The actions and decisions of government are under increasing scrutiny and challenge. Military action overseas, Brexit, immigration policy, welfare reform, climate change and energy policy are just a few of the issues that generate legal challenges that can hit the headlines. GLD litigation lawyers conduct a wide range of often high profile cases, frequently involving questions of constitutional importance.
Our public law litigation practice covers the full range of judicial review challenges in areas such as immigration, planning and national security as well as the government’s wide ranging reform agenda. We also have a substantial private law practice representing large government departments such as the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Defence in personal injury, clinical negligence, misfeasance in public office, false imprisonment, and other claims. Litigation lawyers also provide expert representation in relation to inquests and public inquiries. We regularly litigate through the higher courts to the Supreme Court and offer the opportunity to handle cases at the forefront of the developing law.
Our litigators gain early responsibility for their own caseload within a supportive team environment, working alongside counsel from the Attorney General’s Panels. They also play an important co-ordination role when litigation involves several government departments.
Litigation lawyers work closely with policy colleagues and advisory legal colleagues in client departments to reduce the exposure to litigation risk and to develop realistic contingency plans when the litigation risk materialises.