History of the Public Law Project

The Public Law Project was set up in 1990 as a public law resource in response to the political changes of the time – the diminishing role of the state as provider, increased privatisation of services, and the growth in public law. PLP was established as a creative, strategic legal resource that could apply its skills not only to achieving the direct enforcement of individual rights, but also to achieving wider change.

From the start, PLP has worked to tackle barriers hindering access to public law remedies, and which therefore exclude groups and individuals from the processes by which the accountability of central and local government, and the many other bodies charged with governmental functions, is maintained.

Founder members of PLP included Kate Markus, Melvin Coleman, Patrick Lefevre, Dave Perry, Hilary Kitchen, Jerry Fitzpatrick, Richard de Friend, Dr Clive Grace, John Wadham, and Sir Stephen Sedley.

There are currently two reports available in our Resource Library covering the history of the work of the PLP:

The Public Law Project Review and Impact Report 2006 - 2011


The Public Law Project 1990 - 2005


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.

Nick Hildyard, Corner House Research