Jennifer leads our public law litigation and public inquiries practice across Scotland. Jennifer is an experienced lawyer who leads a team of lawyers focussing on public, administrative and constitutional law; public inquiries; civil liberties & human rights; and disputes involving the public sector and government (national and local). Jennifer works closely with her clients, taking a pragmatic approach to finding the best solutions for them.
With long-standing recognised specialist expertise in public law and disputes involving public bodies (including government), Jennifer has significant experience of advising and representing clients on public, regulatory and constitutional law issues, including in Judicial Review and Appeals against decisions of a wide range of public authorities. Jennifer draws upon this practical litigation experience when advising clients on statutory/regulatory obligations and wider reputation management.
Jennifer has an outstanding record of success in winning cases for government bodies, regulators, companies, campaign groups and individuals, in court and representing their interests at public inquiries. She is one of a handful of Scottish solicitors with experience of litigating in the Scottish Courts, UK Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union.
Jennifer advises clients on legislation and statutory interpretation, the powers and duties of public bodies, the art of getting decisions right first time and representing clients in situations when decision-making is questioned. The setting might be a Board/committee meeting, investigation, tribunal, court or public inquiry. Decisions could relate to competition /state aid/ procurement, planning/ environmental/ climate change issues, data protection & information law, education matters, looked-after children/ vulnerable adults/ homeless accommodation, or other areas where decisions are made that affect individuals, businesses and communities. Jennifer’s expertise is found in a thorough understanding of the relevant legislative/ regulatory/ procedural frameworks and how to identify and address areas susceptible to challenge.
Jennifer’s thorough understanding of the often legally complex and politically sensitive issues affecting those operating within and engaging with the public sector allows her to give insightful advice, tailored to clients’ specific situations and needs.
She is a ‘Top Ranked Lawyer’ by Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession in Administrative & Public Law (13 years of ranking) and a ranked lawyer Leading Individual” in Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Environment: Climate Change (UK-wide) and Parliamentary & Public Affairs. She is also recommended by The Legal 500 in Charities & Not-for-Profit, EU & Competition, Environment, Local Government and Planning. Jennifer is also the only Scottish lawyer ranked by Chambers UK Guide for work in the UK-wide specialist field of Climate Change.
"I have been massively impressed with the highly professional service we have received from Jennifer Jack and the team. As we navigate some tricky legal and political issues, the response and support from HM has been outstanding. On a personal level, the attention to detail and extra care given to work with me through some tricky matters demonstrates precisely the human qualities and emotional intelligence needed to really support those of us from a non-legal background. The values, professionalism, integrity and the ability to flex the model of support and resource to meet demands as they arise is also impressive (and welcomed) and I would not hesitate to recommend the services of HM across my networks."
"Jennifer Jack is known for her strength in judicial review challenges against the decisions of public authorities, regulators and the courts. She is among the best and just gets clients' needs in terms of the legal, political and budget aspects. She is very able and hard-working and knows the law through and through."
"She is a dedicated and knowledgeable practitioner who is the consummate professional."
"She is a trusted and incredibly reliable adviser in whom we have complete confidence."
"Jennifer always provides excellent advice appropriate to our organisation."
"Jennifer makes difficult work look easy. She's got a steady and unthwartable quality, meaning that in the face of immense pressure she has the ability to keep a well-guided hand on things."
"She is a leading light in the human rights world."
"Jennifer Jack is brilliant at her job."
"Jennifer Jack has a good overview feel for issues, great legal acumen and is easy to deal with."
"Jennifer Jack is commended for her climate change experience as part of her wider public law practice. She regularly advises clients on litigation concerning this area."
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