Public Law

The Public Law Group includes some of the leading practitioners in the country when it comes to bringing and defending challenges to the legality of actions by 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.

Administrative and Public Law covers a range of specialist work, reflecting the different ways in which the Government impacts on the lives of citizens. Our team has experts across this field. A 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. We advise and act for:

  • Individuals who wish to challenge public authorities. This includes, of course, the actions or decisions of courts, tribunals, and all forms of governmental body or official, including police and prison officers, and health and education body decision-makers
  • Government departments, including the Official Solicitor
  • Local authorities
  • NHS and health professionals’ bodies
  • Police forces and police authorities
  • Coroners


Our team provides sound and astute tactical advice helping our clients to navigate the, often complex, situations and the options that may arise in relation to representation within, or in a challenge to a public law decision-making that affects the client’s interests. We recognise the issues are always of considerable importance to our client and may have profound effects upon the lives of individuals, and sometimes in the development of the law. 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, data protection and information law, international conventions to which the United Kingdom is a party, and the important Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010.

We regularly appear in leading public law cases in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and the High Court. Our 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 Coroner’s Courts, as well as in numerous other venues where key public law decisions are taken for example in education matters, professional discipline, or Parole Board hearings, to name but a few.

For details of the specialists within our Public and Administrative Law team, please follow the links below to subject areas or contact our group clerks for advice. 

We also have practitioners with individual specialities within administrative law, as listed in the profiles of individual barristers. This includes a wide range of niche matters, such as representation in matters before the Contract Review Board of the Legal Aid Agency, public procurement, safeguarding matters, and discrimination in the provision of services and goods (often involving Equality Act 2010 duties). Please contact the public law clerk for more details. 

24 Hour Urgent Advice

Our dedicated and experienced clerking team provides 24-hour service, 365-days-a-year to arrange, where appropriate, 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.


At No5 Barristers' Chambers, expertise spans judicial reviews (particularly in relation to immigration and asylum matters), NHS legislation and community care cases.
Legal 500 2019

No5 Chambers possesses strength in both business and asylum immigration matters. Its practice encompasses claims involving the points-based system (PBS), immigration detention and national security. The set offers a bench brimming with experience in tribunal courts, as well as the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and ECJ.
Chambers UK 2018

No5 Barristers' Chambers is a ‘dynamic’ set with a range of experience across the spectrum of public law, including NHS legislation, asylum law, community care and public procurement.
Legal 500 2017

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