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Andrew Sharland

Andrew Sharland

Andrew Sharland

Practice Overview

Andrew Sharland's main areas of practice are public and administrative law (community care, coroners, immigration, prisons, planning and environmental, disciplinary and regulatory), human rights law, employment, information law, public procurement, local government and education. He regularly acts for public bodies, individuals and non-governmental organisations.

He is a member of the Attorney General’s A panel of Treasury Counsel. He is also a member the Treasury Solicitor’s Freedom of Information panel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission panel of counsel.

Andrew is a co-author of Judicial Review, Principles and Procedure (OUP, 2013) and Media law and Human Rights (OUP, 2009). He has also contributed to R McManus QC, Education law and the Courts and P Coppel QC, Information Rights.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Andrew graduated with a first in law from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. He obtained an LLM from the College of William and Mary, Virginia and the BCL from Worcester College, Oxford.

Andrew was a visiting fellow of constitutional law at Brunel University and has lectured at City University on the LLM. He was also a Pegasus Scholar at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Andrew is listed as a “leading junior” in administrative and public law, local government law and education law by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.


"He is very down-to-earth, bright and incisive." "He gives pragmatic advice and is a measured advocate." "Recommended for judicial review work, he has brilliant client-handling skills and is a pleasure to work with."  (2017)

 "A very effective, fluid and charming advocate." "He enthusiastically takes on FOIA and DPA work."  (2017)

"Has an excellent legal brain and excellent knowledge of the area. He is tactically very good and punchy in court when he needs to be." "Pragmatic approach and great understanding of the issues."  (2017)

"He's a knowledgeable opponent who is very effective." "He's very robust but fair." (2017)

"very good tactically..advises on the law and also on what different approaches will work in court" (2015)

very tight advocate, who is very cogent in his arguments” (2013)

excellent advocate” (2012)

is rated highly for his commitment to and knowledge of the education sector” (2011)

very bright and punchy advocate” (2010)

friendly and approachable manner” (2010)

bright and imaginative” (2009)

sensitive to the needs of the client his positively, promptness and intellect shine through

combative but not overbearing, he remains calm and is good at predicting what line the judge will take” (2008)


Department for Work and Pensions v Information Commissioner
[2016] EWCA Civ 758; CA, July 27 2016; Times, October 17 2016
Information on workfare schemes not exempt from disclosure 

R. (Hussain) v Secretary of State for Justice
[2016] EWCA Civ 1111;CA, November 15 2016;[2017] 1 WLR 761
Circumstances in which appropriate to permit amendment of claim rather than require issue of fresh claim or make mandatory order where alternative remedy available

R. (Irving) v Mid-Sussex District Council
[2016] EWHC 1529 (Admin);QBD (Admin Ct), June 28 2016; [2016] PTSR 1365
A local authority had erred in granting planning permission for a detached house on an undeveloped grass area within a conservation area

R (J) v Worcestershire County Council
[2015] 1 WLR 2825; [2015] PTSR 127; [2015] 1 FCR 463, [2014] EWCA Civ 1518, CA, November 25 2014
Local authority had power to provide services to a child in need when the child was outside its area.

R (Plantagenet Alliance) v Secretary of State for Justice and others
[2015] LGR 172, [2014] EWHC 1662 (QB), QBD (Div Ct), May 24 2014
Council was under no duty to consult before deciding to reinter the remains of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral.

PP & SP v Leicester Grammar School
[2015] ELR 86 ; [2014] UKUT 520 (AAC); UT (AAC), November 20 2014
Whether dyslexic child was ‘disabled’ for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010.

Kennedy v Information Commissioner and another
[2014] UKSC 20,[2014] 2 WLR 808; Times, April 2 2014, SC, March 26 2014
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provided an absolute exemption from any duty of disclosure under the Act of documents created by a public body or placed in its custody for the purposes of an inquiry conducted by that body. That exemption continued until the documents became historical records.

SS (Nepal) v Entry Clearance Officer
[2014] Imm AR 321, [2014] INLR 537, [2013] EWCA Civ 1206, CA, July 25 2013
An entry clearance officer had been entitled to refuse entry to a Nepalese national who had made a false representation o his application form which was later corrected in his interview.

R (J) v Worcestershire County Council
[2014] LGR 81; [2014] 1 FCR 395, [2013] EWHC 3845 (Admin), QBD (Admin Ct), December 6 2013
A local authority’s powers under the Children Act 1989 s.17(1) to provide services  to a child in need, pursuant to assessments carried out when the child was actually present within the local authority’s area, also applied when the child was physically outside the local authority’s area but within England and Wales. 

R (D) v Worcestershire County Council
[2013] EWHC 2490 (Admin), August 9 2013, (2013) 16 CCLR 323
The local authority had not failed to conduct proper consultation or breached the public sector equality duty when adopting a policy for determining the usual maximum expenditure for non-residential adult care packages.

Kennedy v The Charity Commission
[2012] EWCA Civ 317
Appeal by Mr Kennedy, an investigative journalist at The Times, seeking disclosure of documentation supplied to the Charity Commission as part of its investigation into Mr George Galloway MP. The case raises issues as to the relationship between the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Human Rights Act 1998. An appeal to the Supreme Court in listed for three days in 2013.

R (Essex CC) v Secretary of State for Education
[2012] EWHC 1460 (Admin)
Successful public sector equality duty challenge to Secretary of State’s decision to cut £10 million funding to Sure Start Centres in Essex.

McDonald v United Kingdom (European Court of Human Rights)
Acting for the United Kingdom Government opposing a challenge alleging that the level of community care support provided breached Article 8 ECHR.

R (HA) v LB of Hillingdon
[2012] EWHC 291 (Admin)
Dispute as to which local authority owes duties to a child under the Children Act 1989.

R (Abdullah and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
[2011] EWHC 3212 (Admin)
Successfully resisted a challenge to the escape risk categorisation of various terrorist prisoners including the Glasgow Airport bomber.

R (YA) v LB of Hillingdon
[2011] EWHC 1477 (Admin)
Challenge to local authority age assessment. Three day judicial review hearing with live witnesses.

R (Mwanza) v LB Greenwich and LB Bromley
[2010] EWHC 1462 (Admin), [2011] PTSR 965
Successfully resisted challenge to the level of community care support under s 117 Mental Health Act 1983 and s 21 National Assistance Act 1948

R (Devon CC and Norfolk CC) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
[2010] EWHC 1456 (Admin), [2011] LGR 64
Successful challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision to abolish two tier local government in Devon and Norfolk.

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