'An exceptional, "top-end" set with a long-standing reputation for professionalism and efficiency' Chambers UK, 2017
'The very talented barristers here are known for their superior advocacy skills and their approachability' Chambers UK, 2017
An impressive team with expertise across the field of public law; particularly sought after in matters arising from criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings.
QEB Hollis Whiteman’s public law team provides expert advice and advocacy in the full range of public law matters where there is a connection with a criminal or regulatory law issue. We have in-depth knowledge of the sectors we work in and provide strategically astute advice and persuasive advocacy where public law matters arise.
Our public law team are experts in matters arising from industry regulation and the criminal justice system.
We bring or defend challenges by way of judicial review or case stated, in all of the fields we practise in.
We offer advice and advocacy at every stage of the process in both public inquiries and inquests; we have appeared in most of the major inquiries of the last two decades and in many significant inquests.
We conduct internal investigations for organisations concerned about inappropriate activity, drawing on our broad experience in general crime, financial and economic crime, financial regulation and inquiries.
We have experience in major public law litigation, acting on behalf of government departments in cases such as Al Rawi & Others v The Security Service and Others (Guantánamo Bay litigation).
We have recently launched the QEB Hollis Whiteman Business and Human Rights Group, advising on individual and corporate liability for human rights abuses.
Members of the Public Law Group are regularly called upon to lecture, comment and write about the work we do to experts in the field. We often provide bespoke training on niche areas of interest.
Sowande v CPS, 2017 case stated on citizens’ power to arrest under s. 24A(1)(b) of PACE.
Undercover Policing Inquiry
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
Independent Jersey Care Inquiry
Al Rawi & Others v Security Service, Secret Intelligence Service, Attorney General, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office
Inquest into the death of L/Cpl Brynin, who was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan (2017)
Inquest of Capt. Thomas Clarke, a lynx helicopter pilot killed in crash in Afghanistan (2016)
Nicholas Griffin QC considers the CJEU Watson decision on UK surveillance law.
Reproduced with kind permission of the New Law Journal.
QEB Hollis Whiteman members Nicholas Griffin QC and Tom Orpin-Massey have both responded to the Court of Justice of the
He notes that lawyers formally became involved in public inquiries as a spin-off from their normal areas of practice, but 'Increasingly now you get a group of lawyers who have become inquiries specialists.
Tom Orpin-Massey considers the implications of the ECJ ruling in the Tele2 Sverige and Watson cases.
Nick Griffin QC comments on the implications that the CJEU decision in the case of MP Tom Watson has for UK surveillance law.