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Chambers is committed to providing exceptional advice and advocacy across a broad range of local government and public law disciplines. Judicial review is an expertise.
Chambers is client-focused and in particular has long experience of representing local authorities and the police in a wide range of matters. Chambers pioneered best value agreements with local authorities and currently have ‘preferred set’ status with over 30 of them, including the 16 councils which make up the Sussex Consortium of Councils. We have had, for many years, particularly strong links with Sussex Police.
We are regularly instructed in cases of special educational needs (in First-tier Tribunal Special Educational Needs and Disability and on appeal) and judicial review.
We appear at Independent Review Panels in appeals against refusals of NHS funding for continuing healthcare and are familiar with the assessment of levels of need in domains of the decision support tool.
The Immigration team accepts instructions to advise and appear on behalf of claimants and the Secretary of State in appeals across the full range of immigration law and in judicial reviews of immigration decisions, including:
- European migration, including permits and residence cards
- Family migration
- Asylum and humanitarian protection
- Human rights claims
- Business and employment migration
We have represented a number of Local Authorities, Police Authorities and NHS Trusts at inquiries. Members of chambers have appeared in some of the leading cases in the field.
Our licensing team enjoys “preferred set” status with the Sussex Consortium of 16 local authorities and also acts for individual license-holders and drivers, companies, operators and representative organisations. We appear before local authority committees and the Traffic Commissioner as well as the courts. We have expertise in alcohol, taxi, transport and firearm licensing.
Team members specialise in complementary areas such as crime and personal injury and can offer a comprehensive and seamless service covering these related areas thereby saving costs. This is particularly important in Licensing because relatively simple accidents might easily lead to the revocation of a private hire licence, criminal prosecution and a personal injury claim. A routine visit to by a licensing officer may result in a prosecution under Licensing, Health and Safety or Environmental law.
We act for developers, planning authorities and objectors. We regularly advise and appear in inquiries and related High Court proceedings and appeals in planning matters such as:
- Retail and Leisure industry development
- Over-development and roof-top development
- Listed Buildings, Conservation Areas and Ancient Monuments
- Adequacy of reasons for decision following CPRE Kent v China Gateway International Ltd.  UKSC 79
- Section 106 agreements
- Change of Use and Certificates of Lawfulness
- GPDO rights
- Breach of condition
- Injunctions, stop notices, enforcement notices and prosecutions
We like to get on site early on and, in case of emergency, within 24 hours. When planning issues are linked to questions about restrictive covenants, easements and licensing we have that expertise too.
We act for police forces, individual officers, policing associations and claimants across the full range of cases involving the police, including:
- Civil actions against the police in respect of assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in a public office, false imprisonment, negligence and Human Rights Act 1998 claims
- Police disciplinary proceedings, including appeals to the Police Appeals Tribunal and judicial review of police disciplinary decisions
- Inquests and inquiries involving the police
Property & Housing Law
We advise Local Authorities and Housing Associations on all aspects of their commercial and residential property portfolios, including business and residential tenancies as well as restrictive covenants and easements. We regularly represent them in the courts and Lands Tribunal – significant cases include Brighton & Hove City Council v Collinson  28 E.G. 178 and Brighton & Hove City Council v Hann & Others .
We also regularly act for Authorities and Associations in housing and homelessness-related matters with particular expertise in cases of anti-social behaviour and sensitive cases involving people with disabilities. We have expertise in public nuisance.
For information on our team based in London, please click here.
PART 36: A Round Up of Recent Developments by Rachel Baker - Mar 2021
Rebecca Morgan interviews Stuart Wright about Paperless Working at the Bar for Lexis Nexis - Feb 2021
Natasha Isaac considers COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Counsel Magazine - Jan 2021
1COR Abseil the i360 for Rockinghorse Children’s Charity - Dec 2020
Brighton Bar Society ‘First steps towards a career at the Bar’ with Richard Ager, Anogika Souresh and Hope Spalding - Dec 2020
The “Subject to contract” umbrella: Joanne Properties Ltd v Moneything Capital Ltd  EWCA Civ 1541 - Dec 2020
See you at the virtual ULaw Pupillage Fair - Nov 2020
Court of Appeal confirms no appeal from refusal to allow an oral hearing following TWM - Nov 2020
1COR recommended by Chambers Guide 2021 as a leading set on the SE Circuit - Oct 2020
Delighted by the Legal 500 Set Overviews and Testimonials - Oct 2020
Reflections on Reflective Loss: Sevilleja v Marex Financial Limited  UKSC 31 - Oct 2020
Welcoming new tenants Anogika Souresh and Hope Spalding - Oct 2020
1COR barristers highly recommended in latest Legal 500 Bar Guide 2021 - Sep 2020
Stuart Wright looks at Online Mediations : Do they really work? - Sep 2020
Catch up on our latest Civil Law Seminar on housing possession claims and civil procedure amendments - Aug 2020
Sutton Trust Pathways to Law Annual Virtual Conference with 1COR barristers - Jul 2020
Setting Aside Judgment for Fraud and The Disclosure Pilot with Paul Ashwell & Kate Richmond - Jul 2020
Scott Storey successful in ordinary residence determination by the Secretary of State - Jun 2020
Hope Spalding shares her experience as a Second Six Pupil in The Times - May 2020
Tips and Tricks we’ve learnt from Remote Recorded Hearings - May 2020
(Remote) Life at the Bar with the Sutton Trust - Apr 2020
Scott Storey appears before the Vice President of the Court of Protection in COVID-19 case - Apr 2020
COVID-19 Outbreak – Information for Clients - Mar 2020
Open for Business! 1COR’s Richard Ager supports the University of Brighton’s Legal Clinic launch - Dec 2019
Welcome to our new pupils Anogika Souresh and Hope Spalding - Oct 2019
Sophie Evans Successful in a Taxi Licensing Appeal - Apr 2019
1COR & Orbis Law present ‘Mental Capacity Act 2005 Training for Local Government Lawyers’ - Nov 2018
Supreme Court rules against the Government on Civil Partnerships - Aug 2018
Seven 1COR members in landmark Supreme Court case - Aug 2018
A warm welcome to our third six pupil Rachel Gimson - Aug 2018
Rowan Jenkins in Inquest finding on mouthwash risks - Oct 2011
1COR hosts Local Government & Education Law Conference - Sep 2017
The Tomlinson Case – A Contemptible Position? - Sep 2012