Administrative & Public Law Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding reputation for acting in sensitive and high-profile public inquiries and inquests, often instructed by coroners and inquiry chairs. Extensive experience advising regulators, and a prominent focus on acting for commercial clients on policy, governance and enforcement. Particular expertise in healthcare, financial services and professional discipline. Also frequently instructed to defend complex, high-profile judicial reviews.

Strengths A source says: "They have got a team of impressively talented young lawyers coming up who have experience in public inquiry work."

"I think they're outstanding technically," adds another source.

A client comments: "They are very professional but also extremely friendly and easy to work with."

Work highlights Instructed as the solicitor to the East London Inquests looking into the deaths of serial killer Stephen Port's victims.

Notable practitioners

Martin Smith
is "an absolute doyen of inquiry work," according to a source, who adds: "He's a very good tactician and strategist, extremely bright, and he works through difficulties with speed, efficiency and organisation." He is widely regarded as a leading public law practitioner, and is deeply skilled in handling high-profile public inquiries and inquests.

The "amazing"
Matthew Lohn
is held in high regard for his expertise in a wide range of regulatory issues, including those arising from the healthcare and finance sectors.

Oliver Carlyon
is praised by sources as "a truly smart and switched-on lawyer." He is routinely instructed on inquests and public inquiries, with one commentator noting: "Heknows his way around the inquiry world instinctively and has great judgement."

Tim Suter
offers clients the benefit of his wealth of experience in public and administrative matters, with particular expertise in high-profile inquests and inquiries.