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Public Law and Judicial Review

Judicial review is a unique type of litigation which focuses on lawful, fair, rational and proportionate decision making. Those who exercise public functions need always to keep in mind the potential to be challenged and the need to minimise the risks through proper consultation and fair and reasoned decision making.

For those entities impacted by such decisions there can be opportunities to remind decision makers of their duties. It can be important to consider the option of judicial review promptly and to explore whether pre-action correspondence can resolve issues or the impact.


Notable deals and highlights

  • We defended a public authority in the Administrative Court and Court of appeal in relation to its new website and decisions it had taken about how information about its regulated community would be displayed to the public.  Alongside the litigation we supported the consultation stages and helped with the preparation of Board papers for decision making.
  • We resisted a number of challenges to a £200m annual industry levy, helping our client to retain industry confidence at a time when it faced skills and numbers shortages.
  • We defended the FCA PPI deadline, securing crucial regulatory outcomes at speed to enable the PPI redress scheme to an orderly conclusion.
  • We successfully supported the Birmingham Coroner's decision as to the scope of the inquest for the Birmingham Pub Bombings 
  • We intervened in Supreme Court on behalf of a regulator who had an interest in a case that considered the relative roles of employment tribunals and judicial reviews against regulatory decisions involving discrimination claims.