Many of our commercial clients have dealings with public bodies or, increasingly, private sector organisations retained to provide public services.
These organisations must ensure that they conform to high standards of public administration and governance. For example, a public body must act reasonably and fairly in its decision-making processes, or may have a duty to consult.
Our Public Law Litigation and Advisory Group advises both public bodies and commercial clients on alleged breaches of public law rights and duties.
We routinely advise clients on challenges to procurement decisions taken by public bodies across a wide range of commercial sectors and also advise on State Aid. We handle judicial reviews across all sectors including tax, planning and environmental disputes.
We advise on a varied range of general public law and regulatory issues including:
- funding in the healthcare sector
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
- customer discrimination claims
- police and crime commissioner powers (PCC).
The court’s jurisdiction to review the conduct of public and quasi public bodies is often underestimated. We have considerable experience of exploiting the innovative and increasingly used remedy of judicial review. In common with many other public law remedies tight deadlines apply.
Both our principal contacts are solicitor advocates and keenly appreciate the importance of preparing a case for presentation in court. However, we also appreciate the need to identify and secure pragmatic, commercial solutions, whenever possible.