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Hickman & Rose

Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant

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What the team is known for

Recommended for complex administrative and public law challenges involving the criminal justice system. Handles judicial reviews, statutory challenges and human rights claims against the police, CPS and government departments. Also capable in inquests and cases involving an international dimension.

Strengths

"I am impressed by their commitment to their clients, their efficiency and their ability to get stuff done," states a source.

Work highlights

Acted for the mother of Emiliano Sala in inquest proceedings into the footballer's death in a light aircraft crash.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Machover is "an intellectual giant when it comes to case law, ECHR and statutes," according to a source. He is acclaimed for his expertise in bringing public law challenges to state bodies and has "a wealth of experience in inquests." An interviewee remarks: "Daniel is very good at what he does and is also incredibly sensible and realistic."

Stefano Ruis focuses his practice on the criminal justice system and public law challenges, with particular expertise in DBS decisions. One interviewee notes: "He has specific knowledge of his subject area, is equally informed on civil liberties issues and is someone who can work effectively with extremely vulnerable and distressed clients."

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Overview

The department is a leading expert in public law, with particular expertise in challenges to decision makers in the criminal justice system, acting for victims, suspects and detainees. Such challenges are often necessary in the context of deaths in custody, as well as on ancillary criminal justice issues such as bail, prosecution decisions or the administration of justice in the lower courts. 

As the department’s profile has grown within the square mile it has also seen increasing referrals from City firms. For corporate and HNW clients the team offers imaginative commercial judicial reviews against a wide range of decision makers on varied topics such as airports, Crown ownership of land, education, legal costs, and various types of public funding. This has coincided with the emergence of problematic aspects to police disclosure and barring powers.

The department is also regularly instructed by NGOs and charities such as INQUEST and AI to bring (or intervene in) public law challenges on a range of human rights issues.

Most legal challenges are resolved without litigation, but the department’s most recent Court of Appeal cases are Miah (requiring the IPOC to fully investigate a complaint of an airport stop by police) and Freedom and Justice Party (an intervention for NGOs on whether special mission immunity is part of customary international law making visitors on special missions immune from criminal process including serious international crimes).

Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

Hickman & Rose

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Department location

Pennybank

33-35 St John’s Square

London

Greater London

UK

EC1M 4DS

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Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant


Daniel Machover
Band 2
Stefano Ruis
Band 3