PLP is recruiting – Welfare Rights Hub coordinator

Looking to address systemic unfairness in the welfare benefits system? Public Law Project (PLP) is searching for an adviser/lawyer to coordinate our innovative new welfare benefits support hub, which will sit within our award-winning casework team. We want someone who enjoys working collaboratively and is excited about using the law creatively, with a detailed understanding…

PLP’s Briefing on the Internal Market Bill

PLP has published our briefing on the UK Internal Market Bill today. PLP shares the serious concerns raised by many other commentators about the provisions of the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill (‘the Bill’) which seek to authorise Ministers to act in contravention of the UK’s obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement, an international treaty which…

Reform of Judicial Review: Looking at the evidence

This week, Public Law Project is bringing together academics, practitioners, former judges and policy experts in the first in a series of roundtable seminars on evidence-based reform of judicial review. The seminars will be chaired by Dinah Rose QC, President of Magdalen College, University of Oxford, and Professor Paul Craig, University of Oxford, and will…

Online Immigration Appeals: A Case Study of the First-Tier Tribunal

Our Research Team has published today their report on their research into the the impact of moving courts online on immigration appeals in the first-tier tribunal. The bulk of the research examines the transition to using the online procedure to manage appeals in this Tribunal. This new system involves the introduction of a digital platform…

Reform of judicial review is a serious constitutional step

Over the next few months, the recently announced Independent Review of Administrative Law will examine the need for reform of judicial review. Judicial review exists to ensure that public authorities act lawfully, that citizens are treated fairly and according to the law, and that high standards of governance are maintained; these are fundamental and cherished…

Benefit Sanctions: Strategy for civil society

Drawing on our conference in early 2020 – Benefit Sanctions: What’s next? – the Public Law Project and the University of York have published a short-form strategy for civil society organisations working to improve the system. Download: Benefits Sanctions: Strategies for Civil Society Benefits Sanctions: Strategies for Civil Society outlines four main problems with the…

JFF Trainee Solicitor Application

Do you want to train with our award-winning team of public lawyers? Being a Justice First Fellow at Public Law Project is a unique and fantastic experience. Our previous JFFs have thrived with us and gone on to good positions as public law experts after qualifying. The JFF Scheme, established by The Legal Education Foundation…

Universal Credit: Work coaches will now need to do more with less

In light of the planned reduction from 50 to 30 minutes for claimant commitment appointments, Public Law Project’s Legal Director Alison Pickup has written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to ask what best practice is being developed to ensure that claimants are aware of the adjustments that can be made to…

PLP welcomes our newest patron, Professor Iyiola Solanke

All of us at the Public Law Project are delighted to welcome Professor Iyiola Solanke as our newest patron. Professor Solanke is a socio-legal scholar, with an expertise in EU and equality law. She is Chair of EU Law and Social Justice in the School of Law at the University of Leeds where she researches…

PLP urges DWP to delay restart of Universal Credit work requirements

Public Law Project has written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Dr Thérèse Coffey MP to urge the Government to extend the suspension of Universal Credit work requirements for at least another three months beyond 30 June. In light of the extra pressures the benefits system is enduring as a result of…

Legal Aid means review delayed

The Ministry of Justice has ‘temporarily paused’ the review of the legal aid means test which the Government had planned to complete by Summer 2020. Justice Minister Alex Chalk said in response to a parliamentary written question this week: “the impact of the Covid-19 crisis has meant this work has been temporarily paused and a…

Domestic violence: Challenge to legal aid means regulations

In the High Court on Tuesday 9th June, Public Law Project (PLP) acted in a challenge to the Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) decision not to grant legal aid for family proceedings to a woman who had given an account of domestic violence at the hands of her ex-partner. The Today Programme 09/06/20 (37 minutes) Legal…