The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH
Advising the former Prime Minister in his intervention in a judicial review before the Supreme Court concerning the prorogation of Parliament
Australian Securities Exchange
Defending various proceedings brought by companies suspended from the Exchange
on proceedings initiated against an authorisation granted to a mining project in Spain
In Australian judicial review proceedings against the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
Advising its successful challenge of the Department for Transport in relation to the West Coast Mainline franchise
Liberty, Child Poverty Action Group, Public Law Project
Acting for three charities who jointly intervened before the Supreme Court in RR v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  UKSC 52 on the constitutional status of the Human Rights Act
Awards and recognition
Our market-leading team sits within Herbert Smith Freehills' Band 1 disputes division. The public law team is ranked in Band 1 of both Chambers and the Legal 500 legal directories in the UK. We are unrivalled for our experience and expertise across all contentious and non-contentious aspects of administrative and public law over an extremely wide variety of sectors. We were the only commercial firm in The Times Top 3 Public Law solicitors' firms in the UK.
The Legal 500 UK, 2022
"The HSF team stands out for its exceptional experience and knowledge of public law litigation, particularly with a commercial aspect. The team have a real, practical, understanding of their client’s businesses and commercial needs, and how to use public law litigation to serve those needs."
Chambers and Partners UK, 2020
"Leading experts in administrative and public law litigation. Adept at representing both applicants and defendants in complex judicial reviews and regulatory challenges. Counsels major clients in the financial services, energy and transportation sectors. Increasingly instructed on behalf of core participants in sensitive public inquiries. Continued involvement advising on a wide range of public law issues arising from Brexit."
Law Works Awards 2019
Andrew Lidbetter was the winner of the Law Works award in December 2019 for best contribution by an individual for his public law pro bono work.
HSF Madrid’s public law team is ranked in Best Lawyers, Chambers Europe and Legal 500. ““We get responses that are really focused and directed to resolving the specific problem at hand," say clients. In addition, the department is often praised by clients for its "strong technical knowledge and orientation to the client's needs." Clients value Iria Calviño’s "personal involvement in the matters”.”
Iria Calviño enters the rankings "after impressing clients with her handling of public law mandates and her knowledge of the energy, mining and environment sectors". In addition, Iria is included in the Iberian Lawyer’s "Inspira Law Top 50 Women List", which recognises the most talented women lawyers in the Spanish and Portuguese legal sector.