Bevan Brittan is a market leader in public and administrative law with an extensive client base covering central and local government; and the regulatory, health, education and housing sectors. Our specialist lawyers, many of whom have worked within public bodies, advise on the interpretation and implementation of statutory powers and functions and on relevant common law issues in both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Our experience in this area includes:
- judicial review
- information law
- public procurement
- crown powers
- vires and governance
- standards investigations
- statutory functions and powers
- statutory and common law liabilities
- EU law
- human rights
- primary and secondary legislation
Members of the team have been:
- Acting on behalf of all the local authorities in respect of the Icelandic Bank collapse.
- Advising on the scope of Pensions Act 2004.
- Advising the Metropolitan Police Authority in respect of conduct complaints against its Chairman, Boris Johnson.
- Advising all 17 PCTs in the West Midland region and West Midlands SHA on the delivery of 39 new health centres and GP practices throughout the region as part of the Governments flagship Equitable Access in Primary Medical Care programme.
- Representing the Solicitors Regulation Authority in the prosecution of Raleys, the longest ever case before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
- Advise to a government agency on its power to commercialise its services internationally.
- Advising over 40 NHS trusts from the early preparation stages of application to become a Foundation Trust following initial assessment and diagnostic, through to producing the entire constitutional and governance documentation, assisting on various aspects of the integrated business plan and providing full blown board rehearsals in preparation for the formal Monitor assessment.
- Advising on crown copyright and the 'wider market initiative'
- Acting for the South West RDA in securing the dismissal at the preliminary permission stage of a judicial review of the Agency's decision to provide funding to enable the merger of Dartington College of Arts with University College, Falmouth.
- Advising on Official Secrets Acts 1911-1989
- Advising on Government of Wales Act.
Acting for the NHSLA/South Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords in this leading case on Human Rights law. The question for the court was whether the suicide of a patient detained under the Mental Health Act could found a free standing claim under the Human Rights Act 1998 for breach of Article 2 and if so what was the appropriate test to establish liability.