Judicial review

Judicial review

"Shoosmiths enjoys a well-deserved reputation for the high calibre of its work. They are cost-conscious and extremely commercial in their outlook."

Chambers UK

Excellent service and legal advice from team specialising in judicial review and litigation and legal disputes delivering an amazing client experience for companies in the UK.

The use of judicial review continues to be an essential tool in protecting businesses from government and industry regulators that act unlawfully, unfairly or outside the scope of their constitutional remit.

Whilst we act for a number of public sector bodies, we have experience of advising companies wishing to challenge decisions made by government ministers and departments, industry regulators and local authorities.

We understand the pressure that can be exerted by regulators on your business and on highly regulated commercial sectors.

We are experienced at challenging decisions to ensure that your business gets a fair deal.

We feel judicial review is the most appropriate route to achieving strategic goals and will guide you through the process to ensure the best possible outcome.

Recent experience includes:

  • Acting on behalf of the designer of a prototype vessel intended by the Ministry of Defence to replace some of its destroyers. This culminated in judicial review proceedings against the Ministry of Defence over its decision not to proceed with the prototype
  • Advising a university threatened with judicial review proceedings by an employee who had been unsuccessful with a promotion application