Our Housing team are delighted following a formal tender procurement process to have been appointed to three lots under the new multi-million-pound legal services framework for The Riverside Group.
Our experienced judicial-review team provides advice and support to social enterprises on all aspects of judicial review, including bringing challenges to decisions of public bodies.
When a public body such as a government department, local authority, NHS Trust, a regulatory body, or an organisation exercising public functions makes a decision they must act within the law and in compliance with legislation. Failure to do so could result in a judicial review claim being brought.
Social businesses sometimes find themselves in situations where they believe they have grounds to challenge the decision-making process used by a public body. While it is always best to try to reach a workable outcome through mediation, sometimes the process doesn’t bring the right result, and a judicial-review claim is necessary.
It is important that social businesses act quickly in bringing judicial-review claims, as they have to make within three months of the decision being made. A decision can only be challenged if made by a public body and the challenge questions the process used to reach the decision not the outcome of the decision.
Decisions by public bodies can be challenged on some grounds, including:
- The public body not having the power to make a particular decision or it has gone beyond its authority.
- The public body acting in an unreasonable or irrational manner.
- Decisions being made without carrying out consultation.
- The procedure followed by the public body is unfair or biased.
- The decision failing to comply with the public body’s statutory basis or its own internal rules.
- The decision taken is in breach of the Human Rights Act or European Community Law.
- The public body failing to comply with one of its legal duties, such as, the public sector equality duties.
Our judicial review service
At Anthony Collins Solicitors our judicial-review solicitors use their extensive sector knowledge to help social businesses bring judicial-review claims against public bodies such as local authorities or public-sector regulators. Our judicial-review services include:
- Advising organisations on whether they have grounds for bringing a judicial-review claim.
- Support organisations to bring a judicial review claim.
- Obtaining permission from the Court for an application to be made.
- Representation during judicial review court proceedings.
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