We have acted for a number of Local authorities both bring and defending Judicial Reviews. These may be high profile issues that impact on their residents like airport expansion, a change in Government policy, a high speed rail link or justifying a decision taken by the body against challenge.
We are well known for our advice to local authorities in relation to high profile infrastructure projects such as the expansion of Heathrow Airport or HS2. Part 2A. We are use to working with in-house legal teams and understand the political environment. Often large projects impact on a number of local authorities at parish, district, county and/or unitary level and we have particular expertise in coordinating groups and managing multiple parties.
Often a local authority is faced with a judicial or statutory review of a decision. This may be a planning permission they have granted, a contaminated land site or another decision. We are able to assist defend your position and if we are involved early in the process help ensure that any challenge to a decision you take is highly unlikely to succeed.
We acted for the claimants in the landmark case of R (Hillingdon and others) v Secretary of State for Transport  EWHC 626. Harrison Grant successfully represented a coalition of local authorities, residents’ groups and environmental groups in a judicial review of the Government’s decision to green light a third runway and sixth terminal at Heathrow Airport. This was the first case to be decided under the Climate Change Act 2008 and Planning Act 2008.
Harrison Grant acted a number of local authorities in Buckinghamshire County Council and others v Secretary of State for Transport  UKSC 3 which was a landmark challenge to the high speed rail link HS2 by the local authorities along the proposed line.