'A set with a lot of strength that sets itself high standards. You can rely on everyone here to be clever and committed to the cause' Chambers UK, 2019
'With a "wealth of talent", QEB Hollis Whiteman offers "excellent service across the board at all levels"' Legal 500, 2018
'An exceptional, "top-end" set with a long-standing reputation for professionalism and efficiency' 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 & 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 & Others (Guantánamo Bay litigation).
We have recently launched the QEB Hollis Whiteman Business & 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 Lance Corporal Brynin, who was killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan (2017)
Inquest of Captain Thomas Clarke, a Lynx Helicopter Pilot killed in a crash in Afghanistan (2016)
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the international governing body for athletics, launched an investigation in September 2018 into allegations that its president, Lord Coe, had misled MPs over when he first heard about allegations of corruption and doping by Russian athletes.
Duncan Tomlin died in July 2014 after being arrested in West Sussex.
Tom was invited to appear before the Committee to discuss his review of the NHS’ fit and proper persons test.
The Inquiry investigation into “Children Outside the UK” started on 11 February.
Nadesh Karu examines Frank Field MP, Maria Miller MP and Baroness Butler-Sloss' 2nd interim report into their review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Ruth Broadbent examines the Digital Culture Media & Sport Committee’s report into fake news.
Public Inquiries – Finding truth but learning lessons?
Nicholas Griffin QC considers the CJEU Watson decision on UK surveillance law.
Nicholas and Tom respond to the Court of Justice of the EU's landmark ruling in the joined cases of Sverige AB v Post-och telestyrelsen, and SSHD v Tom Watson and Others.
He notes that 'Increasingly now you get a group of lawyers who have become inquiries specialists'.