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Public & Admin Law

Parklane Plowden’s Public and Administrative Law Team includes specialists from several practice areas and at all levels of call.

The team offers expertise in: Court of Protection and Mental Health; Inquests; Judicial Review; Health & Social Care; Special Education Needs and Disability Tribunal; claims against public authorities such as the Police, prisons, probation and social services, including historic abuse claims; the Human Rights Act and data protection.


Court of Protection & Mental Health

Our highly regarded Court of Protection specialists receive instructions  Property & Affairs (financial) matters as well as Health & Welfare applications.  Instructed by some of the region's leading lawyers in this growing area of law, our barristers represent protected parties (through the Official Solicitor or other Litigation Friend); relatives of the protected party; care providers and public bodies of all kinds (for example Local Authorities, PCTs/CCGs and Hospital Trusts).

For Mental Health Act applications, members of the team are instructed by: Approved Mental Health Professionals; local authorities; those that find themselves the subject of proceedings and family members of the patient.


We have a proven track record and strong reputation for our expertise in representing both bereaved families and institutions at inquests and public inquiries. Many members have been involved in high profile cases that have attracted significant media attention, including the Hillsborough Inquiry, in which a member of the team was the only family law barrister instructed in the case.

Barristers represent all interested persons at inquests including: professional and public bodies; insurers; family members and local authorities. They have considerable expertise of inquests involving: deaths in custody, detention and when liberty is otherwise deprived; clinical negligence; industrial disease and accidents and all forms of Article 2 inquest.

Judicial Review

Judicial review cases can be complex and therefore require expert knowledge and handling. Members of the team regularly provide advice and representation on a range of matters including: the provision of social care needs; disputes in relation to the care or otherwise provided under the Children Act 1989 and the availability of resources for those that lack capacity.

Health & Social Care

We advise and appear on behalf of public authorities and individuals in relation to health and social care disputes. Our team has considerable experience of cases involving disputes relating to the provision of care or services under the Care Act 2014, the Children Act 1989 and the Mental Health Act 1983.

Special Education Needs & Disability Tribunal

Another niche area, barristers undertaking this work includes a former Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal Recorder.

Several barristers have many years’ experience advising and representing Local Authorities and parents in cases before the Tribunal.

Public & Admin Law Barristers

Alison Grief QC

Called 1990

David de Jéhan

Called 1988

Richard Copnall

Called 1989

Deborah Shield

Called 1991

Andrew Axon

Called 1992

Julia Nelson

Called 1993

Tariq Sadiq

Called 1993

Kristian Mills

Called 1997

Ian Pennock

Called 2001

Andrew Scott

Called 2002

Paul Edwards

Called 2003

Sarah Brewis

Called 2003

Andrew Webster

Called 2005

Tim Wilkinson

Called 2006

Natalia Levine

Called 2007

Abigail Telford

Called 2011

Paul Sangha

Called 2012

Richard Ryan

Called 2014
Admitted as a Solicitor in 2004

Tom Semple

Called 2016

Areas of Expertise

Actions against public authorities

Historic sexual abuse claims
Claims against the police, social services, church, prisons, probation and other public authorities

Human Rights Act

Court of Protection


Mental Health

Data Protection

Deaths in custody

Judicial Review

Disputes relating to the provision of care or services under the Care Act 2014, Children Act 1989 and the Mental Health Act 1983

Public Inquiries

Health & Social Care

Special Education Needs and Disability Tribunal.


Fees can be discussed prior to the commencement of work. Value for money is assured as fees for each case can be assessed individually and are based upon the complexity and value of the case, seniority of counsel and time spent in preparation.

All barristers will consider undertaking work on a CFA basis, where applicable. A robust management system ensures that agreed turn-around times are fulfilled.

Contact Us

For further information please contact our clerks on:

Leeds: 0113 228 5000
Newcastle: 0191 221 2121

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