Elizabeth Prochaska appointed Chair of PLP

Public Law Project (PLP) has appointed Elizabeth Prochaska as the new Chair of the board of trustees following the resignation of Ben Jaffey QC who steps down after nearly four years in post. Elizabeth is a practising barrister specialising in public, equality and human rights law. Between 2017-2019, she was Legal Director of the Equality…

PLP is recruiting a Wales lawyer

The deadline for applications for this post is 11.59pm on 20 January 2020. Please email all applications to PLP’s HR Department.…

Lead Lawyer

Will you join our award-winning and thriving team of public lawyers? We are looking for an experienced, ambitious solicitor or barrister to litigate public law cases and help manage our small, highly-motivated casework team. This Lead Lawyer role will be based in London. It is an opportunity for a lawyer with existing judicial review or…

UPDATE: EU citizens’ rights after a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

The November update to ‘EU citizens’ rights after a no-deal‘ is now live. Updates to this edition include: The Government statement on changes to the Immigration Rules and the Immigration (Amendment) EU Exit Regulations 2019; the phasing out of the Surinder Singh immigration route to the UK; further conditions for European Temporary Leave to Remain;…

Radio 4 interview: JFF barrister Matthew Ahluwalia

PLP barrister and Justice First Fellow Matthew Ahluwalia spoke to legal correspondent Joshua Rozenberg for BBC Radio 4’s Law in Action about the Supreme Court ruling in RR v SSWDP. LISTEN to the interview here (from 4.20) In the interview Matthew explains what the ruling means for access to justice and how it will help…

PLP is recruiting a Research Fellow

PLP is recruiting a Research Fellow. As part of its Brexit work, PLP has been focusing on the EU Settlement Scheme. In line with PLP’s organisational approach, this work has involved a joined-up approach involving research, casework and policy communication. The research aspect of this work frames and informs casework and policy interventions. In 2019,…

Supreme Court: ‘Bedroom tax’ win for human rights and access to justice

Following a joint intervention by Public Law Project, Liberty and the Child Poverty Action Group in the case of RR v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Supreme Court has ruled that public bodies, including the First-tier Tribunal, have the power and duty to disapply regulations that are not compatible with human rights…

Tackling hardship – Getting tough on benefit sanctions

A Public Law Project initiative is underway to help Universal Credit claimants avoid benefit sanctions. The new website, www.claimantcommitments.org.uk, has been launched successfully with support from the Matrix Causes Fund and aims to provide claimants and advisers with the information they need to ensure that claimant commitments are tailored to individual circumstances. What is the…

Wales 2020

The Public Law Project is pleased to confirm that it will be able to provide more focused and direct public law support in Wales as of 2020. A key part of this support will be a new PLP lawyer focused on Wales. Our current plans are for this role to: Work with civil society organisations…

Exceptional Case Funding Clinics: Toolkit launch

PLP’s solicitor Katy Watts has written a toolkit on setting up ECF clinics. The legal aid Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) scheme is intended to be a human rights ‘safety net’ to avoid breaches of people’s rights, ensuring access to legal aid even when it would not normally be available. ECF clinics help people access ECF…

COURT REFORM: COMMONS COMMITTEE SAYS ACCESS TO JUSTICE FIRST

The Justice Select Committee has published its report on the court and tribunal reform programme. PLP Director Jo Hickman said: “The Justice Committee report rightly asserts that access to justice must be the primary focus for the court reform programme and that cost savings and efficiencies should come second. “The recommendations reflect many of the…

PLP Response to Commission on Justice in Wales report

The Commission on Justice in Wales has today published Justice in Wales for the People of Wales, a review of how the justice system operates in Wales and recommendations for its future. The Public Law Project submitted three reports to the Commission: The effects of LASPO on civil legal aid in Wales Judicial Review in…