The barristers within this team have broad experience in all aspects of UK administrative law and judicial review.

We act for claimants, public authorities and other defendants.

This level of experience ensures the smooth running of cases at every step, achieving the best possible outcome for the client.


The team of judicial review and public law barristers have particular expertise in areas of public law which relate to criminal process. This includes regular instruction in the area of prison law on issues arising in relation to judicial review and human rights claims including those on medical grounds, adjudications, parole board hearings, civil actions against the police and other detaining authorities, discrimination claims, inquests, data protection, freedom of information requests, clinical negligence and personal injury claims, and public inquiries.

The related judicial review work involves the full range of decision making issues arising within the prison estate including categorisation review, parole, Release on Temporary Licence (ROTLs), challenges to incorrect decisions, changing offending behaviour work, appeals against closed prison visits, transformation programmes, transfers within and out of prison, for example, to hospitals and resettlement.

Our barristers are also regularly instructed in cases dealing with challenges to the legality of police search warrants, arrests including those based on race, unlawful detention by the police, search and seizure order issues including those undertaken without a warrant and compensation.

The judicial review and public law barristers also represent parties in civil actions against the police and other institutional bodies including the CPS for false imprisonment, false accusations, false testimony, false arrest, detention, assault and battery, emotional abuse, domestic abuse, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, abuse of process and other abuses of power. This work ranges from High Court and County Court damages claims against the police, as well as appellate work and related judicial review claims.

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