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Public law

Fenners Public Law Group comprises specialists in various aspects of public regulatory and environmental law. The individual on-line profiles of our members, allied to advice from our experienced clerks, will ensure you identify the right barrister. We deal with both contentious and non-contentious matters and appear in all courts and tribunals, as well as disciplinary hearings.

Although based in Cambridge, our Group works closely with local authorities and other public bodies, not only in East Anglia and the East Midlands but at the national level, and with individuals and businesses affected by the actions of public bodies. Daniel Owen’s clients are local, national and international. Shahin Ismail was formerly a senior executive in a public authority.

We believe in team-work: with in-house legal teams and the senior officers of public bodies; with lobbying groups and NGOs; with solicitors in private practice; and with individuals employing our services direct.

We are aware of the pressure on public bodies to maintain services in the context of reducing budgets, and the growing trend to shared service and support functions. Equally, the Group is very aware of the needs for individuals and voluntary organisations who may be on the receiving end of unlawful decisions, and who face problems in funding judicial reviews or other litigation. We are all happy to accept legal aid instructions where individuals are entitled to public funding, and to consider other ways to make proceedings affordable.

What we do

 

Constitutional public law:

  • Corporate governance
  • Data protection & freedom of information
  • Standards, ethics & monitoring

 

Planning:

  • Development plans
  • Planning appeals & enforcement
  • Trees & woodlands
  • Listed buildings, conservation areas & church faculties
  • Advertisements and other special controls

 

The terrestrial environment:

  • Statutory nuisance
  • Waste disposal
  • Noise & other pollution
  • Village greens & commons
  • Land drainage & inland waterways

 

Marine:

  • Marine licensing & planning
  • Fisheries management
  • Nature conservation & protected areas

 

Public services:

  • Highways & public rights of way
  • LEA, academy and free schools
  • School admissions & exclusions
  • Special educational needs
  • Local taxation
  • Housing & building control
  • Open spaces, cemeteries, allotments & markets

 

Criminal & civil regulatory proceedings:

  • Consumer protection & trading standards
  • Food law
  • Marine fisheries law
  • Health & safety prosecutions
  • Licensing powers of public bodies
  • Road haulage & public transport