Public Law Lawyers
Engineers for the machinery of Government.
Burness Paull has assembled one of the strongest, dedicated teams of lawyers who focus purely on matters relating to government, the public sector and their relationship to business and society, working regularly across high profile and highly sensitive issues within public inquiries and judicial reviews.
Our combined experience in advising on a full spectrum of Administrative Law matters across Scotland, the UK and Europe is unrivalled. We act for a wide range of private sector companies in respect of their interactions with state bodies and have represented a number of key individuals and groups.
Our lawyers are expert across all manner of public law challenges, including statutory appeals, judicial review, tribunals, disciplinary proceedings, inquiries, investigations and procurement challenges.
This expertise is regularly called upon by clients in an advisory capacity – we are widely recognised as the market leader in developing and implementing innovative governance models for the delivery of public services.
Scottish Public Services Ombudsman
Recently appointed as legal advisers to the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and her team in all legal matters. This will include advising on statutory interpretation, complaints issues, the SPSO’s role as the Independent National Whistleblowing Officer for the NHS and regulatory law matters including human rights, freedom of information, data protection and judicial review.
Guild Homes (Tayside) Limited
We acted for a consortium of Angus business people in a judicial review regarding the decision of Angus Council to demolish a popular leisure centre, which sits on common good land in Forfar.
Scottish Funding Council
We are the primary legal advisers to the SFC and work to support them in a wide range of public law matters including sector governance, terms and conditions of funding, contentious procurement law and exercise of statutory powers and obligations.
Major UK Based Utility Provider
We are acting for a major UK based utility provider in defending a procurement challenge raised by an unsuccessful bidder in the Court of Session.
Midstream Infrastructure Owner
We advised a midstream infrastructure owner in relation to the public law issues arising in the potential development of an oil & gas platform electrification project which may require change in regulatory and energy policy and legislation.
We have been appointed to advise Bolt UK on various regulatory and public law matters in connection with its regulated business across the UK.
Latest news, insights and upcoming events
Insights- 7th May 2021
Challenging the UK Governments decision to delay re-opening indoor hospitality.
Insights- 5th February 2021
Public sector bodies across Scotland have been wrestling with the new state subsidy control rules.
Insights- 14th December 2020
The first step in a legal challenge of the continued tier 3 restrictions in Edinburgh has failed.