Skip to content
Sub practice
Sub practice

Public Law Litigation

Given the importance of the financial and political stakes in play when the public sector interacts with the private sector, it is inevitable that such interaction will result in disputes and potentially litigation.

This is all the more probable in the current environment of austerity and government cost-cutting, which has, in many situations, resulted in the removal of rights and the frustration of expectations. At such times it is essential that clients have the best advice from a team of lawyers well-versed in public law litigation.

Allen & Overy can provide that team. Our public law practitioners have a wealth of experience in public law litigation across a number of different jurisdictions. We act both for public sector bodies seeking to defend their decisions and for private sector parties bringing public law challenges, which giving us a unique perspective and enabling us to bring a different approach to representing a client, whether in the public sector or commercial. 

We understand the different procedures, approaches and strategies required to deal with public law issues. We handle many large-scale disputes and have considerable experience with proceedings in the administrative and civil courts, as well as in the European Court of Justice. Our lawyers often represent foreign companies in proceedings related to the decisions of national bodies. Our global reach and the fact that so many of our cases have an international element means that we are experienced working with lawyers and witnesses from different jurisdictions.


News & insights

Exterior of modern buildings on an overcast day

Publications: 15 JULY 2020

Blaszczak Ruling's Broad View of Property may Trouble Press

Eugene Ingoglia and Rebecca Delfiner discuss a recent federal appellate decision in New York.

Read more

Publications: 20 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus update: the Italian Government's Liquidity Decree - new measures for the business sector

The Covid-19 coronavirus continues to have a major impact on businesses across all sectors in Italy. On 9 April 2020 decree n. 23 of 8 April 2020 (the so-called Liquidity Decree) came into force.  

Read more

Publications: 25 FEBRUARY 2020

Legal advice privilege subject to “dominant purpose” test – how to deal with multi-party email communications

The dominant purpose of a communication must be to obtain, or give, legal advice for legal advice privilege to apply.  The Court of Appeal considers how, in the light of this, to analyse privilege and…

Read more

Publications: 25 FEBRUARY 2020

Time limits for damages claims based on public law breaches during rail franchise procurement

This case highlights the very different, and often very strict, time limits that apply in different private law and public law claims.  Rejecting the Secretary of State’s attempt to strike out part of…

Read more