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.
Nick Hildyard, Corner House Research
PLP has been in the vanguard of constructing the system of public law that now exists in Britain and opening the way for citizens and non-governmental organisations to use the administrative courts. Wrongs have been righted decision-making improved. Without PLP, justice in Britain would be much the poorer.