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Public or Administrative Law

Public Law involves challenges to unlawful acts by public bodies – including Local Authorities, Government departments NHS bodies, Police, DSS etc. 

It is important that people can hold public bodies to account and challenge them when things go wrong.  Judicial Review is the main tool for this. It is the Court process which examines whether decision makers have acted fairly, in good faith, rationally and only using the powers that they have for their proper purposes.  These are the ‘Public Law’ principles that every public decision maker should abide by. 

If you suspect that a significant unlawful decision is about to be made, or already has been, legal advice should be sought as soon as possible.

Watkins & Gunn Solicitors have extensive experience of challenging the unlawful actions of such public bodies through Judicial Review in the High Court.  These cases often include Human Rights law.  The following are examples of public law cases undertaken:

  • Challenges to Hospital closures and downgrades
  • A challenge to School reorganization and closure
  • A challenge to Library Closures
  • A challenge to the grant of planning permission in environmental maters such as;
    incinerators, wind farms etc.

These are just examples. If you have a Public Law problem involving any public authority, please do get in touch. We will see what we can do to help.

Act Quickly

It is vitally important that one acts quickly to bring a Judicial Review case against a public body. The timeframes are very short - most cases must be brought promptly and within three months of the decision, but some, such as planning, environmental and procurement cases may need to be brought even quicker. 

Who we Act for

Watkins & Gunn represent a wide range of clients in Public Law cases, including:

  • Individuals;
  • Action and campaigning groups;
  • Charities;
  • Professional associations;
  • Unions;
  • Nurseries, schools and colleges; and
  • Companies

We take cases under Legal Aid when available, with private funding, fixed fees and group funding arrangements.


Michael Imperato is a leading practitioner in the fields of Public Law and Civil Liberties. He has been involved in several of the highest profile Public Law page challenges in Wales in recent years. He has written and lectured extensively on the subject, has given expert evidence on Public Law issues to both the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies.

Reported cases

R (on the application of Lloyd v Pembrokeshire County Council [2004] EWHC 2312 ( Hermon School Closure case) – High Court

Ceredigion CC v Jones & Others [2007] UKHL 24 – House of Lords

Re Roberts v Welsh Ministers (2011) EWHC 3416 Administrative Court 

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