Public law is at the forefront of all our work and one of the main tools that can be used to make the state and its tribunals more accountable and accessible.
We pursue public law challenges in all areas ranging through inquests, police complaints, immigration detention powers, prisoners’ rights, data retention and criminal appeals.
All of our lawyers have experience in pursuing public law challenges as this remedy is integral to all aspects of our work and the service we provide.
What is public law?
Public law allows the courts to review the actions and decisions taken by the state to ensure that they are lawful and that fair and appropriate procedures are followed.
The most common public law remedy is through judicial review, although challenges can also be pursued through declarations in claims for damages, inquest verdicts, Ombudsman and complaints schemes, public inquiries and the European Court on Human Rights.
The types of challenge that we have made for our clients include:
Challenges to legislation
This can ensure that new laws are interpreted and implemented so that they operate in accordance with fundamental human rights. We have challenged numerous laws including those relating to:
Entitlement to reasons
People should be given full and proper reasons for decisions that affect their rights. We have succeeded in achieving a right to properly reasoned decisions on behalf of:
We have challenged Coroners:
The investigation of police complaints raises many concerns and we have challenged:
Where victims of crime have concerns about how their cases have been handled by the police and the prosecuting authorities, we have represented people in challenges to:
The police make many decisions that impact on people's rights and we have acted in cases challenging:
We have represented NGOs and individuals in cases seeking to ensure control over the state's use of personal data before the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights.