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Public Law

Public Law or ‘Administrative’ Law involves challenges to unlawful acts by public bodies, including local authorities, government departments NHS bodies, the Police, DSS, etc.

It is important that people can hold public bodies to account and challenge them when things go wrong. We can help you to identify if your rights, your community’s right or the rights of your family are being challenged or undermined and clearly advise on the road ahead.

Our Public Law specialists have significant expertise in:

These are just examples. If you have a Public Law problem involving any public authority, please contact us today to see how we can help.

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
  • Companies

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.

The Legal 500 UK Solicitors 2024 Edition Testimonials

‘Watkins & Gunn has a well established and market-leading claimant focused public law practice’.

‘The team was extremely knowledgeable, responsive and had an extensive network of experts.  Exceptional people, doing an exceptional job’.

‘Very proactive in many areas and excellent client relations’.

‘‘Strong collaborative working, providing highly knowledgeable expert advice, with an in depth awareness and understanding of case law and developments within regulation’.

Chambers UK Guide 2024 Testimonials

‘Watkins & Gunn went above and beyond; the team was always efficient and effective’. 

‘They know what they’re doing and are good at it’. 

We have a legal aid franchise with the Legal Aid Agency and we are committed to public funded work where available but also with private funding, fixed fees and group funding arrangements where necessary.

Your Problem Solved

We have decades of experience in helping individuals, groups and organisations with Administrative / Public Law matters and our clients love to refer us on, thanks to our professionalism, expertise, success and clarity on costs and legal advice.

We’ll give you jargon-free advice without any hidden costs.

Contact us today to see how we can help you.