At PLP we recognise the need to ground reform in independent and rigorous research, and research programmes are developed in accordance with our aim of improving access to justice for those most in need of it. To this end, our projects focus on the judicial review process and various aspects of alternative dispute resolution. Research is also undertaken to explore and develop policy reform proposals, and policy initiatives often stimulate the need for new areas of research. Similarly, the insights gained through the organisation’s casework, advice and training work are also utilised in its research work.
PLP has been, perhaps uniquely, at the cutting edge of action-based research that brings together academics, practitioners and policy makers to address central issues concerned with access to justice. Over the years, PLP has undertaken, or been involved in, a number of important research projects which have played a part in government policy formation and legal reform, and received national attention.
All of our published research to date is available in the research section of our Resource Library.
Lord Reed, Judgement Walton (Appellant) v The Scottish Ministers (Respondent) (Scotland) UKSC 2012
...there may also be cases in which any individual, simply as a citizen, will have sufficient interest to bring a public authority’s violation of the law to the attention of the court, without having to demonstrate any greater impact upon himself than upon other members of the public. The rule of law would not be maintained if, because everyone was equally affected by an unlawful act, no-one was able to bring proceedings to challenge it.