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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 can assess the lawfulness of the decision in issue.

What is a judicial review?

A judicial review is a useful tool for challenges of the decisions of a range of public bodies, including government departments, the NHS and local councils. 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. It is, therefore, important to act quickly where there is cause for investigation into the lawfulness of a public body’s decision.

Our expert judicial review solicitors have a significant amount of experience in dealing with judicial review in regards to planning matters. We have recently acted in successfully bringing a judicial review claim in respect of a planning permission, which resulted in the decision being overturned. We have also recently acted in defending a judicial review claim, the result of which being that the local authority planning permission was upheld.

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