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Judicial Review

The service is excellent and the legal team is fully committed to ensuring that their vulnerable clients have the highest quality of life. – Chambers and Partners 2024

The team demonstrate an impressive level of expertise at all times. – Chambers and Partners 2024

Rook Irwin Sweeney are always proactive and creative in thinking about how best to handle unexpected developments. They are responsive and responsible in the face of complex and unpredictable circumstances. – Chambers and Partners 2024

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 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 for disabled children or adults) and strategic litigation against policies and budget cuts at both a local and national level, as well as planning and environmental decisions.

Many of our cases involve arguments under the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998, the European Convention on Human Rights, and issues of discrimination.

Our solicitors have a proven track record of winning ground-breaking cases in a range of areas, especially education, health and social care policy and planning and environmental law, 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 recent years 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; in a range of cases challenging the award of government contracts, without competition, during the pandemic; in a case challenging waiting times for NHS treatment for children and adults; and in several cases challenging Local Authority traffic schemes introduced during the pandemic.

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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