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Inspection covers a wide range of organisations, which are more or less independent from the organisations that they inspect, and often operate under distinct regimes.

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Public Law

We have experience of advising many such inspection bodies, covering areas of activity as diverse as:

  • Policing;
  • Prisons;
  • Probation;
  • Immigration and Customs; and
  • Education

At the same time, we have advised clients inspected by, or required to deal with, relevant inspection bodies, including in the water industry and the planning system.

We can advise on:

  • Governance reviews
  • Legislative and constitutional drafting
  • Individual inspections, including consideration of an inspectorate’s powers, and the range of disposals available to it
  • How to engage with an inspection
  • Drafting and challenge-proofing reports
  • Responses to inspection reports

No two inspectorates are the same, but we have a proven track-record of getting to grips quickly with the demands of any given instruction in this field, and delivering effectively on the imperatives for our clients.

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34 Bridge Street Berkshire,
Reading RG1 2LU

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46 The Avenue Southampton
Southampton SO17 1AX

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