We can help individuals and organisations with regulatory matters and investigations.
We have helped local councillors subject to disciplinary proceedings before the Adjudication Panel for Wales; solicitors being investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority; media personalities being investigated by Ofcom; and MPs and Assembley Members investigated by the Independent Monitoring Commission; and clients complaining to the Advertising Standards Authority.
Howe+Co also advises clients on Public Inquiries and conducts all forms of tribunal work. We can help clients make challenges on the fairness and procedures of tribunal bodies and persons or bodies conducting inquiries. In particular, we can advise clients affected by the decisions of any tribunal or body of inquiry, with a particular emphasis on challenges relating to infringement of human rights laws and public law rights have been infringed.
Our Senior Partner, Martin Howe, gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on press standards and freedoms, and has also giving evidence to the Home Affiars Select Committee of the House of Commons. Howe+Co has represented clients before the Independent Monitoring Commision (the international ceasefire watchdog) in Northern Ireland, and conducted a full scale Judicial Review of the fairness of Commission’s procedures based on the legal principal of “apparent bias”. We also advise and represent Local Authority councillors subject to disciplinary proceedings before the Adjudication Panel for Wales.
We can advise individuals or groups on their rights when called to appear to give evidence to tribunals and inquiries, or when challenging the findings or determinations of such tribunals or inquiries.
We can also help with legal challenges to regulatory bodies, based on fairness, apparent bias, and irrational decisions. Most regulatory bodies are also subject to Human Rights principals, and we can bring novel challenges to decisions based on breaches of the Human Rights Act.
Depending on the case and the client’s circumstances, cases can be funded privately, by no-win no-fee (Conditional Fee Agreements), and sometimes by Legal Aid.