3PB Direct

3PB is a leading adviser on public & regulatory and local government law. A large number of our KCs and junior barristers advise and litigate for and against local government on a wide range of issues. Chambers’ exceptional base of local authority law clients, which includes central and local government, regulators, companies and individual claimants, bears testament to our pre-eminence in the field. Our barristers include members of all levels of the Attorney-General’s Panel of Counsel.

We appear in both domestic and international Courts, at every level of the court and tribunal system. We are regularly instructed in high-profile public law challenges, including claims which require urgent applications for interim relief, and which involve complex issues of international, EU or human rights law, and disputes of a commercial nature.

Our unrivalled breadth of experience and renowned reputation in key areas such as judicial review, employment, education, health and community care, data protection, procurement and public law make us well placed to handle most of the issues faced by local authority clients, regulators and individual claimants or businesses.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Commercial activities of local authorities
  • Community Care & Social Services
  • Court of Protection
  • Data Protection and Freedom of Information
  • Education and SEN
  • Environmental and waste
  • Finance, budgets and borrowing
  • Healthcare
  • Health & Safety
  • Human Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Inquests and Inquiries
  • Judicial Review
  • Local Government Powers
  • Police
  • Procurement and State Aid
  • Sports regulation and provision
  • Tax issues for local authorities.

Our barristers also regularly provide training to SMEs, local authorities and charities on these issues which are consistently well-reviewed and are tailored to specific organisations or part of 3PB’s programme of seminars.

For help and advice please contact Tom Cox on +44 (0)3333 231 586 or email us.

Frequently asked questions

Public Inquires are held when there is public concern that something has happened requiring an open, fair and thorough investigation by a body independent from the problem. Public inquiries are not necessarily held in public, nor will the report of the inquiry necessarily be available for public view. Public inquiries may be in relation to […]

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We work with various public and regulatory bodies – helping them to exercise their powers, discharge their duties, and make robust decisions. If you’re an organisation looking to hold a decision maker to account, we can represent you, too. Having a home on both sides of the fence gives us a holistic perspective.

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Challenging public bodies is often a lengthy process with multiple stages of complaints, appeals and referrals, and strict time limits at different points. You’ll need legal support and representation from an experienced lawyer early in the process to give your case the best possible chance of success. We’ve previously taken cases all the way to […]

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Yes. People’s rights can be infringed and public law and regulatory barristers at 3PB may be able to help you or a charity make a legal challenge; or will be acting for the local authority. Typically claims for being treated unfairly, discriminated against or having rights infringed will be against: Government departments Local councils Hospitals, […]

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Public bodies can only do what they are empowered to do by law. The law sets the limits of what each body can do and also sets out duties that they must comply with when taking action or making decisions. A decision is unlawful and can be challenged at judicial review if it falls outside […]

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Judicial review is a type of court proceeding in which a judge reviews the lawfulness of a decision or action made by a public organisation. In other words, judicial reviews are a challenge to the way in which a decision has been made, rather than the rights and wrongs of the conclusion reached. In asylum […]

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In most cases, businesses are keen to comply with the law and to avoid the risks and expenses of formal enforcement action. Many breaches of trading standards law are resolved through advice and agreed remedial actions by the business (which might include changing products, systems, labelling or advertising and/or arranging redress for customers who have […]

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Trading Standards Officers will have their own criteria for pursuing an investigation but common factors which are taken into account following a complaint are: The amount of money involved and number of customers or businesses affected The vulnerability of the victim(s) Complaints involving food and a risk to public health and wellbeing Significant breaches of […]

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The introduction of the Definitive Guideline for the sentencing of individuals convicted of gross negligence manslaughter, and enforcement trends has continued the demand for good risk management practices and corporate governance strategies to reduce the liabilities of individual directors and officers. The importance of being prepared for a critical incident and ensuing regulatory investigation cannot […]

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By 2018, between 3,000 and 4,700 appeals a year have been registered with the First-tier SEND Tribunal since the plans were introduced in 2014. While most appeals are conceded by the local authority or withdrawn, more than 80% of those decided by a tribunal are all (or in part) in favour of the child. It […]

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This will have a detrimental effect on your business. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in health and safety law matters. We are well practised in ensuring that businesses and individuals are properly defended from all of the potential threats of a health and safety breach. We can provide the following services:  Investigation support […]

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Yes, particularly gross negligence manslaughter. Compared with enforcement action taken in 2013, the number of prosecutions involving company officers has almost doubled, with over a third of those convicted receiving an immediate or suspended custodial sentence. Enforcement statistics released over recent years demonstrate the extent to which directors are increasingly being held accountable for the […]

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This will depend on the specifics of your case. You will be able to rely on 3PB’s barristers expert, strong advocacy and presence in the hearing, excellent written advocacy, detailed analysis and telling cross-examination. Our barristers have an outstanding record in a field of practice where the success rate is notoriously low. We pride ourselves […]

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Public & Regulatory Barristers


Geraint Jones KC

Lawyer since 1976

Stephen Harvey KC

Lawyer since 1979

Joseph Giret KC

Lawyer since 1985

Peter Jennings

Lawyer since 1972

Richard Tyson

Lawyer since 1975

Arthur Blake

Lawyer since 1988

Timothy Bradbury

Lawyer since 1989

Mark Sullivan

Lawyer since 1997

Nicholas Cotter

Lawyer since 1999

Tom Horder

Lawyer since 2004

Richard Wheeler

Lawyer since 2004

Matthew Cannings

Lawyer since 2006

Sunyana Sharma

Lawyer since 2006

James Trumble

Lawyer since 2006

Jonathan Underhill

Lawyer since 2008

Jennifer Agyekum

Lawyer since 2009

Gemma White

Lawyer since 2009

Thomas Evans

Lawyer since 2010

Susan Jones

Lawyer since 2011

Daniel Brown

Lawyer since 2012

Jim Hirschmann

Lawyer since 2018