Public law / local government

The Public Law and Local Government Group is long established and highly respected for its expertise and commitment to local government work. Clients value the Group’s knowledge, efficiency and client friendliness at all levels of call.

Our clients include central and local government, public bodies including the fire and police services, regulatory bodies, health trusts and individual claimants.

Members are regularly instructed in the following areas:

Our expertise includes:

  • Anti-social behaviour orders and injunctions
  • Asylum and immigration
  • Children and adoption
  • Community care and social services
  • Costs
  • Court  of Protection
  • Data protection, disclosure and privacy
  • Education
  • Elections and governance
  • Employment by public authorities
  • European Union
  • Extradition
  • Healthcare
  • Human rights and civil liberties
  • Housing including housing associations
  • Judicial Review
  • Licensing
  • Local government
  • Immigration and asylum
  • Mental health
  • Professional discipline
  • Public authority contracts
  • Public interest immunity
  • Public inquiries

Field Court is uniquely placed to be a one stop shop for local authorities. We are on the approved panels for over two-thirds of London authorities including the “West London Alliance”, the “Croydon 10” in respect of Public Law, Child Protection, Civil Litigation, Community Care, Corporate Governance, Employment and Housing. The Set is also on the approved panel for the “North West Legal Consortium” which comprises 22 public authorities in the North West of England in respect of Administrative, Community Care, Civil Litigation, Corporate Governance and Mental Health.

Our multi- practice strength means that the Public Law and Local Government team can access expertise of colleagues in our other established groups such as family, property, court of protection, employment, personal injury and mediation in more complex cases. Many individual members’ practices straddle these divisions in any event.

Notable cases


Adrian Davis and Emma Godfrey co-author: the highly acclaimed loose leaf publication ‘Claims to the Possession of Land’; and PLC’s practice note on Homelessness.

Public law / local government barristers