11KBW has a long history of expertise in public and administrative law. We bring and defend public law litigation inventively and tenaciously.

We provide clear advice with an eye on the wider picture and the wider interests at stake - whether commercial, employment or human rights.

11KBW prides itself on having the broadest client base; from individual claimants and non-governmental organisations, to private companies, to government departments, regulators, local authorities and other public bodies of all types. Our barristers include members of all levels of the Attorney-General’s Panel of Counsel (click here to see panel members).

Our unrivalled breadth of experience means that our members consistently appear in the leading cases across the full range of public law issues. 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 claims in the commercial sphere.


  • Commercial judicial review
  • Community care & social services
  • Compulsory competitive tendering and public authority contracts
  • Court of Protection work
  • Criminal law decisions such as search and seizure, decisions whether to prosecute, public interest immunity
  • Discrimination, including the public sector equality duty
  • Education law
  • Elections and governance
  • Employment by public authorities
  • Environmental law
  • Freedom of information and data protection
  • Health services
  • Housing including housing associations
  • Immigration and asylum
  • Inquests
  • Local government including local government finance
  • Mental capacity and mental health law
  • Pensions
  • Public inquiries
  • Public international law
  • Regulation of financial services, public authority contracts
  • Social security
  • Tax and revenue
Recent Cases
  • Clive Sheldon QC and Julian Milford in Ken Livingstone disciplinary proceedings

    The Labour Party’s internal disciplinary proceedings against Ken Livingstone have been widely reported. On 4 April, a panel of the Labour Party’s National Constitutional Committee found Ken Livingstone gui...

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  • Daniel Stilitz QC and Joseph Barrett successfully resist Art. 11 ECHR challenge to the UK's trade union legislation in Court of Appeal

    The Court of Appeal has unanimously dismissed a trade union test case alleging that the UK's legislative scheme governing trade union collective bargaining rights is not compliant with Article 11 of ...

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  • Combined Authority challenge succeeds

    Mr Justice Ouseley has today handed down judgment in the first case to consider the statutory framework for combined authorities under the Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 200...

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  • Community Care Conference, Birmingham 'Recent developments in the eligibility of persons subject to immigration control'

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  • Local Authority Conference 2016 - Combined Authorities

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