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Judicial Review

Public bodies, such as central and local government, have to act in a manner that is rational, lawful and fair. If they don’t, their decisions can be challenged in court, and that process is known as judicial review.

Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP are experts in challenging the lawfulness of decisions made by a wide range of public bodies, including central government, local authorities and health authorities. We offer advice and representations in judicial reviews challenging both individual decisions (often cuts to services to disabled children or adults) and strategic litigation against policies and budget cuts at both a local and national level.

Our solicitors have a proven track record of winning ground-breaking cases in a range of areas, especially education, health and social policy, and have won judicial review cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. We are also regularly instructed by local and national charities and have acted on behalf of national charities in three separate Supreme Court cases in recent years.

In the last year alone we have acted in landmark judicial reviews seeking a change to the law on assisted dying in England & Wales, against the Secretary of State for Education and the Chancellor of the Exchequer challenging the level of funding for Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, and against a consortium of CCG’s seeking to close a number of stroke units in Kent.

Our first aim is always to settle matters as quickly and economically as possible, and not all cases need to go to court; sometimes simply asking a public body to review its decision, or making a complaint to the body or relevant Ombudsman, can lead to the decision being overturned. We can advise on all available remedies on a wide range of issues, but the rules around challenging a public body’s decisions are complex, and expertise is needed to ensure that you receive accurate and prompt advice.

If you’ve been affected by a decision of a public body, we can advise on the options available to you.

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