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UK Bar London (Bar) Administrative & Public Law

This section covers judicial reviews, statutory appeals, inquiries, disciplinary proceedings and non-contentious advice on the powers and administrative functions of central and local government and other public and regulatory bodies. The section includes matters relating to competitive tendering, public procurement, environmental issues and employment and discrimination law. European and Human Rights law increasingly features in the practice of lawyers ranked in this section.

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Band 1
  1. Blackstone Chambers
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    Blackstone Chambers
    Administrative & Public Law
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    Blackstone Chambers' pre-eminence in public law is demonstrated by its involvement in the most significant constitutional cases; the set also leads the field when it comes to commercial or human rights-focused judicial review. Recent highlights include FDA v Prime Minister, a claim concerning bullying allegations made against the Home Secretary, and Privacy International v Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs & others, concerning the authorisation by the security services of criminal conduct in Northern Ireland operations. Members act for a multitude of central government departments as well as regulators across various industries, including energy, financial services and telecommunications. Barristers from the set are also instructed by claimants and campaign groups. The set boasts numerous recent appearances in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal to the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. One solicitor notes: "Blackstone is a top-tier set, brimming with barristers of the highest calibre."
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Band 2
  1. 11KBW
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    11KBW
    Administrative & Public Law
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    11KBW offers first-class representation of government departments and both individual and business claimants in a plethora of public law actions. Clients of the chambers benefit from its specialist knowledge of areas including public procurement and data protection. Several members have been instructed on either side of major judicial review challenges concerning government decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic. Notable highlights include R (Gardner) v Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, a challenge to the Government's policy of urgent discharges from hospitals into care homes, and judicial reviews on behalf of the Good Law Project concerning the appointment of Dido Harding and the 'VIP' lanes for PPE procurement contracts.
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    39 Essex Chambers
    Administrative & Public Law
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    39 Essex Chambers is exceptionally well established across the full scope of public law work, and is notable equally for the volume of Administrative Court advocacy its barristers undertake, as for their appearances in the leading Supreme Court appeals. The set houses numerous counsel who are firm favourites of government departments and local authorities, and who additionally act for claimants and charities. Chambers continues to demonstrate a marked affinity for work involving the provision of health or social care. Barristers from the set have recently defended attempts to defeat the ban on assisted dying in the UK, as well as several high-profile COVID-19 judicial reviews concerning children in care, those with special educational needs and immigration detainees.
  3. Landmark Chambers
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    Landmark Chambers
    Administrative & Public Law
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    Landmark Chambers has long been known as a market leader for planning and environmental law, and its work in that vein has continued with cases such as Wild Justice v Natural England, a judicial review relating the burning of grassland in England, and the Supreme Court appeal of Hillside Parks v Snowdonia National Park Authority. However, the public law capabilities of this set stretch far beyond its traditional areas of expertise, and this breadth of experience is demonstrated by members' involvement in complex cases involving areas such as immigration, healthcare and welfare law. The barristers are sought out by claimants, government departments and local authorities. Recent significant mandates include R (FB) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, challenging the lawfulness of removal 'window' periods for immigrants, and a successful judicial review concerning the failure of the Northern Ireland government to make comprehensive provision for abortion services. An additional highlight saw Julia Smyth act as part of the UK Government's successful counsel team in the Supreme Court case of R (Fratila) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
  4. Matrix Chambers
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    Matrix Chambers
    Administrative & Public Law
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    Matrix Chambers has exceptional pedigree in public and human rights law. The set is well known and highly regarded for representing individual claimants and NGOs in judicial review, but members are also instructed by government departments. The barristers are extremely well versed in a broad array of issues including welfare provision, immigration, civil liberties and policing, criminal law and many others. A recent highlight saw Raza Husain KC lead a team which persuaded the European Court of Human Rights to intervene to halt the first flight carrying asylum seekers to Rwanda. Elsewhere, Sarah Hannett KC successfully defended the Home Secretary in R (Elan-Cane), a judicial review challenging the government's policy not to issue non-binary passports. Chambers can also offer strong capability for business claimants in regulatory judicial review.
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Band 3
  1. Brick Court Chambers
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    Brick Court Chambers
    Administrative & Public Law
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    Brick Court Chambers is notable for its prominence at the cutting edge of multiple facets of public law. Many of the set's practitioners in this area benefit from market-leading expertise in commercial or competition law, which informs their handling of judicial reviews challenging decisions on business regulation. Brick Court is also home to barristers experienced in major human rights-related cases, including those involving elements of EU law. Among other high-profile cases, the barristers have recently been involved in a judicial review on behalf of British Sugar, challenging a new post-Brexit tariff quota on state aid grounds. Members act for both claimants and defendants in public law litigation.
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    Doughty Street Chambers
    Administrative & Public Law
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    Doughty Street Chambers can boast an extraordinary record of success in some of the most significant challenges to public policy and decisions on criminal justice, welfare provision, immigration and asylum. The public law specialist barristers act for individual claimants and human rights groups, appearing regularly in the Supreme Court. Recent work includes a claim concerning the remit of the Angiolini Inquiry into the murder of Sarah Everard, and a challenge to the Home Office's use of military barracks to accommodate vulnerable asylum seekers. Barristers from the set have also been instrumental in matters arising from the restrictions and measures imposed due to COVID-19.
  3. Monckton Chambers
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    Monckton Chambers
    Administrative & Public Law
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 14 Years Ranked
    Monckton Chambers excels in both commercial and human rights-related public law work. The barristers tend to represent individuals or interveners in challenges to policy involving immigration, social housing, criminal justice and related issues. The set acted recently in a successful challenge to the Environment Agency's failure to protect a vulnerable child from harmful landfill emissions. Meanwhile, Chambers is regularly instructed by a range of government departments, including the Home Office, in key national security challenges involving surveillance and the use of data. The set also acts for businesses in competition and other regulatory matters. Recent mandates include acting for Heathrow Airport and related commercial entities in a challenge to the government's decision to abolish two VAT exemption schemes at airports.
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Band 4
  1. 1 Crown Office Row
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    1 Crown Office Row
    Administrative & Public Law
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 4 | 16 Years Ranked
    1 Crown Office Row is best known in the administrative law field for its barristers' deft handling of cases with national security elements, in the role of special advocate. This work sees them acting in prominent judicial reviews involving immigration law, criminal justice and counter-extremism. The set also possesses considerable public law expertise in various issues outside this niche, including healthcare provision and regulation, prisoners' rights, and the conduct of public inquiries. Members tend to act for the government in these cases.
  2. Garden Court Chambers
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    Garden Court Chambers
    Administrative & Public Law
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 4 | 14 Years Ranked
    Garden Court Chambers' well-known expertise in areas such as immigration and civil liberties is grounded in a firm command of public law principles and judicial review. Its capability in this area is strongly geared towards safeguarding the rights of vulnerable groups and individuals, by challenging policies of the Home Office and other government departments. Barristers from this set have appeared in numerous high-profile immigration-related cases, including Sonali Naik KC and Raza Halim who acted in Lawal v SSHD, a successful challenge to the deportation of witnesses shortly after the death of an immigrant in detention. Amanda Weston KC represented Sofian Majera in his successful Supreme Court appeal concerning bail conditions forbidding him to work. The barristers possess notable experience covering policy on human trafficking, mental health and criminal justice.