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) 




When we talk about fake news

Ruth Broadbent examines the Digital Culture Media & Sport Committee’s report into fake news.

Privacy v Security

Nicholas Griffin QC considers the CJEU Watson decision on UK surveillance law. 

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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