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Judicial review

The potential for decisions to be challenged by judicial review proceedings is a risk of which anyone operating in the arena of public and administrative law should be aware.  It is a risk which does not just affect public bodies making those decisions.  A range of private sector organisations exercise public powers which could be judicially reviewed.  And of course a judicial review challenge has implications for corporate bodies who are affected by the decision making processes of public authorities.  The scope of decisions which are at risk of challenge also gets ever broader.  From public procurement to the environment, competition to energy, financial services to planning control, the potential for direct or indirect public intervention continues to grow.

If you are a public authority you need to understand the extent of your powers and duties and how to exercise them.

If you are a business affected adversely by the decision of a public body you will want to understand the options for challenge and the potential for judicial review.

We have a track record of pursuing judicial review proceedings to early conclusions, as well as successfully defending such proceedings. We understand litigation tactics; how to expedite proceedings and we understand how tactics such as disclosure and Freedom of Information Act requests can be used (or resisted) as part of an overall successful litigation strategy.

Whatever the subject matter of the challenge our team can handle it.  Our specialist public law litigators work seamlessly with experts from the field of challenge (from competition law to financial services regulation, planning policy to public procurement process) to provide a comprehensive technical and strategic service.

Experience

  • We advised AQA Education, the examining body, in connection with its successful defence of the multi party judicial review proceedings brought by councils, schools and students affected by the C grade boundary in last year’s GCSE English exam results. 
  • We have advised Department for Transport on the challenge brought by Virgin Trains to the selection of First group for the WestCoast Rail Franchise. 
  • We have acted for the Olympic Park Legacy Company on the judicial review challenge brought by Tottenham Hotspur  and Leyton Orient football clubs in relation to the selection of West Ham United as Preferred Bidder of the Olympic Stadium. 
  • We have acted for a range of renewable energy companies on wind farm planning permission applications including EDF and Npower.

How we can help you

Public law challenge is a fact of life – for public bodies and those who interact with them.  An increasing range of corporate activities are subject to direct or indirect public intervention which raises the potential for businesses to pursue or become involved in a public law challenge.

For anyone involved in a public law challenge the potential impact in terms of time, cost and public reputation can be very significant indeed.  We have experience of handling some of the biggest and most complex judicial review proceedings of recent years, so we understand the pressures and have the expertise to navigate them.  We have experience of handling some of the most high profile, complex and sensitive judicial review proceedings of recent years from the Olympic Stadium judicial review to the West Coast trains franchise bid, from wind farms to GCSE exam results.

Our specialist public law litigators work seamlessly with experts from the field of challenge (from competition law to financial services regulation, planning policy to public procurement process) to provide a comprehensive technical and strategic service.

Case studies

Click here to view a selection of our Judicial review case studies.