranging from arms trade challenges to protestors’ rights; and Sean Humber gained a successful ruling regarding voting arrangements for blind and partially sighted people. Public inquiry and inquest work is handled by Emma Jones and Yvonne Kestler.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Beagent

Testimonials

Leigh Day have the stand-out public law team of any claimant firm in the country. The firm’s commitment to this area of work means they can act for clients and take on issues where others would not be able to do so, and get great wins for them. They never cease to impress!

Leading lights in the public law world, particularly good at the crossover with human rights.

A responsive team with excellent experience in public law and human rights issues.

Very tenacious, enthusiastic and bright team of public lawyers. They act mainly for claimants and have a fantastic track record in holding public authorities to account.

Rosa Curling is the best of her generation without a doubt. One of the cleverest and most thoughtful lawyers I have met.

Rowan Smith is absolutely a future star- perfect temperament, conscientious and also excellent with the law. He’ll go far. Merry Varney is also excellent and Kate Egerton and Anna Moore are good solid performers.

Waleed Sheikh for his broad experience and knowledge of public law issues; Stephanie Hill for her responsiveness, commitment and knowledge of human rights issues; Tessa Gregory is a brilliant and bright public lawyer and a great team player.

Rowan Smith is excellent and very experienced in judicial review.

Key clients

Reprieve

Privacy International

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Help Refugees

Mencap

Prison Reform Trust

Amnesty International

Campaign Against the Arms Trade

RSPB

WWF

Work highlights

  • Handing a judicial review against the prison service’s decision to locate a transgender woman on a segregation wing in the male estate rather than on normal location in the female estate because of her alleged risk to cis-gender prisoners.
  • Representing approximately 30 clients in their applications to the Windrush Compensation Scheme. Successfully obtained an interim payment for a Windrush client, one of very few to be awarded by the Home Office.
  • Handled a successful challenge of the right-to-rent scheme, one of the central planks of the Government’s environment that penalised landlords for renting to those without leave to remain in the country.

Baker McKenzie

Public bodies and global corporates engage Baker McKenzie in major public law challenges, including practice head Joanna Ludlam’s representation of the Scottish Government in Miller v The Prime Minister. Ongoing mandates for the team include sanctions challenges, refugee status appeals and proceedings against local authorities concerning air quality. The group also handles public procurement challenges to a greater extent, including Ludlam's recent successful challenges to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s awarding of high-value IT contracts. Corporate governance and regulatory advice is routinely provided with an emphasis on human rights, anti-slavery and sustainability standards.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Ludlam

Other key lawyers:

Sarah West

Testimonials

The firm is unflappable. I’ve appreciated their assured, robust and pragmatic approach to our matters. I would be happy to work with Joanna Ludlam and Sarah West again.

Baker McKenzie’s public law practice comprises experts in the field who also happen to be very politically and media savvy as well as proactive. They have a deep understanding of the impact of public law matters in a variety of industry contexts.

Joanna Ludlam is a highly skilled public law practitioner who can explain the most complex and challenging matters in plain language so they are comprehensible and so appropriate actions and responses can be devised and actioned.’

Key clients

Fujitsu Services Limited

Scottish Government

United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Clean Air for Schools

BBC

Google

Work highlights

  • Acting for Fujitsu in a public procurement challenge of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s award of a high-value and high-profile IT outsourcing contract to another bidder.
  • Representing the Scottish government in its intervention in the English High Court judicial review proceedings brought by claimant Gina Miller to challenge the legality of the Prime Minister’s advice to the Queen to prorogue Parliament.
  • Assisting UNHCR with reviewing and updating its refugee case law database, RefWorld, which is used by refugee law practitioners globally.

Bates Wells

The public and regulatory department at Bates Wells is preeminent in the third sector, evidenced by senior associate Claire Whittle’s representation of global NGOs in sensitive public inquiries. Emma Dowden-Teale recently brought new charity clients in the education sector to the firm's roster, while practice head Melanie Carter is handling novel public law challenges to the Secretary of State’s policy on public rights of way. Prestigious central government departments, public authorities and regulators also retain the team to handle judicial review litigation and policy and governance advice, ranging from Brexit-related issues to safeguarding practices and the regulation of qualifications bodies. Carter is also engaged by the National Audit Office to advise on the auditing of local authorities and NHS bodies.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Carter

Testimonials

Real expertise and experience, very good client care.

The team comprises excellent senior lawyers. They have wide experience and are particularly strong on regulatory and health care issues. They are probably the strongest third sector team in England.

The team’s major strength is the leadership provided by Melanie Carter, who is a powerhouse of the public law world. She brings valuable experience, including from her previous life as a central Government lawyer, and harnesses a real love for the law to drive and deliver for her clients. I consider this team to be one of the few competitors which has a genuine, dedicated and talented public law offering.

A very well-established team with a range of skills and areas of expertise.

Melanie Carter really understands issues from the client’s perspective, tremendously hard working and excellent at communicating issues at senior/board level.

Melanie is extremely able, hugely experienced and very calm under pressure. She has an extremely broad public law background and is very strong local government law, particularly local government auditing work.

Emma Dowden-Teale is a very effective public law litigator.

Alistair Williams is an up-and-comer. Diligent and bright, he will go far.

Key clients

National Audit Office

Advertising Standards Authority

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Compliance Officer

Wales Audit Office

Oxfam

The Ramblers Association

Canal & River Trust

AQA

Portman Group

National Council of Voluntary Organisations

Architects Registration Board

National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux

Britain Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (the Quakers)

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Work highlights

  • Advising the National Audit Office in relation to its new statutory Code of Audit Practice.
  • Advised the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Compliance Officer on its investigation following complaints made about expenses claimed by MPs.
  • Advising the Advertising Standards Authority on numerous, frequently complex, UK and EU law and European Convention issues and threats of judicial review.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP’s public and administrative law client roster comprises public bodies, clinical commissioning groups, councils and local authorities across the UK. Practice head Virginia Cooper and Olivia Carter represent an extensive roster of NHS bodies in the defence of high-value administrative challenges, and, on the claimant side, handle a high volume of procurement challenges against local authorities. The team is engaged by ombudsman clients to defend judicial reviews against decision-making processes, and also provides advice on statutory powers and jurisdiction.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Olivia Carter

Testimonials

Great response rate and quick internal referral to other departments when needed for additional input.

Knowledgeable, thorough, with a practical implementation where needed and pleasant to work with.

Key clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

Local Government Association

NHS England and NHS Improvement

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

London Borough of Barnet

London Borough of Greenwich

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole provider of legal services to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, advising on public law issues and representing the Ombudsman in defending judicial review challenges.
  • Advising the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust on implementing a policy of preferring low-cost medication for Wet AMD in the wake of High Court litigation concerning the decision of a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups to give this medication preferred status.
  • Representing the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in a £1.2m claim on appeal to the Supreme Court. The case considered the recoverability of the costs of commercial surrogacy in the US when commercial surrogacy agreements are unlawful in the UK.

Bhatt Murphy

Civil liberties firm Bhatt Murphy has an established reputation for advancing public law claims on behalf of NGOs and vulnerable individuals including state detainees, asylum seekers, protesters, victims of miscarriages of justice in the police system and Grenfell Tower Inquiry core participants. Noteworthy individuals include Jed Pennington, Shamik Dutta, Janet Farrell, Michael Oswald and Mark Scott.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC BEACHCROFT LLP acts for public sector and healthcare bodies on the breadth of contentious and non-contentious public law issues. 'Frankly outstanding' practice head Stephen Hocking routinely defends clients in judicial review litigation, with recent engagements involving discrimination charges, medical treatment policy matters and procurement policy issues. Alistair Robertson's recent work includes defending public law challenges of significant public interest concerning the provision of gender reassignment therapy and assisted dying. Further advisory work includes handling governance oversight and policy developments and implementations, particularly in the fields of education, healthcare and insurance. The team also has expertise in NHS reorganisations, often involving complex regulatory considerations, on a national and local level.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hocking

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Robertson; Darryn Hale

Testimonials

The team are exceptionally client focused and make a lot of effort to understand the business that they are operating with. I really like the way that they take time to understand how best to work with us be that through comprehensive correspondence or through proper dialogue. They are exceptionally comprehensive, flexible and willing to go the extra mile to help when needed. At the same time, they are also proactive in anticipating our needs and carefully suggesting where they can add value. I thoroughly enjoy working with them because of the people they employ, their pragmatic approach and how they really help us think about the way in which we address wicked problems.

Knowledgeable and focused. Top tier in the healthcare space.

True experts in the field and very pragmatic and easy to talk to. My go-to public lawyers.

Stephen Hocking is just frankly outstanding!

They’re exceptionally personable. They take the time to get to know the individuals that they work with, not just the case matter being presented to them. I value the adaptive approach that they take and also the pragmatism that they use when providing advice and helping find a way through the issues we present them with.

Alistair Robertson is a true expert. Highly responsive, pragmatic and empathetic, and just brilliant.

Darryn Hale provides expert advice and is pragmatic, responsive and friendly.

Key clients

NHS England

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

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

Work highlights

  • Defending the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in a judicial review challenging the lawfulness of prescribing puberty blockers to children.
  • Assisting the Royal College of Physicians in connection with a fresh threat of legal proceedings against its position on assisted dying under charities’ legislation.
  • Defended NHS England in a challenge to the ‘whole population annual payment’ mechanism for funding health services. Successfully defended the claim in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, and resisted an application to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Deighton Pierce Glynn

Deighton Pierce Glynn maintains a highly regarded public law practice, representing individual claimants and national charities in landmark test cases against the government concerning immigration detention, no recourse for public funds, international arms sales and human rights breaches. Founding partner Polly Glynn is recognised for handling Brexit-related litigation and discrimination cases before the ECHR, while recently promoted partner Ugo Hayter handles challenges to human trafficking policy. Connie Sozi acts in judicial reviews and compensation claims under the Windrush Compensation Scheme. Internal team restructuring saw Adam Hundt take over as practice head from Sue Willman, who now splits her time between the firm and a senior position at King’s College. Former partner Louise Whitfield has taken a post at Liberty.

Practice head(s):

Adam Hundt

Testimonials

Impeccable team with attention to detail from every partner and associate to paralegal.

Deighton Pierce Glynn have one of the strongest public law teams in the country, with expertise in all areas of public law.

A market leader within the field.

An unwavering commitment to achieving just and practical outcomes for often highly vulnerable clients. A realistic and pragmatic approach to public law, and highly effective case preparation and attention to detail. Although they have been involved in some of the most high profile cases in recent years, they remain committed to their clients as individuals and their practice is infused with a strong sense of compassion and understanding.

Frances Lipman is an excellent lawyer; meticulous, diligent, extremely well organised, with excellent client care skills; a real pleasure to work with.

Daniel Carey is extremely bright and knowledgeable; Excellent lawyer.

Connie Sozi is extremely bright; meticulous in her preparation of cases; excellent client care skills and a pleasure to work with.

Adam Hundt is an excellent strategic litigator; very personable and well organised.

Key clients

WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality)

Good Law Project

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Rights Watch UK

Humanists UK

ECPAT UK

Big Brother Watch, Open Rights Group, English PEN

Work highlights

  • Handled a successful judicial review challenge to the Home Office policy relating to victims of trafficking seeking a reconsideration of a negative trafficking decision, which restricted such requests via a First Responder or Support Provider.
  • Acting for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Rights Watch UK in a proposed intervention in an appeal to the Supreme Court challenging the UK Trade and Industry Minister’s decision to allow arms exports to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.
  • Handled a successful challenge to the Government’s failure to conduct an Article 3 ECHR-compliant investigation into various incidents of mistreatment of detainees at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, operated by G4S.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Central and local government bodies retain Cardiff-based Huw Jones, who is co-head of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s public sector group, to handle large-scale transformation projects, governance matters and the public and administrative issues relating to procurement projects and pension schemes. The Birmingham-based public inquiries and investigations team (which features practice co-head Sarah JonesPeter Jones and principle associate Isabelle Mitchell) represents core participants, interested parties and foundation trusts in high-profile statutory and non-statutory investigations. Leveraging the firm’s public inquiries profile, the team also provides audit services into the decision-making policies of national regulators, notably in the transport and aerospace fields.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Jones; Huw Jones

Testimonials

Eversheds Sutherland has one of the most experienced team in the public inquiries field.

Sarah Jones is very bright, very strategic and has a clear sense of direction. She has the the ability to project and to inspire confidence in clients, fellow professionals and the public alike. I have seen her deal with lawyers on national statutory inquiries and the representatives of child sexual exploitation survivors’ groups in the same calm and clear way; she does not sugar coat, obfuscate or steamroller, merely sets out her priorities and usually gets where she needs to be. She is very aware of the clients’ needs and means, particularly when dealing with public bodies, and I have seen her devise and recommend effective cost-saving strategies where others might have let things run and wait for client comment.

Isabelle Mitchell is an obvious rising star, with long experience of inquiries and a tactical approach. I have seen this in the context of a non-statutory inquiry, which brings problems of disclosure, relying on co-operation and consent to achieve its goals. She is in day-to-day control of the Commissioning Body for the Inquiry, marshalling a large team with great skill to great effect – particularly challenging during home working for Covid-19 – but she has made sensible changes of emphasis that have allowed the work to continue without apparent interruption.

Peter Jones is possibly the most experienced partner dealing with public inquiries in the country at the moment and he is helped by exceptionally able principal and senior associates: Isabelle Mitchell, Angharad Shurmer and Anna Lois Senter. They are some of the best solicitors at this level that I have worked with.

Key clients

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

The Haemophilia Society

Welsh Language Commissioner

Transport for Greater Manchester

Construction Industry Training Board

University of Manchester

Ymlaen consortium (made up of BBGI, Aberdeen Standard, Acciona and Jones Bros entities)

Driver and Vehicle standards Agency

Government Legal Department

West Midlands Pension Fund

Cabinet Office

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Office, which is a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Acting on behalf of The Haemophilia Society, which is a core participant in the Infected Blood Inquiry.
  • Appointed to the panel to advise the Welsh Language Commissioner in respect of the application of The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard draws on expertise from the firm’s competition, public procurement and litigation departments to handle public law disputes for claimant and defendant-side clients. Co-heads Bill Gilliam and Simon Kamstra ( who split their time between Leeds and London) recently handled judicial reviews for healthcare service operators and government departments in the transport and utilities sectors, typically concerning the awarding of procurement contracts. 'Ferocious litigatorLouise Dobson, managing associates Paul Rowley and Ryan Geldart and Manchester-based legal director Clare Dwyer are handling public law disputes for the Department for Transport and a raft of NHS bodies.

Practice head(s):

Bill Gilliam; Simon Kamstra

Testimonials

Addleshaw Goddard’s public law team comprises very competent and effective litigators. They give sensible and commercial advice to clients and take care to let the clients understand the detailed contours of the proceedings.

The team has strength and depth from partner to junior associate and excellent individuals at every level. The team is very well integrated and works seamlessly to deliver the service. There is obviously excellent internal communication and support at partner level and as a result they deliver an exceptional service to the client.

Good communications skills from all members of the team and their ability to understand the client perspective were key to achieving the result I required.

Paul Rowley is an efficient and competent litigator with a good client manner. Susan Garrett has an excellent overall steer on a case.

Bill Gilliam is a class act and he just gets better and better. He is an exceptional lawyer. He is excellent with clients, clear, direct and always on top of their needs and sensitivities. He is a great strategist and tactician and an excellent black-letter lawyer.

Louise Dobson has particular experience in the health sector. Recently promoted to partner in a well-deserved appointment, she is a ferocious litigator and a pragmatic and able lawyer- definitely better to have her for you than against you!

Claire Dwyer is extremely knowledgeable in the healthcare sector. She is very experienced and sensitive to the nuances of healthcare law and practice and provides a truly excellent client service.

Ryan Geldart is a name to watch for the future- he has developed into a really effective and able litigator and his drafting is impeccable. His judgement is far beyond his years post qualification.

Key clients

Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE)

Totally Wicked Limited (Pillbox 38 UK Limited)

OFGEM

OFWAT

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

United Utilities plc

NewRiver Leisure Limited

Microgeneration Certification Standards Board

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Department for Transport

Work highlights

  • Defending four separate claims against the Secretary of State/Department for Transport, listed in TCC with parallel judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Court in relation to the same franchise competitions.
  • Acting for 17 NHS Foundation Trusts jointly to proceed with a claim to recover 80% of the business rates paid by them to a large number of defendant local authorities and to claim six years’ “back payment” of rates payments made in respect of the relevant properties.
  • Instructed by NewRiver, the successful bidder in a procurement for the redevelopment of Basingstoke Leisure Park, as an interested party in a procurement challenge.

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans’ public and regulatory practice represents government and statutory bodies, coroners and standards boards in judicial review litigation and inquests. Co-head David Mundy’s ongoing instructions concern cutting-edge debates around the government’s climate policy, while commercial litigator Richard Langley successfully defended the Welsh government in a challenge to its cessation of bird shooting rights. Co-head Matthew Smith maintains a high profile in headline public inquiry matters; his portfolio includes appointments by the Chief Coroner to inquests of significant public interest. Brexit-related regulatory advice is another cornerstone of the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Mundy; Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Richard Langley

Testimonials

Richard Langley’s tactical nous makes him stand out.

They are an astute, responsive team, who deftly handle the most sensitive of cases.

BDB Pitmans have a very strong team with expertise across a broad range of sectors affected by public law and regulation. They are very down to earth with a strong focus on understanding their clients’ needs.

The team at BDB Pitmans has a broad range of expertise in public law across local government, regulation and healthcare. In addition, they have particular expertise in handling major inquests and public inquiries, including as solicitors to the inquiry.

Matthew Smith is really excellent. He is superb at handling really tricky cases, always taking exceptional care of his clients.

Helen Fry is rising star. She regularly demonstrates a level of insight and ability well beyond her years of PQE.

Natasha Davis is a talented young solicitor who has already built up experience of several major inquiries. Her judgment is impeccable and her capacity for work is very impressive.

Key clients

Committee on Climate Change

Chief Coroner of England and Wales

Natural Resources Wales

Transport for Greater Manchester

The Health and Care Professions Council

Nuffield Health

National Audit Office

Work highlights

  • Represented the Committee on Climate Change (together with the Secretary of State for BEIS) in successfully defending a claim for judicial review concerning the Secretary of State’s refusal to revise the 2050 carbon target under the Climate Change Act 2008.
  • Appointed as solicitors to the London Bridge and Borough Market Attack Inquests into the deaths of eight victims by three attackers.
  • Successfully defended Natural Rescources Wales (NRW) in an application for judicial review made by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the Countryside Alliance and the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation challenging NRW’s decision to implement the request of the Welsh Government that NRW should cease leasing shooting rights on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate.

Hickman & Rose

Hickman & Rose’s civil litigation practice has a strong track record in bringing public law challenges against the criminal justice system and other government bodies. Kate Maynard and associate Eva Whittall have substantial experience in handling inquests into policing bodies on behalf of bereaved families, while practice head Daniel Machover and associate Helen Stone act for human rights charities as interveners in high-profile judicial review challenges to unlawful killings and miscarriages of justice. Stefano Ruis provides expertise on disclosure and barring service matters, having obtained successful outcomes for clients in breach of privacy challenges under Article 8.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Machover

Testimonials

Hickman & Rose have a very strong commitment to achieving justice through public law and inquiries. They hold the state to account. Their solicitors work incredibly hard and intensively with real attention to detail and very good client care and management.

Excellent strength and depth of team.

Clients can expect from the Hickman & Rose team highly talented individuals, deeply committed to the cases they take on, who provide a bespoke and highly effective service.

The team is a market leader in actions against public authorities with vast experience. They are innovative in approaching legal problems and seeking redress for their clients.’

Daniel Machover and Eva Whittall are each at the top of their field. Their commitment to their clients and their in-depth knowledge of the law is second to none.

Daniel Machover is a leader in his field. He is fantastic in every respect- an authority on human rights law, always on top of the facts, excellent strategy, and brilliant to work with.

Helen Stone is hugely impressive. Very thorough, insightful and persuasive.

I would commend Stefano Ruis, who is an exceptionally experienced litigator. He knows everything there is to know about litigating against the police.

Key clients

Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Inquest

Undercover Policing Inquiry

Work highlights

  • Acting for the charity INQUEST in relation to its intervention into a judicial review case concerning the standard of proof at an inquest for findings of suicide and unlawful killing.
  • Handled a successful public law challenge to a police decision to disclose “relevant” information to the DBS relating to a historic allegation of sexual assault dating back over 30 years, in respect of which the client was acquitted.
  • Acting for the mother of professional footballer Emiliano Sala who died in a light aircraft crash, including securing a full investigation into the crash by the Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB), the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the police.

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors regularly brings public law challenges on behalf of individual claimants against regulatory bodies in social housing, policing and human rights issues. Peter Todd fields healthcare sector expertise, with a reputation for bringing challenges to NHS bodies concerning refusal to funding of treatments and policy decisions by the Department of Health. Practice head Susie Labinjoh is reputed for handling public law challenges involving miscarriages of justice, while Jocelyn Cockburn, Alice Hardy and Nancy Collins maintain a solid public inquiry and inquest practice. Aside from individuals, charities also engage the team as interveners in prolific cases, recent examples include right to die matters.

Practice head(s):

Susie Labinjoh

Testimonials

Hodge Jones & Allen has a very strong, experienced and talented team in this area. They have litigated landmark cases to the highest levels (Supreme Court) and are creative and strategic in their approach. They are also very strong on client care.

Long-standing commitment to civil liberties and to advancing clients’ interests. We hold them in the highest regard. Always proactive in keeping in touch, highly knowledgeable and approachable. They are just a very friendly, user-friendly team and always willing to help us. Nothing is too much trouble for them.

Peter Todd is excellent. He brings a depth of experience and has a considerable cross-over with his clinical negligence/product liability practice. He is also very knowledgeable on funding issues.

Jocelyn Cockburn is a top tier solicitor, at the forefront of human rights law. She has been pivotal in several key cases. Her attention to detail is amazing.

Nancy Collins is an excellent solicitor, intelligent, meticulous, hyper-efficient but always unflappable. She also provides exceptional client care. She works very hard and knows her cases backwards.

Alice Hardy is intelligent, creative, articulate and reflective. She is an excellent team player and provides great support for her clients.

Susie Labinjoh has unrivalled experience in relation to miscarriage of justice compensation litigation and is very experienced and tactically astute.

Alice Hardy, Sasha Barton and Nancy Collins are all superb inquest and police action lawyers- always very well prepared, lead their teams efficiently and give the clients pragmatic advice.

Key clients

Core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Anti-Defence League Protestors

Undercover Policing Inquiry – International Solidarity Movement and Others

Work highlights

  • Acting for a bereaved mother in a fresh inquest into her daughter’s death seeking to identify where the state has failed to protect life in relation to air pollution.
  • Representing over 40 core participants in the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017.
  • Representing Suzanne Holdsworth in a challenge to the refusal of the Secretary of State for Justice to pay her compensation following the quashing of her murder conviction.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s public law and human rights department brings judicial review challenges against local authorities, NHS bodies and other pubic bodies. Practice head Yogi Amin and Birmingham-based solicitor Oliver Carter are regularly engaged by charities, campaign groups and individuals, with recent matters involving challenges to service reconfigurations and hospital closures. Claims under the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act are a strong point for Amin and associate Faith Salih, including headline litigation concerning assisted dying. Mathieu Culverhouse leads on Court of Protection matters, with a focus on patient rights, community care and mental capacity law. Though the firm lost recommended partner Anne-Marie Irwin, it gained a high-profile hire in Oliver Studdert, previously Simpson Millar LLP’s practice head.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Testimonials

Yogi Amin, Mathieu Culerhouse and new recruit Oliver Studdert have many years of top-flight experience.

They have been the best in the business when it comes to health and social care judicial review and public law for decades. No one else comes close.

They are particularly good in being able to draw upon their cross-overs into other areas, e.g. Court of Protection.

I would give a particular mention to Caroline Barrett and Oliver Carter, both of whom I have worked with recently, and both of whom have wisdom and legal understanding far beyond their years of practice.’

Yogi Amin is still relatively young and is more responsible that anyone for making the team what it is today. Faith Salih and Caroline Barrett are two really first-class associates with big futures ahead of them. Oliver Studdart’s recruitment is a big coup for the firm as Oliver has loads of experience and is very well respected.

Oliver Carter is great to work with, hugely personable, really dedicated and it is clear that he cares a lot about his clients.

Yogi Amin is consistently excellent, and unflappable.

Key clients

Bower and Jackson

North Staffordshire Pensioners’ Convention

Work highlights

  • Instructed to advise on a potential judicial review challenge on behalf of a campaign group, North Staffordshire Pensioners’ Convention, against proposals to reconfigure hospital services, close community hospitals and reduce the number of community rehabilitation beds in North Staffordshire.
  • Handling a judicial review against the decision of Rotherham MBC to close a claimant’s day centre (and a number of other similar centres), alleging that the decision made is in breach of requirements of lawful consultation.
  • Instructed by Douglas and Carole Shipsey, the parents of Bethany Shipsey, a 21 year old woman who died after taking a quantity of unlicensed diet pills containing Dinitrophenol, in a judicial review challenge to the suicide conclusion reached by the Senior Coroner for Worcestershire at the inquest into Bethany’s death.

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP is regularly involved in high-stakes public law litigation; the firm's key lawyer in this area is the highly regarded Tom Cassels, who joined the firm from Baker McKenzie in 2016, bringing many years of experience of major competition law disputes. The firm is regularly called on for high-profile judicial review proceedings, recently taking roles for household name clients including Sainsbury's, Camelot and National Grid. Other key partners include competition specialist Natura Gracia.

Practice head(s):

Tom Cassels

Testimonials

‘The commercial JR team at Linklaters under Tom Cassels is first rate.’

Key clients

J Sainsbury PLC

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

Lendlease Group

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK)

Lloyds Banking Group plc and its subsidiary, Bank of Scotland plc

National Grid Interconnectors Holdings Limited, National Grid Viking Link Limited and Energinet.dk

The Doggerbank Offshore Wind Farm Projects, Seagreen Wind Energy Limited, Sofia Offshore Wind Farm Limited

Government of Georgia

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sainsburys in its successful judicial review in the Competition Appeal Tribunal in connection with the Competition and Markets Authority’s ‘Phase II’ investigation of the proposed merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda Group Limited.
  • Acted for Camelot, an interested party, in judicial review proceedings brought by a trio of online gambling companies against the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, which argued that a new regulation introduced by DCMS in 2018 (which prohibited betting companies from offering bets on the outcome of the EuroMillions lottery game, no matter what jurisdiction the EuroMillions game was being run in) was contrary to Article 56 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
  • Advising Lendlease in relation to a claim brought under the public procurement regulations against changes made to a master development agreement for a development project at Silvertown Quays in London, a site owned by the Greater London Authority, under the rules on modifications to existing contracts.

Matthew Gold & Company Limited, solicitors

Led by the 'smart and passionateClare Jennings Matthew Gold & Company Limited, solicitors' public law and community care practice sustains a strong reputation in bringing judicial review challenges concerning miscarriages of justice, migrant rights, Article 8 breaches and Section 17 assessments. Recently joining the team as senior associate, William Flack’s housing law knowledge is applied to cases involving no recourse to public funds. Senior solicitor Najma Rasul has an extensive practice in handling inquests into mental health services, policing bodies and coroners, and also recently brought a successful challenge to the eligible criteria for nursery entry. Jennings is currently handling high-profile challenges to the Department for Education's provision of laptops and internet access to pupils during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Clare Jennings

Testimonials

As a team, the solicitors at Matthew Gold have as a unit carried out exceptional work with clients. We are particularly impressed with the holistic way in which solicitors at Matthew Gold approach the cases and the outstanding level of support and attention to detail provided in each case is noteworthy.

The team’s knowledge and commitment to bringing good cases shines through. They are careful about the cases they run and the points they take, ensuring that their clients are protected as best as possible while seeking to ensure that the law develops in the right way. Their pre-action work is phenomenally thorough and persuasive. It really demonstrate’s the team’s skills and legal knowledge.

Clare Jennings is the epitome of a solicitor who’s determined to secure rights for her clients. Ms Jennings has worked on several ludicrously complicated cases and has not rested until justice has been done.

Olivia Halse provides detailed, in-depth work on every case. Has worked amazingly hard on ensuring clients are kept informed at every stage of a process.

Rachel Etheridge has looked at cases holistically and has gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide a range of sensitively delivered support to vulnerable people.

Clare Jennings is smart and passionate about her work.

Rachel Etheridge is a rising star.

Clare Jennings, Rachel Etheridge, Olivia Halse and William Flack have all been outstanding solicitors. The team’s knowledge of the Children Act 1989, the Care Act 2014 and the issues facing migrant families with NRPF is specialised and unrivalled.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimant in AA v Secretary of State for Education, a successful test case challenge to the regulations determining which two year olds are eligible for a free nursery place.
  • Acting for the claimant in M v Chief Constable of Sussex Police, a challenge to the police force’s policies and practices around sharing sensitive personal data of vulnerable minors to private crime prevention companies.
  • Acting for the claimants in AA & others v Essex County Council, a challenge to Essex Council’s policies on how families with no recourse to public funds are assessed and supported.

Simpson Millar LLP

Simpson Millar LLP’s claimant-focused public law practice is led by Victoria Pogge von Strandmann, who recently took over following Oliver Studdert’s move to Irwin Mitchell. Recent engagements for Pogge von Strandmann, Chris Callender and associate Silvia Nicolaou Garcia include challenges against the Home Office and local authorities on behalf of vulnerable individuals (including children and elderly individuals), migrants under Dublin III legislation and victims of trafficking. Incapacitated individuals are often represented before the Court of Protection. Dan Rosenberg specialises in education sector issues; he was recently involved in a challenge to the use of isolation in schools. Aside from individual claimants, the team also represents charities as interveners in High Court cases.

Testimonials

My experience with Simpson Millar has been extremely positive. They are my first choice for welfare and education legal issues. All of the solicitors I have dealt with are extremely knowledgeable, responsive and sensitive to my service users’ needs. I know I can turn to them for advice and information and get up-to-date, accurate and clear guidance on legal issues. They are flexible and adapt their ways of working to accommodate their clients.

Simpson Millar have one of the most experienced teams in this area with a real range of experience and expertise.

Great all-round team with many outstanding lawyers. The best in the business at looking after vulnerable clients and forging ahead with ambitious cases.

The public law team at Simpson Millar are experts at what they do and have provided excellent advice on very complex housing and care matters, for the homeless young people that I work with.

Dan Rosenberg is one of the most imaginative and creative public lawyers around.

Dan Rosenberg is in a class of his own. His clients are very lucky to have him, and he is totally without airs and graces. Victoria Pogge van Strandman is also a brilliant and effective lawyer who is well respected by everyone who works in her area.

Key clients

Advocacy Focus

Official Solicitor

Voiceability

Refugee Council

Howard League for Penal Reform

Alone in London

British Red Cross

Coram Voice

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Article 39

Work highlights

  • Advised children’s charity Article 39 on a judicial review of the Department for Education’s ‘Myth Busting Guide’, which labelled a number of legal protections for children in care, care leavers, children who are in custody or on remand, and children who run away and go missing as myths.
  • Advised a mother and daughter in a challenge against the policy of the Secretary of State for Health in England which refused NHS funding for abortion services for women from Northern Ireland.
  • Advised two young people in challenging the government’s guidance on behaviour and discipline in schools.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The client portfolio of Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s administrative and public law practice comprises local authorities, social care and housing regulators, and private developers. Taking on contentious work, Lucy James defends contentious FOI requests, procurement challenges and planning permission challenges, while on the claimant side, recently challenged the procurement decisions of numerous clinical commissioning groups. Helen Randall heads up the non-contentious offering, with governance and policy advice provided to public sector clients. Recent engagements included governance and constitution reviews, vires issues of public procurements, service reconfigurations and novel training support for newly elected local politicians.

Practice head(s):

Lucy James; Helen Randall

Other key lawyers:

Michael Rhode

Testimonials

Impressive experience, legal skills and customer-friendly approach by Helen Randall.

Michael Rhode is incredibly knowledgeable and professional. It took no time at all for him to be up to speed with the history of our application and what our strengths would be in battling the judicial review claim. He was clear when relaying the information back to us and would be quick to answer any queries that we had. Highly recommend.

Key clients

Improvement & Development Agency

Homes for Haringey

Dorset County Council

Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames

Local Government Association

London Councils

District Councils Network (via Grant Thornton)

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Regulator of Social Housing

Fairfax Acquisitions Limited

Wealden District Council

TAG Farnborough Airport Limited

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils (South and Vale DC)

UK Central (Solihull) Limited trading as Urban Growth Company – owned by Solihull Council

East Hampshire District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising TAG as an interested party in judicial review proceedings against the Civil Aviation Authority in respect of its decision to approve TAG’s airspace change proposal.
  • Successfully representing the Regulator of Social Housing in a judicial review challenge concerning one of its regulatory judgments.
  • Advised on the establishment of, and extension to, the London Business Rates Pool for 2020/21, consisting of all 32 London boroughs, the City of London Corporation and the Greater London Authority.

Allen & Overy LLP

Corporate clients in the energy, TMT and financial services sectors retain Allen & Overy LLP’s public law practice for the full breadth of public and administrative law advisory services, with an emphasis on regulatory requirements affecting global supply chains. Practice head Andrew Denny and senior associate Maeve Hanna regularly represent NGOs and independent charities in high-profile interventions; recent instructions included handling High Court applications against the Secretary of State’s policy on immigration bail. Working closely with the public procurement department, the team also represents utilities companies and regulated entities in judicial review proceedings concerning transport and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Denny

Other key lawyers:

Maeve Hanna

Testimonials

An excellent team. Highly responsive and committed to providing detailed but clear advice.

The practice is unique in that it provides a hands on approach and always provides practical, sensible and commercially sound advice. They also try hard to understand your specific requirements as a client and add value throughout, contemplating wider issues and ensuring they are dealt with.

Andrew Denny has broad experience of public law issues, understanding legal implications of matters for both his clients and for the law in general. He ensures his clients have a good understanding of the advice that is delivered to them.

Maeve Hanna is astute and retains an excellent understanding and awareness of a client’s history so as to be able to deliver advice that bears on a broad range of issues relating to a client’s background and concerns.

Key clients

The RiverLinx Consortium

Trustee of the BT Pension Scheme

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

The AIRE Centre

Bail for Immigration Detainees

Work highlights

  • Acted for RiverLinx Consortium, which TfL awarded the contract to design, build, finance and maintain the Silvertown Tunnel, a new twin-bore road tunnel under the River Thames. Navigated the public procurement rules governing the process, and the legal challenge to the contract award decision commenced by the unsuccessful bidder.
  • Acted for the Trustee of the BT Pension Scheme in a judicial review concerning the method chosen by the government to implement full indexation of GMPs provided under the Principal Civil Service Pensions Scheme.
  • Represented Bail for Immigration Detainees in an intervention before the Supreme Court, where the client sought to assist the court on the important question of whether an authority to detain under the Immigration Acts is vitiated by material public law error if an unlawful prior immigration decision bears upon the decision to detail.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors’ public law practice represents vulnerable individuals in judicial review litigation, with a particular focus on immigration issues, notably for individuals facing discrimination by the Windrush Scheme. Unlawful detention, prisoners’ rights and other human rights violations are also points of focus. Its recently established education law team in Leeds handles public law claims for schools, regulatory bodies and students. In a recent highlight, Toufique Hossain and James Packer successfully filed claims against the Lord Chancellor and the Legal Aid Agency regarding the provision of legal aid, achieving a successful ruling for the backdating of certificates.

Testimonials

Duncan Lewis has a strong presence in public law, making a particularly dominant contribution in areas of specialism including immigration/asylum (and immigration detention) and prison law.

James Packer, Toufique Hossain, and Trevor Hatton are notable senior individuals meriting recognition. Toufique Hossain is responsible for a substantial number of important challenges and has developed a substantial core of knowledge in challenges to the lawfulness of immigration detention including cases involving mental health issues and long-term detention of persons not accepted back by the state of nationality attributed by the Home Office. A lot of experience as well as real commitment to clients.

Toufique Hossain is a strong leader of the team. He has a high level of expertise. He has been in numerous test cases. It is his drive and energy that has established the team as a market leader.

Krisha Prathepan is an experienced litigator who has handled successfully complex litigation such as that challenging the detention of large numbers of migrants.

Philip Armitage has developed a good reputation for taking on challenging cases.

Stefan Vnuk is a fantastic lawyer who is very committed to his clients and public law- he has a real depth of experience given the length of time he has been in this field.

Duncan Lewis has a large team of lawyers who are able to take on most public law matters at short notice, making referrals of urgent cases relatively easy.

Work highlights

  • Challenged the detention of numerous clients to be contrary to Articles 28 and 2(n) of Dublin III Regulations. The Appeals related to the effect and meaning of Article 28 and 2(n) of Dublin III and the effect of the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
  • A successful landmark challenge against the Home Secretary’s failure to institute an effective Article 3 ECHR-compliant investigation into abuse of detainees at Brook House IRC.
  • Successfully challenged the blanket refusal to provide legal aid funding for judicial reviews where permission was refused on the papers. The firm also acted as claimant in a claim for Judicial Review of the Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) refusal to backdate legal aid certificates, even where solicitors have made a legal aid application as promptly as possible.

Saunders Law

Founding partner Nia Williams heads up the civil liberties, police misconduct and public inquiries department at Saunders Law. Individual claimants, charities and private companies engage the team on a diverse range of public law challenges; recent cases involved failure-to-prosecute applications against the CPS, injunctions against national broadcasters and breach of privacy allegations under Article 8. The firm also has a reputation for handling high-profile appeals to rulings by the Electoral Commission. The recent addition of associate Cyrilia Knight (from Hudgell Solicitors) enhanced the group's public enquiries offering. Article 2 inquests are another strong point for the team.

Practice head(s):

Nia Williams

Other key lawyers:

Cyrilia Knight

Key clients

Not Buying It Limited

Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Infected Blood Inquiry

Work highlights

  • Acting for numerous victims in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, Undercover Policing Inquiry and Infected Blood Inquiry.
  • Acted for Darren Grimes (Brexit campaigner) in high-profile, novel proceedings against the Electoral Commission regarding alleged breaches of electoral law.
  • Acted for a campaign group against Spearmint Rhino regarding an investigation into unlawful activities at an adult entertainment venue.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP’s provides public law services to NHS bodies, clinical commissioning groups, coroners and councils. Key names include Simon Goacher, who assists local authorities with governance and vires issues, and Martin Forshaw, who provides expertise in police law.

Birnberg Peirce & Partners

Birnberg Peirce & Partners fields experts in prison, immigration and police law to advance public law challenges against government agencies, local authorities and the Crown Prosecution Service. Inquests and public inquiries into state misconduct are also handled.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP’s government, regulatory and advocacy team receives instructions from a diverse roster of public bodies including ombudsmen, regulators and auditors in the environmental protection, education, healthcare and social care fields. Nottingham-based practice heads Richard Barlow and Laura Hughes and London-based Ros Foster advise on vires issues, regulatory investigations, and provide representation in judicial review litigation. Manchester-based Gerard Hanratty handles major services reconfiguration projects for NHS bodies across the UK.

Practice head(s):

Richard Barlow; Laura Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Ros Foster Gerard Hanratty

Testimonials

Universally good team punching well above their weight.

Browne Jacobson benefits particularly from Ros Foster’s in-depth knowledge of the regulators’ fitness to practise processes, to GDPR issues and public law generally. She has developed strong colleagues who have gained knowledge in this field.

Excellent knowledge of environmental law and policy. This means they can pick up cases quickly and give relevant, on point advice as needed.

Richard Barlow is hugely knowledgeable and easy to work with.

Ros Foster is a first-class partner.

Ros Foster’s sheer knowledge and enthusiasm for the work is outstanding.   She understands our objectives quickly and has a pragmatic, flexible approach to cases.

Key clients

Qualifications Wales

Welsh Government

NHS Leicester City CCG

NHS Commissioning Board (aka NHS England)

London Devolution Programme – London Estates Board

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Professional Standards Authority

Natural England

Marine Management Organisation

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Marine Management Organisation in successfully defending a judicial review claim against its decision to allow extraction of gravel and sand from Goodwin Sands in the North Sea.
  • Acted for NHS England in respect of a judicial review challenge brought by SSP Health to a decision made by the Adjudicator for the Primary Care Appeals Service concerning a dispute involving 22 Alternative Provider Medical Services contracts.
  • Advising the Welsh Government on the implementation of a state-backed indemnity scheme for General Practitioners in Wales.

Capsticks LLP

Public health bodies engage Capsticks LLP’s public law experts to defend high-stakes judicial review cases. Co-head Peter Edwards recently defended challenges to the reconfiguration of NHS services, while Francis Lyons defended commissioning and treatment disputes. Leeds-based co-head Ian Cooper provides the full-scope of policy advice, including on issues concerning the allocation of resources. Social housing regulators and emergency services clients are also counted on the client roster; Hugh Giles handles public inquiry work for the latter.

Practice head(s):

Peter Edwards; Ian Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Francis Lyons; Hugh Giles

Testimonials

I have always found Capsticks Solicitors both very responsive and professional in all matters I have had reason to contact them for.

Key clients

London Ambulance Service

NHS South Tyneside CCG

NHS Dorset CCG

Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

NHS Hambleton and Richmondshire CCG

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

South West London CCG

HM’s Senior Coroner for Lincolnshire

NHS Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG

Solicitors’ Regulation Authority

Sheffield Children’s NHS Trust

North Yorkshire CCGs

Bar Standards Board

NHS Oxfordshire CCG

North Central London CCGs

Work highlights

  • Representing the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, and assisting with providing witness statements to the statutory inquiry.
  • Successful defended NHS Dorset CCG in judicial review proceedings in the High Court and Court of Appeal concerning major changes to health services in the county.
  • Successfully defended NHS Sunderland and South Tyneside CCGs in judicial review proceedings in the High Court and Court of Appeal concerning the transfer of services from South Tyneside Hospital to Sunderland Royal Hospital.

CMS

Commercial clients engage CMS’ dispute resolution lawyers to handle public law challenges in highly regulated sectors including the financial services, healthcare and energy industries. Public procurement challenges by way of judicial review are a point of focus for the team, predominantly on the claimant side; recent defence work is also noted. Dan Tench ( who is 'a pleasure to work with and a terror to be against') recently brought public law challenges against Advertising Standards Agency rulings, and also provides routine advice on dealings with the regulators as well as risk management strategies.

Practice head(s):

Dan Tench

Other key lawyers:

Neal Gibson; Caroline Hobson

Testimonials

A team that draws effectively on its scale, in terms of resources and experience.

A modern, user-friendly, extremely knowledgeable and able practice with particularly impressive aptitude for seamless cross-departmental working in demanding public law cases involving a cross-over with different areas of law.

CMS have a notable and strong presence in the commercial judicial review and pubic law space. They have a clear-thinking team that offers outstanding commercial and practical support to clients and has a strong track record of getting the job done.

Neal Gibson is tireless in understanding clients’ needs, and inspires great loyalty from associates.

Caroline Hobson is an industry leading competition and procurement lawyer, great for public law and competition/procurement crossover cases.

Dan Tench is an exceptional figure in the field with years of experience and a real tenacity on his clients’ behalf. He is a pleasure to work with and a terror to be against.

Key clients

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

GVC Services Limited

CityFibre Limited

viagogo AG

Teva Europe

Utilita

AEG Presents Limited

British Telecommunications Plc

The Arora Group

Work highlights

  • Representing CityFibre in its judicial review claim against the Advertising Standards Authority relating to the use of the term “fibre” in broadband advertising.
  • Representing Arora Group in defending judicial review litigation surrounding the third runway at Heathrow Airport.
  • Representing BT in a high-profile and legally significant case, seeking a review of a pensions decision on grounds of irrationality, disproportionality and errors of law by HM Treasury.

DLA Piper

The client roster of DLA Piper’s public and administrative law group comprises a mix of public sector and commercial clients. Utilities companies, local authorities, regulators and private companies across the transport, energy, healthcare, education and environment sectors engage Leeds-based Paul Stone and Edinburgh-based Hazel Moffatt for governance, policy and risk avoidance advice. Recent contentious instructions saw the team acting for claimants and defendants in public procurement litigation.

Practice head(s):

Paul Stone; Hazel Moffatt

Other key lawyers:

Martyn Scott; Jonathan Blunden

Testimonials

A really friendly and dedicated team willing to put in a lot of mileage for the clients.

The administrative and public law team at DLA Piper is exceptionally cohesive and tight knit.’

Paul Stone, Martyn Scott and Jonathan Blunden are very good from a litigation perspective.

Jonathan Blunden is another ferocious and effective hard worker. His drafting is excellent and he is going to have a great career- he is an excellent litigator.

Key clients

Uber Britannia Limited

Ocean Outdoor Limited

Department for Transport

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Market Operator Services

Transport for Greater Manchester

Electronic Collar Manufacturers Association

Heineken Limited

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Office of Rail and Road

Work highlights

  • Representing Ocean Outdoor UK Limited in Court of Appeal litigation against the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham regarding the interpretation of the Concessions Contracts Regulations.
  • Acting for the Electronic Collar Manufacturer Association in challenging the Government’s decision to ban the use of electronic collars as training devices.
  • Representing Hitachi Rail Europe Limited in a procurement challenge relating to contracts worth up to £2.5bn for the Deep Tube Upgrade Programme.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s public law and regulation practice acts for a client roster, which comprises central and local government bodies, utilities and education regulators, consumer bodies and regulated companies. Practice leader John Cooper and legal director Ravi Randhawa advise on matters ranging from vires issues and the administration of major procurement projects to human rights and EU food safety law. The team typically acts on the defence side of judicial review litigation for public sector clients, with newly promoted partner Kieran Laird reinforcing this expertise.

Practice head(s):

John Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Ravi Randhawa; Kieran Laird

Key clients

Ofqual

Ofwat

BEIS

Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation

Oxfam

Regulator of Community Interest Companies

Office for Product Safety and Standards

Work highlights

  • Advised Ofqual on drafting the regulatory frameworks through which it will regulate new and reformed vocational qualifications.

ITN Solicitors

ITN Solicitors handles a broad set of administrative and public law claims including predictive policing challenges, immigration detention cases, inquests into deaths in custody and breaches of the Equality Act. The breadth of other prison law matters are tackled by co-head William Kenyon. Key area of strength for co-head Lochlinn Parker is his involvement in obtaining injunctions for lifetime reporting restrictions.

Practice head(s):

William Kenyon; Lochlinn Parker

Testimonials

The ITN Solicitors team is very well known as acting for claimants across the public law field. It has a vast array of expertise covering a wide range of areas.

The firm has a varied civil liberties caseload, and is well-known for its expertise in prisoners’ rights cases as well as wider issues arising in the community including police-related actions, data protection, national security, actions against the state, terror offences, and judicial review issues arising from criminal law.

William Kenyon’s rise in the firm and profession is reflective of his beyond first-class legal advice, his extreme efficiency, and his ability to get results. His knowledge of public law, and in particular prison law, is wide ranging and enables him to spot legal points which others do not. He is extremely popular and is a lawyer that government lawyers take very seriously.

William Kenyon proactively raises practical and sensible points of law or evidence, he responds diligently and promptly to any enquiries needed, and he develops good relations with his clients. He is an effective communicator and has a persuasive and keen mind.

Work highlights

  • Representing several individuals in appeals before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, in respect of the deprivation of their citizenship on national security grounds.
  • Acting for a number of clients who have been convicted of, or suspected of committing, terrorism offences, in the context of reviews by the Parole Board, licence conditions, Terrorism Exclusion Orders and the retrospective offence of legislation on the release mechanism for these offenders.
  • Brought strategic litigation seeking to change the law applicable to IPP prisoners and to address systemic delay in the release of prisoners by the Parole Board.

Sinclairslaw

Managing director John Ford, senior associate Helen Gill (who leads the public law practice) and Penarth-based senior director Michael Charles are the key figures at Sinclairslaw for handling judicial review challenges against state bodies. Claims involving education law and community care law are fields of focus; the team recently handled challenges to the provision of disability services, the exclusion of children from education services and age assessments of asylum seekers. The practice also regularly acts in claims under the Human Rights Act.

Practice head(s):

Helen Gill

Other key lawyers:

John Ford; Michael Charles

Testimonials

A good group of established practitioners.

I think that Sinclairs have a very reliable and dedicated team of public law specialist solicitors who know their way about the Administrative Court.

The team has considerable experience particularly in education and community care-related matters. One of the top public law teams in the country.

The firm demonstrated a practical and pragmatic approach to the needs of the client and ensured that all steps were authorised by the OS: there was discussion on a regular basis as to next steps, good progress reports, and a collaborative approach to the litigation.

Helen Gill is experienced and very committed- her instructions are always detailed and she works incredibly hard.

I have worked with Helen Gill on a long and difficult and challenging public law case and she has been unfailingly supportive and positive and reliable. Everything you would want.

I almost always recommend Helen Gill when someone asks for a recommended solicitor in a public law case. She is excellent with clients. Her knowledge across education, health and social care is first class and manages cases with extreme expertise and efficiency.

John Ford has experience over many years which is second to none.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood handles public law litigation against UK and international regulators for global financial services corporates. Commercial litigators Tony Woodcock and Sean Jeffrey ­– who jointly lead the practice – have a strong international focus involving sanctions challenges throughout Africa and the Middle East. The firm is also handling judicial review litigation against the Civil Aviation Authority concerning enforcement actions against an airline client, and the Department for Transport concerning procurement awards.

Practice head(s):

Tony Woodcock; Sean Jeffrey

Testimonials

An excellent public law team, specialising in complex financial services and regulatory issues.

Tony Woodcock is an excellent lawyer, combining a deep knowledge of regulation with practical insight into how regulators and judges think.

Sean Jeffrey is the full package. He’s extremely clever, he’s a master tactician, clients love him, and he knows how to run difficult cases. He’s that rare solicitor whose practice covers commercial, financial services and public law- which means he’s often able to provide a perspective which few other lawyers can provide. Outstanding.

Key clients

Arriva Rail East Midlands Limited

Bank Saderat Plc

Bank Sepah International Plc

CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

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

North London Waste Authority

Ryanair DAC

United Kingdom Accreditation Service

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

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission to undertake a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company plc and the conduct of its directors and auditors.
  • Advising Bank Sepah International on sanctions interpretation and compliance.
  • Acting for Ryanair in an ongoing judicial review against the Civil Aviation Authority in relation to its powers as the designated body for approving providers of alternative dispute resolution.

TV Edwards LLP

The social welfare and public law practice at TV Edwards LLP represents claimants in a broad range of challenges, particularly involving homelessness (including the suitability of temporary accommodation), social housing possession proceedings and disrepair counterclaims. Leveraging expertise in criminal legal aid applications, co-heads Katie Brown and Jacky Starling regularly defend individuals against anti-social behaviour injunctions. Solicitor Monica Kreel leads on Court of Protection matters for incapacitated claimants.

Practice head(s):

Katie Brown; Jacky Starling

Testimonials

In an inherently underfunded sector it is rare to find such a high-quality team which both has a solid knowledge and grasp of the relevant areas of law but also an incredibly professional approach to their clients and cases.

The team working in community care (an area of administrative and public law) contains some highly experienced and very well-regarded solicitors in the sector, specialising in working for the legally aided client seeking to enforce their rights to services and support: Katie Brown, Monica Kreel, Jenny Hunt, Jenny Mansell and Jacky Starling are very experienced practitioners.

TV Edwards have a very strong administrative and public law team which compares very favourably to other firms. In my experience, they have particular expertise in issues relating to community care and homelessness.

I have experience of working with Monica Kreel on substantial community care related matters linked to our work together in the Court of Protection. Monica has a great depth of experience in representing people in need of services due to disability; she is a highly effective litigator and has exceptional client care and communication skills which enable her to put forward her clients’ cases very effectively.

Katie Brown, Jenny Mansell, and Jackie Starling are particularly recommended. Each is a recognised expert in the area with considerable cross-over experience in mental capacity and community care and excellent client skills.

Jenny Mansell is an exceptional solicitor. She has particular experience in representing vulnerable clients and clients who lack capacity and is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor. She handles these cases with thoughtfulness and empathy. She is hardworking and committed.

Katie Brown and Jenny Mansell are highly recommended individuals- they both have real attention to detail and client focus which makes working with them both enjoyable and effective.

Good public law team with strengths in areas of community care and housing in particular.

Work highlights

  • Represented an individual in the County Court in relation to the interplay between sections 202 and 204 Housing Act 1996 following a decision by Lambeth Council that the property provided to the client was suitable accommodation.
  • Relief granted to a client in a successful application for judicial review on a homelessness matter, where it was found that although the client had not taken full advantage of the personalised housing plan, the council had acted unlawfully in failing to take into account the evidence of likely deterioration in the client’s medical condition if not provided with accommodation.
  • Acted for the wife of a man with a brain injury in a complex s21A MCA case in the Court of Protection concerning whether the man could come home after 10 years in hospital.

Wilson Solicitors LLP

Wilson Solicitors LLP’s public law department has a strong focus on immigration matters; practice head James ElliottNina Rathbone Pullen and Katy Robinson handle challenges to long-term immigration detention, often for vulnerable children, victims of trafficking, those with mental illnesses and physically disable individuals.The group also recently handled successful challenges against the Home Office for age-disputed children, and assists with obtaining access to social care and adequate housing by way of judicial review.

Practice head(s):

James Elliott

Testimonials

A wealth of experience in administrative and public law, fearlessly pursuing their client’s cases.

Wilson Solicitors LLP have a great depth of experience in this area. Their immigration and public law team has brought many of the leading cases. They are particularly renowned for their work in respect of challenges to decisions under the Dublin III regulations. Their public law team is extremely active in judicial review claims for unlawful detention. They are also heavily involved in the trafficking arena. In the immigration cross over areas in particular, they are known as being leaders in their field. But importantly, they never forget that there is always a client at the heart of every important legal challenge.

The public law team at Wilsons is excellent. Historically, the firm established its reputation in immigration law, being the stand-out large firm in this area for human-rights-focused immigration work. The public law team grew out of that background, and much of their work has an immigration element to it, such as challenges to Home Office detention, challenges to local authority age assessments of asylum seeking children, and work around human trafficking. Over the past few years, the public law team has established itself as offering an exceptional level of service in human rights and immigration-focused public law work.

Katy Robinson is a particularly dedicated, experienced and bright partner.

Aisling Ni Chuinn is known as “the’ expert in Dublin III judicial review challenges. Incredibly thorough, fantastic legal knowledge and a real star in this area.’

James Elliott is extremely knowledgeable about unlawful detention judicial review claims and is a pleasure to work with. He has a particular specialism in mental health and capacity issues.

Nina Rathbone Pullen is very experienced in unlawful detention and trafficking judicial reviews and very committed to her clients.

James Elliott heads the public law team at Wilsons. He is an exceptional lawyer in his own right, and provides great strategic leadership to this area of Wilsons’ practice.

Work highlights

  • Representing a victim of trafficking in a claim for damages in the Employment Tribunal and, more recently, in the Supreme Court.
  • Challenging the criteria for determining eligibility for accommodation under schedule 10 of the Immigration Act 2016.
  • Handling a policy challenge to the Home Office’s ‘Adults at Risk policy’, addressing failures under the policy to identify vulnerable adults not suitable for detention.

Anthony Gold

The housing and public law department at Anthony Gold represents the Residential Landlords Association and numerous individuals as claimants in applications against local authorities and the central government. Practice head Andrew Brookes also handles judicial reviews in the education and environment sectors.

Burges Salmon LLP

Bristol-based firm Burges Salmon LLP provides administrative and public law advisory services to clients in the public sector, including central government bodies and regulators in the education, transport, utilities, environment and defence fields. Team leaders Gary Soloman and John Houlden regularly provide administrative advice on large-scale public procurement projects, including multibillion-pound defence contracts for the Ministry of Defence. Suppliers in the transport sector recently engaged the team in procurement litigation against the Secretary of State for Transport.

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman; John Houlden

Other key lawyers:

Laura Wisdom

Testimonials

Excellent combination of commercial and public sector expertise. Easy to work with and creative on solutions.

They are always in constant communication and able to respond to an urgent need. The advice is given in an understandable format even for complex matters. They work with customers at each step of the case so that they understand the progress and the process.

They understand the pressures on the public body and the department they are dealing with. They are in constant communication with updates and progress. The offer training to customers to help in understanding areas of law. They have a unique insight in Central Government procurement matters including internal processes.

John Holden is bright, extremely pleasant, able and quick responses.

Laura Wisdom is sharp and always responds quickly.

Key clients

Department for Education

Ministry of Defence

Department for Transport

Home Office

Department for Health and Social Care

FirstGroup

Babcock International Group

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Welsh Government

Ofcom

Work highlights

  • Acting for First Trenitalia West Coast Rail in the 2019 Rail Franchising Litigation against the Secretary of State for Transport.
  • Advised Reading Borough Council on its major children’s services transition project, involving the externalisation of the Council’s embedded children’s services.
  • Advised the Isle of Anglesey Council on all aspects of its response to the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa and associated developments as well as other major applications in the county.

Edwards Duthie Shamash

At Edwards Duthie ShamashAnna O’Connell's public law practice maintains a reputation for handling social housing issues for homeless and vulnerable individuals, including representing tenants right associations in High Court interventions. O'Connell routinely brings judicial review challenges against local authorities and the Home Office on behalf of vulnerable children, age-disputed asylum seekers and those with no recourse to public funds. O’Connell’s mental health law expertise is applied to proceedings before the Court of Protection.

Practice head(s):

Anna O’Connell

Other key lawyers:

Chris Dykes

Testimonials

Edwards Duthie Shamash has been invaluable in the work that I do in challenging housing and social care decisions. They are a small friendly team who go out of their way to provide quality legal advice to the very vulnerable young people I work with.

This is an excellent team doing really important work ensuring that people are represented. Often clients are vulnerable and/or marginalised and struggle to advocate for themselves. This team ensures that the people they work with are represented and get favourable outcomes overall to help improve their quality of life, for example securing housing.

Anna O’Connell and Chris Dykes have been my go-to people for advice on complex housing issues. They work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for vulnerable people and I am grateful for their time and expertise.

Chris Dykes was kind, helpful and patient with the young client. He worked really fast (I had contacted him two days before the young man was to be evicted) and was easy to contact and with updates. His knowledge of the law was excellent.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Commercial judicial review litigation at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is handled by Patrick Doris – 'one of the trailblazers in this field' – who recently represented corporate clients in actions against domestic regulators (including the Competition and Markets Authority), international tax authorities and international governments. The firm takes on pro bono work for human rights charities including challenges to unlawful detention and LGBT discrimination by foreign governments. The firm is also singled out for cross-border expropriation and kleptocracy cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

Practice head(s):

Philip Rocher

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Doris

Testimonials

Patrick Doris is excellent, he is totally committed, a great manager and really goes the extra mile.

Patrick Doris is an excellent public lawyer. We are working with him on some ECHR applications. He know his area very well and gives comfort to the client. More importantly he is a very nice person to have conversation and for social contact.

Patrick Doris is the only lawyer I have worked with closely on public law issues. He is outstanding, has tremendous judgment, works exceptionally hard and always gives the impression that he is 100% dedicated to and focused on your case.

Patrick Doris: sharp, thoughtful, diligent, over every detail of the case and then some; available, committed and a delight to work with.

Patrick Doris was one of the trailblazers in this field, who built a successful practice in the area as a junior associate and has never looked back.

Key clients

Walmart/Asda

Facebook

Human Dignity Trust

UBS AG

Koza Ipek Group

Accenture

William Hill plc

AVEVA plc

Thomson Reuters Foundation

PHS Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for activist Gina Martin, the team led the legal and political campaign in the UK against upskirting – the act of capturing images under a woman’s skirt without her permission – by way of legal reform.
  • Assisting Richard Ratcliffe with political and media campaigning regarding his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s imprisonment by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
  • Representing Facebook in an investigation and related legal proceedings before the Belgian courts for alleged violations of Belgian and EU privacy laws.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP’s administrative and public law practice focuses on the healthcare sector; NHS Trusts, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and regulatory bodies retain co heads Emma Stockwell (who’s based in Liverpool) and Kiran Bhogal for advice on governance structures, CCG mergers, statutory duties and policy guidance. The team defends judicial review challenges into service reconfigurations, and also handles clients’ interests in high-profile public inquiries. The promotion of David Hill, who is an expert in commissioning policy, reinforced the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Emma Stockwell; Kiran Bhogal

Other key lawyers:

David Hill; Emma Galland

Testimonials

Kiran Bhogal is exceptional- a sensible and pragmatic problem-solving approach to client’s issues.

Hill Dickinson have been on a recruitment drive recently and it is paying dividends- showing that movers and shakers from other firms are very keen to join this excellent firm. Top-quality advice from the excellent management team headed up by Kiran Bhogal.

Kiran Bhogal has an unparalleled reputation for running cases at the highest level. She has been in this sector for more than 20 years and has a reputation for excellence in her judgment and advice and straight talking that serves her clients very well indeed. One of the few solicitors who are highly respected by the judiciary as well. Her team includes Emma Galland who has recently and justifiably made partner.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

West London NHS Trust

Health Education England

NHS England

Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Water UK

Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Work highlights

  • Assisting NHS Resolution with the establishment of a clinical negligence scheme for general practice; drafting regulations and responding to queries regarding the implementation of the scheme and scope.
  • Drafting amendments to NHS England’s standard primary medical services (i.e. GP) contracts to reflect amendments to regulations governing the commissioning of primary medical services in the NHS in England.
  • Represented Surrey downs CCG in a judicial review challenge by a claimant to the decision of the CCG that the claimant was not eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare.

Just For Kids Law

The strategic litigation team at Just For Kids Law - a registered charity which provides legal support - takes on public law challenges against public bodies such as local authorities and police departments on behalf of vulnerable children, particularly those in the criminal justice system. Judicial review proceedings are regularly acted on for clients facing mental health, education, immigration, homelessness and benefit denial issues.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Healthcare and higher education bodies enlist Mills & Reeve LLP's public law department for contentious and non-contentious support. Birmingham-based Richard Sykes provides assistance with policy and regulatory decision making, and defends clients in judicial review litigation.

Testimonials

‘Richard Sykes is excellent – in-depth sector and legal knowledge, pragmatic and responsive.

‘Richard Sykes is extremely engaging and very responsive. He is passionate about his work and it is clear that he does all he can to ensure that his clients’ needs are met at every stage of the process. He provides realistic and detailed advice, and ensures that his clients are aware of the potential positive and negative outcomes of the cases he handles. ‘

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP leverages its reputation in local government matters to represent public sector clients in judicial review litigation and other administrative law challenges. Key names include practice head Mari Roberts and William Rose, whose workload comprises a substantial stream of procurement challenges and planning disputes. Additionally, the team is representing the Local Government Association in numerous challenges by NHS trusts concerning their charity status.

Practice head(s):

Mari Roberts

Other key lawyers:

William Rose

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable, efficient and have great know how.

William Rose – Extremely effective and knowledgeable. Has a detailed understanding of procedure. Extremely knowledgeable about injunctions and has obtained them countrywide.

Strong local government practice.

Mari Roberts is a safe pair of hands on judicial reviews.

Mari Roberts – the epitome of the perfect litigation solicitor.

Key clients

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Vale of White Horse District Council

Lancashire County Council

Local Government Association

The National Trust

Surrey Heath District Council

Runnymede Council

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk District Council

Maidstone Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Representing the Local Government Association in an appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning claims that NHS Trusts are charities for the purposes of non-domestic rates.
  • Acted for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in successfully defending a procurement challenge under the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016 and a judicial review following the grant by the council of leases of two plots of land on which there are advertising towers.
  • Obtained an injunction to prevent breaches of planning control by travellers for Runnymede Council.