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…

Judicial Review during COVID-19

Our research team has published a two-part blog on Admininstrative Law in the Common Law World on the use of remote hearings for judicial review. Part 1 looks at how the process of judicial review is operating following the Administrative Court’s rapid shift from traditional to remote hearings. Part 2 looks at litigation patterns and…

PLP is recruiting: Research Fellow in Constitutional Reform

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR THIS APPLICATION HAS NOW PASSED. 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…

PLP’s Briefing on Second Reading of Immigration Bill

Here is the Public Law Project’s (PLP’s) briefing ahead of the second reading on Monday  18 May in the House of Commons on the Immigration and Social Security Bill (‘the Bill’). In this briefing on the Bill, we have two key recommendations: The delegated powers as drafted in the Bill must be narrowed in order…

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…