Casework

Most of PLP’s casework is judicial review, though we also deal with Ombudsman cases and other forms of dispute resolution where appropriate. Our solicitors only take on cases that are within our casework strategy and our current priorities. Cases are taken on referral from solicitors and advisers. They are sometimes referred by other organisations or charities, such as Age Concern or NAVCA. We do not take cases on directly from members of the public.

Most of the cases we deal with are ‘test’ cases by which we mean cases which either establish a new point of law, by changing or by clarifying the law, or cases which involve the application in a particular area for the first time of a point of law developed elsewhere.

A significant amount of our lawyers’ time is taken up giving advice to other solicitors and advisers and taking on specific projects. 

There is more information about these in our current and recent cases section.

The Public Law Project has transformed the local voluntary sector’s ability to challenge abuses by local councils and the local NHS. A decade ago we only had the Compact (the agreement between the sector and the government to ensure better working together). Now we have the ability to mount legal challenges when local public bodies let us down. I am proud of NAVCA’s partnership with the PLP, which has already trained more than 2,000 local voluntary sector leaders in the principles of public law.

Kevin Curley, (then) Chief Executive, National Asscoiation for Voluntary and Community Action