Alistair Williams is calmness and efficiency personified
I’m an associate in the Public & Regulatory team. I help with the full range of public law issues that our clients bring to us. I work with public bodies, regulators, charities and social enterprises, and private sector bodies.
I advise on the powers and duties of public bodies, and on issues of statutory interpretation. I regularly assist with public law litigation, particularly judicial review, and can offer guidance on substantive and procedural issues. I work with both claimants and defendants, so understand both sides of the argument.
I have a particular interest in local audit law, and work as part of a team advising a number of key organisations in this field. I have a good knowledge of local government law as a consequence. I also advise on public rights of way, including rights of way litigation.
I work with regulators, membership organisations and professional disciplinary bodies. This can involve advice on complaints and the fair conduct of disciplinary procedures. I also review policies and procedures.
I often advise on information law issues, and worked with a large number of clients to help them prepare for the implementation of GDPR and the new data protection regime. I also provide advice on rights and obligations under Freedom of Information law.
The updates addressed developments in the sector and law. It helps the audience (who also exercise statutory powers) navigate tricky issues in the sector.
The case raised difficult jurisdictional issues about which organisation should deal with the complaints. I advised on procedure, drafted key documents, and instructed lawyers in the jurisdiction where the members were based to run the proceedings.
We asked the authority to acknowledge the point, and issued judicial review proceedings when it did not. The authority then agreed to settle the matter, so the court quashed the decision for it to be taken again.