Public and Administrative law is the term used to describe the law governing the way the government, local authorities or other public bodies arrive at  decisions. It is used to challenge these decision making bodies in the event that their acts, omissions or decisions have been made unfairly. Examples of challenges could include failure to consider important information; lack of or insufficient public consultation; failure to give proper reasons for the decision; or reaching an unreasonable decision.

We are experienced public law solicitors and have particular expertise in judicial review. We regularly act for individuals, local authorities, campaign groups and NGOs challenging public bodies who fail to act correctly when making a decision or, where the public body has reached an unlawful decision. We help our clients to secure access to justice where the decision making process has been unfair.

We are ranked as a Leading Firm in Chambers Directory. Chambers describes Harrison Grant as having an ‘outstanding reputation’  for its public law work. Harrison Grant ‘has been involved in a number of high profile judicial reviews, including successful challenges to government policy decisions. Cases include a successful challenge to the government decision in favour of a 3rd runway and 6th terminal at Heathrow Airport (acting on behalf of local authorities, environmental groups and residents) and a successful challenge to government policy support for nuclear power. Harrison Grant also intervened, on behalf of environmental groups from the USA, Europe and the UK, to support government and EU measures to include international aviation in ETS.’  

Leading Cases

Details of our leading cases can be found here.

Our Experience

  • Judicial Reviews
  • Complaints to and internal reviews of decisions made by the Local Government Ombudsman and the Parliamentary Ombudsman
  • Local Government investigations
  • Healthcare and the Health and Social Care Act
  • Data Protection and Freedom of Information
  • Parliamentary matters and electoral law
  • Buckinghamshire County Council and others v Secretary of State for Transport, representing a coalition of 15 local authorities opposed to the construction of the High Speed 2 rail link.

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