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Judicial Review & Administrative Law

Our judicial review lawyers have a strong track record of successfully prosecuting and defending administrative law cases. Their significant experience of acting on both sides of the process means that they understand the importance and impact on stakeholders, particularly private industry, of decisions made by central government departments, local authorities, industry regulators and public institutions. This knowledge enables our lawyers to quickly assess the integrity of the processes by which a decision has been reached. They can advise on appropriate strategies by which affected stakeholders can urgently seek review of a decision or, as appropriate, on strategies to allow the decision-maker to robustly defend the fairness or lawfulness of steps taken.

We have specialist expertiese in the following areas:

  • public policy
  • universities and higher education
  • tax
  • planning and environment
  • infrastructure/projects
  • health & safety
  • commercial and competition
  • energy

Recent experience includes:

  • Representing Imperial Tobacco before the Supreme Court in relation to a challenge to proposed regulation by the Scottish Government, following the devolution of powers between Scotland and the UK
  • Successfully advising on the leading judicial review case of R v Rochdale MBC ex parte Tew and Others
  • Advising a UK nuclear company on securing access rights from Ofgem to land and sub-soil and applying for an access licence under the Electricity Act 1989 whilst ensuring that Ofgem's decision could not be subject to JR
  • Acting for our client, the Free Church Group, which was the subject of a judicial review from Bishop Lenley Newland and the Redemption Faith Assemblies UK, as an interested party, arising out of a decision not to admit the RFA as a member of the Free Church Group