Coventry Law Centre

Public Law advice

Public law is the set of legal principles which govern the exercise of power by public bodies.

Getting Public Law advice

The Law Centre provides specialist services in Public Law and Human Rights law. Public law relates to decisions made by public authorities, such as the government, local authorities and any other body which carries out a public function.

The most common public law remedy is by way of judicial review, although there is also scope to pursue public law issues through declarations in claims for damages, inquest verdicts, Ombudsman and complaints schemes and public inquiries. Claims may also be brought in circumstances where individuals believe a public authority has violated their human rights under the Human Rights Act 1998.

Judicial review: Judicial review is the legal mechanism which enables individuals to challenge decisions, policies, actions or failures to act by public authorities where other complaints procedures have been exhausted or do not exist. Judicial review claims may be brought on grounds that a particular decision has been made unlawfully, unreasonably, unfairly or with some procedural irregularity. For example, Claimants may assert that the decision maker has applied the incorrect procedure or taken account of some irrelevant or incorrect information when arriving at a final decision.

It is important to note that judicial review claims must be brought as soon as possible, and within three months of the decision to be challenged.

The Human Rights Act is a wide ranging and often misunderstood area of law. We seek to apply the Act in a practical manner, with a view to securing real improvements in people’s day to day lives. Human Rights are about how public bodies protect our basic freedoms, including the right to be safe and protected from harm, the right to be treated fairly and with dignity and the right to autonomy and control over your own life and interactions with society.

Examples of decisions where public law remedies have been successfully used are:

We specialise in advocacy and representation and, where necessary, we can take judicial review and other court proceedings. If you think that you may have a problem that we could help with and you want to discuss it, please contact the reception of the Coventry Law Centre in person or by telephone on 02476223053 or by email at enquiries@covlaw.org.uk and you will be given an appointment. If you need an interpreter please let us know so that we can arrange for one to be present at any interview.

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