Administration and Public law

Administrative and Public Law covers a vast area of specialities, reflecting the many different ways in which the local and central government impacts on the lives of citizens. The common thread is that public bodies have defined purposes, limited powers, and importantly, duties to act fairly and reasonably in all their dealings with the public.

3PB are experts in interpreting statutory schemes, understanding the limits of powers, advising on how public bodies are required to act to comply with their duties under the Human Rights Act 1998, the Data Protection Act 1998, international conventions to which the United Kingdom is a party, and the increasingly important Public Sector Equality Duties under the Equality Act 2010.

Our barristers experience specialises in local government, healthcare and social welfare and on public law issues connected with Chambers’ specialisms in other areas –  regulation of the professions (especially medical and accounting), education law, the rights of special needs children and their parents and discrimination law. This particularly involves work in the Court of Protection (and the High Court sitting in the COP jurisdiction), in relation to decisions about medical treatment, end of life decisions, community care, mental health law and education law.

3PB presently has 10 appointees to the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel; click here to view the full list.  Some members have extensive experience of handling public international law.

Our dedicated and experienced clerking team provides a 24 hour service, 365 days a year to arrange for urgent advice and representation from members of the Public & Regulatory team, and prides itself on dealing with emergency orders and out of hours applications efficiently.