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Our solicitors have a wealth of experience in successfully pursuing and defending Judicial Review proceedings. Our diverse specialities across the firm in public law matters mean that we are a one stop shop when you are faced with or face issuing judicial review proceedings. Our team also has a proven track record when it comes to advising on, defending and/or pursing judicial review proceedings.

We have extensive experience of advising health authorities, local authorities, governing bodies, charities and individuals and regularly act in judicial review cases relating to:

  • Procurement issues;
  • Planning and environmental disputes;
  • Equality and human rights issues;
  • Regulatory and professional discipline; and
  • Health and social care.

The judicial review process is complex and the deadlines parties have to pursue and defend claims are extremely tight. It is important that anyone looking to pursue or defend a claim acts quickly. We have the wealth of knowledge and experience to guide you through the process.

Why use us?

Our cross-disciplinary team offering a one-stop-shop, advising on a range of specialist public law areas. Our Litigation team is top-ranked in Wales in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. Richard Locke, the Sector Head, is also ranked as a Leading Individual lawyer for litigation in The Legal 500 directory and Chambers and Partners guides, and several other individual lawyers within the team are also ranked in their specialist practice areas. We have extensive and demonstrable judicial review expertise and experience with a proven track record.

Recent experience

• Llandaff North Residents Assoc v Cardiff Council & Ors [2023] EWHC 1731 (Admin)

We acted for Welsh Water, who were an interested party, in successfully defending a judicial review of a decision to grant planning permission in respect of a sewage pumping station and associated surface water extraction scheme.

• Acting for a local authority to advise on a dispute with an individual alleging disability discrimination.
• Advising a health board on judicial review proceedings on the failure to meet consultation obligations.
• Advising a governing body on a threat of judicial review.

Key contact

Richard Locke


Richard is a Partner and an elected partner on the firm’s board of management.  He is also Group Head of the ever expanding dispute resolution team at Hugh James. He conducts major commercial disputes frequently with an international flavour including commercial claims, mining disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, contentious IT disputes, injunctive relief and insolvency.

Department head Richard Locke is an experienced litigator praised by sources for his “balanced judgement” and for being “very good with clients.”

Chambers & Partners

It is an excellent team which is really popular with clients and provides an extremely high standard of legal analysis, but also displays a superb bedside manner.

The Legal 500

Completely unstuffy, but more than able to handle the big players in the market in terms of competitors.

The Legal 500

She is an efficient and reliable lawyer who can find solutions in tricky issues.

Chambers & Partners

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