Hilton Harrop-Griffiths

Call: 1978

He has good drafting skills, is personable and clients like his unflustered approach.
Legal 500, 2018
He’s very approachable, gets back to you very quickly and you feel that you can ask ridiculous questions when you need a bit of reassurance. He’s good at setting out risks to local authorities.
Chambers and Partners, 2018
He is very shrewd, wise, measured and experienced. He is more than a safe pair of hands.
Chambers and Partners, 2018
A man of great experience and knowledge whom it's always a pleasure to work with.
Chambers and Partners, 2019
A counsel of great quality, who is popular with clients.
Legal 500, 2016
Legal 500, 2015
Has a great deal of expertise advising local authorities.
Legal 500, 2014
An incredibly affable opponent who fights his client’s corner, but who is very approachable and able to achieve good results by negotiating a good outcome.
Chambers and Partners, 2015
He does this very successfully, even when the local authority seems boxed into a corner. A reliable and experienced practitioner.
Chambers and Partners, 2015
Clear, sound advice and keen understanding of how local authorities work. He has been at the forefront of age assessment and budget cuts issues as well as matters arising under immigration and asylum
Chambers and Partners, 2013
One of the best community care barristers in practice
Legal 500, 2011
Extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic
Legal 500, 2017
"He has a very nice manner in court."
Chambers and Partners, 2020
"He's very pragmatic, sensible and willing to take difficult points on behalf of local authorities."
Chambers and Partners, 2020
"He's a safe pair of hands and has a very relaxed, calm manner."
Chambers and Partners, 2020

Tony practices in administrative law and general civil law.  His main clients are local authorities, principally their Social Services departments.  He is instructed on a regular basis by about a third of the London boroughs, as well as several city and some county councils.  He is also occasionally instructed in claims against authorities.

He has a detailed knowledge of all administrative law issues that relate to the work of Social Services, in particular with regard to the relationship between community care and immigration/asylum legislation.  He uses this knowledge in advisory work, in the High Court in claims for judicial review, in the formulation of policies and procedures and in lectures and seminars.  His general civil work mostly relates to the recovery of charges for community care, in particular where there is a personal injury claim.

Although most of his reported cases concern local authority support for children and families under the Children Act 1989 his work as a whole is evenly split between this area and matters concerning adults, including under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

If you would like any further information regarding Tony Hilton Harrop-Griffiths’s practice, please contact his clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.


Current Workload

Tony’s current workload includes:

Support for persons from abroad: Schedule 3 to the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, human rights, EU Treaty rights, M v. Slough cases, section 4 support from NASS, age assessments

Mainstream community care: Ordinary residence disputes, reduction in services (consultation, legitimate expectation and disability discrimination), direct payments, NHS continuing care, CRAG, charging and personal injury claims, relationship between housing assistance and section 21 accommodation

Mainstream support for children and families: Relationship between sections 17 and 20 of the Children Act, payments to special guardians and adopters, leaving care functions, intentionally homeless families, inter-authority disputes

Mental Health: Court of Protection work (both property and welfare), after-care services, displacement of nearest relative

Confidentiality and disclosure: Data protection, PII

He also has experience of claims for judicial review concerning housing, education, local government finance, immigration and inquests

Recent cases
Other notable cases
  • Leading Junior in Administrative and public law (including local government) – Legal 500, 2015
  • Band 1 Leading Junior in Community Care – Chambers & Partners 2013
  • Leading Junior Local Government & Public Law – Legal 500 2013 and  2012
  • Leading Junior in Community Care – Legal 500 2011 “One of the best community care barristers in practice”
  • BA (Manchester)
Professional memberships
  • ALBA