Public Law and Human Rights
A number of members of chambers are experienced in various fields of administrative and public law, and this is a growing area of work within chambers. Our members include present and former members of all Treasury Panels. In addition to government departments, clients include local authorities and other public bodies, as well as individuals and companies challenging executive action.
Examples of recent work in this area include:
- Successful appeal against the Electoral Commission in the Supreme Court concerning the proper interpretation of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.
- Proceedings brought by a disappointed complainant against the Legal Services Ombudsman.
- Judicial review of the Financial Services Ombudsman.
- Claim concerning the compensation scheme set up for those suffering from variant CJD.
- Defending a number of different coroners in the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal against challenges to their inquiries and conclusions.
- Defending judicial review claims based on immigration and nationality determinations.
- Successful judicial review of a wasted costs order on the basis of judicial bias.
Members of chambers have appeared in a number of high-profile inquiries and inquests, acting as counsel to the inquiry and as counsel for interested parties. These have included: the Billy Wright Murder Inquiry; the de Menezes Inquest; the Potters Bar Inquest; the Porton Down (nerve agent experiments) Inquest; the Neale Inquiry.
Human rights law is an important dimension of chambers’ main practice areas. Members of chambers have been involved in significant cases in the Supreme Court, House of Lords and Court of Appeal concerning the application of the ECHR. Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC is the General Editor and author of ‘Human Rights and Civil Practice’ (Sweet & Maxwell). Members of chambers contribute to Judicial Review.