Judicial Review

Our expert team of judicial review solicitors have experience in dealing with both asserting and defending judicial review claims.

Any decision made by a public body must comply with the law and adhere to the relevant procedures. If it fails to do so redress can be sought via a process known as judicial review, whereby the courts  assess the lawfulness of the decision in issue.

What is judicial review?

Judicial review is a useful tool for challenges of the decisions of a range of public bodies, including government departments, the NHS and local authorities. In respect of the latter, judicial review can be used to challenge planning permissions decisions.

It is important to note that the purpose of judicial review is not to examine the merits of the decision (i.e. whether or not the outcome is agreed with). Judicial review is concerned with compliance with the procedure or the lawfulness of a decision.

The time limit for the issue of judicial review proceedings is usually 3 months from the date of the decision, however a 6 week limit is applicable to judicial review of planning decisions. It is, therefore, important to act quickly where there is cause for investigation into the lawfulness of a public body’s decision.

Our expert solicitors have a significant amount of experience in dealing with judicial review, with a particular specialism in relation to planning matters. Our specialist team are experienced in both acting for claimants in challenging a public body decision and defending such decisions (usually working alongside the public body in question) to seek to uphold a them.

Our Experts

Lauren Day

Partner, Solicitor & Head of Dispute Resolution

William Fox Bregman

Partner, Solicitor & Head of Banking and Finance Litigation

Paul Kanolik

Partner & Solicitor

Caroline Palacio

Senior Associate Solicitor and Head of Insolvency & Business Recovery

Victoria Riddleston

Senior Associate Solicitor

Maria Evans

Associate Solicitor

Donna Stevens

Senior Associate Solicitor

Luke Baldwin


Conor Maher


Sally Carmichael

Non-Practicing Solicitor

Jane Renshaw


Grace Tyror

Personal Assistant


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