Public Law & Inquiries

5PB’s Public Law Group specialises in public law litigation and public inquiries. Members of 5PB have been instructed in some of the largest and most significant cases in this practice area in recent years. They have considerable experience in the representation of a wide range of clients, including private sector organisations, individuals, local authorities and central government. The Public Law Group provides a comprehensive service, spanning the lead up to, duration and aftermath of proceedings. Members of 5PB are security cleared to a high level and appear in cases involving sensitive issues and material. 

Public Law

“Inquiries into matters of major public concern are now an integral feature of the governance of this country. They establish disputed facts, determine accountability, restore public confidence, and make recommendations for preventing recurence of events and taking forward public policy.”

The Inquiries Act 2005: post-legislative scrutiny, March 2014 (HL Paper 143).

5PB has built up substantial expertise in numerous high-profile inquiries, including:

The Guildford Bombings Inquiry, The Southall Rail Accident Inquiry, The Hinduja Passport Inquiry, The Confait Inquiry, The Bloody Sunday Inquiry, The Rosemary Nelson Inquiry, The Leveson Inquiry (into telephone hacking), The Detainee Inquiry.

Members of the Public Law Group provide expert advice and advocacy in respect of statutory and non-statutory inquiries of all types. 5pb’s service covers every aspect of the inquiry, from disclosure in the early stages to the implementation, where necessary, of recommendations made by the inquiry. We are regularly asked to contribute to lectures and seminars in this dynamic area.

The legal directories consistently rank members of 5PB as leaders in the field of public law and public inquiries, with junior members predicted to be “heavily sought out” in years to come. 


5PB also provides advice and representation in relation to other inquisitorial proceedings, particularly Coroners’ Inquests. Recent examples include an inquest involving Article 2 issues following the suicide of a psychiatric in-patient, and an inquest into the death of a child during childbirth. Members of 5PB regularly appear on behalf of hospital trusts, pharmacists and general practitioners.

Please contact Dale Jones, senior clerk, for further information (0207 583 6117).