Administrative law

Administrative law, including judicial review, requires specialist knowledge of law and procedure that many public bodies may only need to call upon rarely. Judicial review remains as crucial as ever for public bodies and those who wish to challenge their decisions and actions despite the government’s attempts to restrict the role of the courts in this area.  Sharpe Pritchard’s lawyers provide high quality specialist legal advice on judicial review and other administrative law remedies.

Our administrative law solicitors have a longstanding reputation for acting for parties in judicial reviews, injunctions, and statutory reviews and appeals. Our claim to be the ‘go to’ firm for local authorities has its roots in a long-standing close association with the public sector.  Sharpe Pritchard acted for the local authority in perhaps the most well known administrative case, which gave rise to the doctrine of Wednesbury reasonableness.

We advise clients from beginning to end, including on pre-action protocol, the merits of the case, the procedures and the costs, including the complexities of protective costs orders. 

Our team focuses its work on the Administrative Court (including the Planning Court) in London. We regularly act for public bodies and applicants across the full range of administrative law actions, including:

Recent work

The Queen (on the application of Charles Jones) v English Heritage and others [2014] EWHC 2259 (Admin): a case involving the question of the designation of land as a registered battlefield

The Queen (on the application of Suzanne Couves) v Gravesham Borough Council and others [2015] EWHC 504 (Admin): delegation of powers in planning cases

The Queen (on the application of Oxford Aviation Services Ltd & Another) v Ministry of Defence and Others [2015] EWHC 24 (Admin): Jurisdiction of the Civil Aviation Authority over military airfields which take civilian flights

The Queen (on the application of Cherkley Campaign Ltd) v Mole Valley District Council and Another [2014] EWCA Civ 567: Successful appeal to the Court of Appeal over challenge to planning permission for a golf course and hotel facilities.


What others say

Sharpe Pritchard’s administrative law team is “entrusted by local authorities to handle complex and sensitive litigation including judicial reviews. Particular experience in defending planning decisions.”
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

"We are impressed with their thoroughness." 
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

Trevor Griffiths is recommended for "his knowledge of High Court procedure and costs particularly. He has good sense combined with expert knowledge."
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

Trevor Griffiths is "vastly knowledgeable, approachable, pragmatic, reliable and sensitive to the client’s needs."
Chambers and Partners UK 2017.

Administrative and public law is ranked tier 4, with Trevor Griffiths recommended. 
Legal 500 2016.

"An impressive firm which offers the whole package and has some good young people coming up as well." 
Chambers UK 2016.

"They know what they are doing and they get on with it. They are very clued-up on what to do and when to do it."  
Chambers UK 2016.


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