Public sector organisations are accountable to the general public for their actions. If they fail to properly exercise their powers or duties, their actions are susceptible to scrutiny and may be challenged in the courts
Through the process of judicial review, a Judge will consider the lawfulness of the actions or decisions. If the conclusion is that the public body has breached its duties or exceeded its powers, its decision may be quashed or it may be compelled to take or refrain from taking certain action.
Whether you represent a public body or a business in dispute with a public body, we have extensive experience of both bringing and resisting applications for judicial review.
Through years of working closely with public authorities, we have developed a thorough understanding of the extent of powers and duties, and gained a valuable insight into typical internal policies and procedures.
We have also represented a significant number of companies in the private sector and have particular experience of both bringing and defending public procurement related claims and a detailed understanding of The Public Contract Regulations 2006.
The time limits for bringing judicial review proceedings are very short – so you may need to act quickly!
For more information on judicial reviews and to start a conversation on how we can help you please contact Jonathan Stevens, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution.