PLP is recruiting: Research Fellow in Constitutional Reform

The UK Government intends to embark on a significant programme of constitutional reform, which may involve changes to judicial review and the Human Rights Act. Any such reforms must be based on robust evidence about how our public law system operates, and a clear understanding of the value of good public decision-making and access to…

Decision in NRPF challenge

Today a Divisional Court has held that the Home Office’s No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) scheme as it relates to parents on the ten-year route to settlement is unlawful as it breaches Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the prohibition on inhuman and degrading treatment). The High Court is yet to…

Addressing systemic unfairness during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing problems in unfair systems which disproportionately impact on poor and marginalised groups. Since the start of the pandemic, PLP has been providing public law support to frontline organisations that are attempting to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on disadvantaged groups. Two issues that PLP has worked with civil…

PLP’s letter to the Lord Chanceller on ECF changes during COVID

PLP has written to the Lord Chancellor to request changes to the Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) scheme during the COVID 19 pandemic, to ensure that ECF remains a safety net to those most in need. The requested changes recognise the additional pressures on the legal aid sector under present circumstances, the significant changes to proceedings…

Judicial Review during COVID-19

While much of UK life ground to a halt in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government sought to keep the wheels of justice turning. To achieve this while also ensuring compliance with public health guidance on social distancing and associated legal restrictions, HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has relied extensively on remote hearings,…

Benefit Sanctions: Claimant commitments COVID-19 update

To help Universal Credit claimants to make better sense of what could be expected of them during the Covid 19 period, PLP has added a short series of FAQs to our www.claimantcommitments.co.uk microsite. As of early April, roughly one million people have claimed Universal Credit due to the coronavirus outbreak. The DWP has not currently suspended sanctions, so…

PLP is recruiting

Will you join our award-winning and thriving team of public lawyers? We are looking for one or two capable and ambitious lawyers to litigate public law cases and meaningfully contribute to our casework team. We invite applications from anyone who meets the job description, but are thinking that one or two 0-3 year qualified solicitors…

Administrative Court new guidance

UPDATED: 07/04/2020 We are publishing this guidance to assist users of the administrative court. The guidance has been circulated to the Administrative Court Users’ Group but has not yet been published online by the Administrative Court. The guidance has been updated through April 6th. Read the guidance here.…

Immigration Bail: reporting conditions suspended

The Home Office issued a notice on the gov.uk website (24 March) that immigration bail reporting conditions have been temporarily suspended while it reviews how frequently people should report during the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows letters from Migrants Organise and Helen Bamber Foundation that set out the pressing public health reasons for the immediate suspension of reporting conditions. PLP…

PLP Coronavirus update: Let’s stay in touch

Coronavirus: Here are PLP’s priorities, what we are doing right now, and how we can support each other…

Briefing: Coronavirus Bill Second Reading

The stated purpose of the Bill is to provide Government with the legal measures necessary to respond to and manage the Covid19 pandemic. READ PLP’S CORONAVIRUS BILL BRIEIFNG Legislation of this nature is genuinely exceptional – COVID-19 is a serious threat to the safety and wellbeing of the UK. We accept the Government’s rationale for…

Coronavirus: Court & tribunal user experience survey

PLP would like to hear about your experience of how corona virus is affecting the operation of courts and tribunals. Our goal is to centralise the data in order to identify issues and any patterns that arise. We would greatly appreciate you sharing your experiences using this form. The prompts are broad; please give as…