We advise clients on how and when to challenge the lawfulness of the decision of a public body. A public body’s decision can have a highly significant effect on the affairs of a business, an organisation, a group, or an individual. An application for judicial review may be appropriate where there is good reason to believe that a decision has not been made lawfully, fairly, rationally or proportionately, or if the public body is felt to have exceeded its rightful powers.

It is essential to act swiftly in judicial review matters, and our lawyers have the legal expertise and practical experience needed to help our clients determine whether a matter is suitable for judicial review, and then to develop and implement the strategy best suited to achieving our clients’ objectives.

Moreover, being a specialist disputes firm means that we rarely encounter the conflicts of interests that are an issue for many of the larger firms, which enables us to act against many public bodies, including regulatory bodies and government departments.

Cases of note

Acting in an application for judicial review of the decision of a Royal Charter regulatory body in respect of its decision making procedure affecting professional qualifications. The matter was settled prior to the hearing of the application, as the regulatory body agreed to re-consider its decision in accordance with proper procedure.

Acting for Justice in respect of its intervention in the House of Lords appeal in R (on the application of Corner House Research and others) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office. This was a judicial review of the decision by the Serious Fraud Office to halt investigations into alleged bribery on the part of BAE Systems Plc in respect of a Saudi arms deal.

Acting in judicial review proceedings related to the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service to consider complaints arising out of the conduct of banks in their approach to the implementation of the FCA review scheme for mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.