Areas of expertise

Public Authority Liability

12KBW has a long-standing reputation in the field of public authority liability, acting for both claimants and defendants in claims against, and on behalf of, all kinds of public authorities, including: highway authorities, social services departments, educational institutions, the military, the police, fire and ambulance services, National Government (including the Welsh Government), regional government and local authorities, health authorities, and quasi governmental bodies and government agencies.

In addition to our well-recognised expertise in personal injury claims, many of our barristers have experience of a much broader range of public authority claims, including:

  • human rights
  • data protection, misuse of private information and breach of privacy /confidentiality
  • highway authority claims, including rights of way and public nuisance
  • property damage, including flooding and tree roots
  • Article 2 inquests, including deaths in custody
  • sexual and physical abuse claims
  • occupational stress, bullying and harassment claims
  • disability discrimination
  • education claims, including dyslexia and bullying cases.

12KBW’s expertise in this field extends to specialist areas such as the interaction between private and public law duties, the extent to which statutory duties may give rise to common law claims for damages, and the impact of public policy on claims.

Our public authority cases include:

  • Stovin v Wise
  • Harvey v Plymouth City Council
  • Hatton v Sutherland
  • Barber v Somerset County Council
  • Wembridge v Winter.