Chambers has 19 members with specific expertise in this area of practice. They range from 2 silks, through a number of senior juniors to the more junior end of Chambers. Chambers seeks to ensure that it has strength, quality and breadth of experience to provide a centre of excellence in this field. On the strength of Chambers’ growing reputation in these fields work has increased substantially over the last five years with chambers’ social services database now containing in excess of 350 solicitors.
All members of Chambers are grounded in public law principles with a large majority of the work done involve judicial review proceedings (often of major strategic decisions eg care home closure). Chambers is a recognised for its expertise in judicial review. Members appear regularly in London and also the regional centres at Birmingham, Cardiff Leeds and Manchester
Some specific examples of work undertaken in the last few years for local authorities:
Chambers also has acknowledged expertise in Social Housing issues where members have been involved in many major test cases in the last few years eg the Hillingdon/Liverpool dispute and where obligations for care lie: age assessments etc. Expertise in this area informs decisions made for adult care provision.
More recently, chambers has been heavily involved in cases involving the local authority issues of the moment, namely