Public Law

Public law concerns challenges to unlawful acts by public bodies – including local authorities, government departments and NHS bodies. 

Public Law Solicitors have extensive experience of challenging the unlawful actions of public bodies through judicial review in the High Court.  These cases often include the application of Human Rights law.  The following are examples of public law cases which we have undertaken:

  • Challenges to the lawfulness of the Treasury’s powers to freeze the assets of those suspected of terrorism and their families - M, A and MM -v- HM Treasury [2007] EWCA Civ 173 - on appeal to the House of Lords and referred to the ECJ;  HM Treasury -v- A,K,M,Q and G [2008] EWCA Civ 1187
  • A challenge to a decision to demolish large sections of a housing estate.
  • A challenge to a compulsory purchase order arising from a major city centre development
  • A challenge to the grant of an extended opening licence to a public house on the ground of neighbour nuisance -  R (on the application of Blackwood) v Birmingham Magistrates, Birmingham City Council & Mitchells & Butler Retail Leisure Ltd [2006] EWHC 1800 (Admin)
  • A challenge to the reduction in tenant representation on a board of the housing body which took over management of ex-council housing
  • A challenge to the refusal of an ombudsman to disclose complaints papers to the complainant 
  • NHS Trust’s failure to consult before changing residential provision for severely disabled adults
  • Requiring agreement to disclosure of personal information before allowing attendance on a course as part of a community sentence
  • A challenge to a council’s failure to arrange services for adults with learning disabilities leaving college
  • A challenge to information provided in a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) certificate A number of successful challenges to refusals to provide Gender Reassignment Treatment A challenge at a public inquiry to compulsory purchase orders being sought for the building of a inner city ring road
  • A challenge to the refusal to pay a Residence Order Allowance to a family member looking after a child where the mother was unable to do so
Alastair Wallace is cited by Chambers Directory as a leading practitioner in the fields of public law  and civil liberties and has been selected as a Legal Services Commission public law peer reviewer.

Karen Ashton is cited by Chambers Directory as a leading practitioner in the fileds of public law and civil liberties.