Expert Judicial Review Solicitors In Manchester And London, UK
Decisions made by public bodies, such as the local council or a government body, can have a profound impact on the daily lives of individuals, and can have detrimental commercial consequences on businesses.
By law, there are rights to challenge a decision made by a public body through a judicial review.
If you have been adversely affected by a decision made by a public body, you are entitled to make a judicial review claim if you believe the public body acted unlawfully in reaching the decision they have made.
We can act on behalf of individuals, companies, and charities to challenge decisions made by a public body where they have failed to act accordingly to their legal obligations.
We can also help defend public bodies if their decisions have been challenged through judicial review proceedings.
What Is A Judicial Review?
A judicial review is the legal process of challenging a decision made by a public body.
During a judicial review, the judge will review whether the public body have followed their legal obligations, and whether the decision made were based on correct decisions and procedures.
It is important to understand that a judicial review does not re-look into the merits of the decision by a public body, but to investigate whether a decision was derived from any acts of unlawfulness. Therefore, a judicial review can only make public bodies adhere to legal obligations and follow the correct processes when making a decision.
Challenging A Decision Made By A Public Body
Judicial reviews can be costly and time-consuming, but it is one of the few very limited routes to go down to challenge the public body on whether they have followed their legal obligations and have not abused their power.
We can assist in challenging decisions made by a public body in areas such as:
- Civil liberties
- Commercial and procurement
- Environmental and planning law
- Health and social care
- Regulatory and professional discipline
You will need to act promptly in order to challenge a decision made by the public body, as there are strict timescales in which you need to abide by. A challenge in the form of a judicial review needs to be issued at Court within 3 months of the decision made by the public body. For any decisions taken under the Planning Acts, a challenge must be raised within 6 weeks of the date of the decision.
Grounds For A Judicial Review
There are three main grounds for a judicial review claim:
- Illegality – failing to apply or follow the law
- Procedural unfairness – making decisions unfairly based on improper procedures
- Irrationality and proportionality – the decision is unreasonable or perverse
For the Court to consider a judicial review, the claim must be made on the basis of one of the grounds above.
The Judicial Review Process
Before applying to the Court to commence the judicial review process, pre-action protocols need to be taken. This involves sending a letter before action to the public body outlining your complaint on why you believe the public body did not follow the correct decisions and procedures. The public body has 14 days to respond to the letter before action. If you have not received a reply, or if the reply was unsatisfactory, then you can proceed in commencing the judicial review process.
The judicial review process involves:
- Sending an application to the Court requesting permission to commence judicial review proceedings – This must be done within three months of the decision you are challenging
- If the Court grants permission for a judicial review hearing, a timetable for the hearing will be set
- Following the hearing, the judge will make a judgement following the judicial review hearing
- Either party can then decide whether to appeal the judgement
The Outcomes Of A Judicial Review
If a judicial review claim is successful, then the decision by the public body will be ruled as unlawful and the judge can make one of the following judicial review remedies:
- An order quashing the decision (Quashing order)
- An order restraining the public body from acting beyond its powers (Prohibiting order)
- An order requiring the public body to carry out its legal duties (Mandatory order)
How We Can Help?
The judicial review process can be complex. It is important to seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity to give your claim the best possible chance of success to overturn the decision.
At Monarch Solicitors, our judicial review solicitors have experience in dealing with judicial review claims, allowing us to take a proactive approach throughout each step of the process and provide you bespoke advice, unique to your circumstances, so that you achieve our desired outcome. This provides us the platform to make informed strategies and resolutions in your best interests.
We work with you to understand your claim so that we can provide pragmatic advise on your rights, identify and provide practical advice to the grounds on which you can make or defend a challenge, assess the prospects of success based on your judicial review claim, advise on the various options available to you, and to collectively formulate a strategy on the best way to secure the outcome you are after.
We pride ourselves on providing clear, quick, cost-effective solutions to achieve an outcome in your best interests.
Contact Our Judicial Review Solicitors in Manchester and London, UK
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