Judicial Review Competition

The HRLA Judicial Review Competition is an annual competition run by the Young Lawyers’ Committee. The competition is open to law students throughout the United Kingdom. It involves teams of two submitting paper applications for permission to judicial review. From the applicants 8 teams are chosen to make an oral application for permission at a London Chambers before human rights practitioners. The two teams who are awarded the highest scores for their oral permission application go on to compete in the final, which involves the substantive judicial review. The Final is held before a crowd in Middle Temple. The Final is judged by eminent human rights barristers and members of the judiciary. If you’d like to know more, read a recent blog by last year’s winners Emma Foubister and John Fitzsimons here.


The 2017 HRLA Judicial Review Competition has now closed for applications.


Download the full brief here



3 February 2017

Written submissions for permission to apply for judicial review are to be submitted by each team by way of Judicial Review Claim Form N461. NB Claimants are permitted to attach grounds with their Claim Form if they wish. An example of a completed claim form can be found here.

20 February 2017

The successful teams granted leave to apply for permission orally will be notified by email.

27 February 2017  

Oral hearings for permission for judicial review will take place in the evening in London Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, LONDON WC1N 2LS. The two teams progressing to the final will be informed on the night, and will also be informed of whether they will be acting as the Claimant or Defendant in the final.

10 March 2017

Claimant to submit their grounds and skeleton argument.

17 March 2017

Defendant to submit their grounds of defence and skeleton.

24 March 2017  

Parties to submit their agreed bundle by email to administrator@hrla.org.uk. Parties citing case law should include the best report of the case in full. Parties citing legislation should include only the relevant section(s) of the legislation, not the entire Act/SI.

30 March 2014

The Final: The substantive application for judicial review will be heard before dinner at Middle Temple, before a panel of distinguished human rights judges and practitioners. The winning team will be announced that evening.



  1. Applications must be made in teams of two.
  2. A person is eligible if he or she is studying for (whether on a full-time or part-time basis); a law undergraduate degree, postgraduate studies in law, the GDL, BPTC or LPC. Those who have already been called to the Bar or admitted as a solicitors are ineligible.
  3. Written Submissions must be made in the form of a Judicial Review Claim Form N461. A blank N461 can be found here. An example of a completed N461 can be viewed here.
  4. Applicants’ statement of facts and grounds must not exceed 1000 words in total. NB as there may be insufficient space for your statement of grounds Claimants are permitted to attach grounds with their Claim Form.
  5. All forms and any attached grounds must be submitted to the HRLA Administrator by email (administrator@hrla.org.uk). NB if you are using Adobe Reader you will not be able to save an electronic copy of your Form N461. If do not have access to a program allowing you to save information into PDF forms, Foxit Reader can be downloaded here and used for this purpose.
  6. Oral submissions for the permission stage are limited to 7.5 minutes per advocate (15 minutes in toto). Further time may be provided at the discretion of the Court for answers to judicial questions.
  7. Oral submissions for the substantive stage are limited to 10 minutes per team member (20 minutes in toto)
  8. Judicial interruptions may occur during as opposed to at the end of submissions. This is entirely at the discretion of the Court.
  9. Each team is limited to referring to 6 authorities as well as to the White Book, Supplements and legislation.
  10. If counsel is unable to attend the oral hearing his or her team will be disqualified from the competition. The team with the next highest score will take their place.
  11. All written submissions and preparation for the oral hearings must be the work of the team only.
  12. The teams for the final will be randomly assigned to either pursue the application or defend it.
  13. The decision of the Judges and the Committee shall be final.


Roll of Honour:

Emma Foubister and John Fitzsimons
Runners up:
Hannah Gardiner and Lucy Meredith
Ami Jones and Scarlett Milligan
Runners up:
Mathias Cheung and Zara McGlone
Ben Woolgar and Jyoti Wood
Runners up:
Daniel Isenberg and Mickey Keller
Jelia Sane and Matthew Fraser
Runners up:
Seraphina Chew and Yong Chong

The HRLA is tremendously grateful to its competition supporters