Independent Review of Administrative Law

The Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) was launched in July 2020 to consider options for reform to the process of Judicial Review. The Independent Panel submitted their Report to the Lord Chancellor and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in January 2021 and has now been disbanded.

About the Independent Review of Administrative Law

The IRAL was established following the Government’s manifesto commitment to guarantee that judicial review is available to protect the rights of the individuals against an overbearing state, while ensuring that it is not abused to conduct politics by another means or to create needless delays.

The panel were asked to consider whether the right balance is being struck between the rights of citizens to challenge executive decisions and the need for effective and efficient government.

The review examined a range of data and evidence, including relevant caselaw, on the development if judicial review and considered whether reform is justified.

The work forms part of the Lord Chancellor’s duty to defend our world-class and independent courts and judiciary that lie at the heart of British justice and the rule of law.

The Independent Panel were disbanded in January 2021, following the submission of their report to Government.

Read the Government’s response


  • Lord Faulks QC – Panel Chair
  • Professor Carol Harlow QC
  • Vikram Sachdeva QC
  • Professor Alan Page
  • Celina Colquhoun
  • Nick McBride

Terms of Reference

Independent Review of Administrative Law - Terms of Reference (PDF, 128KB, 2 pages)


The Secretariat is provided by the Ministry of Justice.

IRAL Call for Evidence

The IRAL ran a Call for Evidence from 7 September to 26 October 2020.

Independent Review of Administrative Law - Call for Evidence (PDF, 678KB, 12 pages)

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