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Public sector

Working directly with businesses and public sector organisations

St John’s Chambers has worked with a wide range of public sector clients for many years, from NHS hospital trusts to central government departments, local authorities, schools, colleges and other educational establishments across England & Wales. We provide advice and representation across all main areas of law, from administrative & public law to children public law, planning, real estate, licensing, environmental, health & safety and employment law.

We understand that our public sector clients operate in a very difficult financial environment and we are keen to work with them as they adapt to the ever-increasing pressure to deliver ‘more’ with ‘less’. We work with individuals across all levels of management, from CEOs and heads of department to HR managers and senior individuals, representing clients in court, tribunal and mediation as required. So if you are a manager of a public sector organisation or department seeking legal advice or assistance, you can be sure we’ll be quick to understand your requirements, priorities and concerns – and of course, the budgetary restrictions.

To make our service as cost-effective as possible, we are happy to appear in court without an instructing solicitor or other professional present, when appropriate and where the Bar Code of Conduct permits. We are also happy to provide realistic costs quotes and to agree costs at the outset of a case, wherever possible.

Top tier legal expertise

We are a large, highly regarded Chambers with over 80 specialist barristers providing top tier legal advice and representation, exemplary service and timely turnaround of work. We have 4 junior barristers on the Attorney General Panel of Counsel, including A panel, acting frequently for central government departments in a wide variety of disputes.

We are consistently ranked Band 1 in all major areas of law by both of the UK’s leading legal directories and were voted ‘Regional Set of the Year 2018’ by the ‘Legal 500’ UK Bar Directory.

Our highly capable clerking teams ensure that, for each individual case, the right barrister with the appropriate level of seniority and experience is instructed. If you would like advice as to which of our barristers would best suit your requirements, please get in touch with one of our clerks.

Areas of expertise:

  • Administrative and public law
  • Banking and finance
  • Contract Law and commercial disputes
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Competition and regulatory
  • Court of Protection both property affairs and health & welfare
  • Employment and pension services
  • Family and children
  • Housing
  • Inquests and Public Inquires
  • Judicial reviews and other dispute resolution
  • Licensing
  • Planning and environment
  • Procurement and state aid
  • Professional negligence
  • Real estate
  • Tax
  • Technology and intellectual property

Professional Development and CPD Seminars

St John’s regularly hosts CPD accredited seminars and conferences, both in Chambers and at external venues. All our seminars provide important, up to date information on relevant topics and cover a wide range of legal disciplines. Our barristers also provide in-house training seminars for our solicitor clients. These are tailor-made, CPD accredited seminars which usually take place on your own premises.

Also, through the joint presentation of seminars and workshops, we can work with you to help develop your relationships with your clients.

Barristers at St John’s Chambers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and hold current practising certificates.

If you are interested in instructing us or have any questions, please contact our clerks.