Bridging the gap to justice: inside PLP’s Specialist Support Hubs

Solicitor Aoife O'Reilly lifts the lid on our specialist support hubs and why they're essential

Treaties matter: why securing scrutiny is vital

Following an evidence session to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) on whether Parliament should have a role in scrutinising international treaties, PLP Head of Research Arabella Lang sets out three key reforms needed to improve treaty scrutiny and why they are needed now more than ever. Treaty-making is a job for the

Way to Work: what does it mean for sanctions?

The inclusion of stricter benefit sanctions in a new ‘Way to Work’ campaign, announced by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) last week, is raising concerns over the fairness and effectiveness of the system. And as DWP continue to withhold publication of their recent report into whether benefit sanctions actually work, why are they

How is PLP making a difference in Wales?

As PLP’s public law work in Wales gathers momentum, Solicitor Matthew Court sets out how our work is beginning to turn the tide on access to justice in Wales but how more must be done to protect those most vulnerable. We know judicial review plays an important role in forging a route to justice –

Benefit Sanctions: on the rise again

Benefit sanctions are starting to increase again. But to what extent? Will we see the same old problems, or will new ones emerge? And why is this important? Research Fellow Caroline Selman digs deeper. At the outset of the Coronavirus pandemic, Government suspended benefit sanctions between 30 March and 30 June 2020. Unsurprisingly, this saw

Members of the group during a 14 minute silence in Hull

Sometimes ‘justice’ means being heard

As we launch Against Persons Unknown: A case study on the use of law by self-organised groups, report authors Dr. Jacqueline Kinghan and Professor Lisa Vanhala give a snapshot into the momentous task of achieving justice facing a group of ex-sex workers from Hull, and how they eventually triumphed. Public bodies are there to protect

Tackling systemic discrimination – A public health approach

Professor Iyiola Solanke – PLP’s newest patron – has written a guest blog drawing on her keynote speech from our July conference, The Equality Act 10 years on: Where are we now? There are currently two viruses causing death and destroying lives around the world: one is coronavirus, the other is discrimination. There are similarities

100 words on equality & the Equality Act 2010

Esther Leighton Drawing on her personal experience of tackling disability discrimination, Esther Leighton will be speaking at PLP’s conference 10 years of the Equality Act: Where are we now? Esther has promoted equality for disabled people by taking a series of cases – mostly as a litigant in person – about common failures to make

Judicial review of statutory instruments seminar held on 14 January 2020

On the afternoon of 14 January 2020, around 20 lawyers gathered in a former railway arch in Hackney, hosted by ClientEarth, to discuss judicial review of statutory instruments. This seminar was important because it is not often that Statutory Instruments (“SIs”) and system-change litigation are discussed in conjunction with one another. This was a chance

Admin Review & EU Settlement Scheme: What does the 89.5% success rate show?

Administrative Review and the EU Settlement Scheme: What does the 89.5% success rate show? By PLP Research Fellow Alice Welsh & Research Director Dr Joe Tomlinson An incorrect decision under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) could impact the terms by which EU citizens and their family members are able to reside and access services in

The cost of access to justice

By Sara Lomri, Deputy Legal Director The right to challenge unlawful decision-making by public authorities is a vital constitutional safeguard, but the Government’s recent consultation on costs reform[1] indicates that it is ignoring one of the most serious financial obstacles people face when trying to exercise that right. Legal costs rules in England and Wales

Deleting the Administrative State?

Alexandra Sinclair and Joe Tomlinson A key public law discussion in recent months concerns the vast number of statutory instruments (SIs) government is using to implement Brexit. Initially, it was said by government that c.800-1,000 SIs were required. That estimate has now been revised down to c.600 (while the estimated number of SIs has decreased

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