Judicial Review and Regulatory Disputes

Public bodies must comply with the law and their legal duties when they make decisions.

Failure to do so, or to follow appropriate procedures, can be challenged through the process of judicial review.

We act for clients in seeking applications for judicial review, as well as complex investigations and enforcement actions.
This can be used to confront the decisions of a range of public bodies, from government departments to regulatory bodies, such as the FCA or the PRA, and self-regulating organisations such as sports governing bodies including FIFA, FIA, or the RFU.

In challenging a decision made by these organisations, we act for prominent individuals and large companies in seeking applications for judicial review to overturn a decision where a public authority or regulatory body has failed to comply with its legal obligations. For a company facing difficulty as result of a regulatory authority or government agency failing to act, they can be a useful and powerful commercial weapon. They can help to raise the profile of issues on matters of public importance, such as competition and anti-trust matters resulting in follow-on damages claims.

We also represent clients in complex investigations and enforcement actions involving the FCA and the PRA, see White Collar Crime and Regulatory Investigations.

Our lawyers are highly experienced in handling judicial reviews and complex regulatory investigations.

Ioannis Alexopoulos is regularly instructed on issues relating to government bodies. Chambers Global has recognised him as a ‘Foreign Expert Based in UK’ for his dispute resolution expertise, and he is highly recommended for his international arbitration practice by The Legal 500 UK Guide.

Graham Huntley has 30 years’ experience acting for a wide range of clients in complex disputes against both government and regulatory bodies. Chambers UK describes Graham as an “intense and effective solicitor with an incredibly client-focused approach”.

The Legal 500 recognises that Abdulali Jiwaji is recommended by clients for “financial disputes and regulatory issues”. In Chambers Global he has been described as being a “technically sound, sensible and robust litigator who always finds practical solutions”.

Judicial Review and Regulatory Disputes Team

“They are absolutely brilliant – very good at the big picture, very effective communicators and very easy to get on with.”

Chambers UK 2020

Ioannis Alexopoulos

Ioannis is ranked in the Chambers UK 2024 Guide for international arbitration. The Guide describes him as “highly experienced and an excellent strategist” with “sharp analytical skills“. Previous guides have noted that he “consistently produces extraordinary, excellent work and he fills the client with great confidence and comfort”. He is further described as “adept at handling BIT claims” and “is very experienced and brings a wealth of knowledge to the field.” He is also recognised in The Legal 500 UK 2024 as a ‘Leading Individual’ for civil fraud and international arbitration, and he is praised for being “an excellent and poised strategist and leader.” The Guide notes that he is an “expert in matters involving Greece, the Balkans, the Middle East, Brazil, and sub-Saharan Africa.” Past guides also commend Ioannis as a “highly rated litigator” and noted “is well known for joint venture and shareholder disputes, business break-ups and fraud and banking disputes“. He has been further is commended for being “a great litigator who offers his advice on the basis of the commercial goals that clients set“.

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Graham Huntley

Graham is consistently recognised by The Legal 500 and Chambers as one of the UK’s highest ranked commercial and banking litigators and has been involved in some of the most significant cases of recent years. Chambers UK describes him as “an intense and effective solicitor with an incredibly client-focused approach” and he has previously been described as “very bright, very hard-working, a good tactician” and “very committed and driven”. The Legal 500 UK 2024 recognises Graham as a ‘Hall of Fame’ lawyer for civil fraud, banking litigation and commercial litigation, and he is described as “a lawyer with a particularly formidable reputation within the banking sector.”

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Abdulali Jiwaji

Abdul is regarded as a ‘Leading Individual’ in The Legal 500 UK 2024 for Commercial Litigation and a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail. He is described as “highly regarded” and “an extremely experienced litigator who is utterly unflappable. Definitely someone you want in your corner in a tough spot.” Testimonials describe him as “super impressive” and “understated, authoritative, and effective“, “a clever lawyer whose quiet and calm manner inspires confidence“. Previous Guides have described Abdul as having “a grip of the big picture and the detail; very deft in client handling; tenacious and determined; swift, responsive and clear-thinking“. A commentator has noted that: “One of the best litigators I have had the privilege of working with is Abdulali Jiwaji.” He has also been praised for being “a steady hand during turbulent times”. Chambers Global has described him as a “technically sound, sensible and robust litigator who always finds practical solutions”.

Abdulali Jiwaji
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Tom Snelling

Highly ranked in the Chambers UK Guide for his commercial litigation expertise, Tom Snelling is described in the 2020 Guide as “extraordinarily good” and an “utter pleasure to work with and enormously talented, with a sixth sense for where a case is going and very sound judgement”. The Guides have also noted that Tom is “amazingly dedicated with strong credentials in international litigation” and that he is both “practical and commercial”. Tom is recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in The Legal 500 UK 2022 for Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail and Commercial Litigation.

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Judicial Review and Regulatory Disputes Experience

Acting for individuals and companies in connection with bribery and corruption investigations and advising in connection with S.E.C and DOJ investigations.

Advising the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) for a number of years in connection with a variety of contentious matters involving fatalities during motor racing, insolvency of F1 teams, journalist accreditation, and other miscellaneous issues regarding the administration and regulation of motor racing.

Acting for a large UK company which is owned by one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Following a request by HMRC into treatment of their VAT stretching back over several years, we commenced judicial review proceedings. As a result, HMRC capitulated within a month.

Acting for an individual in connection with a high profile cross-border regulatory, civil and criminal investigation into complex credit derivative transactions within a global financial institution. This included the Judicial Review of the decision of the FCA to close its investigation into the individual in circumstances where the FCA had already published a Final Notice against the financial institution, which arguably prejudiced the individual, without having given that individual an opportunity to respond or comment on the Final Notice or, as a result of the closure of the investigation, having an opportunity to defend himself. This led to further proceedings under s. 393 FSMA, which has recently been addressed by the Supreme Court in a connected case.

Acting for ENRC in matters relating to an internal investigation into alleged misconduct. This included acting for ENRC in the landmark Legal Professional Privilege case brought by the SFO – the first case in which the Court has had to consider whether litigation privilege is engaged in a criminal investigation involving the SFO. Signature also acted in claims and potential claims against the solicitors responsible for conducting the internal investigation.

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