Public Law

Public Law

Judicial Review

Judicial Review is “the means by which those with a ‘sufficient interest’ can challenge the exercise or non -exercise of powers by public bodies on the grounds of illegality, irrationality or procedural impropriety”.

We have a long history of challenging the actions of local and central government, as well as non-governmental organisations. This is a highly specialist area of law which requires experienced practitioners. Imran Khan and Partners has this specialism and experience.

Inquests

If a citizen has died whilst in police custody, prison or at the hands of or in the custody of other State bodies, whether due to self-harm or the actions of others, their family will undoubtedly want to find out as much as possible about the circumstances of the death, and would want to ensure that steps are taken to prevent other similar tragedies. We have a great deal of expertise in this particularly sensitive area of law, and guide clients through the process from beginning to end.

If the police, prison or other institution is at fault we assist clients in taking action against them and seeking compensation on their behalf.

Public Inquiries

Imran Khan, and Imran Khan and Partners, have been involved in a number of public inquiries, all of which have led to changes in institutions and society in the UK:

  • Imran Khan represented the parents of Stephen Lawrence in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry which began in March 1998 and reported in February 1999. The Inquiry consisted of 69 days of public hearings and considered evidence of around 100,000 pages. The overriding finding was that the Metropolitan Police were institutionally racist and 70 recommendations for the investigation and prosecution of racially motivated crimes were made.
  • The Zahid Mubarek Inquiry which arose from the murder of Zahid Mubarek at Feltham Young Offender Institution in March 2000. The inquiry heard from 62 witnesses. It received 143 statements and more than 15,000 pages of documents passed through its hands. It reported on the 29th June 2006 making over 88 recommendations.
  • The Victoria Climbié Inquiry which arose after Victoria, aged 8, was tortured to death by her great-aunt, Marie Therese Kouao, and her boyfriend Carl Manning. Victoria died in February 2000. The Inquiry report, published in January 2003, concluded that the child protection system failed as a result of a lamentable lack of “basic good practice” by frontline staff and, most significantly, senior managers failing to take responsibility for the failings of their organisation.  It made 108 recommendations.

We now represent a number of organisations and individuals (as Core Participants) in the Undercover Policing Inquiry chaired by Lord Justice Pitchford.