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Deans Court Chambers is home to Michael Jones, who is particularly experienced cases involving or conducted in the British Overseas Territories, often acting against substantially more senior practitioners including as a junior alone against a silk.

At Doughty Street ChambersPaul Draycott recently represented a claimant in challenging a court fee charged by Liverpool County Court during a low-value personal injury claim, which had been overcharged by almost 50% and which may affect large numbers of similar claims.

Exchange Chambers' public law team is best known for its work on behalf of local authorities and other government bodies in challenges brought against their decisions. Of recent note, Louis Browne QC acted for the senior coroner in R (Hughes) v HM Coroner for Sefton, an application for judicial review of an inquest touching upon the death of a woman in a care home, which was brought by the family on grounds of irrationality and insufficient inquiry into the deceased's clinical care and the cause of death, with permission eventually being refused.

Garden Court North Chambers' public law team is one of the key players within the region, instructed on a wide range of judicial review matters. Particular focal areas for the set include changes to social security and benefits, human rights law, housing, prison law and community care. Recent highlights include successful Supreme Court case Samuels v Birmingham City Council, in which the court found that a person could not be treated as intentionally homeless if their previous eviction was because the level of state benefits rendered the previous property unaffordable - James Stark and Tom Royston represented the claimant. Additionally, Royston recently appeared as a led junior in both the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice, in Secretary of State for Work of Pensions v Gubeladze, and Prefeta v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions respectively- both cases concerned the welfare entitlements of EU citizens in the UK.

Members of Kings Chambers are instructed on a range of judicial review matters, as well as education and human rights law cases. Stephen Sauvain QC retired.

2019 silk Lorraine Cavanagh QC is the key figure for public law at St John's Buildings. She is particularly focused on judicial review and Human Rights Act claims brought on behalf of children and vulnerable adults.

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