Administrative Law – Judicial Review

  • We have unrivalled expertise representing clients before the full range of Israel's administrative courts and tribunals defending, challenging and seeking judicial review of the legality of the procedures, actions and decisions of government ministers, public officials, municipal and national authorities and regulatory bodies as well as all other public bodies.

    Our team has been involved in some of the most significant and high-profile cases heard before the Israeli administrative courts in recent times. We have a wealth of experience representing international and domestic companies, financial institutions and public authorities on the full range of challenges to the legality of a public body's procedures, actions and legislation across a wide range of sectors, including those relating to the award of tenders and the tender process, municipal boundary disputes, awards of energy concessions, awards of mineral extraction licences, decisions of the Israel Lands Authority (minhal), decisions of district and national planning committees, decisions of industry regulators, price controls imposed by legislation or regulators, the funding of healthcare and the setting aside of governmental and ministerial legislation and regulations.

    As an integral part of Israel's leading litigation practice, we offer clients a wealth of experience, depth of resources and specialist expertise on administrative law and, in particular, on the challenging of actions of a public body that are manifestly unreasonable, which use an unfair procedure, which are outside the powers of the public body or which otherwise breach one of Israel's basic laws.

    • Representing Paz Ltd. (Israel's largest oil company) in successful judicial review proceedings before the Supreme Court, against the decision of the Controller of Oil and Gas to decrease the profit margin of fuel companies on the sale of certain fuel products that fall under the controlled prices regime
    • Representing the Israel Electric Corporation in opposing a petition filed with the High Court of Justice by Dorad Energy Ltd., a private electricity producer, challenging the authority of the Authority of Public Services – Electricity to make a decision concerning the inclusion of certain services in electricity tariffs for private consumers
    • Representing Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries before Israeli authorities in matters relating to the Ministry of Health's policy for registration of pharmaceuticals, standards associated with the production and marketing of pharmaceuticals, and issues related to the supervision of pharmaceutical prices and tenders
    • Representing the City of Ramat Gan in a petition to the High Court of Justice against the Government Authority for Water and Sewage and the Minister of Interior relating to failure to establish water and sewage corporations as required by law 
    • Representing the Maccabi health fund, one of Israel's largest HMOs, on a number of administrative and financial claims, including judicial review proceedings challenging the State's method of determining the Cost of Health Index and the funds that the Government allocates to Israel's HMOs for healthcare
    • Representing Bank Leumi on an investigation into cartel/collusive behaviour between the five largest banks in Israel arising from exchange of information regarding fees.  Each of the Banks disputed the findings made by the Israeli antitrust authorities and sought judicial review (in respect of which we acted for Bank Leumi) by way of filing an appeal to the Restrictive Trade Practices Tribunal
    • Representing Readymix in an appeal filed by the Regional Council Lev Hasharon against a decision of the East Sharon Local Committee to issue a building permit for Readymix's concrete plant, claiming that the permit substantively deviated from the local plan.  The appeal was denied and the administrative petition filed thereafter was withdrawn by consent
    • Representing the Israel Electric Company in an appeal filed by several members of the Local Planning and Construction Committee of Ramat Gan before the Planning and Construction Appeals Committee of the Tel-Aviv District, raising the issue of planning institutions' authority to determine in building permits the maximum values of the electricity network for magnetic fields