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Deighton Pierce Glynn

Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant

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What the team is known for

Frequently involved in bringing high-profile challenges to the UK government's domestic and foreign policy on behalf of claimants. Notable emphasis on public law cases that intersect with equality, human rights and EU law. Has achieved significant results on behalf of victims of trafficking, immigration detainees and individuals affected by cuts to welfare benefits. Also acts on behalf of disability campaign groups to challenge cuts to healthcare access. Recent notable work includes challenges to UK surveillance policy.

Strengths

A commentator notes: "They take on difficult cases for some of the most vulnerable and voiceless in society and provide clients with a high-calibre legal service delivered with efficient client care, including in very difficult and distressing circumstances."

"Their experience is wide-ranging, which means they can resolve complex public law issues that intertwine with immigration matters," says a source.

Another observes: "They really go the extra mile. They really explore things and fight for vulnerable people."

Work highlights

Advised the WASPI campaign on litigation strategy including in relation to ongoing complaints to the Parliamentary Ombudsman about the way changes in pension age for women born in the 1950s were implemented.

Notable practitioners

Adam Hundt frequently acts for asylum seekers and victims of trafficking in healthcare and community care related judicial review matters. An interviewee notes: "He is so on the ball, so helpful, and he makes you think carefully about the strategy of a case."

Daniel Carey has a strong practice which focuses on a broad range of public law challenges, with particular expertise in the crossover between data protection and human rights law. A source describes Carey as "a talented and formidable collaborator full of top-notch ideas that enhance the impact of a case." Another comments: "He's a real lawyer's lawyer; he is very technical, really on top of the detail and also a good team player."

Joanna Thomson has extensive experience in judicial review proceedings involving unlawful detention, community care and discrimination. An interviewee says: "She's extremely meticulous, thorough and very experienced."

Polly Glynn is highly rated for her work on judicial review proceedings, with particular expertise in human rights, discrimination and election law. "She is really wonderful, she is our hero," says a source, adding: "She is so speedy, so effective and so good with clients who are quite vulnerable." Another source comments: "She is very measured, diligent and engaged; she is all the things you could want."

Sue Willman is "a brilliant lawyer who is dedicated to protecting the rights of the poor and powerless," says a source. She is best known as a go-to lawyer for issues such as human rights, community care and migrants' rights. One interviewee remarks:"She has an encyclopaedic knowledge in immigration, detention and social support for migrants."

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Overview

DPG pursues complex, novel and nuanced challenges against public authorities in judicial review proceedings, inquiries and private law proceedings.

The public law team has maintained the long-standing unique feature, originating with Pierce Glynn, of predominantly focusing on judicial review challenges and continues to be known for being the go-to firm for these cases. The fact that despite the difficult political and austere Legal Aid climate, the department continues to successfully represent marginalised individuals and groups; pushes on politically sensitive legal issues such as the Government’s sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United States; Windrush scandal; Inquiry into abuses at the Brook House Immigration Removal Centre; the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse; Covid-19 Government contracts; unlawful detention; unlawful removals; and data breaches, is testament to the team’s dogged and unwavering commitment to holding the Government to account.

The department has 9 partners, 1 senior consultant and 6 associate solicitors.

Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant

Deighton Pierce Glynn

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8 Union Street

London

Greater London

UK

SE1 1SZ

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

UK-wide

Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant


Daniel Carey
Band 3
Joanna Thomson
Band 3
Polly Glynn
Band 2
Sue Willman
Band 2