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Public Law & Judicial Review

Judicial Review Solicitors & Public Law Cases In London

What is public law?

Public bodies must comply with rules when carrying out their public functions. Where they fail to comply with the rules this can be challenged by way of Judicial Review.

This is a complex area of law, but our team is highly experienced in challenging public bodies in a range of difference areas. Osbornes are able to draw on the breadth of work they cover across the other areas of law for which we have legal aid contracts. These include housing, community care and welfare benefits.

Examples of the type of cases our specialist public law solicitors can assist with include the following:

  • Challenges to decisions concerning homelessness duties
  • Challenges to Local Authorities’ housing allocation schemes
  • Cases involving welfare benefits
  • Failures by Children’s services involving children and young persons
  • Cuts to public services
  • Age assessment challenges
  • Securing access to support for asylum seekers and migrants
  • Challenges to the decision making of the Legal Aid Agency in relation to legal aid.

Osbornes Law mainly act for Claimants in Judicial Review claims

We do also provide advice and training to charities and public sector organisations.

What do I need to do?

If you think disagree with a decision, or you are concerned about the impact of a rule or policy of a public body, please contact the Public Law team at Osbornes to discuss whether it is something we can assist with.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a public body?

A public body is an organisation carrying out a public function. Examples of public bodies include Local Authorities, government departments, and Housing Associations.

How will my public law case be funded?

Osbornes Law is able to conduct public law case work under our Public Law contract with the Legal Aid Agency. For those that do not qualify for legal aid we can discus other funding options.

If I win my public law case what order will the Court make?

The Court will not substitute its decision for that of the public body. The Courts roles is supervisory and to ensure that the law has been complied with. It can strike down unlawful acts but in almost all cases a successful Judicial Review claim will simply rule as unlawful the act that is complained of by the Claimant, thus requiring the public body to make a fresh decision.

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