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…

Quick and Uneasy Justice

PLP’s Research Director Dr Joe Tomlinson’s latest paper – Quick and Uneasy Justice – reports that the Settled Status Scheme represents an accelerating trend towards quick justice at the expense of important safeguards.  The report analyses the administrative justice design of the scheme – which represents a new and distinct model of immigration and administrative justice,…

Quick and Uneasy Justice

PLP has now finished phase one of its settled status research project. The first phase of research aimed to model how the scheme is designed, and to provide a detailed analysis of its possible strengths and weaknesses. The findings of this first phase of research are written up in a report by PLP’s Research Director…

Home Office told to clear names of men convicted for historic gay sex offences

In the run up to this year’s London Pride, Public Law Project (PLP) renewed calls on the Home Secretary to clear the names of men convicted for the historic gay sex offence of ‘importuning’. In a letter to the Home Office on behalf of veteran gay rights campaigner Terry Stewart, PLP has demanded that the…

The cost of access to justice

Is the Government serious about access to justice? A new blog by PLP’s Deputy Legal Director Sara Lomri explains why access to judicial review is for most people now a distant reality and why the latest costs consultation suggests that the Government is ignoring the financial obstacles that prevent people from challenging unlawful decision-making. She…

Opening Address Discrimination law for public lawyers

Our equality laws are fragile – Dame Laura Cox QC Former Justice of the High Court, Dame Laura Cox DBE opened the Public Law Project’s inaugural Discrimination Law conference this week by sharing her view on why our equality laws are still fragile nearly ten years on from the 2010 Equality Act. Dame Laura’s wide-ranging…

PLP response to FRC consultation

PLP’s response outlines why the Government’s indication that it will not consult on extending QOCS or the Aarhus rules is cause for concern, and why relying on CCOs to mitigate access to justice concerns is inadequate.  PLP is gravely concerned that the Government is giving insufficient priority to the principle of access to justice and…

Do benefit sanctions breach Article 3 ECHR?

One of PLP’s five strategic focus areas is benefit sanctioning. We are particularly concerned with the lawfulness of sanctioning and the effect this has on marginalised people. In this article PLP solicitor Sarah Clarke considers whether benefit sanctioning, particularly for people who are not well enough to work, could constitute inhuman and degrading treatment in…