Parliamentary Committee considers remit of the proposed Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission

    The House of Commons’ Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (the “PACAC”) is conducting a Call for Evidence as part of its inquiry (the “Inquiry”) in relation to the commitment in the 2019 Conservative Party manifesto (at page 48) that the Government would establish a Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission (the “Commission”). Background According to the manifesto … Read more

    Public Law Podcast: Government’s Independent Review of Administrative Law

    In the latest episode of our Public Law Podcast, Andrew Lidbetter, Nusrat Zar and Jasveer Randhawa discuss and debate the Government’s Independent Review of Administrative Law and the Ministry of Justice’s related Call for Evidence, to which Herbert Smith Freehills has recently responded. Herbert Smith Freehills Podcasts · Public Law Podcast EP6: Government’s Independent Review … Read more

    Invitation to Online Judicial Review Academy: 23 to 26 November

    Together with Brick Court Chambers, Herbert Smith Freehills’ public law team is pleased to be partnering with the Public Law Project to run a complete course which aims to provide lawyers and advisers, policy people, and decision makers with an understanding of bringing and defending judicial review claims. The course is also relevant to those … Read more

    Challenge to lockdown regulations heard by the Court of Appeal

    In an earlier post, we covered a challenge brought by the entrepreneur Simon Dolan and others (“the Claimants”) seeking to challenge the lockdown measures introduced in England following the outbreak of COVID-19 (“Dolan 1”). At that stage, the Administrative Court had refused permission to apply for judicial review in July on the basis that the … Read more

    Procurement Disputes

    Public procurement is an area where in recent years there has been a significant growth in litigation. In contrast to ordinary public law principles, where there is a high threshold before the court will intervene, procurement law involves a much more searching approach to review. Exacting standards are applied to the conduct of procurement processes, … Read more

    Court of Appeal upholds regulatory judgment in technical field

    Recently, the Court of Appeal gave its decision in R (Cotter) v NICE [2020] EWCA Civ 103. The case challenged a decision by NICE which made it harder for a patient to obtain a particular medicine than would have been the case had NICE taken a different approach. Background The Claimant sought judicial review of … Read more

    High Court considers concept of “rolling” judicial review

    The High Court has considered the concept of a continuing act or failure to act by a public body being the subject of a ‘rolling’ judicial review claim in R (Ali Raja & Anor) v London Borough of Redbridge [2020] EWHC 1456 (Admin). Key points The conventional approach to judicial review is for the claimant … Read more

    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