Regulatory & Public law
‘Park Square Barristers has an enviable environmental and regulatory practice’. Legal 500 2016
The Regulatory and Public Law Team at PSQB has gained a formidable reputation in the fields of Health & Safety, Environmental law, Inquests & Consumer Protection.
Five of our barristers are appointed to the list of specialist regulatory prosecutors and members are regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend such cases in equal measure. The team’s depth and breadth of knowledge of cases involving a wide range of prosecuting authorities enables them to bring a unique perspective to cases that transcend more than one area.
Our highly regarded counsel are often retained at an early stage in proceedings when it is known that they will be appearing against silk in actions brought by the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Care Quality Commission, HMRC, Fire & Rescue Service Authorities, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Food Standards Agency, DEFRA, Specialist Fraud Division, RSPCA, along with Local Authority prosecutions and our members have recently been involved in ever more serious work for Trading Standards Departments. The team also has members that sit as specialist tribunal judges, and the head of team Craig Hassall sits as a Legally Qualified Chair in Police Misconduct Hearings.
Whilst the more senior practitioners lead the field with landmark cases the team prides itself on cultivating new talent from its junior ranks and we are able to offer counsel with expertise from junior tenant to silk.
Size of the team
Our team, led by Craig Hassall, offers strength in numbers – from the most senior practitioners to very talented juniors:
- 40 barristers with extensive experience in areas of regulatory & public law
- 4 silks
- 5 barristers sitting as specialist tribunal judges.
Our barristers are often able to continue to handle cases even when they cross over into other areas of law, and it is very helpful for our clients to be able to keep such cases in-house with us. There is significant cross-over, for example, between sport & commercial law in respect of contracts, and cross-overs between inquests, personal injury, clinical negligence and disciplinary law. We also offer mediation services.
Our experience enables us to meet the needs of corporate clients when dealing with the ever-increasing burden of regulatory compliance. Few areas of industry or commerce remain unaffected by complex legislation and regulatory frameworks, which are often enforced by criminal sanctions. We have recently been involved in cases involving a wide range of regulators including the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, fire & rescue authorities, and local-authority environmental health and planning departments.
Five of our barristers have been appointed to the list of specialist regulatory prosecutors and are therefore instructed on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency, and we also have a strong defence practice in these areas. Our barristers are regularly briefed for the prosecution or defence in cases brought by a wide range of regulators, including the Food Standards Agency, Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority, and smaller local regulators such as fire & rescue authorities and environmental health authorities.
We understand the position of professionals whose conduct is being scrutinised by their disciplinary tribunals, and we have experience representing healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists and pharmacists), accountants and police officers before their professional bodies.
A large proportion of our team have experience in the Coroner’s Court, representing families and other interest persons. The broad range of experience in our regulatory & public team means that we can provide representation all the way from the inquest to subsequent proceedings (such as health and safety or road traffic prosecutions, proceedings brought by other regulators such as the CQC or professional disciplinary bodies, or a civil claim) – conveniently, often with the same barrister.
Our immigration barristers have experience of all levels of proceedings, from the first-tier tribunal to the High Court and beyond. Our immigration barristers regularly deal with individual asylum appeals and cases concerning family settlement, deportation, human rights and EEA rights. We also have extensive experience of appeals by employers against civil penalty notices levied for alleged employment of workers without immigration status. Three of our members sit as fee-paid immigration judges and therefore have particular insight into immigration matters.
We provide advice and representation in relation to the many issues arising from the functions of, and services provided by, the state (at both central and local government level) as well as by private-sector and non-governmental organisations. We represent those wishing to challenge such bodies and, with a number of Treasury and Attorney General Panel counsel, are also regularly instructed to act for the Crown. Our members appear before a range of courts and specialist tribunals nationwide, including the Administrative Court, the upper- and first-tier tribunals and SENDIST, and have experience in matters such as community care and social services, education (including admissions and special educational needs), immigration, judicial review, licensing, mental-health planning and prisons.
Our sports law team can advise on all aspects of this fast-growing area of practice. We are able to receive instructions from international and domestic federations, governing bodies, professional and amateur athletes across the sporting spectrum, and other stakeholders in this multi-faceted field. In addition to disciplinary, governance and regulatory matters, we can provide sensitive and confidential advice on contractual and brand-management issues, marketing, commercial development, and event organisation. We have experience of alternative dispute resolution by independent arbitration between the parties at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and by recourse to sports resolutions.
Lecturing & training
Our regulatory & public team offers an excellent series of lectures and other guidance on diverse aspects of law and practice, including recent changes to legislation. We will provide tailored training on any issue of assistance to solicitors’ firms and prosecuting authorities.
A number of our barristers are authorised to represent clients directly (without a solicitor intermediary) through the Public Access scheme.
We are flexible about when and where they will meet with clients. Our facilities can host large round-table meetings, and we offer connected conference rooms for use in mediation or arbitration hearings.