“Covid-19: regulation and redress”

SWALA invites you to attend a free webinar on 29 April at 5.00pm where our speakers will discuss some of the human rights implications of the Covid-19 restrictions. The event will be hosted virtually by Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP.

Speakers and topics

• “Regulating Covid-19: the danger of messy lawmaking through the lens of the right to protest” – Adam Wagner, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

• “When can you claim for lost income under the Human Rights Act 1998?”- Guy Adams, Barrister, St John’s Chambers


Thursday, 29 April 2021


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6:00pm      End


Online – instructions to follow

RSVP – Please register with Anisha Hirani, Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP: anisha.hirani@rislaw.co.uk and instructions for online joining will be sent to you in advance of the lecture

SWALA NHS Webinar – 26 November 2020

The South West Administrative Lawyers Association (SWALA) held a webinar on the NHS in association with St John’s Chambers on 26 November 2020

A video of the webinar can be viewed here:

SWALA Survey

SWALA is keen to learn how it might do more to promote its objective of bringing together all practitioners with an interest in Administrative Law in the South West:

  • To promote the development of specialist expertise in administrative and public law in the South West of England.
  • To encourage and support the use of the local jurisdiction of the Administrative Court.
  • To provide a forum for discussion.
  • To encourage education and training.
  • To protect and promote the efficiency and capacity of Courts in the South West of England to deal with administrative and public law matters.

We would therefore be very grateful if you could take few minutes to complete our short online survey.

Human rights issues within the Court of Protection – 31 October 2019, Clark Willmott LLP

SWALA and COPPA held a human rights seminar at Clarke Willmott’s Bristol office on Thursday 31 October 2019.

At the event, which was kindly sponsored by Serjeants’ Inn Chambers, Rhys Hadden (from Serjeants’ Inn) spoke on how ECHR issues may arise within the Court of Protection, including care home closures, restrictions on contact and funding decisions. Also presenting were Sophia Roper (also from Serjeants’ Inn), who looked at pursuing claims under the Human Rights Act following Court of Protection proceedings.

Recent developments in public procurement law

SWALA and Burges Salmon held a seminar on 14 March 2019 addressing some of the important recent developments and case law relating to public procurement, including development agreements after Faraday, the recent trends in applications to lift the automatic suspension, and the importance of evaluation, audit trails and moderation.

Speakers and topics

Laura Brealey, Partner, Bevan Brittan

John Houlden, Partner, Burges Salmon

Catherine Wolfenden, Partner, Osborne Clarke

The complete slides used for the talks are available here.

Judicial Review Practice and Procedure Seminar

SWALA and Bristol City Council held a seminar on 13 September 2018 at City Hall, College Green, Bristol

Speakers and topics:

Polly Brendon, Solicitor at the Public Law Project

Charlotte Murphy, Administrative Court Office Lawyer for Wales and the West

Jo Sidhu, Head of Legal and Partnerships at CrowdJustice

The event was well attended and followed by a networking opportunity over drinks and eats.  It was kindly hosted by Bristol City Council and sponsored by St John’s Chambers



Exploring the safety net: public authorities’ duties to vulnerable persons

SWALA and Bevan Brittan held a seminar, chaired by HHJ Cotter QC (Designated Civil Judge for Bristol), on 7 September 2017.  It addressed  topical legal issues underpinning public authorities’ duties owed to homeless households, individuals without recourse to public funds, and vulnerable young people in Calais.

Speakers and topics:

‘Strategic Litigation and the Dublin Regulations – Vulnerable young people from Calais to Bristol’ – Sian Pearce, Avon and Bristol Law Centre, with Safe Passage UK

‘Supporting adults and children with no recourse to public funds’ – Rhys Hadden, Guildhall Chambers

PSED and homelessness – Toby Huggins, Unity Street Chambers and Trevor Watt, Bevan Brittan

HHJ Cotter QC also took a few moments to inform local practitioners of forthcoming improvements to the administration and listing of administrative court matters in Bristol.  This will be significant in the development of Bristol as a hearing centre.

The seminar was well attended and followed by a networking opportunity over drinks and nibbles.