Birnberg Peirce & Partners

Administrative & Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Acts for marginalised claimants in public law and human rights challenges, with a notable emphasis on representing suspects and convicts in claims against the criminal justice system. Particularly prominent for representing bereaved families in high-profile inquests. Additional areas of expertise include prison law, SIAC and immigration. Noted in the market for taking novel challenges against Parole Board decisions.

Strengths"They have a phenomenal reputation in taking on very controversial and difficult challenges relating to national security and are exceptional at what they do," according to an interviewee.

Notable practitioners

Gareth Peirce is distinguished in the market for her specialism in public law challenges to the criminal justice system, including prison services, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Parole Board. According to a commentator, "she's an absolutely outstanding lawyer with no equal at all in her field." Another notes: "She's tough and effective, and it's no accident that she's had such an extraordinary career."

Marcia Willis-Stewart is a "force to be reckoned with" who "has a massive reputation for inquiries and campaigning,"say sources.Another interviewee comments: "Her judgement belies her years as a solicitor. Her client-handling skills are impeccable and she can work with very sensitive issues in complex, long-running inquests and inquiries." She has acted for bereaved families, survivors and other core participants in some of the most high-profile inquests and public inquiries in recent years.