Firms To Watch: Administrative and public law

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

Administrative and public law in London

Bindmans LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Jamie Potter; John Halford

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Jamie Potter is a real star for claimant judicial review work. Exceptionally bright, capable and also very pleasant to work with.’

‘Karen May embodies all you’d want in a solicitor: she will fight your corner with compassion, intelligence and tenacity. As an instructing solicitor she is excellent – she prepares the case thoroughly and asks all the right questions… and never forgets a deadline.’

‘The team at Bindmans are outstanding across all levels of seniority. All members are highly committed, capable and colloboative in achieving positive outcomes even in the most complex of cases. The team retains a very strong client focus combined with an eye for strategy.’

‘These guys are really excellent. I have repeatedly recommended them. They work well as a team and have a huge amount of institutional knowledge. They are strategically very good and have a really consistently high quality level throughout. Really top-quality public law team in my view.’

‘Salima Budhani – really outstanding individual, among the best in the field in my view.’

Key clients

World Uyghur Congress

Helen Timson

Law Society of England and Wales

Miriam Binder & Ors

Windrush Lives

National Union of Journalists

Ken Livingstone and Pam Bromley

Good Law Project

Seven Sisters Market Tenants Association

Work highlights

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

Deighton Pierce Glynn

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

Practice head(s):

Adam Hundt

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘DPG provide a Rolls Royce service for some of the most vulnerable people in society. For challenges on behalf of vulnerable asylum seekers they are simply the best. I have worked with multiple DPG partners and quality is completely consistent.’

‘Polly Glynn is a fantastic individual; deeply committed to her clients- the service she provides is always impressive.’

‘DPG’s team does brilliant work on the most important cases across the board of human rights and judicial review. They get great results in the most challenging of cases. They are creative and imaginative but also know their specialist areas inside out.’

‘Adam Hundt – clever, committed, collaborative.’

‘Very careful and conscientious firm. They litigate to the highest standards.’

Key clients

Operation Black Vote

The Runnymede Trust

Big Brother Watch, Open Rights Group, English PEN

Gingerbread

Gulf Center for Human Rights

Crisis (the Homeless Charity)

Migrants Organise

The Unity Project

Care4Calais

Humans for Rights Network

Work highlights

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

Fieldfisher

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

Practice head(s):

Martin Smith; Matthew Lohn

Other key lawyers:

Abigail Scholefield; Tim Suter; Carina May; Oliver Carlyon

Key clients

Construction Industry Training Board (‘CITB’)

British Association of Shooting and Conservation

The Professional Standards Authority

Phonepaid Services Authority

Manchester Arena Inquiry

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (‘IICSA’)

Jermaine Baker Inquiry

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

Sudesh Amman Inquest

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

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

Inquest touching the death of Dawn Sturgess

The Dyson Investigation

Independent Panel Review into the death of Daniel Morgan

Work highlights

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

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lidbetter; Nusrat Zar

Other key lawyers:

Jasveer Randhawa; Anna Eliasson; Christine Iacono; James Wood

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Andrew Lidbetter and Nusrat Zar are both great team leaders and team builders.’

‘There is a simply stellar team at HSF. It is difficult to describe any other law firm with the same breadth and depth in public law as that at HSF. Their intellectual engagement with the law exceeds all other firms. They are truly a delight.’

‘Andrew Lidbetter is truly a statesman in this area, working for large commercial clients as well as pro bono clients. He holds unparalleled levels of respect.’

‘Andrew Lidbetter and Jasveer Randhawa are outstanding to deal with. They always approach issues thoroughly and issue detailed and clear advice.’

‘One of the top public law teams in the city. Fantastic levels of experience and the resources to bring off big cases.’

Key clients

Stagecoach Group plc

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

British Sugar plc

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

High Speed Two (“HS2”) Limited

Bail for Immigration Detainees

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

Post Office Limited

Parkdean Resorts

Water UK

ACCA

The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery

Telefónica UK Limited (O2)

Horserace Betting Levy Board

Work highlights

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Charles Brasted

Other key lawyers:

Julia Marlow; Andrew Eaton; Robert Gardener; Dervla Simm

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Intellectually brilliant, creative and masses of experience. All members of the team contribute intellectually – nobody is afraid to speak up on the issues.’

‘Charles Brasted: a superb public lawyer with tremendous personal charm and legal creativity. Julia Marlow: a star destined for a leading role in the partnership.’

‘Deep understanding of the political nuances, ability to embed their legal knowledge in the practical realities of the business world.’

‘Charles Brasted is peerless.’

‘Charles Brasted is a superb strategist who critically considers all angles. Julia Marlow is extremely sharp and it’s in her nature to get right into the detail of a client’s business. Dervla Simm is an intellectual star.’

Key clients

Uber

Google

Ofgem

The UK Gambling Commission

London Metal Exchange

Justice for Jasmine

Euroclear UK & International

Manchester Airports Group

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Crown Estate

Airbnb

Patchwork Foundation

Biggin Hill

NATS

Work highlights

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

Kingsley Napley LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Sophie Kemp

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘The stand out partner is Nick Wrightson. A superstar in the making. Great diligence and intellect with careful client skills.’

‘Sophie Kemp and Nick De Mulder are both well-informed, enthusiastic and engaged.’

‘The public law team at KN are exceptional. They are clever, pragmatic, reassuring and approachable.’

‘Sophie Kemp is a trusted advisor. Her advice is tailored to her clients’ needs and is always first rate. She is supportive, approachable and a delight to work with. You feel confident with her in your corner.’

‘Nick Wrightson is extremely intelligent. Deeply committed to clients, who love him. A pleasure to deal with, including in long, difficult, high-pressure cases, at which he excels.’

Key clients

University of Cambridge

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Payment Systems Regulator

The Labour Party

Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

18 former employees of the London Fire Brigade

Clandeboye Agencies Limited

Arron Banks

Roman Catholic Church organisations

Free Speech Union

Dr David Bell

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

Work highlights

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

Leigh Day

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

Practice head(s):

Jamie Beagent

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Tessa Gregory is a force of nature. Strong, composed and articulate, she is a great lawyer and a great advocate for her clients.’

‘Waleed Sheikh – very experienced, calm, capable, knowledgeable. Stephanie Hill – sharp, tenacious, knowledgable.’

‘Courage combined with tactical know-how, solid resourcing and heft of broad and deep experience in claimant work – shrugs off government sniping and press criticism in pursuit of justice.’

‘Amazingly dedicated and creative in their work, driven and very client focused. Thorough and with an excellent eye for strategy.’

‘Tessa Gregory – superb lawyer, brilliant with clients, pleasure to work with, incredibly thorough with endless energy.’

Key clients

Freedom From Torture

Wild Justice

UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights

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

Campaign Against Arms Trade

John’s Campaign

Open Rights Group

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Cycling UK

Over 320 Core Participants in the Infected Blood Inquiry

Work highlights

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

Addleshaw Goddard

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

Practice head(s):

Bill Gilliam; Simon Kamstra; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Department for Transport

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Scottish and Southern Energy plc (“SSE”)

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

United Utilities plc

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

Microgeneration Certification Standards Board

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

McKesson UK / Lloydspharmacy

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (“CMAL”)

Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (“HIAL”)

SGN plc

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

Aldi Stores Limited

Work highlights

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

Baker McKenzie

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

Practice head(s):

Joanna Ludlam

Other key lawyers:

Yindi Gesinde; Nadia Banno

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Joanna Ludlam has significant public inquiry involvement.’

‘Nadia Banno provides a fantastic service with a real commitment to our work and first class technical capability.’

‘Really excellent associates and senior associates. Knowledgeable, efficient, experienced, great work product. Among the best I’ve worked with.’

‘They are always responsive, often on tight deadlines, including weekends. They provide their service to us pro bono, but we always feel like a top priority. The research is prompt, well drafted and clearly articulated. They serve as our solicitors and have gotten on well with all the various barristers and met all procedural requirements, including in international jurisdictions, including the European Court of Justice.’

‘We work with Yindi Gesinde and her team. I find her without fail to be responsive, accessible and bright. She is both professional and lovely to deal with in respect to both litigation and legal research. We are both delighted with the work product received over the years and the relationship.’

Key clients

Good Law Project

Work highlights

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

Bates Wells

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

Other key lawyers:

Claire Whittle; Alistair Williams; Emma Ainsley

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Emma Ainsley has been stand-out in terms of her efficiency and being totally on top of all the documentation, timetabling and more general organisation to ensure that the case at hand is presented to the tribunal in the most professional manner.’

‘We like their expertise in this area of the law very much; and we would add that we like the way that they go above and beyond in understanding our very specific legal concerns, and our slightly quirky modus operandi.’

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

Social Work England

National Audit Office

Advertising Standards Authority

The Royal Parks

Architects Registration Board

Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman

Local Government Ombudsman

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

The Portman Group

Airport Coordination Ltd

Royal College of Nursing

AQA

Wales Audit Office

British Council

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Compliance Officer

Work highlights

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

Bevan Brittan LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Virginia Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Marchant; Olivia Carter; Amy Tschobotko; Melanie Carter

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘I think that what makes the firm unique is its positioning as a full-service law firm to public sector clients (and others), so that public sector and public and administrative law knowledge and considerations permeate and underpin how its lawyers approach advising their clients across all its various disciplines, rather than public and administrative law being a stand-alone, potentially siloed discipline, apart from others.’

‘There is a combination of commerciality with a pervasive understanding of public sector and public and administrative law concerns across disciplines, so that I have a sense that the lawyers we work with both really understand us and can provide advice which is commercially aware, whilst also being in line with public law principles.’

‘Olivia Carter – excellent to work with, really wants to get to know and understand the client, highly responsive and superb tactical awareness. A real star!’

‘Melanie Carter is undoubtedly a stand-out in terms of her commitment and legal creativity and resourcefulness when it comes to thinking anew about difficult questions of law.’

‘Melanie Carter is a very good communicator, with Olympic-standard expertise in public law. In whatever case we instruct her, she is totally focused on the best outcome. It is very reassuring when someone at the top of their game, as Melanie is, is so able to make complex matters relatively easy for their client to understand.’

Key clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

NHS England and NHS Improvement

Financial Conduct Authority

University of Oxford

Local Government Association

Kent County Council

Historic England / English Heritage

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

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

Bhatt Murphy

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

Other key lawyers:

Janet Farrell; Jane Ryan; Michael Oswald

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘The team at Bhatt Murphy are highly experienced, capable and committed. They really excel in having a broad range of team members working on all areas of public law. They are rightly well-regarded for their diligence and client care.’

‘Bhatt Murphy were extremely supportive, un-judgemental and passionate about protecting my human rights. They were extremely down to earth and less intimidating or formal than other lawyers, whilst still remaining extremely professional and knowledgeable about the law.’

‘Michael Oswald was extremely efficient, patient, lucid and passionate, whilst managing my expectations (which ultimately were exceeded hugely). I could not be more grateful to them for taking on this case and winning.’

‘Meticulous, intelligent, brilliant at what they do. Very professional and personal at the same time. Never felt nervous in any of my dealings with the firm.’

Work highlights

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

Clifford Chance LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Dean; Elizabeth Morony

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Carroll

Testimonials

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

‘Oliver Carroll is a pleasure to deal with.’

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

‘Led by the technically expert, easy to work with and outcomes-focused Andrew Dean, they have given us an edge which has on more than one occasion been the decisive factor in enabling us to reach our goals.’

‘We instructed Clifford Chance to advise on a complex, difficult and novel public procurement matter which raised many unusual issues. Based on past experience of working with Andrew Dean and other leading public law and public procurement lawyers, Andrew was the obvious stand-out choice for this unique and challenging matter. He repaid our trust in him fully by delivering exactly what we needed (whether we knew we needed it or not), when we needed it.’

‘This is a package which is not easy to find. While there are other technically able and commercially skilled practitioners, Andrew Dean has the additional unique and invaluable insight from his years in-house advising the most senior stakeholders in central government bodies and procurement authorities on both tactical and strategic issues in relation to some of their biggest headaches, making him the number one go-to adviser for public law and procurement matters which are difficult, complicated or critical.’

‘The team at CC are responsive and fantastic at coming up with robust and innovative legal arguments. They are able to collaborate across an unusual team build up including NGOs, solicitors in other jurisdictions, significant legal input from our in-house team and counsel.’

‘Oliver Carroll has led our matter with little partner input and he stands out as an associate with legal insights and strategy beyond his years PQE.’

Key clients

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

UK Government Investments

Department for Transport

Christie Elan-Cane – X Passports

The Lifescape Project

HM Treasury

Department of Health and Social Care

Affinity – Military Flight Training System

Network Rail

Government Legal Department

UK Debt Management Office

UK Export Finance

EdF

Work highlights

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

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Mukhtiar Tanda; Kuljeet Gill; Huw Jones; Sarah Jones

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Mitchell; Alison Oldfield

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Combine strong technical expertise with approachability and positivity. They have strong lawyers for everything and are adept at making the right connections to give us timely advice at an acceptable cost. The people we work with are team players, both in terms of the way they work with their colleagues and the way they work with us.’

‘They appreciate the importance some issues have for us due to our particular sensitivities to public law challenges and tailor their team and approach accordingly.’

‘Alison Oldfield has become a trusted advisor. Clear-sighted about the litigation process and risks and with a well balanced understanding of our approach and interests.’

Key clients

Housing Ombudsman

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc (“EIO”)

The Haemophilia Society (“The Society”)

Telford & Wrekin Council

National Highways

MSA (Britain) Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

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

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Teaching Regulation Agency

Gold Jennings

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

Practice head(s):

Clare Jennings

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Gold; Rachel Etheridge

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Rachel Etheridge – work outstanding across the board: her legal work, her work on the evidence, and her tactical approach. She is committed to each case, and it was a joy to work with her. Prior to instructing counsel, Rachel had done a huge amount of work on the law, and we had complete trust in her legal analysis. She had also been very proactive in analysing the defendant’s policy position.’

‘Clare Jennings – is completely on top of the law and policy, and very actively engaged in the case.’

‘Gold Jennings have been simply phenomenal from start to finish. Everything was explained in detail, but in an understandable language. The level of professionalism and customer service is outstanding and advice and support was always available. I was handled with the utmost care and professionalism. My opinions were valued, my doubts were always reassured and the process was always explained. I was represented better than I could have ever imagined. If you need representation and want the best, you need Gold Jennings on your side.’

‘The team at Gold Jennings is absolutely amazing. Every person working there is professional, warm helpful, patient and made me feel comfortable. Clare Jennings went above and beyond, by not only being a dynamite solicitor, but also a very thoughtful counsellor listening to my anxieties and offering words of advice and comfort. I shall always say, “I had the best possible solicitor”.’

‘They are a great team that works collaboratively. They do have each others’ backs and are there to attend to needs immediately with or without the direct contact person.’

Work highlights

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

Mishcon de Reya LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Katy Colton

Other key lawyers:

James Libson; Maria Patsalos; Alexandra Agnew

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘The team provided outstanding pro bono support, without which we definitely would not have reached the positive outcome that was delivered. The team proposed creative and innovative solutions and explained these in a way that enabled the client to remain at the centre of the decision making process. Mishcon de Reya’s vast array of expertise enabled the team to draw upon other partners for advice which enabled quick decisions to be made effectively with outstanding legal support.’

‘I’ve worked with other firms who were much more bureaucratic and not as enjoyable to work with. The Mishcon team’s grasp of complex matters was apparent, and they just got on with the responsibilities they had.’

‘They are sharp, resourceful, competent and kind. I always felt they worked to the best of their ability and did it with a smile. It was honestly very refreshing compared to other firms I’ve worked with where they actually have been frosty.’

Key clients

Members of the Rohingya community

Ukraine Justice Alliance

Afghan judges

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

Jenny, The Accidental American (Mandatory Disclosure Regime case)

Stella Creasy MP

Black Justice Project

The Lifescape Project

One Young World and the Democracy and Culture Foundation

Climate Migration Project

Work highlights

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

BDB Pitmans

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

Practice head(s):

Matthew Smith

Other key lawyers:

Sinéad Lester; Richard Langley; Natasha Davis

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Sinead Lester is particularly impressive in the way she masters voluminous material in a major inquiry, marshalling the facts and issues with a laser focus. Her judgment on potential areas of legal challenge is superb. Natasha Davis combines exceptional intellectual rigour, diligence and good humour. Her attention to detail is second to none.’

‘The team is approachable, easy to deal with and tailored to individual needs without compromising on the quality of its lawyers and legal services. They have particular strengths in “people” cases.’

‘Sinead Lester has the ideal pairing of realism and commercial acumen alongside an understanding of people and what they want to get from a process.’

‘Natasha Davis is able to turn her hand to anything quickly. She has an amazing ability to manage her own case load whilst simultaneously being a valuable associate to partners working on other matters. She leads a team of junior lawyers naturally and effectively.’

‘Authoritative and knowledgeable – consistent team, always able to apply public law requirements to our specific circumstances and statutory position in a meaningful and helpful way.’

Key clients

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

Various former Detainee Custody Officers at Brook House Detention Centre

The Forde Inquiry

Natural Resources Wales

Financial Conduct Authority

AP Wireless (UK)

Clean Air Zone work for major cities throughout England

Manchester Ship Canal

Nuffield Health

Trinity House

Work highlights

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Alistair Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Devlin; Nico Tilche

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Excellent strategists and ability to think like the judge.’

‘Alastair Robertson – calm, measured, tactical.’

‘Very experienced and knowledgeable team.’

‘The team are willing to drop everything when a new instruction is sent over to them and will bend over backwards to help. They have taken the time to understand how we work as an organisation and factor that into the advice that they provide. They are always there for us when we need them.’

‘Nico Tilche is very approachable and always available whenever we need.’

‘The team’s knowledge of not only us as a client, but the law in this area is outstanding.’

Key clients

NHS England & Improvement

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Government Legal Department

Nursing & Midwifery Council

UK Research and Innovation

Royal College of Physicians

Association of British Insurers

Information Commissioner’s Office

Post Office

NHS Digital

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Health Research Authority

NHS England & Improvement

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Government Legal Department

Nursing & Midwifery Council

UK Research and Innovation

Royal College of Physicians

Association of British Insurers

Information Commissioner’s Office

Post Office

NHS Digital

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Health Research Authority

Work highlights

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

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

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

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘They stand out because of their extraordinary commitment to their clients. They give vulnerable individuals a voice they may otherwise lack, and as a result, they succeeds in winning the cases of clients where others may not. Their dedication to their clients is unflinching.’

‘Bahar Ata has an expert eye for spotting the winnable issues in unattractive cases. She is brilliant, inspired, energetic and compassionate, but she is also safe and reliable.’

‘The teams led by Toufique Hossain and James Packer are exceptional in ability and reach. Bahar Ata has great experience in asylum cases including the most complex.’

‘We make a lot of referrals to this team, especially knowledgeable on detention work and challenges related to immigration detention. They are also very keen to do strategic work in this area and we regularly partner on challenges together.’

‘Duncan Lewis in London have many very fine lawyers. James Packer is an outstanding public lawyer formidable in negotiation and a tour de force as an advocate in his own right.’

Work highlights

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

Hickman & Rose

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

Practice head(s):

Daniel Machover

Other key lawyers:

Kate Maynard; Helen Stone; Stefano Ruis

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Daniel Machover is at the top of his field – he has comprehensive legal knowledge of police, inquests and public law, has brilliant analytical skills, and is wonderful to work with. Helen Stone is a brilliant solicitor who is razor sharp and thorough, quickly masters the key points in a case, and is very thoughtful and attentive with clients.’

‘Excellent team: undertakes work in the civil liberties sphere with the quality of a large City firm.’

‘The team is lead by exceptionally dedicated, experienced and intelligent lawyers. Daniel Machover, Helen Stone and Kate Maynard are leading lawyers in inquest law and representing bereaved families. They work tirelessly and innovatively to ensure the best outcomes for their clients and regularly achieve incredible results. I have never had a client unhappy with the service from this team who take on the biggest fights to achieve accountability and justice for their clients.’

‘Hickman & Rose quietly achieve the most magnificent results for their clients.’

‘Kate Maynard is amazing. Quite remarkable. Stefano Ruis is a delight to work for – excellent judgment and immaculate paperwork.’

Work highlights

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

Hodge Jones & Allen

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

Practice head(s):

Susie Labinjoh

Other key lawyers:

Jocelyn Cockburn; Sasha Barton; Alice Hardy

Testimonials

‘Excellent in all areas.’

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

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

‘Alice Hardy and Sasha Barton stand out for their incredible attention to detail. Susie Labinjoh stands out for her strategic insight and calm approach.’

‘Jocelyn Cockburn is a leading solicitor in public and police law, who has a brilliant record in bringing important public interest cases, and who has meticulous preparation.’

‘The team has an excellent reputation in administrative and public law and assists clients to bring a wide range of challenges. There is good crossover between their public law and civil liberties work, which enables the team to provide a full, high quality service to their clients.’

Key clients

Core participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Extinction Rebellion

Kings College London

PHLL

Undercover Policing Inquiry – International Solidarity Movement and Others

Neville Lawrence

Work highlights

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

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Studdert; Rebecca Chapman; Oliver Carter

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Oliver Studdert is a fantastic public law partner. He is legally and strategically brilliant. He gives time to his cases and is available to thrash out ideas to ensure that all options have been considered and the best course for the client determined. He is also compassionate and has a wonderful manner with clients. My go to public law partner.’

‘Each member of this team brings a different style and expertise which gives this team a real breadth of coverage.’

‘They have handled the matter in a very clear and comprehensive way with compassion. They keep us informed of all developments and are always on hand to respond to us whenever we have needed to discuss any issue. I am extremely pleased with the service provided. We feel we are always in great hands and have received excellent service at all times.’

‘Oliver Studdert is an excellent partner in the firm. He is extremely passionate, diligent and trustworthy. We have found him to be someone with the highest level of integrity and excellent command of the law and someone who is extremely thorough, honest and very measured in all that he does. I cannot overstate the high regard we hold him in and he has proved that to be justified time and time again. We could not expect anymore from our legal representative.’

Work highlights

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

Linklaters LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Tom Cassels

Other key lawyers:

Jacqueline Chaplin; James Phoenix

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘The team at Linklaters provide a first class service. I was particularly impressed with the combination of commercial acumen and sector specific specialisms they are able to bring to the table, making it a rounded offering.’

‘Tom Cassels, Jacqueline Chaplin and James Phoenix deserve particular credit. Tom Cassels has superb strategic vision and tactical nous. Jacqueline Chaplin is a gifted lawyer. James Phoenix has fantastic technical ability.’

‘Strong team led by the very able Tom Cassels.’

Key clients

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK)

JD Sports

The Department for Transport

Medical Protection Society

Ola UK Private Limited

Experian Limited

Stonewall and LGBT Foundation

Privacy International

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

Hg Capital LLP

Shawbrook Bank Limited

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

Camelot UK Lotteries Limited

Work highlights

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

Osbornes

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

Practice head(s):

William Ford

Other key lawyers:

Alex McMahon; Edward Taylor

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Edward Taylor works to an exceptionally high standard throughout every stage of the legal process. He is very good at explaining technical legal points to clients and exploring the best evidence for the particular context.’

‘I have worked with Osbornes on judicial reviews, in which they have an excellent reputation.’

‘The administrative and public law team at Osbornes are highly experienced with a consistently high standard of work. They have tackled some of the most important recent public law cases involving housing and social welfare issues.’

‘I have nothing but praise for Osbornes Law. They provide an excellent client centered service. I would not hesitate to recommend them. A client would be in very safe hands with them.’

‘Edward Taylor is an exceptional advocate. He has represented many of our clients and he is outstanding. He has a clear focus on the individual person he is representing, adapting his communication approach to meet their needs, and he strives to ensure that they understand the complex issues at stake and can engage meaningfully in any process. He combines this with a sharp mind, very hard work, and a comprehensive understanding of the wider issues at stake.’

Simpson Millar LLP

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

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Silvia Nicolaou Garcia

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Victoria Pogge von Strandmann is an outstanding partner who is ever a calm head in the most urgent and complex of cases. She is brilliant in tricky claims that others may shy away from, and is strategic, collaborative and highly knowledgeable.’

‘They are experts in their field and offer specialist help to bereaved families to seek justice for their loved ones. They are approachable, they listen and they will do their best to help. They do this even when the families are not eligible for funding and cannot pay.’

‘Simpson Millar are dedicated to representing the most vulnerable in society, in particular minors and victims of trafficking. They bring a tremendous level of commitment and dedication to every case, which is frequently noted by the court. They are strong in bringing strategic challenges, but never lose sight of the fact that there is a client at the heart of every case.’

‘An excellent team of partners, solicitors and paralegals. There is a trauma-informed culture within the team that allows them to work very effectively with vulnerable clients, including traumatised children. They cover a range of complex issues that require a skilled approach.’

‘Silvia Nicolaou Garcia – an outstanding lawyer, particularly strong on trafficking cases. Fearlessly advocates for her clients and achieves excellent outcomes as a result.’

Work highlights

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

Allen & Overy LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Denny

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Townsend; Maeve Hanna

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘As a team they know the law inside out. They also take the time to get to know your business inside out, so that the advice they give always has that solid business knowledge backing to it. The advice and overall service is exceptional.’

‘Andrew Denny is always steps ahead when considering the impact of developing issues in a case. Maeve Hanna is always strong at recollecting all the details of a case and how they may impact.’

‘The team at Allen & Overy are incredibly bright and intelligent. You are instantly aware that you are in the presence of great minds capable of solving the most complex of problems. This team have also kindly agreed to take on this high profile international public law matter on a pro bono basis but the devotion to detail and time spent is above and beyond. They are incredibly attentive, super responsive and solutions focused. Far and above anything I have ever experienced as an experienced consumer of professional legal services.’

‘Andrew Denny – sharp mind and a great listener. A deep thinker who assimilates enormous amounts of detail quickly and is always focused on finding a solution.’

‘Maeve Hanna is an incredibly talented litigator who rolls her sleeves up and lets nothing get in her way of finding a resolution to complex problems.’

Key clients

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Hitachi Rail Limited and Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Scottish Power (SP Energy Networks)

Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles

CMS

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

Practice head(s):

Dan Tench

Other key lawyers:

Tamsin Blow; Omar Qureshi; Gowri Chandrashekar

Testimonials

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

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

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

 

Key clients

Utilita Energy Limited

Cadent Gas Limited

Walleys Quarry Limited

Teva Europe

GVC Services Limited

Gravis Capital Management

Northern Ireland Water Limited

Work highlights

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

DLA Piper

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

Practice head(s):

Emma Dowden-Teale

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Blunden; George McLellan

Testimonials

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

‘Jonathan Blunden is excellent with public sector clients. George McLellan is also a very hard-working and thoughtful figure, really impressive to work with.’

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

‘George McLellan: Hot on the law, highly responsive, and a sound tactician.’

‘DLA have a team who are highly experienced in government, healthcare, inquiries and related fields. Many of their team have first hand experience in government – and they therefore have a unique understanding of client needs.’

‘Jonathan Blunden stands out as a star individual. He dealt with many of the major Covid-19 judicial reviews for government. He is exceptional – highly intellectual whilst also very good at client care.’

‘DLA’s ability to mobilise multiple teams with different expertise to promptly turn around our requests for advice was hugely appreciated. This was instrumental to the timely delivery of our work programme.’

‘George McLellan – enthusiastic and excellent lawyer.’

Key clients

The UK Health Security Agency

Department of Health and Social Care

Kellogg Company

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

NHS Digital

Public Law Project

Velindre NHS Trust

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Electronic Collar Manufacturer Association and Petsafe Limited

Usforthem

Work highlights

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

Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Anne-Marie Irwin; Alex Rook; Polly Sweeney

Other key lawyers:

Alice Cullingworth; James Betts

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Polly Sweeney is top notch – experienced, knowledgeable, strategic and very thorough and precise in her work. Also compassionate and excellent with clients.’

‘The team is top notch, with real experts in their fields. Casework is carried out thoroughly and with care. The expertise of the team shines through, as they identify angles that others might miss. The approach is holistic.’

‘Polly Sweeney is a top notch solicitor in the education law field. She is an expert in the field, with encyclopaedic knowledge. She is strategic. She is compassionate and has excellent client care skills.’

‘RIS is a relatively new firm but the partners are some of the best in the country at what they do. They are able to provide a responsive and bespoke service. They work collaboratively with other professionals and are experts in their respective fields.’

Key clients

Gendered Intelligence

Good Law Project Limited

EveryDoctor

The Runnymede Trust

The Endocrine Society

Russell-Cooke LLP

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

Practice head(s):

John Gould

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Lauren Cormack is very knowledgeable with a good eye for detail.’

‘A young and very committed group of highly determined and intelligent lawyers. Fantastic to work with.’

‘Extremely professional, with deep knowledge in the area which I hired them to help me with. Very committed with excellent contacts to professionals outside of the practice to help with the case (used the services of an exceptional barrister).’

‘John Webster. Very dedicated to the case. Extremely knowledgeable. Was always very flexible to accommodate my busy schedule, which included calls out of normal office hours. Always made sure to respond as soon as possible to inquiries or requests. Always made sure to guide in the correct direction trying to take out the emotional side in my decision making.’

‘Michael Stacey is outstanding. Not only does he go above and beyond for clients, responding to urgent matters on evenings and weekends, but he also brings a wide range of cross-sector experience that is particularly useful in complex cases. His work is always of the highest standard and he listens carefully to clients working closely with them to understand their individual needs.’

Key clients

Core Participants in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

CILEx Regulation Limited

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Triplerose Limited

Authentic Equity Alliance

Borough Market

Work highlights

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

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Lucy James; Scott Dorling; Helen Randall

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Individuals at Trowers are all of a very high calibre.  What makes them stand out is the consistency and quality of their advice, their flexibility and willingness/ability to problem solve, and their responsiveness to the client.’

‘Excellent at identifying and reacting to our needs.’

‘They are proactive.’

Key clients

Central Bedfordshire Council

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

Powerrapid Limited v Harlow District Council

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

Westminster City Council

Stoke on Trent City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

London Borough of Hillingdon

Warwickshire County Council

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

Browne Jacobson LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Barlow; Laura Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Ros Foster; Ben Standing; Victoria Searle

Testimonials

‘Victoria Searle – highly recommended.’

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

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

Key clients

Welsh Government

Independent Monitoring Authority for Citizens Rights

Qualification Wales

Natural England

Coal Authority

Canal and Rivers Trust

Marine Management Organisation

Natural Resources Wales

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

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

NHS England and Improvement

Professional Standards Authority

Sports England

UK Sport

London Borough of Croydon

Lawyers in Local Government (Wales)

Thanet District Council

Various CCG’s

Money and Pensions Service

Environment Agency

Work highlights

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

Capsticks LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Peter Edwards; Ian Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Georgia Ford; Serena Patel

Testimonials

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

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

‘Exceptional knowledge, experience, judgment and wisdom.’

‘Peter Edwards – outstanding. Highly effective negotiator and litigator.’

 

Key clients

NHS Kent and Medway CCG

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS Lincolnshire CCG

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

NHS Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

NHS Oxfordshire CCG

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS South West London CCG

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

NHS South East London CCG

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Bar Standards Board

General Chiropractic Council

General Pharmaceutical Council

Work highlights

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

Dentons

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

Practice head(s):

Catherine Bingham; Christopher McGee-Osborne

Other key lawyers:

Richard Caird; Katharine Harle

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

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

Cabinet Office

Ministry of Defence

Ofgem

Ofwat

Network Rail

DEFRA

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Diagnostics.ai Ltd

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Scottish National Investment Bank

Department for Education

FCDO

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Transport for London

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

UK National Infrastructure Bank

Glasgow Prestwick Airport Limited

Work highlights

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

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

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

Practice head(s):

Philip Rocher

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Doris

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

Human Dignity Trust

Walmart/Asda

Panel on Takeovers and Mergers

Facebook

UBS AG

Koza Ipek Group

Accenture

William Hill plc

AVEVA plc

Thomson Reuters Foundation and Richard Ratcliffe

Forensic News LLC

Innospec plc

TotalEnergies

Compagnie Saint-Gobain

Anglo American plc

Marsh McLennan

ITN Solicitors

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

Practice head(s):

Lochlinn Parker; William Kenyon

Testimonials

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

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

Work highlights

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

Stephenson Harwood

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

Practice head(s):

Sean Jeffrey

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Ryanair DAC

Arriva Rail East Midlands Limited

Bank Saderat Plc

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

North London Waste Authority

Bank Sepah International Plc

CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)

United Kingdom Accreditation Service

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

Work highlights

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

TV Edwards LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Jacky Starling

Other key lawyers:

Monica Kreel; Jenny Mansell; Katie Brown

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Katie Brown and Jenny Mansell – their knowledge is very impressive, as is the standard of their work. They are extremely dedicated and skilled at handling very vulnerable, and often difficult, clients.’

‘Jenny Mansell is an excellent solicitor and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Monica Kreel’s good judgment, drawn from extensive experience in the field, made an invaluable contribution.’

‘The public law team have been person centered, ensuring that information is explained to clients clearly and in a format they understand. The team have ensured to use interpreters, they have also shown awareness of cultural needs. The team have shown compassion and worked in a timely manner, ensuring good outcomes for the client.’

‘TV Edwards is an inner London firm, serving a culturally diverse community, with high levels of social deprivation, including acute housing problems. This is predominantly public funding work, so the firm receives minimal remuneration, despite which they are committed to assisting and representing clients in the pursuit of their public and administrative law rights.’

Wilson Solicitors LLP

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

Practice head(s):

James Elliott

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Nusrat Uddin is highly intelligent and very committed, with excellent contacts amongst NGOs in the UK and abroad.’

‘The public law team at Wilson are at the top of their game and manage to strike that balance between through preparation of cases and ensuring a focus on the relevant legal issues.’

‘Rebecca Ives is careful, conscientious and has a real ability to put her clients’ interests at the forefront of every issue.’

‘Commitment to clients. Excellence in provision of legal services. Attention to detail.’

‘A really excellent public law team, with a strong immigration emphasis.’

Work highlights

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

Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Andrew Brookes

Other key lawyers:

Giles Peaker

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘I strongly believe the individuals on the team genuinely cared about getting to the best possible outcome. In particular, Andrew Brookes has showed exceptional care, knowledge and commitment and truly is a credit to the firm. He is able to both challenge perspectives, but also throw his weight in support of our own perspective. He is incredibly authentic and knowledgeable, which makes him a pleasure to work with. In addition, he has shown a level of consistency to the cause over an extended period of time and has proven to be someone I genuinely trust.’

Key clients

Safer Renting CIC

Work highlights

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

Burges Salmon LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Gary Soloman; John Houlden

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Ramus; Marcus Harling; Ian Tucker

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Leading health and safety team with considerable expertise and experience in public law and inquests. Excellent lawyers with exceptional industry knowledge and insight, backed up with superb organisation and hard work.’

‘First-class teamwork with strength and depth at all levels. I can’t recommend them highly enough. All of the lawyers I have worked with are smart, hardworking, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘This practice is very professional and is willing and able to respond to our legal needs. They are empathetic and have the skills as a team to support us in all aspects of legal advice.’

‘The public law work done by Burges Salmon is an excellent addition to their health and safety, and environment enforcement work. This means that clients facing regulatory investigations are able to use the same team to bring judicial review proceedings in appropriate cases. The team is very bright and has an unparalleled attention to detail. The sensible advice they give is both commercial and practical.’

Key clients

UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

Bristol City Council

The Department for Education

North Somerset Council

Isle of Anglesey County Council

Torbay Borough Council

The Rourke Family

Work highlights

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

Hill Dickinson LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Emma Stockwell; Kiran Bhogal

Other key lawyers:

Emma Galland; Julie Ford

Testimonials

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

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

‘We work closely with Kiran Bhogal and Julie Ford. They are both great- they make things easy and just get to the heart of the matter quickly.’

Key clients

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Practice Plus Group

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

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Health Education England

NHS North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group

Work highlights

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

RPC

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

Practice head(s):

Adam Craggs

Other key lawyers:

Robert Waterson

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge. Very client friendly.’

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

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

‘The individuals engaged with our legal case were supportive, friendly, professional, knowledgeable and hard working. I could not have asked for better support.’

‘There is a huge depth of knowledge in relation to dealings with HMRC and their practices and policies. The practical knowledge from having also dealt with a large number of public law cases involving HMRC means that they are live to the peculiaries which confront clients when tax and adminstrative law meet. That allows issues to be addressd in an effective and efficient manner focussing on the points of real importance.’

‘Adam Craggs is hugely impressive in his knowledge and experience of dealing with HMRC.’

‘The team is very experienced and knowledgeable of both regulated and non-regulated sectors which is key to our organisation as we operate in both environments.’

Key clients

Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation

Metropolitan International Schools Limited

Newcastle United Football Company Limited

Stephen Hoey and others

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Dr Simon Emblin and others

News Group Newspapers Limited

Full Circle Asset Management Limited

M J W Asbestos Removal and Re-Insulation Services Limited

Castco Testing Centre Limited

News Media Association

Oleg Deripaska/Filatona Trading Limited

Work highlights

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

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP 'draws on a long and well-deserved reputation for having the best and most informed local government law knowledge' to expertly represent a client base consisting predominantly of such institutions in complex judicial reviews. Alastair Lewis brings a 'practical, problem-solving approach' to the team, while William Rose 'has an encyclopaedic grasp of procedure'.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Mari Roberts; William Rose; Simon Kiely

Testimonials

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

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

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

‘Sharpe Pritchard love what they do, and it shows in the quality of their work. Their demonstrable commitment to the cause makes them a pleasure to work with, as well as being highly effective. They also have considerable technical expertise and a wealth of experience to draw on.’

‘Alastair Lewis allies a practical, problem-solving approach to an exceptional knowledge of the law.’

‘The team at Sharpe Pritchard draws on a long and well-deserved reputation for having the best and most informed local government law knowledge. It is their practical knowledge of procedure which probably sets them apart and in front of other firms in this field of law.’

‘William Rose has an encyclopaedic grasp of procedure and of the relevant law. He can answer questions or give advice that other solicitors can’t because they do not have his experience and coal-face judgement. He is approachable and gives prudent palatable guidance to clients.’

Key clients

London Borough of Newham

Northamptonshire County Council and West Northamptonshire Council

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Pubs Code Adjudicator

A local authority

One Chiswick Ltd

The National Trust

Chelmsford City Council

Braintree District Council

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Weightmans LLP

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

Practice head(s):

Martin Forshaw; Hannah Walsh; Martin English

Other key lawyers:

Simon Cheverst

Testimonials

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

‘Bright, committed and personable.’

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

‘Excellent team with good skills and knowledge.’

‘They go the extra mile and then some. An exceptional work ethic and outstanding legal knowledge.’

‘Martin English – what a great lawyer. A bright and knowledgable individual whose commitment to his clients is unparalleled.’

‘A pool of talented lawyers and advocates on whom I can always rely for quality legal support and advice. They are down to earth, approachable and work collaboratively and in partnership with their clients. To me the team stands apart from other teams in the same market space and they are always my first choice.’

‘Martin English is a leading layer in the field of public inquires and inquest work. He is recommended for his calm, clear, insightful advice in complicated and technical inquests and inquiries. He is great to work with and is very client focused providing in depth support and knowledge.’

Key clients

NHS Blood & Transplant

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

NHS Resolution

Telford & Wrekin Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Surrey Council

Sheffield City Council

Surrey Police

Sussex Police

The Metropolitan Police Service

Work highlights

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