Louis Browne in important victory for the Secretary of State for Justice in a judicial review

January 28, 2015

In a recent judicial review, TH(SE) v Leeds City Council/Leeds NHSCB/ Secretary of State for Justice Louis Browne acted for the Secretary of State for Justice.  The claim was brought on behalf of a serving life sentence prisoner who had committed sexual offences.

In his claim he alleged that the Secretary of State owed him a public law/statutory duty to fund a placement at a hospital recommended by the Parole Board as a necessary part of his rehabilitation towards release.  This notwithstanding that the local NHS Trust had determined that the placement was not suitable for him.  The Secretary of State contended that there was no such duty upon him and the Judge agreed.

Louis has an established public law and judicial review practice. He has experience of a wide variety of cases across a range of sectors, including: care and social services, education, government, housing, immigration, planning, revenue and transport. He accepts instructions on behalf of both Claimants, local authorities and government bodies in all forms of public law.

He was called to the Bar in 1988 and began practising in 1992. He was appointed Treasury Counsel in 2000.

Louis is a member of the public law team at Exchange Chambers.