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.

Overview

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 & 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.

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-Staffs 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) 

 

Recent Cases

Anthony Grainger Public Inquiry (2019)

Anne Whyte QC acted for the Greater Manchester Police in a public inquiry into the shooting by a...

News

Tom Kark QC Appointed to Chair the Muckamore Public Inquiry

Chambers is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Kark QC by the Minister for Health (Northern Ireland) to chair the public inquiry into abuse and failings at Muckamore Abbey Hospital, County Antrim. The allegations surrounding Muckamore Abbey...

A Public Inquiry into Covid-19. A Series of Discussions Hosted by QEBHW Part 1: The NHS - Might the Hand-clapping Turn to Finger-pointing?

This is the first of a series of podcasts by QEB Hollis Whiteman looking at the topic of a public inquiry into Covid -19 from a variety of perspectives. We start with the medical profession. In this podcast we will discuss the pandemic-related...

Anne Whyte QC, Rebecca Harris & Orla Daly discuss the scandal of widespread sexual abuse in schools in The Times yesterday

Members of QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers write for The Times to consider the fallout from Everyone's Invited  and to recommend that schools implement a code of conduct to tackle the issues and provide safe and...

Mark Ellison QC stands down as Head of Chambers. Adrian Darbishire QC and Selva Ramasamy QC elected to replace him as joint Heads of Chambers.

  After leading Chambers for 10 very successful years, Mark Ellison QC will be standing down as Head of Chambers on 30 April 2021.  We are extremely grateful for everything  Mark Ellison QC  has done for us over his two five-year...

Nicholas Griffin QC re-appointed to the Security Vetting Appeals Panel

  The Prime Minister has approved the re-appointment to the Security Vetting Appeals Panel (SVAP) of Mr Nicholas Griffin QC. He has been re-appointed as a Member for a second and final term of four years, with effect from 01 April 2021...

Sir David Calvert Smith writes report on the influence that the United Arab Emirates has over International Policing Body, Interpol and ways forward for reform.

Sir David has written the report UNDUE INFLUENCE: THE UAE AND INTERPOL.  It was released today. Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir David Calvert-Smith was commissioned to write a report on the influence that the United Arab...

Articles

A Podcast: A Public Inquiry into Covid-19 - a Series of Discussions Hosted by QEBHW Part 1: The NHS - Might the Hand-clapping Turn to Finger-pointing?

The government has now committed to a full statutory public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is the first of a series of podcasts by QEB Hollis Whiteman looking at the topic of a public inquiry into Covid -19 from a variety of perspectives. We...

AN UPDATE: Walking the tightrope of COVID-19 - how can doctors and other healthcare professionals protect themselves from criticism?

Considering how front-line healthcare workers might protect themselves. With the 2020 "clap for the NHS" and recent outrage at the 1% pay rise for NHS staff, it is clear that the national sense of thanks for the NHS prevails and is as strong...

DPP v M [2020] EWHC 3422 (Admin)

Considering the admissibility of the Single Competent Authority's decision at trial Where a Defendant is relying on the modern slavery defence under s.45 Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“MSA”) one frequent issue between Prosecution and Defence is...

A Briefing Note: The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill.

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill is in the process of being considered by Parliament. It is currently at the Committee stage in the House of Lords, having passed the House of Commons. The provisions of the Bill make far-reaching...

Cardinal Pell's appeal to the High Court of Australia: challenging the limits of a defendant's right to appeal the facts of a criminal conviction

Edward Henry QC co-authors article looking at Cardinal Pell's appeal to the High Court of Australia:challenging the limits of a defendant's right to appeal the facts of a criminal conviction The article can be accessed here.  ...