More domestic violence survivors to access legal aid

PLP’s client ‘Claire’, a single parent and domestic abuse survivor, has overturned rules that prevented her from accessing legal aid. PLP lawyer Daniel Rourke has said that the High Court ruling of 24 November will improve access to justice for more survivors of domestic violence who are in poverty. The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) claimed…

Analysis: Governments cannot ignore risk of algorithmic discrimination

Writing in the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, PLP researchers Dr Joe Tomlinson and Jack Maxwell say the trend is that courts expect governments to take responsibility for identifying algorithmic discrimination, not the general public. Read: Proving algorithmic discrimination in government decision-making Public bodies in the United Kingdom increasingly are using algorithms and big data…

Medical Justice ‘no notice’ removals: Judgment handed down

The Court of Appeal today ruled in favour of Medical Justice in their challenge to the Home Office Judicial Review and Injunctions policy, also known as the ‘removal notice window’ policy. Background to today’s Judgment In 2019, Medical Justice applied for judicial review of the Home Office’s Judicial Review and Injunctions policy. This policy provided…

PLP’s submission to the Independent Review of Administrative Law

PLP has published its response to the call for evidence issued by the Independent Review of Administrative Law. READ PLP’s submission to the Independent Review of Administrative Law READ PLP’s statement outlining constraints which mean the Review cannot provide a sound basis for reform of judicial review Our submission asserts that reform of judicial review…

‘Tsunami’ of EU withdrawal laws ‘rubber stamped’: Latest PLP research

The process of leaving the EU has laid bare serious deficiencies in the UK’s system of law making, according to a report by the Public Law Project. READ: Plus ça change: Brexit and the flaws of delegated legislation system By Alexandra Sinclair and Dr Joe Tomlinson, Public Law Project The authors show that the UK’s withdrawal…

Legal Aid for SEND representation: An emerging trend?

Latest ECF grant for SEND On 2 October 2020, the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) granted Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) for representation in the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal. The grant was made to a client of Linda Ewen, Supervising Solicitor in the education law team at GT Stewart Solicitors & Advocates, for representation…

New report echoes concerns over digital support for online court users

Key concerns raised by PLP about digital support for those using online court services have been echoed by a recent report into the pilot assisted digital support service. The Good Things Foundation report published at the end of September found that those who provide the support service experience difficulties in separating legal advice from technical…

EUSS ‘digital-only’ system creates real risk of harm: PLP report

The Public Law Project has warned that millions of EU citizens with settled status may face discrimination and other problems when looking for jobs and somewhere to live from June 2021 as they will have no physical or paper-based proof of their right to work and live in the UK. Read: Digital Immigration Status: A…

Improving Exceptional Case Funding: Responding to COVID

Recent figures published by the Ministry of Justice show that the Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the number of legal aid applications for Exceptional Case Funding (ECF). Research published today by Public Law Project gives some indications as to why there has been a decrease in applications and calls for further measures…

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…