Art in Chambers:
Charing Cross Road
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Public and Administrative
A large proportion of the work undertaken at 1 Chancery Lane relates to disputes involving public authorities and regulatory bodies. Chambers is listed as a leading set in the fields of Police Law, Education and Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law and individual members of Chambers are recommended in the fields of Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Administrative and Public Law and Local Government by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Members of Chambers have expertise in conducting public and private law proceedings, both for service users and public authorities, appearing before a range of Tribunals, and providing specialist advice within these fields. There is also considerable expertise available in the Human Rights Act 1998 and other civil liberties legislation in areas such as data protection and freedom of information. Chambers undertakes work for numerous local authorities and over the past year has secured places on a number of local authority panels.
Chambers is recommended as a leading education set in The Legal 500 and a number of members of Chambers are recommended as leaders in the field both in The Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners including Edward Faulks QC, John Norman, Paul Stagg and Andrew Warnock. Members of Chambers have appeared in a number of ground-breaking claims for damages against local education authorities relating to alleged failures to educate pupils properly, including Phelps, Adams, Rowe, Carty, Ali, Marr, Appiah and A v Essex. A pool of expertise has developed in dealing with the consequences of conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and autism and claims from individuals who assert negligence in poor teaching and breaches of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Various members of Chambers are recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as leading practitioners in the field. We also have experience of dealing with claims relating to personal injuries sustained by students and teachers as a result of the actions of others, such as Chittock (a case concerning a pupil who was injured on a school ski-ing holiday) and Shaw (a claimant who alleged she had been sexually assaulted and suffered psychiatric injury as a result of an inadequate response from the school).
Chambers can also provide assistance in relation to public law disputes in this area. Members have appeared in the Administrative Court, the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and before Independent Appeal Panels hearing exclusion appeals.
Members of Chambers have contributed significantly to the developing jurisprudence on the liabilities of social services authorities for their actions. These include claims relating to child care proceedings and child abuse investigations (X v Bedfordshire, Barrett, D v Berkshire), adult social services provision (X and Y v Hounslow LBC), fostering (W v Essex, Lambert), adoption (A v Essex) and the regulation of care homes (Douce). We have recently advised and represented in a number of claims brought under Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention in relation to mistreatment and alleged infringements of the right to respect for family life.
On the public law side, there is experience in issues such as reduction of service provision (Lloyd), assessments of needs and charging for services.
As the Police Law section of the most recent edition of Chambers & Partners observes, "the police law team at [1 Chancery Lane] continues to fluorish...the barristers here regularly appear in the House of Lords and Court of Appeal, and have in the past year been instructed in two of the most significant and high-profile matters in the field". Several members of Chambers have experience in police law, particularly in civil actions against the police, and a number of members are recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as leaders in the field. Chambers has acted for several police forces, including the Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley Police and Sussex Police, and also has experience of representing claimants. Recent prominent cases include two cases arising from a fatal shooting in Hastings (Ashley and French), the ground-breaking claim under Article 2 of the European Convention in which three of the four counsel involved were from chambers (Van Colle) and a challenge by protestors to the halting of their coach on the way to a demonstration (Laporte). We are equally at home in proceedings before judges or juries. There is also experience in public disciplinary work available.
Other Public Authority Claims
Public Authorities tend to be the target of a wide range of litigants and chambers can use its extensive experience in the fields above to assist with claims arising out of other public functions.
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Members of Chambers act in an increasing number of cases involving human rights and civil liberties issues. We are recommended as a leading set of chambers at the Human Rights and Civil Liberties Bar by The Legal 500 and members of Chambers are recommended as leaders in the field in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. Edward Faulks QC, Edward Bishop and Andrew Warnock are described as having "an excellent track record of acting for public bodies, including the police, on cases with a substantial human rights element".
Members of Chambers have long-standing experience of the practice and processes of the Administrative Court and of advising public bodies as to the lawfulness of their actions.
Chambers has been appointed by a number of local authorities to their panel of counsel. That reflects the deep understanding of the processes and working of local government within chambers. Members have advised on common issues such as housing allocation, local authority constitutions and elections, and esoteric matters such as the regulation of animals in circuses.
Health and Safety
Members of Chambers receive regular instructions in Health and Safety at Work cases, both for claimants and defendants, in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. They can advise prior to interview with the HSE and can accompany the client at interview.