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11KBW

Local Government

12 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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11KBW is described by interviewees as "a real powerhouse in terms of local authority work." The set maintains its reputation as a go-to for the most complex and high-profile cases involving local authorities, and houses a strong bench of barristers experienced in the representation of individual claimants and corporates as well as local and central government bodies. Areas of particular strength for the team include cases relating to local government powers, education, social services and procurement. The set's members are also regularly called upon to handle cases involving local authority finances and budgeting issues, and have considerable experience of appearing in judicial review proceedings.

Client service:

"The clerks are always thorough and polite. They respond to queries immediately and always try their hardest to accommodate particular wishes as best as they can." Joint senior clerks Lucy Barbet and Mark Dann head the clerking team.

Strengths:

Andrew Sharland QC
Dynamic silk with considerable expertise in local government, community care and employment law. He is well known for his adroit representation of a range of clients, including public authorities and NGOs. He represents both claimants and local authorities across the full range of local government cases including those concerning planning, education and human rights. He is a co-author and regular contributor towards several publication in the local government law field.
"Andrew is a tough fighter with a broad public law practice. He's not afraid to take and win difficult points." "He's knowledgeable, thorough and pays particular attention to fine details. He's on top of all the established and evolving case law."
Recent work: Instructed in R (Jewish Human Rights Watch) v Leicester City Council, acase concerning the interplay between public authorities' power to adopt non-binding resolutions on matters of political controversy and their duties under Section 149 of the Equality Act.

Strengths:

Clive Sheldon QC
Esteemed practitioner whose top-tier advocacy is lauded by peers and clients alike. He has vast experience of acting on behalf of a wide range of government departments, as well as several local authorities and individuals. He has experience of appearing before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
"A smooth advocate." "He's incredibly hard-working and knowledgeable."

Strengths:

James Goudie QC
An erudite silk with a broad practice, he handles all manner of administrative and public law cases and is a noted expert in employment and public procurement law. He advises on the most significant local government matters including cases concerning local authority finance and governance. His significant contributions in the field have earned him the nickname 'the godfather of local government'. 
"He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law and an authoritative presence both in and out of court." "He gives thorough, pragmatic, prompt and solutions-oriented advice."

Strengths:

Jane Oldham
Has a fine track record of handling sophisticated public, information and education law matters. She is adept at handling cases concerning the legality of funding cuts, assets of community value and large-scale auditor investigations. She also offers considerable experience in cases involving issues of equality, and is frequently instructed in complex judicial review challenges.
"Has expertise in both the legal issues and the political outside issues which will have an impact on these cases." "She's very good with clients and brings a real pragmatism to highly technical areas of the law."

Strengths:

Jason Coppel QC
Highly regarded practitioner with noted local government expertise. He handles this work as part of his broader practice, which encompasses areas such as public procurement and human rights. He acts both for and against local authorities in a range of local government issues such as housing and PFI waste contracts. He also regularly advises on contracting decisions.
"He really fights his client's corner." "He's extremely bright, strategic and user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented the claimant local authority in R (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) v Secretary of State for the Environment, a challenge concerning the withdrawal of £150 million of funding guarantees after the termination of a PFI waste contract.

Strengths:

Joanne Clement
Continues to run a thriving public law, human rights and community care practice. She routinely acts both for and against local authorities in complex, high-profile cases, and has broad experience in claims for judicial review. Recent local government work includes cases concerning adult social care, education and local government standards. She is currently a member of the Attorney General's A Panel of Counsel to the Crown.
"An intelligent and no-nonsense barrister." "She's an excellent advocate and an experienced public lawyer. She's direct, clear and very precise. She has the respect of the judiciary." "Very bright, personable and a persuasive and measured advocate."

Strengths:

Jonathan Auburn QC
Highly praised silk with extensive knowledge of local government matters, particularly those relating to the provision of health services. He offers expert representation and guidance to both local authorities and claimants, and demonstrates notable insight into cases concerning complex issues of mental health and capacity. He is also regularly involved in education matters. He has acted in numerous high-profile cases including significant judicial review challenges and Human Rights Act claims. He currently sits on the A Panel of Treasury Counsel.
"He provides clear risk assessments to clients along with a commonsensical, pragmatic view of the legal position."
Recent work: Instructed in D v Birmingham CC, Secretaries of State for Education and Justice and The Equality and Human Rights Commission, a case heard in the Supreme Court concerning the scope of parental responsibility over mentally disabled children.

Strengths:

Jonathan Moffett QC
Reputable silk who tackles a wide range of complex public law matters involving local government issues. He demonstrates notable skill in cases pertaining to environmental law, particularly matters concerning air pollution. He acts for local authority clients at all levels of court and also represents central government. He is particularly well regarded for his expert handling of cases involving combined authorities. He is also regularly instructed in cases involving budget cuts, housing issues and licensing matters.
"He has an absolutely encyclopedic knowledge of the law." "An incredibly bright, clear and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in Nottingham City Council v Parr, a Supreme Court appeal concerning local authorities' powers to regulate houses in multiple occupation.

Strengths:

Nigel Giffin QC
Seasoned public law silk with extensive expertise encompassing social care, housing and education matters. He regularly appears in significant cases with complex civil liberties and human rights aspects.
"Has a razor-sharp intellect and an impressive grasp of detail. He's a real strategic fighter with a strong pragmatic streak." "He is an incisive, knowledgeable and experienced barrister."

Strengths:

Paul Greatorex
Seasoned local government practitioner with additional experience of handling employment matters and issues involving immigration and asylum. He habitually acts for a range of prominent public authorities in major challenges to administrative decisions. He has experience appearing for clients in claims for judicial review.
"He's very approachable and great with clients. He explains the legal position in clear, non-legalistic language and takes a pragmatic view." "He is punchy, to the point and effective in judicial reviews."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant council in Summerhill Group v Torfaen CBC, a claim brought by the operator of a number of care homes against the fees paid by the local authority.

Strengths:

Peter Oldham QC
A renowned advocate in the field of public law who brings the full weight of many years' experience to bear when undertaking cases. He regularly handles complex education, procurement and state aid matters. He acts in judicial review challenges, and boasts expertise in governance and standards. He is experienced in the handling of restitution claims stemming from ultra vires activity.
"Peter’s responses are always quick and concise. He is very efficient and knowledgeable."
Recent work: Instructed in R (Milton Keynes BC) v Secretary of State and Bucks CC, a challenge to the Secretary of State's reorganisation of the local government in Buckinghamshire.

Strengths:

Tom Cross
An experienced junior, noted for his expert handling of a range of local authority disputes. He is instructed in matters across the UK and is well regarded for his knowledge of matters concerning housing, community care and councillor standards, amongst other areas. He is regularly instructed to act on behalf of both central government and the individuals and companies challenging government decisions.
"He is able to explain complex case law in a concise and logical way, and his manner and approach is always clear, calming, commanding and convincing."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant council in Lugano v Northumberland County Council, a high-value claim for misfeasance in public office.

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Local Government


Andrew Sharland QC
Band 3
Clive Sheldon QC
Band 1
James Goudie QC
Band 1
Jason Coppel QC
Band 2
Jonathan Auburn QC
New Silks
Jonathan Moffett QC
Band 2