Public Law

Challenging faults, omissions, unfair, unlawful, procedural irregularities and disproportionate decisions of public authorities is a key part Administrative and Public Law. Challenging such decisions ensures the rule of law upheld, whilst human rights are respected and compatible with wider international obligations of the UK.

Church Court Chambers’ public law team appear and advise in a variety of administrative and public law matters including regulatory matters concerning public law issues, with a particular emphasis on local and central government decisions, healthcare and social welfare, connected with Chambers’ practice areas include crime, immigration, sports law, banking and finance, arts and antiquity, education, prisons, inquests, inquiries, and judicial review.  Our experienced Barristers will advise and guide you on all aspects of administrative, regulatory and public law issues.

Much of our work in this area is widely publicised by the media, for example, the independent Inquiry into child sex abuse and the Saville Inquiry. Our members have contributed to the leading texts in these fields, including judicial review and Statement of Special Educational Needs, and are requested to routinely attend seminars and lectures.

Having established practitioners, Chambers is actively growing its work in these areas, in part to enhance and complement the service it can offer to its existing substantial client base in the judicial review and local authority fields including its areas of practice. Our members bring discretion and sensitivity to all cases, often dealing with tragic circumstances including deaths in custody and fatal accidents. We regularly act for victim’s families, hospital trusts and other statutory bodies at Coroner’s inquests which are often Article 2 ECHR Jury Inquests where our Members utilised their broad experience in a number of different arenas.

In connection with all these types of work members of the team are regularly in the Upper Tribunal, First-Tier Tribunal and the Administrative Court. We can offer extensive litigation and advisory experience in administrative and public law, and members are able to advise interested groups and contracting authorities on their obligations under the regulatory and public law regime. Chambers and individual barristers have a track record of representation at public inquiries, and regularly appear at significant inquests that ‘cross-over’ expertise with Chambers other core practice areas.


The areas of expertise of our barristers in this area include:

  • Appeals
  • Administrative Reviews
  • Judicial Reviews
  • Crime
  • Immigration and asylum
  • Sports law
  • Banking and finance
  • Arts and antiquity
  • Education
  • Prisons
  • Inquests
  • Inquiries
  • Social welfare
  • Housing
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Charities

Our Barristers also take pro bono matters on a case by case basis. Please call our dedicated clerks to discuss your case. Our clerks will be more than happy to find the most appropriate Barrister for you.