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Legal 500 2016
Our public and regulatory team provides advice and advocacy on the full range of issues in this arena, including health and safety, environmental law and judicial review. We represent public bodies as well as individuals and their families.
Our public and regulatory team includes members of the Attorney General’s A and B panels, the former Counsel General to the National Assembly for Wales, as well as members of the Welsh Government panel. We are ranked in the legal directories in the areas of planning and environment law, police law, health and safety, inquests and inquiries.
We are available for urgent, out of hours applications.
Areas of expertise
Judicial review – members act in challenges concerning planning, education, housing, social care and immigration law. Members regularly appear in the Court of Protection, before the Court of Appeal and in challenges up to the Supreme Court. Members also act in national security matters before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.
Health and safety law – we provide advice and advocacy in both civil and criminal jurisdictions.
Environmental law – members of the team have particular expertise in relation to the waste and water industry including its criminal provisions and have appeared in some of the leading cases in this field. They regularly deal with cases involving environmental permits, flood defences and water extraction in both the criminal and civil courts including the Court of Appeal.
Regulatory law – we regularly act in internal disciplinary matters.
The public and regulatory law team act in matters ranging from judicial review to inquests and regulatory crime. Clients include private individuals, local and central government departments, public bodies, water companies, trade unions and private providers of public services.
Members of the regulatory law team sit on the Football Association’s Judicial Panel, the Licensing Appeal Panel of UEFA, act as a Chair of police disciplinary tribunals as well as a disciplinary assessor for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
In the coroners’ courts, chambers acts for public bodies including the prison service, hospitals and health trusts and police services, as well as families of the deceased.
Recent notable cases
- Grenfell Tower Inquiry We have been instructed to provide our expertise in this ongoing inquiry.
- Alexander Monson Inquest Death in Kenyan police station in 2012. We are advising in this ongoing inquest.
- Williams v London Borough of Hackney  3 W.L.R. 59 Duty to accommodate under section 20(1), Children Act 1989.
- Oldcorn v Southern Water  EWHC 15 TCC Flooding, duties of care and the defence in Marcic.
Meet the team
Public & regulatory news
Court of Appeal confirms that Turkish business people do not benefit from settlement under 1973 immigration rules
Soner Kotuk v Entry Clearance Officer, Warsaw  EWCA Civ 2850 In a judgment of 20 December the Court of Appeal confirmed that the “standstill clause” in the Additional Protocol to the EC-Turkey Association Agreement (“The Ankara Agreement”) did not apply to...read more
Richard recently appeared before the Trinidad Court of Appeal, representing a barrister in contempt proceedings and gave a lecture to the Law Association of Barbados on Updates in Commercial and Public Law Please follow the link for Richard's seminar notes...read more
Richard is conducting two significant cases before the Privy Council this month. On 30 October the Privy Council hears Maharj v A-G of Trinidad which concerns the system of appointing High Court judges in Trinidad. Section 110 of the Trinidad Constitution stipulates...read more
Judgment was handed down at the High Court in Manchester on Monday dismissing an appeal against a finding, as a preliminary issue, that Greater Manchester Police assumed responsibility for someone who subsequently took their own life following a 999 call. Mr Justice...read more