Louis Browne QC

Call 1988
Silk 2017


"Highly skilled barrister with excellent knowledge of his working area."

The Legal 500 2021
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Public Law / JR

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
  • Transport

Louis has been involved in some of the most significant work in the public law field over the past few years.

Louis has a First Class Honours Degree in Law and the Postgraduate Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law, Balliol College Oxford.

He was called to the Bar in 1988 and began practising in 1992. He was appointed Treasury Counsel in 2000 and has remained on the Panel until he took Silk in 2017. He is now on the Government Silk Panel.

He is a Recorder of the Crown Court and is also authorised to sit on civil claims.

Louis is ranked Tier 1 for his public law work in The Legal 500 2021 guide – “Highly skilled barrister with excellent knowledge of his working area.”

Public Law / JR Cases

Independent Inquiries 

  • Acted as the Chairman of a multi-disciplinary Independent Review Panel which conducted an Inquiry for a British University. This Inquiry considered the very important issue of the extent to which the University had discharged its Prevent Duty. This is a duty imposed upon Higher Education bodies under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

Care and Social Services

  • Acting for the HM Coroner challenging the inquest into the death of the Claimant’s mother. The Trust, caring for the deceased, had failed to repeat blood gases prior to the deceased’s discharge. Due to detailed Grounds for Contesting the claim, the Judicial Review claim was refused.
  • Challenges to community care plans
  • Whether a multi-disciplinary assessment was required prior to a decision to close a local authority care home
  • Relationship between a local authority and the provision by a private body accommodation to persons in need of care and assistance
  • The circumstances in which a duty to provide care and assistance under N.A.A 1948 s21(1) arose where a need for rehousing was identified
  • Challenges to care assessment of a child with learning difficulties: provision of package at a residential placement


  • Challenging basis of statement in a special educational needs case
  • Allocation of secondary school places: Education Act 1996 ss13 and 14
  • Appears on behalf parents, schools and local authorities in the first Tier Tribunal (SENDIST) and the Upper Tribunal. Louis advises and acts on all matters arising out of the Education Act, from school transport to school re-organisation, judicial review challenges to exclusions and admissions decisions, cases involving human rights in the education field, including discrimination claims, and disputes as to the rights and liabilities of academies


  • Challenging the decision of the Welsh Assembly to introduce proposals to ban electronic training collars for dogs in Wales


  • Transfer of social housing under Housing Act 1985 s32(2)
  • Housing allocation policy, homelessness under the Housing Act 1996 s193
  • Legitimate expectations: closure of care homes
  • Priority need of accommodation, Housing Act 1996


  • Duties owed to asylum seekers: National Assistance Act 1948 s21 and 21(1A)
  • Local authority deciding not to offer support to overstayer and her children other than to pay for return journey home. Upheld by High Court


  • Policy limiting number of permits to sell food at roadside cafes flawed


  • Successfully challenged grant of planning permission for major development where appropriate certification not given to adjacent land owner issued


  • Advising HMRC on a challenge to a provision of VATA 1984 which prohibits an appeal on an issue of fact. The contention was that this is inconsistent with Convention rights


  • Limiting numbers of licences for Hackney carriages