PUBLIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

Areas of Expertise

Public & Administrative Law

Public and Administrative Law

The law that regulates and controls government departments and other public bodies is known as public and administrative law. Its principle remedy is judicial review. This is the means whereby an individual or business can challenge the lawfulness of government action that affects them. Members of Foundry Chambers have experience in bringing and defending these challenges, in areas as diverse as the administration of police cautions, judicial bias, human trafficking, immigration detention and the legality of the badger cull.

Members of Foundry Chambers can assist at all stages of a public law challenge. Strict time limits apply, and so early advice is essential. Some members can provide this on a direct access basis in appropriate cases. Members are often instructed to draft letters to public bodies explaining why what they have done is unlawful, and asking them to remedy the breach. They also draft applications for judicial review, and appear before the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal including applications for urgent consideraiton. In addition to acting for applicants, members are also frequently instructed by government departments and public authorities to respond to applications.

Though judicial review is the principle remedy, not all public law challenges need be brought in this way. In some areas, there is a statutory regulator or tribunal, such as the Information Commissioner for disputes to do with freedom of information and data protection, or the Independent Monitor for issues to do with the disclosure of criminal records. In other areas, a complaint to a regulator can be combined with action in the civil courts, for instance in cases of police malpractice. Members of Foundry Chambers have wide experience of the routes available to challenge the actions of public bodies including civil claims, and can advise on the best course.

‘A set with an illustrious track record, Foundry Chambers has over the years handled criminal matters of great importance and built up a strong reputation for its appellate work’.

Chambers and Partners (2021)

‘A strong criminal set“ with “competent and skilful counsel’

Legal 500 (2021)

‘experienced in the handling of a wide range of financial crime matters’.

Chambers and Partners (2021)

‘this set offers a quality service to both solicitor and lay client’.

Chambers and Partners (2020)

With ‘a strong reputation for serious crime and fraud’ Foundry Chambers has ‘a strong backbone of good criminal counsel covering all aspects of crime’.

Legal 500 (2021)

BARRISTERS WITH THIS EXPERTISE

Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC

LORD CARLILE OF BERRIEW CBE QC

Year of Call: 1970. Appointed QC: 1984.

John McGuinness QC

JOHN MCGUINNESS QC

Year of Call: 1980. Appointed QC: 2001.

Mark Bryant-Heron QC

MARK BRYANT-HERON QC

Year of Call: 1986. Appointed QC: 2014.

James Waddington QC

JAMES WADDINGTON QC

Year of Call: 1983. Appointed QC: 2015.

Mark Seymour

MARK SEYMOUR

Year of Call: 1992

Mike Newbold

MICHAEL NEWBOLD

Year of Call: 2004

Tom Hoskins

TOM HOSKINS

Year of Call: 2007

Tom Hoskins

Ellis Sareen

Year of Call: 2008

Natalie McNamee

NATALIE MCNAMEE

Year of Call: 2011

EDWARD GORDON-SAKER

EDWARD GORDON-SAKER

Year of Call: 2015

Rose Slowe

Rose Slowe

Year of Call: 2016