Public Law

Chambers is renowned for its expertise in all areas of public law, with extensive experience of judicial review and similar statutory challenges and appeals.

Chambers is renowned for its expertise in all areas of public law, with extensive experience of judicial review and similar statutory challenges and appeals.

Chambers is renowned for its expertise in all areas of public law, with public law issues arising in nearly all of Chambers’ specialist practice areas. Members have extensive experience advising in relation to public law decisions, as well as challenging or defending those decisions in judicial review and similar statutory challenges and appeals.

Members of the team regularly act both for and against public authorities. Chambers’ broad client base includes government departments, local authorities, individuals, corporations, charitable bodies, and other public and private bodies including NGOs. 

Chambers’ public law expertise spans a range of specialist areas, including the following:  
•    Commercial regulation
•    Competition
•    Education
•    Equality law 
•    EU Law 
•    Human rights and civil liberties
•    Immigration
•    Licensing
•    Local authority powers and finance
•    Planning and environment
•    Police and prison law
•    Public procurement
•    Social welfare and community care

The public law and judicial review team prides itself on its ability to field the right barrister or team to bring or defend any public law challenge, if necessary at very short notice. 

09
Jul' 24
Supreme Court Refuses Coal Action Group Permission to Appeal

In R (on the application of Coal Action Network) (Appellant) v Welsh Ministers and others (Respondents) UKSC 2024/0049, the Coal Action Network (CON) sought permission  to appeal the judgment of the Court of Appeal [2024] EWCA Civ. 168 which had rejected CON’s appeal against Steyn J’s judgment that the Welsh Government [2023] EWHC 1194 (Admin)had no power to determine coal licences previously granted by the Coal Authority at the stage  of approval of conditions by the Coal Authority.

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03
Jul' 24
Judgment on Consideration of Rival Planning Applications

For reasons set out in a judgment handed down on 2 July 2024, in Lidl Great Britain Limited v East Lindsey District Council & Aldi Stores Limited [2024] EWHC 1641 (Admin), the High Court (Dan Kolinsky KC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) has allowed a claim for judicial review brought by Lidl and quashed the planning permission granted by the East Lindsey District Council for an out-of-town store at Horncastle, Lincolnshire to be operated by Aldi.

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"FTB is an excellent set for planning, environment and local government, and is developing stronger expertise in broader public law work. There are very good barristers at all levels in chambers."

Legal 500, 2022

"The clerks are absolutely superb and very quick to get back to you." "The clerks are very efficient."

Chambers and Partners, 2022

"The clerks are good at finding availability quickly in very difficult circumstances." "The clerks are determined to make things work for their clients."

Chambers and Partners, 2022
09
Jul' 24
Supreme Court Refuses Coal Action Group Permission to Appeal

In R (on the application of Coal Action Network) (Appellant) v Welsh Ministers and others (Respondents) UKSC 2024/0049, the Coal Action Network (CON) sought permission  to appeal the judgment of the Court of Appeal [2024] EWCA Civ. 168 which had rejected CON’s appeal against Steyn J’s judgment that the Welsh Government [2023] EWHC 1194 (Admin)had no power to determine coal licences previously granted by the Coal Authority at the stage  of approval of conditions by the Coal Authority.

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03
Jul' 24
Judgment on Consideration of Rival Planning Applications

For reasons set out in a judgment handed down on 2 July 2024, in Lidl Great Britain Limited v East Lindsey District Council & Aldi Stores Limited [2024] EWHC 1641 (Admin), the High Court (Dan Kolinsky KC, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge) has allowed a claim for judicial review brought by Lidl and quashed the planning permission granted by the East Lindsey District Council for an out-of-town store at Horncastle, Lincolnshire to be operated by Aldi.

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King's Counsel

Simon Bird KC

Call: 1987 | Silk: 2009

Robert McCracken KC

Call: 1973 | Silk: 2003

Andrew Tait KC

Call: 1981 | Silk: 2003

Michael Humphries KC

Call: 1982 | Silk: 2003

Gerald Gouriet KC

Call: 1974 | Silk: 2006

David Matthias KC

Call: 1980 | Silk: 2006

Morag Ellis KC

Call: 1984 | Silk: 2006

Craig Howell Williams KC

Call: 1983 | Silk: 2008

Mark Hill KC

Call: 1987 | Silk: 2009

Douglas Edwards KC

Call: 1992 | Silk: 2010

Gregory Jones KC

Call: 1991 | Silk: 2011

Suzanne Ornsby KC

Call: 1986 | Silk: 2012

James Pereira KC

Call: 1996 | Silk: 2014

Saira Kabir Sheikh KC

Call: 2000 | Silk: 2014

Andrew Fraser-Urquhart KC

Call: 1993 | Silk: 2015

Hereward Phillpot KC

Call: 1997 | Silk: 2015

Alexander Booth KC

Call: 2000 | Silk: 2016

Richard Honey KC

Call: 2003 | Silk: 2021

Meyric Lewis KC

Call: 1986 | Silk: 2023

Junior Counsel

Philip Petchey

Call: 1976

Timothy Comyn

Call: 1980

James Rankin

Call: 1983

Gary Grant

Call: 1994

Leo Charalambides

Call: 1998

Emyr Jones

Call: 1999

Kate Olley

Call: 1999

John Jolliffe

Call: 2005

Professor Pavlos Eleftheriadis

Call: 2006

Cain Ormondroyd

Call: 2007

Annabel Graham Paul

Call: 2008

Hugh Flanagan

Call: 2008

Rebecca Clutten

Call: 2008

Ned Westaway

Call: 2009

Isabella Tafur

Call: 2009

David Graham

Call: 2010

Michael Fry

Call: 2011

George Mackenzie

Call: 2011

Professor Gordon Anthony

Call: 2011

Alexander Greaves

Call: 2012

Caroline Daly

Call: 2013

Charles Streeten

Call: 2013

Charles Forrest

Call: 2014

Merrow Golden

Call: 2014

Daisy Noble

Call: 2015

Charles Merrett

Call: 2016

Esther Drabkin-Reiter

Call: 2017

Brendan Brett

Call: 2017

Brendan Brett

Call: 2017

Conor Fegan

Call: 2018

Michael Rhimes

Call: 2019

Mark O’Brien O’Reilly

Call: 2021, 2023 (Ireland)

Michael Feeney

Call: 2021

Stephanie Bruce-Smith

Call: 2021

Claire Nevin

Call: 2021

Pupils

Armin Solimani

Call: 2023

Gabriel Nelson

Call: 2023

Associate Members

Charles Holland

Call: 1994