Emergency Injunctions

Our specialist team of lawyers are regularly instructed to obtain urgent injunctions for a range of clients including local authorities and other firms of solicitors.

Our work includes obtaining injunctions for local planning authorities in order to prevent unauthorised development, including unauthorised traveller encampments. Our lawyers also have experience in obtaining freezing orders in cases where a defendant’s assets need to be preserved pending enforcement of a judgment debt.

Our cases include obtaining the first “hot spot” injunctions of their kind, successfully preventing unlawful incursions of traveller and gypsy sites on very sizeable areas of land. The applications meant that the local authorities involved did not need to keep returning to court to obtain injunctions over smaller plots of land in the same area.

Our experience and knowledge of the necessary procedures ensures that we able to provide emergency assistance in obtaining injunctions. We are on hand to assist with the drafting of evidence in support of applications and the swift and efficient processing of court papers to ensure that our clients are in the best possible position to obtain the injunctions they need, as soon as they need them.

We also assist with committal applications seeking imprisonment of defendants who have breached High Court orders and regularly successfully obtain final injunctions over land.

Our team also advise local authorities in respect of costs including cases where local authorities have had adverse cost awards made against them.


  • Coordinating High Court injunctions to prevent breaches of planning control in large parts of areas in various different local authorities and then appealing to the Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for a central government department in a major IT contract where the losing bidder claimed the contracting authority had not done enough to neutralise the advantages of the winning incumbent.
  • Acting for a large south east of England borough council in two challenges brought by two incumbent highways maintenance contractors in a procurement conducted by Lots. In both cases the contractor argued that the Council’s award decisions failed to identify them as the “best” tenderer.
  • Acting for a Claimant borough council who commenced proceedings against a county council who decided to exclude its tender for a procedural irregularity.
  • Successfully obtaining an injunction for Surrey Heath to prevent travelers coming on to and/or staying on land.
  • Instructed by Ashford Borough Council to prevent breaches of planning control in relation to a caravan park of a significant size.
  • Successfully obtained an emergency injunction for Dartford Borough Council to prevent further caravans being brought onto their site.
  • Successfully obtained an injunction for East Herts District Council over an Easter Weekend to prevent caravans being brought onto fields in Little Hadham.

Going Green

It is vital for the legal industry to support the environmental agenda. Our specialist teams are finding more and more ways to support our clients green goals and obligations. Visit our green goals page for more details on how we can achieve green aims both for our clients in the work we do as well as a business and employer.

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