Administrative Law and Judicial Review

Disputes between individuals or businesses and public bodies often involve issues of ‘Administrative Law’ (sometimes called ‘Public Law’).

For example:

  • A landowner’s objections to planning proposals on neighbouring land have been ignored by the planning authority, which appears to have disregarded relevant facts.
  • A licensing body has refused to permit a legitimate business activity on apparently unreasonable grounds.
  • A health authority seems to be ignoring official guidance on the provision of a particular treatment.
  • Any public body is acting in an arbitrary or unfair way.

All these scenarios, and many others, may involve Administrative Law.

Sometimes the remedy, if the problem cannot be resolved by negotiation, is to take matters to the High Court on a statutory appeal or an application for judicial review.  In other cases there may be a procedure for an appeal to a specialist tribunal.

If you think that you would benefit from specialist advice please contact James Matthews, who has considerable experience of this area of law gained in his ten years working in central government and subsequently on his return to private practice.


Please note that Administrative Law cases are often subject to strict time limits and urgent action may be required.