Public Law

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 Experience

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.

Notable Cases

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

Mid-Staff 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) 



NHS Inquiry for Stephen Barclay MP

Tom Kark QC to conduct a review of the effectiveness and operation of the fit and proper person test as it is applied within the NHS.

Zoe Johnson QC and Paul Raudnitz in landmark Deferred Prosecution Agreement Judicial Review

Judgment has been handed down in the landmark judicial review case of “AL v SFO”. This is the first time that the Court has examined the issue of disclosure obligations to human defendants in criminal proceedings where there has been a Deferred...

Selva Ramasamy QC appointed as the legal advisor to the GMC's Gross Negligence Manslaughter Review

Selva Ramasamy QC has been appointed as the Legal advisor to the GMC’s Review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide, an independent review led by Dame Clare Marx Read the GMC's press report - Here  ...


Privacy v Security

Nicholas Griffin QC considers the CJEU Watson decision on UK surveillance law. 
Reproduced with kind permission of the New Law Journal.

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Nicholas Griffin QC has been interviewed by Legal Business as a prominent name in the field of public inquiries.

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.

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Blanket data retention not lawful

Tom Orpin-Massey considers the implications of the ECJ ruling in the Tele2 Sverige and Watson cases.

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DRIPA left out to dry

Nick Griffin QC comments on the implications that the CJEU decision in the case of MP Tom Watson has for UK surveillance law.

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