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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Experienced Judicial Review Solicitors

Susie Labinjoh
Susie Labinjoh
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Alice Hardy
Alice Hardy
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Cormac McDonough
Cormac McDonough
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Jocelyn Cockburn
Jocelyn Cockburn
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Nancy Collins
Nancy Collins
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Sasha Barton
Sasha Barton
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Judicial review is the process by which an individual can challenge the lawfulness of decisions made by public bodies.

Our lawyers understand the importance of ensuring that public authorities are held to account. We’ll advise you on public law challenges and guide you through the process.

In a claim for a judicial review a court will consider whether a public body has acted lawfully. It’s an important remedy which allows individuals to seek accountability. It allows individuals who are unfavourably affected by the decisions of public bodies to challenge the legality of those decisions.

Time limits for judicial review

If there’s a decision you want to challenge, it’s important to act quickly. There are strict time limits for launching a judicial review, usually within three months, although in some cases the review must be brought sooner. Contact us as soon as possible so we can help.

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How can we help?

Our expertise includes challenges to:

  • Failures to prosecute or investigate crimes
  • Decisions and investigations by the Independent Office of Police Complaints
  • Decisions on compensation for miscarriages of justice
  • Decisions of police officers
  • Local authority policies and procedures
  • Decisions which affect human rights law
  • Policy decisions relating to prisons, the police and heath care
  • Coronial decisions at inquests
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What is the process for legal help?

Contact our team

Whatever your needs, our team of highly experienced Civil Liberties & Human Rights lawyers will provide you with the help and advice you need. Contact one of our experienced team, either by telephone or email.

Assessment & representation

Once we have all your information we’ll assess your case and understand your requirements. If successful, our team will allocate the right representative for your case and we’ll discuss funding options available.

Solution

We’ll ensure that the solicitor who acts for you has the most appropriate expertise and helps you to find the best possible resolution.

Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors?

Experts in the field

Our experience of judicial review ranges from high profile cases to very many less well known, but no less complex or important cases. We judicially reviewed the decision (by the Director of Public Prosecutions) not to prosecute anyone for the murder of Stephen Lawrence. Subsequently, the investigation into the death was reopened and in January 2012 two men were convicted of his murder. We also intervened on behalf of Humanists UK in a challenge concerning the right to die.

Persuasive Lawyers

We’ve extensive experience of successfully pursuing challenges against public bodies by way of judicial review. Judicial review is a complex process. It’s difficult for an individual to navigate without the benefit of legal expertise. Our intervention and specialist expertise often results in public bodies accepting the need to reconsider their decisions without the requirement to go to court. However, we also have experience of succeeding with contested public law challenges before the courts.

Representing your interests

Our lawyers will explore every legal avenue to overturn unfair decisions. They’ll fight on your behalf and will advise and guide you throughout the process.

 

“YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAW, YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO FIGHT A CASE LIKE OURS, YOUR KINDNESS TO US ON A PERSONAL LEVEL AND YOUR STEADFAST APPROACH IS SOMETHING THAT WE WILL NEVER FORGET."

Frequently Asked Questions

What is judicial review?

Judicial review is the process individuals challenge the lawfulness of decisions made by public bodies. For example, a challenge to the decisions of a coroner or an inquest conclusion, a decision made by the Independent Office for Police Complaints, a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service, or a decision on eligibility for compensation claims for miscarriage of justice.

How can I fund my case?

You may be eligible for public funding known as Legal Aid. Otherwise, we’ll explore other potential funding sources with you.

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