Public & Administrative

Providing an exceptional public law service as standard.

Our talented team combines deep experience and a collegiate approach to help you achieve your goals in public and administrative law litigation. With clear-headed, practical advice, you can trust us to make your life simpler from the second we start working with you.

Our leading barristers work regularly on ground-breaking public law cases. Renowned for excellence in this area, having been at the core of  legal challenges to public bodies for over 50 years, we are the go-to set for cutting edge cases that require vast expertise and a unique perspective.

The outstanding barristers in our public and administrative law team range from silks to working pupils. We advise and act in public law cases for individuals, ministers and government departments, as well as local and regulatory authorities, and other public bodies.

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Our team includes members, and former members, of each of the Attorney General’s panels of counsel. They have an unmatched breadth of expertise in acting in cases involving government departments. We also regularly work on high profile challenges to the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and prison governors.

Much of the work done by the team has a civil liberties, human rights or criminal justice dimension, highlighting our impressive track record in this area and wide range of experience with regard to caseload.

We value the close, collaborative working relationships we develop with those we act for. This not only gives you confidence in our team, but builds the type of trust between parties that leads to the best outcomes.

If you are looking for support in this area from professional, approachable experts you can trust, contact our clerking team for an initial conversation.

For more information please contact our clerks.

Call +44 (0) 20 7410 2000 or click here to email

Public & Administrative Expertise

Public Inquiries

Judicial Review

Regulatory Proceedings


Data protection

Public policy and governance

Public & Administrative Barristers

King's Counsel

Jason Beer KC

Call 1992 | Silk 2011

Fiona Barton KC

Call 1986 | Silk 2011

Anne Studd KC

Call 1988 | Silk 2012

Samantha Leek KC

Call 1993 | Silk 2012

Francesca Whitelaw KC

Call 2003 | Silk 2023

Charlotte Ventham KC

Call 2001 | Silk 2024

Juniors (10+ years)

Alison Hewitt

Call 1984

Andrew Waters

Call 1987

John-Paul Waite

Call 1995

Bilal Rawat

Call 1995

Russell Fortt

Call 1999

Claire Palmer

Call 2003

Beatrice Collier

Call 2004

Mark Thomas

Call 2006

Georgina Wolfe

Call 2006

Rob Harland

Call 2006

Jonathan Dixey

Call 2007

Peter Taheri

Call 2007

Emma Price

Call 2007

Olivia Checa-Dover

Call 2007

Saara Idelbi

Call 2008

Cicely Hayward

Call 2009

Robert Cohen

Call 2009

Robert Talalay

Call 2010

Alex Ustych

Call 2010

Catriona Hodge

Call 2012

Alice Meredith

Call 2013

Aaron Moss

Call 2013

Sarah Taylor

Call 2014

Juniors (under 10 years)

John Goss

Call 2015

Molly Joyce

Call 2016

Edmund Gross

Call 2016

David Messling

Call 2017

Zander Goss

Call 2017

Jennifer Wright

Call 2018

Conor Monighan

Call 2019

Edmund Garnett

Call 2021

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