Civil liberties & public law

Our civil liberties and public law solicitors have been involved in a substantial number of high profile cases which have led to changes in the law over the last 10 years.

We have a wealth of experience in cases ranging from making written representations to organisations, representation at tribunals or other hearings and subsequent challenges to public body decisions in the High Court through to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

The team have been specialising in judicial review for over fifteen years and are nationally recognised as specialists in this area with excellent connections to leading barristers’ chambers. You can have confidence that your case will be handled efficiently and with regular updates in what can be a very fast paced area of law.

 

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Why choose Stephensons?

Our public law team are nationally renowned and are respected by a number of agencies with whom they regularly deal. They have been praised for their innovative approach to problems faced by clients and always try to resolve issues as quickly as possible.

The team understand that instructing a solicitor in matter is not something that is done out of choice. The situation which leads to the need to do so can be highly stressful, especially when it arises from what is already a crisis situation for client’s and their families. The team offer clear advice, support and expertise when it is needed in an empathetic and understandable way.

Mike Pemberton is recognised in Chambers and Partners Guide to the Legal Profession as a leader in this field and has been described as “very down to earth and 100% honest. He always goes the extra mile for his clients without losing objectivity."

The Legal 500 notes: “Mike Pemberton's good humour and the mastery of the detail of their cases immediately puts clients at ease”.

Areas of specialism

  • Education disputes
  • Disclosure and barring service disputes
  • Inquest advice and representation
  • Victims rights
  • Judicial review against government departments, local authorities and other public bodies

The team regularly advises on judicial review applications to the High Court arising from the above areas and have a wealth of experience in very bespoke areas including privacy issues arising from criminal record disclosure.

Our public law team have strong connections with leading barristers’ chambers in Manchester and London.

We're widely accredited for our work - regulatory & criminal justice

  • Legal 500

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our regulatory and criminal justice team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

Memberships & accreditations

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