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Public & Administrative Law

State intervention in the economy is undoubtedly back, leading to the development of new forms of regulation, both at national and supranational levels

When a major government decision is made, public bodies and the private sector need a team who have been there before; a team that understands the needs and motivations of policymakers and business alike.

Our team has worked at the highest levels of government (Sir Jonathan Jones is the former head of the UK Government Legal Department and Dame Alison Saunders is the former Director of Public Prosecutions) and in businesses engaging with the state. We know how to challenge government decision-making when it goes wrong, and public bodies trust us to design robust policies and processes.

We have worked on the most complex and high-profile public law issues in Europe: judicial reviews, public procurements, public inquiries, subsidy control / State aid disputes, price control reviews and human rights cases. We appear before UK courts at all levels, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice and other international tribunals.

The breadth of our expertise is unmatched: public and private sector clients seek the firm’s expertise in all regulated sectors, in particular energy, financial services, tech, defence, infrastructure & transport, utilities, telecommunications, real estate, healthcare, gaming, and education.

We also know that the best way to resolve a dispute with government is before problems arise: we work hard for our clients in court, and we work just as hard to find solutions outside of it.

Key cases:
  • National Lottery litigation: representing the operator of the National Lottery, Camelot, in a challenge to the Gambling Commission’s decision on the competition for the fourth National Lottery Licence (described in the Court of Appeal as “the procurement case of the century”);
  • Quarantine regulations judicial review: representing three major airlines in their judicial review of government regulations mandating quarantine for all overseas arrivals regardless of their country of origin;
  • BBC: advising the BBC Trust on a range of public law matters and litigation over many years; - Government pandemic response: advising UK government departments on the design of various emergency responses to the pandemic and threatened litigation;
  • Ministry of Defence leasehold enfranchisement: representing Annington Homes and Terra Firma in a multi-billion pound judicial review over the property interests in almost 40,000 homes for Ministry of Defence personnel - Financial Ombudsman Service challenges: representing numerous banks in several high-profile judicial reviews of decisions of the Financial Ombudsman Service concerning PPI complaints, retail lending and point of sale finance;
  • 5G spectrum litigation: representing Hutchison 3G in the judicial review of Ofcom’s decision in the auction for licences allowing mobile companies to develop 5G services;

Notable Rankings:

Chambers 2023

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