Public Law Challenges

Public law permits a challenge to decisions and policies of government and other public bodies on the grounds that they are unlawful or irrational.  The most common challenge is by way of judicial review, although public law issues may also be pursued through claims for damages, inquest verdicts, Ombudsman and complaints schemes and public inquiries.

Our particular expertise relates to legal challenges to the operation of the Criminal Justice System.  We have extensive experience in seeking judicial review against the Home Office and Ministry of Justice as well as other government departments.  We frequently seek review of Police and other investigative agencies.

We deal with such cases speedily and robustly so that many of them are resolved at the pre-action stage.

Areas where our expertise is relevant include:

  • Unlawful searches of homes and business premises
  • Unlawful arrest and detention
  • Disclosure and Barring Service record retention and disclosure
  • Inadequate investigations and inquiries into deaths in custody
  • Failures to oversee by the IOPC
  • Decisions on investigation or prosecution
  • Cautions
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Compensation for miscarriages of justice

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