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.
Louise Whitfield, Deighton Pierce Glynn
PLP has meant there are hundreds, if not thousands, of advisers around the country using public law remedies for their clients. These advisers came to PLP training or used the advice line and realised they can help their client tackle public law wrongs with immediate impact and results. One adviser said to me: “This is the most useful conversation I’ve ever had"!