Landmark has for many years been recognised as one of the leading chambers for administrative and public law (click here for the Public Law page on our main website). We regularly act for central government and other public authorities on matters ranging across the whole spectrum of Government activity, with 21 of our members currently being on the UK Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel. Our international work includes providing advice and representation for governments and other public bodies as well as for private parties seeking to challenge state action. We also undertake consultancy work for governments and other public bodies, both on an exclusive basis and in conjunction with other professionals as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Our international experience in this sector includes:
- Acting for the Hong Kong Government in Oriental Generation v Town Planning Board (CACV 127/2012, Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, 13 November 2014), concerning the constitutionality of the Hong Kong Town Planning Board’s procedures.
- Acting for the Attorney General of the Turks and Caicos Islands in connection with a judicial review challenge to amendments to the Islands’ Development Manual.
- Acting for the UK Government in litigation concerning the interpretation of the EU sanctions regime relating to members of the former Mubarak Government in Egypt.
- Appearing in the Supreme Court of Bermuda in a high value dispute between a private landowner and Bermuda’s Director of Land Valuation over the assessment of land tax.
- Acting in long-running dispute between China Light and Power and the Hong Kong Government over the rateable value of machinery forming part of CLP’s power station infrastructure.
- Acting in proceedings before the English and European Court of Human Rights concerning the extent to which, applying principles of public international law on the responsibility of states for acts outside their physical territory, the acts of the UK occupying forces in Basra during the aftermath of the Iraq War were within the UK’s “jurisdiction” for the purposes of Article 1 ECHR.
- Acting as part of a multi-disciplinary team of expert consultants instructed by the British Virgin Islands Government to advise on constitutional, legal and management issues relating to the establishment of the BVI Commercial Court (a division of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court), which opened in 2009.
- Conducting an investigation for the European Commission on issues relating to the new system of land titling in Cambodia, which is partially funded by the EU.