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Administrative & Public Law

18 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Offers first-class representation of government departments and both individual and business claimants in a plethora of public law actions. Clients of the set benefit from its specialist knowledge of areas including public procurement and data protection; recent work has taken in issues such as rail franchising and the Concession Contracts Regulations for advertising on public property. The barristers have also continued to appear in leading constitutional and human rights-related judicial reviews, such as Gina Miller's prorogation challenge, the litigation surrounding the Brook House controversy, and a case on the roll-out of police facial recognition technology.

Client service:

"Mark Dann and Lee Culter are absolutely fantastic, and you can tell they're on top of complex legal issues themselves." "The set offers client-centred service which is professional and efficient."

Strengths:

Aileen McColgan QC
Highly respected new silk with impressive depth of knowledge in discrimination law. She is regularly instructed in cases concerning workplace and education discrimination, within a wider public law practice. She also has a growing practice in commercial judicial review.
"Very well known for her expertise in discrimination law." "Highly professional and clear in her advice."
Recent work: Acted in relation to a judicial review of an education, health and care plan issued by Medway Council.

Strengths:

Amy Rogers
Extraordinarily talented public lawyer who brings her expertise to bear in large commercial disputes. She is proficient at handling procurement and legislative challenges on behalf of claimants and respondents. 
"Everyone regards her as a very bright star." "Just so good - she easily holds her own against silks when she's acting unled."

Strengths:

Andrew Sharland QC
Acts in complex judicial reviews challenging legislation and decisions made by local and central government. He is an expert in human rights and equality cases. Recent mandates include public funding, national security and procedural public law challenges. 
"A thorough and well-prepared advocate who takes sensible points."
Recent work: Represented the Surveillance Camera Commissioner in the Bridges judicial review on the use of facial recognition technology by the police.

Strengths:

Christopher Knight
Gaining prominence for his involvement in complex administrative and public law challenges. He principally represents central and local government bodies in judicial reviews. His recent work includes constitutional, human rights, agriculture and immigration challenges. 
"He has a brain the size of a planet, and is very impressive and calm and collected in court." "I like his modern way of not bothering with the fluff but getting straight to the heart of the matter. Whatever the opposite of pompous is, that's what he is. He uses plain language and makes everything very clear."
Recent work: Acted in the Prime Minister's counsel team in his defence of Gina Miller's judicial review on the prorogation of parliament in September 2019.

Strengths:

Clive Sheldon QC
Instructed by central and local government clients in public and administrative law proceedings. His expertise is wide-ranging and includes welfare provision, licensing, procurement and education. He is especially well versed in arguments based on discrimination. 
"Unassuming but red hot in court."
Recent work: Acted for the Minister of the Cabinet Office in defence of a judicial review claim brought by the3million in respect of flaws in the polling system for the 2019 European Parliamentary election, which resulted in many EU nationals losing their vote.

Strengths:

Daniel Isenberg
Despite his year of call he has already developed a strong defence-side practice in administrative and public law. He has represented various government departments in relation to a wide range of issues.
"One of the smartest juniors I've met in a long time; his writing's excellent and his judgement's superb."
Recent work: Acted for the Minister of the Cabinet Office in defence of a judicial review claim brought by the3million, in respect of flaws in the polling system for the 2019 European Parliamentary election, which resulted in many EU nationals losing their vote.

Strengths:

Daniel Stilitz QC
Established silk adept at managing a broad range of administrative and public law cases on behalf of claimants and defendants. He is especially well versed in claims arising out of changes to the provision of healthcare and other public services. 
"Very easy to get on with - not imposing or intimidating despite being astronomically intelligent." "He is very measured and calm, and clearly has the respect of the Administrative Court judiciary."
Recent work: Acted for a housing association challenging the judgment of the social housing regulator which found it to be non-compliant as to financial viability and governance.

Strengths:

Hannah Slarks
A strong choice for either claimants or public authorities in a variety of cases. She is particularly experienced in work relating to the provision of health or social care, and possesses additional expertise in electoral law.
"The epitome of the modern junior counsel. She is highly talented, hard-working and a public law specialist. Her communication skills are excellent."
Recent work: Advised the Department of Health in relation to a judicial review challenging its decision to nationalise the system by which GPs are indemnified.

Strengths:

Heather Emmerson
Predominantly instructed by central and local government as well as NHS bodies to defend controversial decisions and legislation. She appears in judicial reviews and human rights claims before the domestic courts and the ECtHR.
"She is that modern type of barrister who has no problem developing a good relationship with clients whoever they may be. Technically she's very good, and a specialist in public law." "Quick to pick up the arguments and an excellent team player."

Strengths:

James Goudie QC
Possesses a strong track record of appearing in judicial reviews on behalf of local authorities. He continues to advise public bodies on local authority powers and governance. His substantive expertise encompasses procurement and state aid.
"Incredibly experienced and clients really love him." "Fantastic for administrative law work - a brain on a stick."
Recent work: Successfully represented LBC Hammersmith and Fulham in the Court of Appeal, following a challenge relating to advertising towers overlooking the Hammersmith Flyover. The judgment provided clarification on the Concession Contracts Regulations 2016.

Strengths:

Jason Coppel QC
Increasingly sought out in high-profile judicial reviews on behalf of claimants and respondents, including NGOs and central and local government bodies. He is particularly strong in challenges involving public procurement, human rights and data protection.
"Extremely good on technical arguments, and excellent at identifying and homing in on the one or two points that will win a case. The court takes him very seriously."
Recent work: Represented the Department for Transport in an appeal concerning the availability of public law remedies in a challenge to rail franchise competitions.

Strengths:

Joanne Clement
Handles a broad range of administrative and public law disputes before the Administrative, Appeal and Supreme Courts. Recently she has been active in cases involving healthcare and community care. Other areas of expertise include human rights and the allocation of public funds.
"Very clear, exceptionally bright and very personable - definitely someone I'd want to work with more in the future."

Strengths:

Jonathan Auburn QC
Handles a wide range of judicial reviews on behalf of claimants as well as respondents. His broad practice includes claims involving human rights, community care and local government duties.
"He kept things really clear and concise in a very complex case."
Recent work: Defended a high-profile challenge by the Sikh Federation to plans for the 2021 national census, on the basis that 'Sikh' was to be included as an answer to the religion question, but not to the ethnicity question.

Strengths:

Jonathan Moffett QC
Frequently entrusted with administrative and public law instructions by the UK and Welsh governments as well as other public bodies. His substantive expertise encompasses environmental, human rights, education and local government law. He is also adept in public inquiries and planning disputes. 
"Responsive, client-friendly and incisive."
Recent work: Acted for the Home Secretary in the defence of Sarah's Law, which allows parents to access information on historical sex offences committed by people who may come into contact with their children.

Strengths:

Julian Blake
Represents the UK government in judicial reviews contesting controversial acts of the state in the context of national security. He has particular experience in cases concerning a right to information relating to public body decision-making.
"Amazingly hard-working, sensible and down to earth. His former experience as a criminal lawyer is also helpful." "Highly responsive and very user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for the Home Office in its defence of challenges relating to abuse of detainees at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre.

Strengths:

Nigel Giffin QC
Instructed by local authorities and other public bodies in a wide range of public law matters. He is a strong choice to advise on cases concerning public body powers, duties, contracts and funding issues. He is an expert in education and public procurement cases. 
"Very good in court; he has total self-confidence and is at the very top of his game." "A talented and specialist procurement QC with a strong public law practice dealing with judicial reviews."

Strengths:

Stephen Kosmin
Regularly instructed to bring and defend major challenges against the UK government's military or diplomatic actions abroad. His expertise also includes judicial review claims in the financial regulatory space and sensitive cases with a national security element.
"Very meticulous and always on top of things - he brings an extra edge." "Very responsive and an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Defended a challenge to a decision made by Ofgem requiring a homeowner to provide a new Energy Performance Certificate to support his application for a subsidy under the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme.

Strengths:

Tom Cross
Instructed by public authorities, individual claimants and businesses in connection with public law disputes. He is especially experienced in claims invoking EU and human rights laws. He has also recently handled a number of matters before the Privy Council.
"One to watch and a very talented junior - you can throw anything at him and he becomes a master of it." "He is a really excellent all-rounder with intellectual strength, strategic and tactical awareness, personal warmth, sensitivity to solicitor and client objectives and resilience, all in the right proportions. He is assured and capable beyond his year of call."
Recent work: Acted for Mercedes Benz in an £85 million challenge to a decision of HMRC to assess it as liable for VAT on payments made by customers under a particular type of car leasing contract.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Administrative & Public Law


Aileen McColgan QC
New Silks
Andrew Sharland QC
Band 4
Clive Sheldon QC
Band 2
Daniel Stilitz QC
Band 4
James Goudie QC
Band 3
Jason Coppel QC
Band 2