Policy Matters: An introduction to Public Inquiries

The Administrative and Public Law team hosted a Policy Matters webinar on public inquiries on Thursday 10 September 2020. Hosted by Associate Sahil Kher, the webinar featured insights from Andrew Lidbetter (the head of HSF’s Administrative and Public Law practice in London) and Nusrat Zar, who is also a partner in the team. Andrew and … Read more

Judicial reviews of inquiries

Two Divisional Court judgments have considered the position regarding the application of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”) (the right to a fair trial) in judicial review proceedings regarding a decision not to hold an inquiry, and the timeframe within which a judicial review of an inquiry under the Inquiries Act … Read more

High Court gives guidance on conduct of non-statutory inquiries

In R (on the application of Clarke and Others) v Holliday [2019] EWHC 3596 (Admin), the High Court dismissed an application for permission to apply for judicial review of decisions taken by the Chairman of an independent, non-statutory inquiry (the “Inquiry”). In doing so the court proceeded on the basis that the Inquiry was amenable … Read more

The National Audit Office reports on government-funded inquiries

The National Audit Office (“NAO”) recently published the findings of its investigation into government funded inquiries (the “Report”) , prompted by the increasing prevalence of inquiries and the considerable public funds spent on them. The NAO explored the establishment and management of inquiries, their cost and duration, and how they are managed in practice. Key points Inquiries … Read more