Challenging public bodies and how to fund it

Michael Stacey, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, dispute resolution team.
Michael Stacey
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The Government and many other bodies that exercise statutory or other public functions are constantly making decisions that affect the environment within which charities and businesses have to operate. From procurement decisions and technical regulatory changes to broader policy decisions such as whether parliamentary approval was required to proceed with Brexit, our fortunes are often pushed and pulled by the public sector.

However, while public bodies often have wide discretion under statutory or other powers, they must exercise their powers lawfully in accordance with well-established public law principles and compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Legal remedies, both old and new, are available to charities, businesses and individuals who seek to challenge a public body’s decision.

Russell-Cooke has been helping clients adversely impacted by public authority decisions for many years. What we’ve learnt is that many more people would take action if they were only more aware of the ways in which they could act and how this could be funded. 

Michael Stacey and Tom Pritchard from our litigation team are joined by Maeve Storey from the Crowd Justice to look at:

  • the ways in which public authority decisions (including public procurement decisions) can be challenged
  • the means by which individuals and charities can band together to take collective action
  • the innovative new ways in which such action can be funded by a large group of participants

Maeve will provide valuable insight into how clients can begin working with legal crowdfunding platforms to realise their crowdfunding goals and to share a few inspirational success stories.

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