JCWI challenge to Brexit-related changes to the Immigration Rules

PLP are representing the Joint Committee for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)  – a small charity who promote migrants’ rights in the UK.  With our help, JCWI have issued a claim challenging Brexit-related changes to the Immigration Rules. The claim focuses on the inconsistencies between who the Government said would be excluded from the UK…

PLP meeting UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, is visiting the UK between 5 and 16 November 2018. Following on from PLP’s written submissions, published in advance of his visit, we will be attending a roundtable with him on 12 November to discuss access to justice and problem debt. PLP…

Civil society in a post-Brexit democracy

Brexit is a landmark event in the history of the UK’s constitutional development and it presents many questions for civil society organisations concerned with public law and human rights. Brexit also presents an opportunity to reflect more widely on the major challenges facing government in the next 10 years, and the corresponding challenges and opportunities…

PLP shortlisted for Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards

Public Law Project has been shortlisted for the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards 2018,  for our Legal Aid Support Project (LASP). The project was conceived to mitigate the impact of cuts to legal aid.   Now in its fifth year the project continues to have relevance and impact.  You can read more about our work on…

PLP submussion to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty ahead of his UK Country visit in November 2018

PLP have written to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights ahead of his UK country visit in November 2018. We have highlighted a number of areas of concern for his consideration including: Access to justice and legal aid; benefit reform and benefit sanctioning; online justice and digitisation of the courts system;…

PLP intervenes in a judicial review of the Home Office’s removal windows policy

In July, PLP intervened in the Upper Tribunal case of R(Bahadori & Rahimi) v SSHD, a judicial review of the Home Office’s removal window policy.  The Applicants are represented by Duncan Lewis Solicitors – read their press release here. PLP has a longstanding interest in whether Home Office removal policies respect an individual’s constitutional right…

Call for legal aid means test case studies

PLP is seeking case studies of individuals prevented from accessing legal aid due to their income or capital, but who cannot in practice afford to pay for legal services.  We will use this evidence to supplement our briefing report on the means regulations, The gap between the legal aid means regulations and financial reality, which we…

PLP’s client wins fight for education

Leeds City Council has accepted that it has a duty to fund a full five day post-16 education programme for PLP’s client, Francesca Adam-Smith.  Francesca’s mother, Rachel Adam-Smith, said “A reduction in Francesca’s education, at a critical stage of her life, would have limited her ability to reach her potential, isolated her from society and…

Legal Aid Restored for Unaccompanied Migrant Children

The Public Law Project welcomes the announcement last Thursday that the Government will restore in-scope legal aid for unaccompanied and separated migrant children’s immigration cases, a step which will greatly improve access to justice for this vulnerable group. The decision has come about as a result of a long-running judicial review challenge brought by the Children’s Society, with which…

High Court quashes tender for Legal Aid contracts

The High Court has today quashed the Lord Chancellor’s decision to tender for contracts to deliver legal aid funded Housing Possession Court Duty (HPCD) schemes.  The tender was based on new, larger scheme areas and price competitive tendering. The Court’s judgment is available here. Following a consultation exercise in which the overwhelming majority of respondents objected…

PLP Briefing – EU Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Ahead of the Second Reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords, PLP has prepared a short briefing paper  for Peers highlighting three key issues with the Bill. PLP takes no position on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Our work around the EU (Withdrawal) Bill is intended to ensure that…

Open letter to Minister from NGOs expresses concern over LASPO review

PLP has signed an open letter to the Minister for Legal Aid expressing concern at the methodology for the long-awaited Post-Implementation Review of the LASPO reforms to legal aid.   Neither PLP nor any of the other civil society signatories to the letter has been invited to join any of the four consultative groups established by…