Areas of work

Administrative Law

Since the Human Rights Act 1998 many cases involving freedom of expression have been decided as judicial reviews of decisions of public authorities.  Many members of chambers have extensive experience in the Administrative court which includes judicial review.

Cases include: R (Associated Newspapers Ltd) v Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson (as Chairman of the Leveson Inquiry) [2012] EWHC 57 (Admin) where Associated Newspapers Ltd sought a judicial review of the lawfulness of Sir Brian Leveson’s decision to admit anonymous evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

R (On the application of Guardian News and Media) v (1) City of Westminster Magistrates Court (2) Government of the United States [2012] EWCA Civ 420 an important decision on access to documents referred to in court.

R v Health Secretary ex parte Associated Newspapers & Others [2001] 1 WLR 292 where combined media applicants successfully challenged the decision of Secretary of State for Health to hold inquiry into the Shipman deaths in private and R (Persey) v Secretary of State for Environment Food & Rural Affairs [2003] QB 794 where the media again challenged access to information about the Foot and Mouth inquiry, under Art 10 ECHR.

Members of 5RB are also involved in judicial reviews of decisions of the Press Complaints Commission and the other media regulators.

5 recent Administrative Law cases