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 & 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) 



Anne Whyte QC leading Julian Evans act for Greater Manchester Poilice in a JR against the Home Office

Anne Whyte QC leading Julian Evans have been instructed to act for Greater Manchester Police in a JR against the Home Office. The claimant has sought a declaration of incompatibility that the prohibition of the use of intercept evidence in...

Nicholas Griffin QC to assist "When things go wrong" JUSTICE Review

Nicholas Griffin QC will assist JUSTICE working group considering the conduct and procedure of inquests, inquiries and other proceedings that may arise in the wake of a disaster. JUSTICE has recently set up a Working Group to consider the issue of...

Nicholas Griffin QC and Kyan Pucks reconsider Impact Statements for Business

“Impact Statements for Business”, the corporate equivalent of “Victim Personal Statements” (impact statements made by victims of crime) have been around for a while. But they have now been reconsidered by Nicholas Griffin QC and...

Sir David Calvert-Smith conducts IAAF investigation into Lord Coe

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.


Modern Slavery Act review 2nd interim report

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.

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.