Research

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.

Judicial review is indispensable in a democracy … It ensures that public bodies act according to law. They cannot be above the law. Ministers, who are politicians, often will be frustrated if their decisions are challenged or quashed, but that is an intrinsic aspect of government subject to the rule of law, as is the need for Ministers to be aware of their duty to comply with the law.

Lord Irvine of Lairg (former Lord Chancellor)