Welcome to the Public Law Project
PLP is an independent, national legal charity which aims to improve access to public law remedies for those whose access is restricted by poverty, discrimination or other similar barriers.
To fulfil its objectives PLP undertakes research, policy initiatives, casework and training across the range of public law remedies. For more information, please go to What is PLP?.
The Public Law Project has written to the Ministry of Justice seeking the statistical data that the legal aid proposals are said to be based on. PLP is of the view that without this data, it will not be possible to engage meaningfully with the consultation. PLP is asking the Ministry of Justice to publish the data urgently and extend the deadline for consultation responses. You can read our letter here.
PLP debunks the Lord Chancellor's misuse of judicial review statistics
On 23 April 2013, the Lord Chancellor told the Today Programme that only 144 of the 11,539 judicial review cases brought in 2011 were successful, and that all of the rest were not. He was wrong. Find out why
The Public Law Project is recruiting
We are seeking a lawyer with significant experience of public law/judicial review litigation to work with our existing casework team. Click here for more information.
New conference and training event for 2013: Public Law and the Tribunals
Looking at issues across Immigration and Asylum, SEND and Social Entitlement chambers, from basic guides to representation and an introductory guide to tribunals, appeals in st and Upper tier tribunals, to judicial review in and of tribunals.
Full programme here
To book online click here
Public Law and Judicial Review North Conference 2013: Thursday 11th July, Manchester: Topics include: The challenges facing legal services in the North; The Localism Act; International Law in Public Law Claims, Public Law and Inquests; Legal Obligations within the NHS;Funding and Costs
Full programme and booking form here
To book online click here
The Public Law Project picked up the Special "Rule of Law" Award at the Halsbury Legal Awards 2013. Pictured: Amanda Illing and Martha Spurrier accepting the Award. Clickhere for winners page. Click the picture for a bigger version!
The Public Law Project is looking for exceptional funding referrals from solicitors and advisers who do not have the capacity to make exceptional funding applications under LASPO 2012 for their clients or challenge unfair refusals of funding.
Click here for more information.
The Public Law Project: Civil Legal Aid Advice Line
The Public Law Project runs a telephone advice line on civil legal aid. The advice line covers all legal aid issues arising under LASPOA, including exceptional funding, scope, means and the Telephone Gateway. The line is open from 10am - 11am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The telephone number is 0808 165 0170 and is free for callers.
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To everyone who helped make this such a great occasion
Especially our speakers Sir Stephen Sedley & Emily Thornberry, Our host Clive Coleman, Mike Fordham QC for a highly amusing and effective auction and Prof Conor Gearty for a memorable raffle draw, and to all who came and helped raise funds for PLP.
We are very pleased to announce that we are a Guardian Charity Awards 2012 winner. You can read our press release here.
You can see a short film the Guardian made about us here (but you have to watch an advert first).
Please support us. The donate now button will take you through to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) website page for the PLP. This will enable you to donate using Gift Aid. Click here for other ways to support PLP, including other ways to donate
The Public Law Project Audio Blog
You can listen to audio from our conferences at
The Public Law Project Audio Blog here.
Recently added talks from Professor Conor Gearty, Lord Lester QC and Frances Patterson QC
You can download our 5 year Review and Impact Report 2006 - 2011 here
"If the Public Law Project did not exist, someone would have to invent it – quickly."
Sir Henry Brooke (former Vice-President, Civil Division of the Court of Appeal)
The government's consultation on changes to the judicial review process closed on 24 January 2013.
The Public Law Project produced three documents.
A briefing paper to help those responding, here and a briefing paper explaining why the Government's consultation should matter to you - and those you represent,here. The Public Law Project response to the consultation is here