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Category: Research


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    Legal aid and access to early advice

    May 1 2018 | Research | By Mary Evenden

    The overview provided in this briefing paper identifies five key issues relating to the availability of early legal advice, which arise from the reforms to civil legal aid made by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). This briefing paper reviews existing research conducted by other organisations that documents how the availability of early advice has an impact on individuals and the civil justice system.

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    Financial Barriers to Accessing Judicial Review: An Initial Assessment

    April 26 2018 | Research | By Ravi Low-Beer and Joe Tomlinson

    This report provides a high-level overview of the current debate surrounding financial barriers to accessing judicial review, and what evidence is available at present. It examines four key areas, providing a snapshot of each: court fees and system costs; party funding; lawyers' fees; costs between parties; and the debate about costs reform.

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    Family Law and Access to Legal Aid

    April 10 2018 | Research | By Emma Marshall, Sue Harper and Hattie Stacey

    This briefing paper examines how the cuts tolegal aid have created additional barriers to justice for many people who need to accessadvice and representation for family law matters. The paper draws on first‐hand,empirical evidence collected throughresearch conducted with family law practitioners and not‐for‐profit organisations providing support for family cases.

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    Literature Review on the Use and Impact of Litigation

    April 10 2018 | Research | By Dr Lisa Vanhala and Jacqui Kinghan

    Strategic legal action is a promising, potential tool for driving change in the systems that perpetuate severe and multiple disadvantage. Yet it can also be costly, risky, time consuming and, under certain circumstances, counterproductive.

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    Research Strategy 2020

    April 5 2018 | Research | By Dr Joe Tomlinson

    This document sets out an initial research strategy for PLP, to operate from 2018 to 2020. The context of this strategy is PLP’s overarching strategic plan, and the organisation’s agreed priorities and goals for the period. In addition, a key aim for myself, in this initial period, is to confirm the PLP’s identity as a producer of high-quality, independent, and impactful research.

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    Public Law and Clinical Legal Environments

    April 5 2018 | Research | By Public Law Project

    University law clinics are a developing tool for both legal skills-based education and academic education. As well as providing students with experience of law in action and a practical base for academic enquiry, law clinics are, and should be supported as, an important means of providing practical legal work experience; especially where they can provide experience of working with clients who face social problems that many students may never face themselves.

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    The Digitalisation of Tribunals:What we know and what we need to know

    April 5 2018 | Research | By Professor Robert Thomas and Dr Joe Tomlinson

    Tribunals are a major part of the administrative justice system. The Government has begun to introduce digital procedures in tribunals but the full details of the changes remain to be seen. This report—commissioned by the UK Administrative Justice Institute—outlines ‘what we know and what we need to know’ about the digitalisation of tribunals. It takes the first steps towards establishing a research agenda for online tribunals and identifies a range of key research issues and questions.

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    Exceptional Case Funding Clinics

    April 5 2018 | Research | By Emma Marshall

    The research presented here focuses on the feasibility of developing access to legal aid through the Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) scheme, by setting up and running ECF projects in university law schools. This report contributes to PLP’s existing research undertaken in partnership with university law clinics,1 which seeks to develop knowledge and understanding about the opportunities that clinical legal education programmes offer for extending access to justice.

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    Lions under the Throne

    December 2 2015 | Research | By Stephen Sedley

    Sir Stephen Sedley and Cambridge University Press (CUP) have allowed us to publish the introduction to Lions under the Throne, Essays on the History of English Public Law. The first part of this chapter sketches the early growth of English public law. The second part tries to describe what it was like to be involved in the modern take-off of public law as it roused itself from its long sleep.

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    The Value and Effects of Judicial Review

    October 15 2015 | Research | By Varda Bondy, Lucinda Platt, Maurice Sunkin

    The process through which legal redress may be obtained against public authorities is often criticised as being politicised, of little value to claimants, and burdensome on public bodies. Based on the largest empirical study of judicial review outcomes to date, Varda Bondy, Lucinda Platt and Maurice Sunkin explain how the process can actually benefit claimants, and improve policy and practice.