House of Lords Constitution Committee Report

Two weeks ago the Lords Constitution Committee published the first of three reports following its inquiry into the constitutional implications of COVID-19. This first report covers the impact of COVID-19 on the courts and cites written evidence submitted by Public Law Project, including taking up its recommendation for HMCTS to collect data on remote hearings…

Analysis: Government must disclose its decision-making models

Writing in the Judicial Review journal, PLP researchers Jack Maxwell and Dr Joe Tomlinson say that courts are increasingly requiring government to disclose the mathematical and technical models it uses to make decisions.…

We’re recruiting – Policy and Parliamentary Officer

PLP’s first Policy and Parliamentary Officer will help us to influence policy around public law and the constitution and support our work in advocating for change. Reporting to the Communications Director, you will initially focus on developing parliamentary relationships to promote constitutional reform that is progressive, increases executive accountability, and enhances parliamentary scrutiny. You will…

PLP contributes to Westminster Legal Policy Forum on Next Steps for Legal Aid

On 16th March 2021 the Westminster Policy Forum held a conference titled ‘Next steps for Legal Aid in England and Wales – funding, quality, access to justice and alternative sources of advice’. Dr Emma Marshall, Research Fellow at Public Law Project, attended as a keynote speaker.…

Update: PLP’s work on Civil Legal Aid Policy

This briefing provides an update to Public Law Project’s Policy work around Legal Aid, summarising our response to the Justice Select Committee’s ongoing inquiry into ‘The Future of Legal Aid’ and our letter to the Lord Chancellor concerning the need for urgent reform to the ECF scheme. PLP remains committed to Legal Aid as an…

What? Judicial Review reform. Why? Unclear.

Today the Government published the 200 page report of the Independent Review of Administrative Law (IRAL) and at the same time launched a consultation on the reform of judicial review.  Public Law Project is analysing the report in detail and looking at how we can support others who wish to respond to the consultation.  Jo Hickman, Director of…

Human Rights Act Review – PLP submission

The Government recently established the Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR) to “consider how [the HRA] is working in practice” after twenty years in operation. …

‘Sham marriages’ and algorithmic decision-making in the Home Office

The Home Office is using an algorithm to determine whether a marriage should be investigated as a ‘sham’, according to documents obtained by the Public Law Project under the Freedom of Information Act. PLP is concerned that this algorithm may be flawed and discriminatory because some nationalities seem more likely to be targeted for investigation…

New resource for legal aid practitioners: Eligibility and ‘trapped’ capital

Resources for legal aid practitioners Public Law Project has prepared a practice note and a precedent to assist practitioners following the decision in PLP client Claire’s case – R (oao GR) v Director Of Legal Aid Casework [2020] EWHC 3140 (Admin). The decision establishes that the Director has a discretion to value assets other than…

PLP responds to Government consultation on reforms to process for appealing from the Upper Tribunal

The government is consulting on proposed changes to the way appeals from the Upper Tribunal work, including narrowing the grounds upon which a ‘second appeal’ to the Court of Appeal can be made, and removing the possibility of appellate review of judicial review applications which are deemed to be ‘totally without merit’.…

Coronavirus 2021: Let’s keep in touch

As we work through the pandemic, all of us at PLP send you our best wishes. We hope that you are staying safe and well. Thanks to the hard work of our team, and the support of partner organisations and our funders, PLP remains fully functional and strong as ever. Casework: Our casework team is…

Legal aid rule change for home-owners on low incomes & domestic violence survivors

Changes to the legal aid rules have been laid in Parliament today that will allow more homeowners on low incomes to access legal aid. The rule change will particularly benefit survivors of domestic violence, with many more able to have legal representation in family proceedings, reducing the risk of being cross examined by their abusers…