Judicial review

Sharpe Pritchard has a national reputation for its judicial review work that has been maintained for many years. Our lawyers have been involved in some of the most significant actions against public authorities.

We are considered the ‘go to’ firm for many public authorities when they require the specialist advice required when judicial reviews are taken out against them, particularly for those authorities for whom it is a rare occurrence.

We guide claimants and defendants through the whole judicial review process, including:

  • the drafting of and response to pre-action protocol letters;
  • advising on the merits of the case;
  • advising on costs, including advising on protective costs orders in environmental cases;
  • preparing and lodging the response to the application;
  • preparing for and appearing at the hearing itself; and
  • advising on appeals.

We have very good relationships with the leading sets of public law chambers, instructing them regularly on judicial reviews of all types. We have a particularly strong reputation in planning law cases.

Our clients include local authorities and other public bodies as defendants to judicial review actions, and the full range of clientele including corporate bodies as applicants.

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

"They are very good tacticians, very good at dealing with procedural difficulties as they arise, and have a really deep knowledge of procedure." Chambers UK 2014

Trevor Griffiths is a highly experienced practitioner with a wealth of knowledge of handling judicial reviews and statutory appeals. Clients value his "reassuring, down-to-earth" approach. Chambers UK 2014

Sharpe Pritchard is ‘a well-established and respected player', with expertise advising local authorities in judicial review challenges. Key partner Trevor Griffiths is ‘a stand-out performer, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of practice and procedure'. Legal 500 2014


31 October 2018

The High Court provides guidance on what constitutes a “concession contract”; Ocean Outdoor UK Limited v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham [2018] EWHC 2508 (TCC)
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21 December 2017

Court of Appeal confirms that Local Government Act 1972 provides local authorities with power to authorise music festivals in parks held on trust for the public
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21 March 2017

Sharpe Focus 18 – news, projects and legal updates
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