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Bhatt Murphy - Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Substantial expertise in claims involving police custody, prisoner rights, immigration detention and other instances of individuals being detained by state agencies. Recently active in bringing challenges to the government's asylum policy and state surveillance. Acts in judicial reviews, inquests, public inquiries and human rights claims on behalf of individuals and NGOs.

Strengths Sources say the firm's "work is meticulous. All of the people there work as a team. There is a real discussion of strategy, a give and take relationship with a view to developing the law. They are at the top of their game."

Another interviewee is impressed by the team's "knowledge and strategic nous."

Work highlights Represented Medical Justice in a challenge to the Home Office’s detention policy on grounds that it weakens protections for victims of torture.

Represented a war veteran, whose activities were recorded by police forces on a domestic extremism database, in a challenge before the ECHR.

Significant clients Liberty, Privacy International, National Union of Journalists, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, British Humanist Association.

Notable practitioners

The "fantastic" Mark Scott is considered to be "instrumental in developing a number of areas of law, such as the rights of children in detention." He predominantly handles public law challenges involving prison law. Sources say he is "very pragmatic. He is very legally astute and very good at handling delicate cases."

Simon Creighton is renowned for his knowledge of prison law and frequently handles high-profile judicial reviews challenging the government's policy on prisons and criminal justice. Recently, he has been representing the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners Advice Service in a challenge to the government's legal aid reforms.

Hamish Arnott has a broad public law practice, which includes challenges to immigration detention, asylum claims and prison law. Sources praise his "encyclopaedic brain. He can get at difficult legal points very effectively. His written advocacy is a big strength."

Tony Murphy has extensive experience representing claimants in judicial reviews, inquests and public inquiries. He has a particular focus on representing prisoners, mental health patients and victims of trafficking.

Raju Bhatt maintains an impressive reputation for handling high-profile public and administrative law disputes. He is particularly knowledgeable about claims involving prison and public law. Sources say: "He is very clever and learned in the law."

Janet Farrell frequently handles public law disputes involving immigration detention. Sources say she is "very determined and strategic." Furthermore, "she is incredibly caring and provides a wonderful service to clients."

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Bindmans LLP - Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Represents claimants in strategic litigation challenging legislation and government policy, regularly reaching the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Clients include individuals affected by state decisions as well as NGOs. Areas of expertise include access to welfare, access to justice and access to healthcare. Also increasingly active on regulatory and commercial public law challenges.

Strengths One client says: "We feel like we are in very safe hands. It is a very strong team. It feels like they are on our side but not 'yes' men or women. They are not afraid to challenge us and help us strengthen our position. A dream team."

Another adds: "One of the main strengths is Bindmans’ unrivalled reputation in the field of public law. Instructing Bindmans was in itself a demonstration that we were serious about the subject matter of the claim."

Work highlights Successfully represented the Public Law Project in its challenge to the 'residence test' surrounding migrants’ eligibility to most forms of civil legal aid.

Challenged a decision by the Secretary of State for Health to impose a contract on approximately 50,000 junior doctors.

Significant clients Campaign for Better Transport, Women Against State Pension Inequality, National Union of Students, LawSpeed, Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Notable practitioners

"Superstar" John Halford is "a brilliant lawyer who knows the field like no one else," say sources. He brings innovative public law challenges on behalf of individual claimants and NGOs. According to interviewees, "he's very imaginative, switched-on, and writes the most brilliant letters before claim."

Saimo Chahal is "a real pioneer within public law," according to commentators. "She is not afraid of unpopular causes and is very focused on what the client wants." Her broad public law practice includes a significant focus on healthcare treatment.

Stephen Grosz has a strong track record of handling public law involving equality and human rights law. He typically represents claimants in proceedings against the UK as well as other European governments. Sources say: "He produces very erudite, well-written pieces of work."

Salima Budhani represents a wide range of claimants in complex public law disputes. Her recent mandates include education, equality, human rights, asylum and children law. Clients say: "She's very thorough in her analysis, and has good legal understanding and good tactical judgement."

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Bindmans is synonymous with claimant judicial review litigation work, particularly for cases that impact on large groups of people, challenge widespread abuse of power and those which both test and advance the law. The department’s solicitors are ‘repeat players’ in the higher courts, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and, together with the firm’s Immigration and Media teams, handle a comprehensive range of public law cases.

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Deighton Pierce Glynn - Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Bristol

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 NGOs and individual 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.

Strengths One source says: "I have been very impressed by them. As a firm, they are incredibly hard-working, very cohesive and have a very good network with NGOs so are able to work well with different agencies. No one there isn't great. They are very intellectually rigorous in their approach."

Sources also comment upon "the calibre of people: they are really clever and committed and hard-working."

Work highlights Acted on a judicial review claim in the Supreme Court which focuses on the entitlement of cohabitees to survivor pensions under the local government pension scheme and whether it unlawfully discriminates against cohabitees contrary to Article 14 ECHR.

Acted for Medical Justice in a joint intervention with Bail for Immigration Detainees in the Supreme Court in order to obtain improved policy guidance on detaining people with serious mental illnesses.

Significant clients Law Centres Network, British Red Cross, The AIRE Centre, Rights Watch, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Drones.

Notable practitioners

Polly Glynn leads strategic challenges to government policy on behalf of vulnerable individuals and NGOs. Clients appreciate her "knowledge, commitment and willingness to assist whenever possible." Furthermore, she is "always helpful, supportive and a great source of expertise. Her knowledge of the subject and availability has been faultless."

Adam Hundt receives praise for his "tenacity and commitment to individual cases and strategic policy issues. He has always had a clever and keen eye for cases and also wider policy points." Sources say he is "very sensible and pragmatic." His public law work involves a notable emphasis on representing claimants in disputes about access to healthcare.

The "really fantastic" Louise Whitfield is experienced across a vast array of administrative and public law disputes. She is particularly well versed in judicial reviews involving discrimination. Sources say: "She is very experienced, and has very good strategic and tactical judgement."

Sue Willman's recent public law practice has involved a significant focus on challenges involving immigration detention. She is described as "tireless and just incredibly persistent on behalf of clients." One interviewee adds: "I was impressed with her ability to pick out salient points from complex factual circumstances and identify strong grounds of challenge."

Daniel Carey is a "fantastic and dedicated lawyer," according to commentators. He handles a broad range of domestic and international public law disputes, with a particular focus on cases involving a crossover with human rights. Sources say: "He has a great range of expertise and is really very good at running a large legal team. He is really impressive."

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Leigh Day - Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Represents claimants and campaigning groups in the full range of domestic and international administrative and public law cases. A notable emphasis on access to justice, including securing funding for legal proceedings and remedies for victims. Additional areas of expertise include human rights law, environmental law, prison law and data protection.

Strengths Sources describe Leigh Day as "a fantastic firm, which does cutting-edge work with complete dedication to clients."

Another interviewee notes that the lawyers "work really well with a high level of quality."

Work highlights Acted for a non-smoking prisoner in a judicial review challenge of the Prison Service’s refusal to allow prisoners access to a confidential freephone service to report cases of unauthorised smoking.

Represented the Campaign Against the Arms Trade in its challenge to a BIS decision to continue to license the sale of arms from UK companies to Saudi Arabia.

Significant clients Privacy International, Action on Smoking and Health, Prison Reform Trust, Help Refugees, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Notable practitioners

Jamie Beagent is "absolutely amazing," according to market sources, who add: "He's really committed and very bright." He maintains a diverse public law practice, which encompasses data protection, human rights, planning and environmental law.

Head of department Sean Humber handles a wide array of judicial reviews on behalf of individual claimants and NGOs. He has particular expertise in claims arising in the context of prisoners' rights. Sources praise his "clear insight and judgement. He can predict how a case will pan out to a T." Moreover, he is "really proactive and sensible."

Rosa Curling is consistently involved in landmark public law cases challenging legislation and government policy. Her recent mandates include welfare benefits, international arms trading, police and immigration law. One source says: "I have been incredibly impressed with her strategic and tactical nous and her excellent judgement. She works day and night and shows outstanding commitment."

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Hickman & Rose - Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

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 Sources praise the firm's "great service" and "very good-quality work."

One client notes the team was "very professional, knowledgeable and gave me a realistic summary of the options available."

Work highlights Acted for Amnesty and Redress as interveners in a challenge under international law to the UK's grant of Special Mission Immunity to the Egyptian army chief Mahmoud Hegazy, accused of torturing and killing members of the Freedom & Justice Party.

Represented INQUEST in its intervention in an application to the High Court by the Home Secretary to grant a public interest immunity order in respect of the inquest into the death of Russian whistle-blower Alexander Perepilichnyy.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Machover is "incredibly impressive. He cuts through issues very quickly and sets out clear points. He's incredibly efficient and bright, and his strategic ability is phenomenal." He handles significant public law litigation involving criminal justice and human rights.

The "outstanding" Beth Handley frequently handles inquests and judicial review proceedings involving the criminal justice system. Sources say: "She is very meticulous and clever. She is so knowledgeable and on the ball that you usually get a quicker result with her."

Eva Whittall regularly leads challenges to public body decisions, particularly in the context of criminal law. One client says: "She was very balanced in her analysis. She understood which factors would and wouldn't help my case."

Stefano Ruis is a strong choice in public law cases involving police powers, disclosure and barring decisions and other aspects of criminal law. Sources say: "He is very good at thinking laterally. He knows his way around the administrative court." Clients describe him as "an excellent human being, an empathetic and avid listener and communicator. He is excellent at what he does."

About the Team (content provided by Hickman & Rose)

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).

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Birnberg Peirce & Partners - Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Acts for marginalised claimants in public law and human rights challenges, with a notable emphasis on representing suspects and convicts in claims against the criminal justice system. Particularly prominent for representing bereaved families in high-profile inquests. Additional areas of expertise include prison law, SIAC and immigration.

Strengths Commentators say the firm is "absolutely brilliant and goes above and beyond what is required in terms of commitment to the client."

Notable practitioners

Gareth Peirce maintains a strong reputation for her handling of public law cases involving a crossover with criminal justice and human rights law. Sources say: "If you wanted a solicitor you could absolutely trust to not leave a stone unturned, you would not go much further than her."

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Hodge Jones & Allen LLP - Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Notable emphasis on claims involving miscarriages of justice and the rights of protesters. Typically acts for individuals adversely affected by decisions of the police, CPS, central government departments, coroners and other public bodies. Extensive experience representing bereaved families in inquests considering deaths in police custody, prison and psychiatric hospitals. Additional capabilities include public law challenges relating to social housing.

Strengths Sources say: "Their cases are always really well prepared and the solicitors always know the cases inside out."

Interviewees describe the firm as "consistently good" and appreciate that it is "able to pull all aspects of cases together."

Work highlights Represented the father of Stephen Lawrence, Neville Lawrence, as a core participant in the Pitchford Inquiry into undercover policing.

Acted for the appellant in a challenge to the operation of schemes which provide for the retention and disclosure of information relating to convicted sex offenders.

Notable practitioners

Jocelyn Cockburn is "very committed" to representing claimants challenging controversial state decisions. She is particularly prominent for handling claims involving police law, environmental law and the armed services. Her capabilities include judicial reviews, inquests and public inquiries.

Sasha Barton's administrative law practice involves a notable emphasis on cases involving human rights and criminal law. She is particularly experienced in bringing challenges to the police and CPS on behalf of victims of rape.

About the Team (content provided by Hodge Jones & Allen LLP)

Who we are:

Hodge Jones & Allen pursues public law challenges arising from areas of law in which we have expertise including: crime, actions against the police, miscarriages of justice, inquests, personal injury and clinical negligence. Our expertise in these areas allows us to identify and act upon unlawful decisions and to find creative routes to hold public bodies to account.

Our areas of expertise include: 

We advise on challenges concerning failures of prisons to prevent mentally unwell inmates from committing suicide, failures of care homes to adequately care for residents, police failures to conduct effective rape investigations, NHS failure’s to provide life-sustaining treatment, and the government’s failure to reduce pollution levels.

We’re committed to assisting those who are weak, vulnerable and those whose voices are not heard. We seek to pursue both high profile cases and those which are of particular significance to individuals affected by unjust decisions. We advise on when complaints should be pursued or matters directed to an Ombudsman or other complaint body, prior to or instead of pursuing public law challenges through the courts. We look at all funding options for public law cases.  We have expertise of acting for NGOs and charities which intervene in support of critical legal challenges.

We also have expertise representing individuals in public inquiries and assist in ensuring that individuals’ concerns are properly explored by public inquiries.

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Irwin Mitchell - Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Sheffield, London, Manchester

What the team is known for Capable of advising claimants, charities and NGOs on a wide range of subject matters. Particular expertise in claims arising from cuts to welfare and public services, deprivation of liberty and withdrawal of treatment. Increasingly acting in commercial, education and regulatory public law disputes.

Strengths Sources say: "The team does pioneering work. They give real input in cases and are also fun to work with."

Another interviewee notes the firm is "very efficient and clients feel looked after. They provide a responsive service."

Work highlights Instructed by campaign group Keep Wythenshawe Special to challenge a Greater Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups decision not to award 'specialist' status to Wythenshawe Hospital.

Acted for the Bullring Open Markets Committee in a challenge to Birmingham City Council's decision to terminate a market trader's licence.

Significant clients Official Solicitor, Dignity in Dying, English Bridge Union, English Chess Federation.

Notable practitioners

Yogi Amin is renowned for his handling of public law challenges involving mental capacity and access to healthcare services. His capabilities also include commercial and regulatory judicial reviews. Sources say he is "really good" and "will push hard for clients."

Alex Rook is particularly proficient in administrative law cases involving healthcare and cuts to public services. He typically acts for individuals and campaigning groups in judicial reviews brought against local authorities and NHS bodies. A client says that "he has done a phenomenal job" and describes him as "fearless" in taking on public bodies.

About the Team (content provided by Irwin Mitchell)

We are at the forefront of ground breaking cases which redefine the law recent examples include Cheshire West and R(Moseley) now the leading authority on public sector consultation obligation and the recent landmark “end of life” case. We regularly appear in the Appellate Courts with a number of cases appearing in the Supreme Court and we are becoming increasingly active in terms of judicial review within the education sector.

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Simpson Millar LLP - Administrative & Public Law: Traditional Claimant Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Considerable experience representing children and young people, including care leavers, bringing claims against local authorities and other public bodies. Community care and accommodation claims are notable areas of expertise. Also capable in challenges involving Court of Protection and mental capacity.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very good and very responsive. All of the solicitors have a very good manner with clients and are very flexible and understanding of the client's situation. And we know the matter will be dealt with promptly."

Further sources add: "The whole team was very professional, sensitive and very empathetic."

Work highlights Advised two individual appellants in a challenge before the Supreme Court, which considered the NHS's lack of funding for women from Northern Ireland to have abortions in England.

Instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent a three year old boy as an interested party in his father’s judicial review against a social services decision to place him on the child protection register.

Significant clients Equality & Human Rights Commission, Refugee Council, British Red Cross, Coram Voice, Howard League for Penal Reform, Alone in London.

Notable practitioners

The "really outstanding" Oliver Studdert handles a diverse array of public law mandates, including community care, mental capacity and Children Act challenges. Sources say he "provides sound advice and is easy to work with. He knows his clients very well, works hard and has a good rapport with clients."

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Senior Statesperson

Bhatt Murphy

From the Chambers UK guide

Raju Bhatt maintains an impressive reputation for handling high-profile public and administrative law disputes. He is particularly knowledgeable about claims involving prison and public law. Sources say: "He is very clever and learned in the law."

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Senior Statesperson

Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Grosz has a strong track record of handling public law involving equality and human rights law. He typically represents claimants in proceedings against the UK as well as other European governments. Sources say: "He produces very erudite, well-written pieces of work."

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Star Individuals

Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Superstar" John Halford is "a brilliant lawyer who knows the field like no one else," say sources. He brings innovative public law challenges on behalf of individual claimants and NGOs. According to interviewees, "he's very imaginative, switched-on, and writes the most brilliant letters before claim."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Saimo Chahal is "a real pioneer within public law," according to commentators. "She is not afraid of unpopular causes and is very focused on what the client wants." Her broad public law practice includes a significant focus on healthcare treatment.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Bhatt Murphy

From the Chambers UK guide

The "fantastic" Mark Scott is considered to be "instrumental in developing a number of areas of law, such as the rights of children in detention." He predominantly handles public law challenges involving prison law. Sources say he is "very pragmatic. He is very legally astute and very good at handling delicate cases."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

Yogi Amin is renowned for his handling of public law challenges involving mental capacity and access to healthcare services. His capabilities also include commercial and regulatory judicial reviews. Sources say he is "really good" and "will push hard for clients."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Bhatt Murphy

From the Chambers UK guide

Hamish Arnott has a broad public law practice, which includes challenges to immigration detention, asylum claims and prison law. Sources praise his "encyclopaedic brain. He can get at difficult legal points very effectively. His written advocacy is a big strength."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Leigh Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Jamie Beagent is "absolutely amazing," according to market sources, who add: "He's really committed and very bright." He maintains a diverse public law practice, which encompasses data protection, human rights, planning and environmental law.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Bhatt Murphy

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Creighton is renowned for his knowledge of prison law and frequently handles high-profile judicial reviews challenging the government's policy on prisons and criminal justice. Recently, he has been representing the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners Advice Service in a challenge to the government's legal aid reforms.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Deighton Pierce Glynn

From the Chambers UK guide

Polly Glynn leads strategic challenges to government policy on behalf of vulnerable individuals and NGOs. Clients appreciate her "knowledge, commitment and willingness to assist whenever possible." Furthermore, she is "always helpful, supportive and a great source of expertise. Her knowledge of the subject and availability has been faultless."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Deighton Pierce Glynn

From the Chambers UK guide

Adam Hundt receives praise for his "tenacity and commitment to individual cases and strategic policy issues. He has always had a clever and keen eye for cases and also wider policy points." Sources say he is "very sensible and pragmatic." His public law work involves a notable emphasis on representing claimants in disputes about access to healthcare.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

Daniel Machover is "incredibly impressive. He cuts through issues very quickly and sets out clear points. He's incredibly efficient and bright, and his strategic ability is phenomenal." He handles significant public law litigation involving criminal justice and human rights.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Bhatt Murphy

From the Chambers UK guide

Tony Murphy has extensive experience representing claimants in judicial reviews, inquests and public inquiries. He has a particular focus on representing prisoners, mental health patients and victims of trafficking.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Deighton Pierce Glynn

From the Chambers UK guide

The "really fantastic" Louise Whitfield is experienced across a vast array of administrative and public law disputes. She is particularly well versed in judicial reviews involving discrimination. Sources say: "She is very experienced, and has very good strategic and tactical judgement."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Deighton Pierce Glynn

From the Chambers UK guide

Sue Willman's recent public law practice has involved a significant focus on challenges involving immigration detention. She is described as "tireless and just incredibly persistent on behalf of clients." One interviewee adds: "I was impressed with her ability to pick out salient points from complex factual circumstances and identify strong grounds of challenge."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jocelyn Cockburn is "very committed" to representing claimants challenging controversial state decisions. She is particularly prominent for handling claims involving police law, environmental law and the armed services. Her capabilities include judicial reviews, inquests and public inquiries.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

The "outstanding" Beth Handley frequently handles inquests and judicial review proceedings involving the criminal justice system. Sources say: "She is very meticulous and clever. She is so knowledgeable and on the ball that you usually get a quicker result with her." 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Toufique Hossain of Duncan Lewis & Co is gaining prominence for handling high-profile judicial reviews. He is particularly strong in challenges to the Home Office's policies on immigration detention. Clients say he is "incredibly knowledgeable, very diligent and really believes in the cause. He works incredibly hard." Sources also comment that he is "really committed to the work and prepared to go the extra mile."

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Band 3

Leigh Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Sean Humber handles a wide array of judicial reviews on behalf of individual claimants and NGOs. He has particular expertise in claims arising in the context of prisoners' rights. Sources praise his "clear insight and judgement. He can predict how a case will pan out to a T." Moreover, he is "really proactive and sensible."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Steel & Shamash

From the Chambers UK guide

Anna O'Connell of Steel & Shamash represents vulnerable clients, particularly young people, in judicial reviews involving social housing, community care and children's law. Sources say she is "very good, responsive and efficient."

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Band 3

Birnberg Peirce & Partners

From the Chambers UK guide

Gareth Peirce maintains a strong reputation for her handling of public law cases involving a crossover with criminal justice and human rights law. Sources say: "If you wanted a solicitor you could absolutely trust to not leave a stone unturned, you would not go much further than her."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

Alex Rook is particularly proficient in administrative law cases involving healthcare and cuts to public services. He typically acts for individuals and campaigning groups in judicial reviews brought against local authorities and NHS bodies. A client says that "he has done a phenomenal job" and describes him as "fearless" in taking on public bodies.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

Stefano Ruis is a strong choice in public law cases involving police powers, disclosure and barring decisions and other aspects of criminal law. Sources say: "He is very good at thinking laterally. He knows his way around the administrative court." Clients describe him as "an excellent human being, an empathetic and avid listener and communicator. He is excellent at what he does."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Simpson MIllar

From the Chambers UK guide

The "really outstanding" Oliver Studdert handles a diverse array of public law mandates, including community care, mental capacity and Children Act challenges. Sources say he "provides sound advice and is easy to work with. He knows his clients very well, works hard and has a good rapport with clients."

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sasha Barton's administrative law practice involves a notable emphasis on cases involving human rights and criminal law. She is particularly experienced in bringing challenges to the police and CPS on behalf of victims of rape.

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Up and Coming

Matthew Gold & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

Clare Jennings of Matthew Gold & Co is "a very committed and able lawyer." She is increasingly sought out to represent individuals and NGOs bringing complex judicial reviews against local authorities and other public bodies. Clients say: "She's really tenacious. She will engage with different arguments and is very focused on client needs."

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Deighton Pierce Glynn

From the Chambers UK guide

Daniel Carey is a "fantastic and dedicated lawyer," according to commentators. He handles a broad range of domestic and international public law disputes, with a particular focus on cases involving a crossover with human rights. Sources say: "He has a great range of expertise and is really very good at running a large legal team. He is really impressive."

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Leigh Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Rosa Curling is consistently involved in landmark public law cases challenging legislation and government policy. Her recent mandates include welfare benefits, international arms trading, police and immigration law. One source says: "I have been incredibly impressed with her strategic and tactical nous and her excellent judgement. She works day and night and shows outstanding commitment."

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Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Salima Budhani represents a wide range of claimants in complex public law disputes. Her recent mandates include education, equality, human rights, asylum and children law. Clients say: "She's very thorough in her analysis, and has good legal understanding and good tactical judgement."

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Bhatt Murphy

From the Chambers UK guide

Janet Farrell frequently handles public law disputes involving immigration detention. Sources say she is "very determined and strategic." Furthermore, "she is incredibly caring and provides a wonderful service to clients."

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Hickman & Rose

From the Chambers UK guide

Eva Whittall regularly leads challenges to public body decisions, particularly in the context of criminal law. One client says: "She was very balanced in her analysis. She understood which factors would and wouldn't help my case."

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