Public Policy and Governance

Our public law solicitors act for public bodies and major statutory regulators across both industry and professional sectors.

"They are outstanding; they combine high-level legal skills with real human understanding."

Chambers UK 2021

Our expertise in administrative and public law means we are the team of choice for public bodies and major statutory regulators across both industry and professional sectors. We are particularly known for our work with in-house legal teams in the financial, legal, healthcare and energy sectors.

Statutory regulators and public bodies

Statutory regulators and public bodies come to us for help in a wide range of circumstances, including:

  • The introduction, planning and implementation of new schemes, based on new statutory powers
  • Assessing the suitability of existing powers in dynamic sectors
  • Refreshing policies and procedures so that they continue to be fit for purpose
  • Ensuring compliance with consultation obligations
  • Observance of the public sector equality duty and human rights legislation
  • Internal investigations and inquiries

Protecting statutory regulators and public bodies' interests

Our goal is to make sure the impact of your activities is always targeted and without unintended consequences. It is therefore extremely important to us to make sure we understand your organisational priorities as well as the interests of your major stakeholders.

We work with public bodies at the early stages of a project or new scheme, as well as providing urgent advice when an unexpected situation arises. Here, the seniority of our team enables us to bring mature and measured judgement. At all times, we strive to work with you to provide clear, timely and commercial advice, which can be easily communicated to all members of your team.

With this focus and our understanding of the wider issues at stake, we can help to ensure you are confidently delivering your key objectives in a targeted, cost effective way and, importantly, within the framework of your statutory duties and responsibilities.

Public law solicitors

You will be working with a team of senior public law solicitors led by Adam Chapman,  Sophie Kemp and Emily Carter. Our expertise extends to our regulatory team, who we work extremely closely with, allowing us to resource a substantial and experienced advisory team.

What directories have said about us

Experience, willingness to challenge and be challenged, understanding of legislation, regulations and drafting skills."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2018

Sources praise the group's abilities in 'sensitive, high-profile, politically inflected work' and attest that 'what is really refreshing is their commitment to their clients and the care they take'..."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

Clients are ‘very impressed with the degree of care’ Kingsley Napley LLP has in handling judicial reviews, public inquiries, inquests and regulatory matters."

Legal 500 UK, 2017

They have exceptional capabilities, their strengths are enormous and we have been extremely pleased with the work the public law team has done."

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016


Knowledgeable, responsive, thoughtful, professional, well networked and well connected, with a touch of elegance which goes beyond what one normally encounters in a legal firm.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

The team is small but packs a punch well above its size: they are quick, flexible, continuously on the ball and efficient.”

Legal 500 UK 2021

Legal advice is always given with an awareness and deep experience of the wider legal context (in our case, public inquiries) and a sensitivity to the client’s objectives.”

Legal 500 UK 2021


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