Public law

No5 Chambers includes some of the leading practitioners in the country when it comes to bringing and defending challenges to the legality of the actions of public bodies, both in the UK and abroad. 

Upholding civil liberties and human rights lies at the heart of everything we do, whether acting for the individual or the public body.

We advise and act for:

  • Individuals who wish to challenge government and all forms of government bodies
  • Government departments, including the Official Solicitor
  • Local authorities
  • NHS bodies
  • Police forces and police authorities

Administrative and public law covers a vast area of specialities, reflecting the many different ways in which the government impacts on the lives of citizens. The common thread is that public bodies have defined purposes, limited powers, and importantly, duties to act fairly and reasonably in all their dealings with the public.

Our barristers are experts in interpreting statutory schemes, understanding the limits of powers, advising on how public bodies are required to act to comply with their duties under the Human Rights Act 1998, the Data Protection Act 1998, international conventions to which the United Kingdom is a party, and the increasingly important Public Sector Equality Duties under the Equality Act 2010. We have particular strengths in immigration, asylum and nationality cases, including cases concerning national security.

We regularly appear in leading public law cases in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and the High Court. No5 Counsel are also briefed to appear regularly in specialist courts and tribunals such as the Court of Protection, the First-tier and Upper Tribunals and Parole Board hearings, as well as in numerous other venues where key public law decisions are taken.

We also have many practitioners with individual specialities within administrative law, as listed in the profiles of individual barristers. Please contact the public law clerks, Robert Woods or Andrew Bisbey for more details.

This material has been sourced from the No5 Chambers website.