Judicial review is one of the checks and balances that exists to ensure public authorities do not abuse their powers or act unreasonably. We can help if you want to challenge a decision or action.
The core function of judicial review is to enable the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public body to be reviewed. Crucially, it is the process by which the decision was made that is being considered rather than the decision itself.
The law, commentary and procedures surrounding judicial review are complex, and what the courts can and cannot do is more limited than popular belief. For these reasons, it is vital to ensure you receive experienced, accurate, reliable advice that enables you to make informed decisions as to whether to challenge or defend a decision.
Our team has a reputation for giving straightforward, reliable advice, evidenced by a client testimonial applauding the team for being ‘highly responsive’ and consistently delivering ‘high quality advice rivalling any top City firm’ at competitive prices.
Given the complexities and traps (such as very short limitation periods) of judicial review law, it’s best to take advice at the earliest opportunity on judicial review challenges, whether as potential claimant or defendant. We provide a balanced view, no matter what side you’re on.
Recently we were instructed in a claim on behalf of a water abstractors group seeking to make a claim against the Environment Agency for judicial review. This challenge concerns a decision to revoke or significantly curtail existing water abstraction licences to maintain and improve environmental sustainability.
Cases of note include: Stody Estate Limited v Secretary of State for the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs,  EWHC 378 (Admin), and John Sawkill v Highways England Limited,  EWHC 801 (Admin).
The first case sought to challenge a decision of the Secretary of State for DEFRA to impose a penalty reduction on the client’s claim for a farm subsidy. The second relates to a judicial review challenge concerning a decision made by Highways England to access our client’s land to discharge huge volumes of water for survey purposes connected with the proposed road tunnel under Stonehenge. These cases, publicly available, demonstrate our competence in advising on a broad variety of judicial review matters.