Public Law Contributors
The Hon Mrs Justice Patterson DBE
Frances started practice at the Bar in Manchester. During her practice she specialised in planning, environmental and public law. She took silk in 1998. She became Head of Kings Chambers, in Manchester and Leeds. She was also Head of their Public Law Department. She was made a Bencher of Middle Temple in 2005.
In the same year she was appointed to chair an Independent Inquiry into the killing of a 5 year old girl by her mentally disturbed mother. She sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court and as a Deputy High Court Judge. She is Consultant Editor and contributor to Judicial Review: Law and Practice published by Jordan Publishing. She was appointed Public Law Commissioner at the Law Commission for a 5 year term from 1 January 2010 where she is leading law reform projects on electoral law, wildlife, taxis and private hire vehicles, the regulation of health care professionals, level crossings and data sharing. She has been responsible for the completed projects on adult social care and ombudsmen.
Barrister, King’s Chambers, Manchester
Sam is a leading public law practitioner across a broad field of judicial review matters and acts for both Claimants and Defendants. He is ranked Band 1 Counsel for Administrative & Public Law in the current Chambers UK guide and is a member of the Attorney General’s Regional Panel and undertakes judicial review work for central government. He has particular specialism in social welfare law (including community care), immigration law, prison law and human rights. He also specialises in mental capacity related claims arising in the Court of Protection or otherwise.
Justin is a barrister at 42 Bedford Row and currently Assistant Parliamentary Draftsman. He was previously a member of the Public Law team at the Law Commission.
Justin has a BA (Hons) from the University of Durham, a GDL from Oxford Brookes University and an LL.M in Public Law from University College London (UCL). He has been published in the journals Public Law, Legal Studies and Judicial Review.
He has previously worked at the Public Law Project and has coordinated the legal work of Medical Justice, a small immigration charity.
He is a visiting lecturer in Public Law at Oxford Brookes University. He is currently establishing a research and discussion group called the Public Law Forum.
Joe is currently completing his doctoral thesis, on the principle of legitimate expectation in public law, at the University of Manchester, where he also teaches undergraduate seminars in Constitutional Reform and Jurisprudence. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the same university. His work has been published in various journals, including Judicial Review, the Cambridge Law Journal and the Law Quarterly Review.
Outside of his university work, Joe has been Legal Assistant to Gerard McDermott QC, as well as a temporary researcher at both the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Competition Law Forum.