The high quality of our work and our expertise in Public Law has been recognised and approved by the Legal Aid Agency which runs the Legal Aid scheme in England and Wales.
We are one of a small number of specialist firms which has been awarded a Legal Aid contract to undertake Public Law work.
✓ Specialist Public Law Solicitors with many years of experience
✓ ‘Specialist’ Quality Recognition by the Legal Aid Agency
✓ Legal Aid may be available
✓ Free initial appointment to discuss your case
Judicial Review is a challenge against a decision made by a public body, including Local Authority – Social Services, Adult Services, Leaving Care Services and Housing; Crown Prosecution Service; Prison Service; Secretary of State; on grounds the decision is unlawful, unreasonable or improper.
The firm have a dedicated department that have experience of conducting court proceedings in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court including urgent ‘Duty Judge – Out of Hours Applications’ and Interim Relief.
The firm have achieved a number of landmark decisions in cases involving children and young people in care:
- G v Nottingham City Council  11 CCLR 280
- L v Nottinghamshire County Council  EWHC 2364 (Admin),
- AB & SB v Nottingham City Council  All ER (D) 359;
A best interest declaration is an application to the High Court pursuant to the courts inherent jurisdiction to determine a particular issue to include for example, the suitability of accommodation for ‘children in need’ or to regulate the health care for vulnerable and disabled people.
We can advise on all aspects of Social Services involvement with ‘children in need’ and ‘looked after children’ and have extensive experience of challenging Social Services failures to meet the needs of children in the care system including services and support for children with learning difficulties, mental health problems, offending behaviour history, anger management problems and drug/alcohol addictions.
Children and young people that have spent at least 13 weeks in local authority accommodation between their 14th and 18th birthday are entitled to ongoing support from Social Services until they reach their 21st birthday. We can advise and assist in challenging failures of a local authority to comply with legal duties to provide financial support, accommodation and services to meet the needs of children and young people leaving care.
We can advise on all aspects of Adult Services and Children’s Services involvement with disabled and vulnerable people and have experience of challenging failures to undertake Community Care Assessments and provide Community Care Services to those that are entitled to receive them. Please refer to our separate Community Care page.
Local Authorities have a mandatory duty to provide accommodation to people that are street homeless. We can assist in challenging failures of local authorities to comply with their Housing duties to people in need of accommodation.
We have experience of assisting unaccompanied child asylum seekers to challenge adverse assessments of age conducted by Social Services on grounds they often fail to comply with established legal principals and are unreasonable on the facts of the case.
We specialise in assisting Youth Offenders leaving secure accommodation and custody and can mount challenges at short notice against Social Services to secure urgent accommodation for children and young people leaving custody without a place to stay and failures by Social Services to put in place important support packages for ‘children in need’ and ‘care leavers’.
The firm works with the Howard League for Penal Reform to ensure children and young people leaving custody receive the best possible chance of building their lives away from crime.
Funding Your Case
We act for clients on both a publicly funded and privately funded basis. Details of our private funding rates are available on request.
Eligibility for Legal Aid
The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has a Financial Eligibility Calculator on its website at https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid which will give an indication of whether you may qualify financially for Legal Aid.