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 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.…

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…

New support hub for charities working with EU citizens

New hub to support EU Settlement Scheme applications PLP has recently established a second-tier public law support hub for frontline organisations assisting vulnerable and disadvantaged applicants to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).  If you work for an organisation offering assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged EUSS applicants, we would love to hear from you. About the…

PLP survey shows lack of faith in legal aid scheme

A survey carried out by Public Law Project indicates that legal aid providers lack faith in the Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) scheme and shows that a large percentage of respondents rarely make applications on behalf of their clients. Read Improving Exceptional Case Funding: Providers’ Perspectives. The survey results showed: 77% of respondents disagreed that ECF…

Elizabeth Prochaska appointed Chair of PLP

Public Law Project (PLP) has appointed Elizabeth Prochaska as the new Chair of the board of trustees following the resignation of Ben Jaffey QC who steps down after nearly four years in post. Elizabeth is a practising barrister specialising in public, equality and human rights law. Between 2017-2019, she was Legal Director of the Equality…

Lead Lawyer

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS PASSED. 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…

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…