News Archive

  • photo for PLP is greatly saddened to hear that Lord Toulson has passed away

    PLP is greatly saddened to hear that Lord Toulson has passed away

    June 29 2017

    Lord Toulson made a particularly thoughtful and memorable closing address to the Public Law Project annual conference last year, for which we are hugely grateful. We would like to give our condolences to Lady Toulson and his family, and add to the many voices noting his sophistication and intellect in judgment, and distinctly kind and approachable personality.

  • photo for Legal Aid Agency agrees to reconsider guidance on time allowed to make applications on CCMS

    Legal Aid Agency agrees to reconsider guidance on time allowed to make applications on CCMS

    June 27 2017

    Following representations made by PLP (supported by information and evidence from other providers and the Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group) in connection with a case in which our time claimed for making a CCMS application had been reduced on assessment from 3 hours to 30 minutes, the LAA has now agreed to make further enquiries and to review the relevant provisions of the Guidance in light of its findings and the points made by PLP.

  • photo for PLP writes to the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of  State for Work and Pensions

    PLP writes to the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

    June 19 2017

    PLP has written to The Rt Hon David Lidington MP Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, and to The Rt Hon David Gauke MP Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to introduce PLP and to invite further discussions regarding, the LASPO Review and mandatory reconsiderations of benefit decisions, respectively.

  • photo for Bach Commission on Access to Justice publishes interim report

    Bach Commission on Access to Justice publishes interim report

    November 25 2016

    The Bach Commission on Access to Justice has today published its interim report into legal aid. PLP submitted evidence to the Commission, which has found that individuals are being denied access to justice and that LASPO has produced a “crisis in the justice system”. The report identifies a number of factors that have contributed to this, including the failings of the exceptional funding scheme and the gateway telephone service.

  • photo for LAA 'embarrassment clause' challenge

    LAA 'embarrassment clause' challenge

    October 5 2016

    Public Law Project has outlined serious concerns on behalf of clients about the LAA’s new 'embarrassment clause'. The LAA has introduced the clause in its latest standard crime contract tender and it may be incorporated into civil contracts. Breach can lead to sanctions or contract termination, as is considered 'proportionate'.

  • photo for Sara Lomri joins PLP as Deputy Legal Director

    Sara Lomri joins PLP as Deputy Legal Director

    August 9 2016

    The Public Law Project is pleased to announce that Sara Lomri will be joining us as our Deputy Legal Director. Sara will take up the newly created post in November.

  • photo for Supreme Court judgment in PLP’s challenge to the ‘residence test’

    Supreme Court judgment in PLP’s challenge to the ‘residence test’

    July 13 2016

    The Supreme Court has today handed down judgment in the Public Law Project’s challenge to the government’s proposed ‘residence test’ for civil legal aid.
    The proposed ‘residence test’ would have denied access to justice to the many people unable to show that they met its requirements. On 18 April 2016, at the end of the first day of the hearing, a seven-Justice Supreme Court had unanimously allowed the Public Law Project’s challenge to the test, accepting our argument that the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (“LASPO”) did not give the Lord Chancellor the power to introduce regulations that would exclude a group of people from civil legal aid on the basis of ‘residence.’

  • photo for The Public Law Project appoints Alison Pickup as Legal Director

    The Public Law Project appoints Alison Pickup as Legal Director

    May 27 2016

    PLP is pleased to announce that Alison Pickup will be joining us as our Legal Director. Alison will come to PLP from Doughty Street Chambers, where she has established a highly regarded practice acting for the vulnerable and dispossessed.

  • photo for Supreme Court says 'No' to the residence test

    Supreme Court says 'No' to the residence test

    April 19 2016

    Yesterday a seven-Justice Supreme Court unanimously allowed the Public Law Project’s challenge to the Government’s proposed residence test for civil legal aid, reversing the judgment of the Court of Appeal.

  • photo for PLP‘s response to the Court of Appeal judgement in ‘residence test’ case

    PLP‘s response to the Court of Appeal judgement in ‘residence test’ case

    November 26 2015

    Yesterday, the Court of Appeal found that the Government’s introduction of the controversial ‘residents test’ for legal aid, was lawful. This overturns a Divisional Court judgement of July 2014, which found the introduction of the test to be discriminatory and unlawful. Both courts were presided over by a panel of three judges and have considered very different aspects of the case, and come to very different conclusions. PLP is looking at options, including seeking an urgent consideration of the case by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom before the test is implemented, and will update the community in due course.

  • PLP is recruiting: Practice Manager and Board of Trustees

    September 25 2015

    PLP has exciting new opportunities! We are now seeking an organised Practice Manager to oversee the day-to-day operations, finance, HR, recruitment, risk and compliance in addition to playing a key role in the strategic development of the charity.
    PLP is also recruiting for its volunteer Board of Trustees.
    The deadline for both is 1 November.

  • photo for Press Release: High Court finds Exceptional Case Funding scheme unlawful

    Press Release: High Court finds Exceptional Case Funding scheme unlawful

    July 15 2015

    The High Court has today handed down judgment in a test case which will have profound implications for access to justice. In a further judgment in the case of “I.S.” Mr Justice Collins has found that the Legal Aid Agency’s current operation of the Exceptional Case Funding (“ECF”) scheme is unlawful.

  • photo for Divisional Court rejects challenge brought by Rights of Women

    Divisional Court rejects challenge brought by Rights of Women

    January 22 2015

    We have today been unsuccessful in a challenge brought by Rights of Women to the lawfulness of the evidence criteria for legal aid, specifically legal aid applications for family proceedings involving victims of domestic violence.

  • photo for Major judgment on Legal Aid Agency exceptional funding scheme handed down today

    Major judgment on Legal Aid Agency exceptional funding scheme handed down today

    December 15 2014

    Court of Appeal confirms earlier High Court ruling that the Lord Chancellor’s guidance on the scheme is unlawful

    In a judgment handed down this morning the Court of Appeal considered six cases in which the High Court had ruled that the Director of Legal Aid Casework had acted unlawfully in refusing applications for “exceptional” legal aid.

    PLP acted for ‘IS’ who is blind, has profound cognitive impairment and is unable to care for himself. IS lacks litigation capacity and is represented through the Official Solicitor. IS has lived in the UK for at least thirteen years.

  • photo for PLP are seeking a Head of Casework (maternity cover)

    PLP are seeking a Head of Casework (maternity cover)

    November 26 2014

    We are seeking an experienced lawyer to head our casework team for a year during a period of maternity leave, manage a major and exciting project concerned with the availability of legal aid, and help formulate the strategic direction of our work during that time.

  • photo for PLP saddened by the untimely death of Phil Michaels

    PLP saddened by the untimely death of Phil Michaels

    September 24 2014

    PLP's staff and trustees were deeply saddened to learn of the recent and untimely death of Phil Michaels. Phil was a creative and talented lawyer who made a great contribution to the advancement of public law. He was liked and respected by all who knew him, and our thoughts are with his family, his children and his friends.

  • photo for Opportunity to train with PLP

    Opportunity to train with PLP

    September 10 2014

    PLP is recruiting a trainee solicitor through the Justice First Fellowship; a scheme which has been established to help talented law students establish sustainable careers with a focus on access to justice. The Scheme has been established by The Legal Education Foundation, in partnership with other funding organisations in the social welfare law sector.

  • photo for Government's judical review reforms criticised by the Joint Committee on Human Rights in strident report

    Government's judical review reforms criticised by the Joint Committee on Human Rights in strident report

    April 30 2014

    "Unjustified", with "significant implications for effective access to justice" and " problematic from the point of view of the rule of law". The Joint Committee on Human Rights today released a strident report on the Government's judicial review reforms. Following on from last year’s damning report into the implications for access to justice arising out of the Government's previous tranche of legal aid cuts, including the residence test for civil legal aid, today’s report undermines the Lord Chancellor's rationale for the ongoing judicial review reforms, both the changes to the payment regime for judicial review work that came into effect on 22 April 2014 and the measures in part 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill currently going through Parliament, and warns of their consequences.

  • photo for PLP briefs Parliamentarians and CSO’s on Judicial Review reforms

    PLP briefs Parliamentarians and CSO’s on Judicial Review reforms

    March 12 2014

    The Public Law Project has released briefing papers for parliamentarians and civil society organisations (CSO’s) on the judicial review reforms included in the Criminal Justice & Courts Bill currently being debated in Parliament. Judicial review is a vital tool to hold public bodies to account, and the effect of the Bill would serve to insulate unlawful executive action from judicial scrutiny.

  • photo for Permission granted in residence test challenge.

    Permission granted in residence test challenge.

    January 24 2014

    PLP has been granted permission to challenge the introduction of the residence test for legal aid. The proposed test would exclude from entitlement to civil legal aid those people with strong cases but no money to pay for legal representation, who (a) are not lawfully resident in the UK and (b) have not been lawfully resident for 12 months.

  • photo for Court of Appeal rules that SIAC’s reliance on secret evidence in national security cases concerning EU citizens is unfair.

    Court of Appeal rules that SIAC’s reliance on secret evidence in national security cases concerning EU citizens is unfair.

    January 24 2014

    PLP's client ZZ has won an appeal in the Court of Appeal and judgment was handed down today (24 January 2014). The Court of Appeal ruled that the Special Immigration Appeal Commission’s (SIAC) reliance on secret evidence, in cases concerning EU citizens who have exercised rights of free movement in the UK, in deciding whether an EU citizen poses a risk to national security, fails to comply with EU law and that as a bare minimum, the essence of the grounds of the national security case must always be disclosed to the EU citizen.

  • photo for Low Commission publishes report

    Low Commission publishes report

    January 9 2014

    From LAG's website:

    The independent commission established by LAG and led by the cross-bench peer Lord Low has published its report today, 9th January. The Commission is calling for urgent reforms to ensure ordinary people can get the help they need to deal with employment, debt, housing and other social welfare law problems.

  • photo for PLP submits written evidence to JCHR on proposed judicial review reforms

    PLP submits written evidence to JCHR on proposed judicial review reforms

    November 28 2013

    PLP have made a written submission in response to the JCHR's call for further evidence into the implications for access to justice of the Government’s proposals to reform legal aid, this time by examining some of the Government’s proposals to reform judicial review (as set out in its Consultation Paper Judicial Review: Proposals for further reform).

  • photo for Lawyers and charities express concerns over new costs guidance from the Administrative Court

    Lawyers and charities express concerns over new costs guidance from the Administrative Court

    November 27 2013

    The Administrative Court has published new guidance for parties seeking costs orders from the Administrative Court in settled judicial review claims. The guidance was published on 14th November and came into force on 20th November 2013. Lawyers at Doughty Street Chambers have written to the Court to raise serious concerns over the content and status of the guidance. The letter is backed by charities including The Howard League, PLP and Rights Watch UK.

  • photo for JCHR call for evidence on proposed changes to judicial review

    JCHR call for evidence on proposed changes to judicial review

    November 7 2013

    The Joint Committee on Human Rights, chaired by Dr Hywel Francis MP, is extending its inquiry into the implications for access to justice of the Government’s proposals to reform legal aid, by examining also some of the Government’s proposals to reform judicial review, as set out in its Consultation Paper Judicial Review: Proposals for further reform.

  • photo for Public Law Project gives oral evidence to the JCHR

    Public Law Project gives oral evidence to the JCHR

    October 23 2013

    Wednesday 23 October PLP's Martha Spurrier gave evidence and answered questions on the Government's exceptional funding regime. This was part of the Joint Committee on Human Rights enquiry into the implications for access to justice of the Government's proposals to reform Legal Aid,

  • photo for PLP submits written evidence to JCHR

    PLP submits written evidence to JCHR

    October 3 2013

    PLP HAS PROVIDED WRITTEN EVIDENCE TO THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN RESPONSE TO AN ENQUIRY INTO THE IMPLICATIONS FOR ACCESS TO JUSTICE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED LEGAL AID REFORMS

  • photo for Date for next DDPO meeting

    Date for next DDPO meeting

    August 15 2013

    Topic: Using the law to tackle Disability Hate Crime
    Speakers: Sarah Ricca - lawyer from Deighton Pierce Glynn, Dale Simon - Head of public accountability and inclusion at the Crown Prosecution Service and Ruth Bashall - disability hate crime campaigner
    When:Tuesday 10 September from 5.30 for 6pm – 8pm

    Venue: SCOPE, 6 Market Road, London N7 9PW

  • photo for The exceptional funding regime is not working

    The exceptional funding regime is not working

    June 15 2013

    The Public Law Project looks at the latest statistics on exceptional funding from the Legal Aid Agency, which show that the scheme is not fit for purpose and does not provide a safeguard for access to justice.

  • photo for Government’s legal aid proposals unlawful, says legal expert

    Government’s legal aid proposals unlawful, says legal expert

    June 5 2013

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