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…

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…

Withdrawal Agreement Bill – Public Law Project briefing

Withdrawal Agreement Bill – Public Law Project briefing The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (WAB) has been ‘paused’ for now. The Bill may nevertheless resume progress through Parliament, possibly at short notice. The Public Law Project briefing on the Bill has brought to the attention of parliamentarians the unjustifiably broad delegated powers that the Bill…

Government withdraws plans to make Brexit laws ‘by decree’

GOVERNMENT FORCED TO WITHDRAW PLANS TO MAKE BREXIT LAWS ‘BY DECREE’ In response to a challenge by the Public Law Project, the Government has agreed to shelve plans for civil servants to make Brexit legislation by ‘public notice’, a controversial Henry VIII style power recently described by a committee of MPs as “a modern form…

GOVERNMENT TO GIVE APPEAL RIGHTS TO EU CITIZENS

The new Immigration Bill is set to give EU citizens and family members the right to appeal decisions made through the EU Settlement Scheme, even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Prior the Queen’s Speech, the Government’s position was that the right to appeal would be contained in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill…

PLP is recruiting: Research Assistant

PLP’s research team in made up of Research Fellows, who focus on specific projects and are led by the Research Director, Dr Joe Tomlinson. To support the work of the Research Director and the research team, PLP is recruiting a Research Assistant. Approximately 50% of the Research Assistant’s time will be spent supporting the Research…

Supreme Court: Parliament frustrated – prorogation unlawful

Public Law Project statement on the Supreme Court ruling This morning’s Supreme Court judgment draws on evidence from the Public Law Project (PLP) that prorogation frustrated the ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional function.  The court found that the Government did not take account of the impact prorogation would have on the ‘special procedures for…

Public Law Project – Government response to intervention in Miller

Public Law Project (PLP) publishes this note as clarification and context to the Government’s response to our intervention in Miller v Prime Minister. On 19 September 2019,  the final day of the hearing, Lord Keen QC responded directly to the PLP’S intervention, telling the Supreme Court that the statutory instruments (SIs) that are required in…

PROROGATION ADVICE ‘UNLAWFUL’. PUBLIC LAW PROJECT JOINS SUPREME COURT CHALLENGE

The Public Law Project is intervening in today’s Supreme Court challenge to the Prime Minister’s advice to prorogue Parliament. Permission to intervene was granted yesterday afternoon. Our submissions argue that the advice of the Prime Minister was unlawful because he did not consider the impact on Parliament’s ability to scrutinise the secondary legislation required for…

Your Universal Credit Claimant Commitment – domestic violence

A Claimant Commitment should help someone understand what the DWP expects from them so they can receive their Universal Credit money. If they ever have a sanction imposed on their claim, their Claimant Commitment should also help them to understand what it is that the DWP think has gone wrong. This is why it is…

2019 Law Society Excellence Awards

Public Law Project is delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2019 Law Society Excellence Awards in the Excellence in Access to Justice category. Our entry highlighted PLP’s unique ability to draw on casework, research and training, as well as our partnership approach to working with frontline charities and civil society, to improve access to…

The cost of access to JR

Public Law Project (PLP) Legal Director Alison Pickup gave a talk on the cost barriers to accessing judicial review at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights conference earlier this year. Alison’s talk focussed on the importance of introducing special costs rules for judicial review as a way of improving access to justice and the ability…