Public Law

Public law is the term used to describe cases against public bodies and the duties of public bodies to you as an individual. Your local council is a public body and so is the government.  Public bodies can sometimes act or do something they have no authority to do.  Authority to act usually comes from legislation or Acts of Parliament; for example, the Housing Act 1996.  An example of a breach might be where a decision has been made to close a school, but the community has not been consulted properly.  A local authority might be shown to have an unlawful policy that applies to many people.

The process used to challenge decisions made by public bodies that may not be lawful is called judicial review.   We can advise you about the lawfulness of any decision made by a public body and represent you in judicial review proceedings to challenge these decisions.

If you are not sure is a decision made by your local council or the government is lawful, get in touch. We can help.