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Public Law

No5 Barristers' Chambers includes some of the leading practitioners in the country when it comes to bringing and defending challenges to the legality of the actions of public bodies, both in the UK and abroad. Upholding civil liberties and human rights lies at the heart of everything we do, whether acting for the individual or the public body.

We advise and act for:

  • Individuals who wish to challenge government and all forms of government bodies
  • Government Departments, including the Official Solicitor
  • Local Authorities
  • NHS bodies
  • Police Forces and Police Authorities

Administrative and Public Law covers a vast area of specialities, reflecting the many different ways in which the government impacts on the lives of citizens. The common thread is that public bodies have defined purposes, limited powers, and importantly, duties to act fairly and reasonably in all their dealings with the public.

Our barristers are experts in interpreting statutory schemes, understanding the limits of powers, advising on how public bodies are required to act to comply with their duties under the Human Rights Act 1998, the Data Protection Act 1998, international conventions to which the United Kingdom is a party, and the increasingly important Public Sector Equality Duties under the Equality Act 2010. Chambers is instructed in matters ranging from seminal cases concerning police powers to ground breaking medical treatment and welfare cases. 

We regularly appear in leading public law cases in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and the High Court. No5 Counsel are also briefed to appear regularly in specialist courts and tribunals such as the Court of Protection, the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals and Parole Board Hearings, as well as in numerous other venues where key public law decisions are taken.

For details of specialists within our public and administrative law practice please follow the links below to subject areas:

We also have many practitioners with individual specialities within administrative law, as listed in the profiles of individual barristers. Please contact the public law clerks Abdul Hafeez for more details.

No5 Barristers' Chambers presently has 12 appointees to the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel; click here to view the full list.

24 Hour Urgent Advice
Our dedicated and experienced clerking team provides a 24 hour service, 365 days a year to arrange for urgent advice and representation from members of the Public Law team, and prides itself on dealing with emergency orders and out of hours applications smoothly.