Brynmor Adams

Call 2008

"He has a superb analytical brain and superb judgement."

Chambers and Partners 2021
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Public Law and Judicial Review

Brynmor’s clients include a wide range of public bodies and local authorities. He is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel, which enables him to represent central government departments.  He frequently represents the government in judicial review proceedings in the High Court or UTIAC.

Brynmor is ranked in both the leading directories. Chambers and Partners 2021 describes him as having a “superb analytical brain and superb judgement”, whilst the Legal 500 says that he “has a highly analytical mind” and he is “popular with clients due to his unflappable and common sense approach”.

Brynmor’s public and administrative law expertise includes:

  • Immigration and related areas such as detention and citizenship;
  • Local authorities duties to the homeless and related duties;
  • Challenges to contracting-out arrangements;
  • Cases involving an interaction between public and private law principles; and
  • Equalities and discrimination law and cases involving litigants lacking mental capacity.

Public Law and Immigration Cases

  • R. (on the application of the Governing Body of X) v Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills [2020] EWCA Civ 594 Brynmor represented Ofsted before the Administrative Court and (with leading counsel) before the Court of Appeal. He successfully defending a school’s claim for judicial review and an application for interim relief whereby the school sought to prevent the publication of a critical Ofsted inspection report. The Court of Appeal set out the principles applicable to interim relief applications in judicial review proceedings.
  • Smith v London Borough of Haringey [2017] EWCA Civ 1624: Brynmor acted for the London Borough of Haringey in this appeal concerning the assessment of vulnerability for the purposes of local authorities’ duties to the homeless. The authority successfully resisted a wide-ranging challenge to the contracting out of homeless decision-making functions. The Court of Appeal expressed strong doubts as to whether such challenges could be made in the context of a s. 204 appeal.
  • Esposito v London Borough of Camden QBD (Admin) (May J) 31/07/2017: Brynmor was junior counsel for Camden LBC and successfully resisted a grant of urgent injunctive relief by residents of a group of tower blocks. This case addressed some of the issues facing social landlords following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
  • (on the application of K) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWHC 1273 (Admin), 18 February 2016: successfully defended a judicial review claim relating to citizenship on behalf of the Home Secretary.
  • Aslamie v London & Quadrant Housing Trust [2016] EWHC (Admin) 2396: Brynmor successfully defended the housing trust in this judicial review relating to the withholding of consent to an assignment.
  • Southward Housing Co-operative v Walker & Hay, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Intervening [2015] EWHC 1615 (Ch): Brynmor successfully acted for the co-operative landlord in obtaining a possession order. The judgment of Hildyard J addressed the implications of the Supreme Court decision in Mexfield v Berrisford and the application of public law and human rights principles to fully mutual landlords.