Our judicial review team coordinates and manages litigation advice and support for clients in the event of a judicial review, or under threat of one.

We resolve disputes for many judicially reviewable bodies, as well as other companies serving the public which exercise or have statutory duties and powers including governmental authorities, utility companies (including water, electricity, gas and telecommunications), other licensed bodies, and private sector companies carrying out functions of a public nature.

Addleshaw Goddard is experienced at bringing forward and intervening in judicial review applications in the Administrative Court for clients across a range of sectors, including local government, education, transport, infrastructure, utilities and healthcare.

We provide specialist public law advice to help clients proactively avoid, or minimise the risk of, a challenge being made to their decision-making and consultation processes. We also deal with Freedom of Information and data protection issues.

AG is well-known for delivering advice to clients on consultation duties, particularly in the healthcare sector, and for our regulatory advisory work supporting clients on potential regulatory challenges which may impact on their critical business interests.

For more information, please get in touch with a member of our team now. Some of our case highlights are also given below.

Extensive experience

Recent highlights include acting for:

  • A manufacturer and distributor of electronic cigarettes in securing a judicial review and reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for a preliminary ruling in relation to the regulation of its products under the new Tobacco Products Directive 2014
  • Luton Borough Council in a successful challenge (alongside five other authorities) to the Government's decision to cancel the Building Schools for the Future programme without proper consultation
  • A leading hospital in relation to bringing a judicial review concerning the consolidation of certain specialist services. We provided strategic legal advice in relation to submissions and lobbying which assisted in achieving our client's objective
  • Royal Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust and Liverpool Primary Care Trust in successfully defending two separate judicial review actions arising from an alleged failure to consult the public in respect of the proposed rebuild of the Royal Liverpool Hospital and a later challenge to the scheme's financial business case
  • The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, the MPs expenses body, in an appeal to the Court of Appeal regarding a novel point under the Freedom of Information Act (having previously acted in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals)
  • The Microgeneration Certification Scheme in defending, at trial, a judicial review challenge by a manufacturer of domestic solar panel heating systems, in relation to our client's decision on published performance standards for energy microgeneration products
  • SSE plc, as an interested party opposing a judicial review brought by RWE npower of Ofgem's decision to approve changes to the methodology for charging electricity generators to access the national grid
  • A consortium of specialist hospitals in relation to the judicial review of the national tariffs imposed by NHS England and Monitor, including giving strategic legal advice on submissions and lobbying

Key contact

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Bill Gilliam

Bill Gilliam

Partner, Head of Commercial Disputes
Leeds, UK

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