What we do

We are committed to improving the accessibility of legal aid and helping shape a sustainable future for the legal aid sector.

Legal aid is the route through which poor and marginalised people should be able to access help, advice and representation when they need to uphold and defend their legal rights through the courts. It is an essential means by which access to justice is secured in the UK.

PLP uses a combination of legal casework, policy work, training and research  to improve access to the current civil legal aid scheme, as well as helping to shape it for the future. Ultimately, we would like to see a legal aid scheme that provides meaningful access to justice, which is accessible to those who need it, able to provide effective legal advice, and sustainable in the long-term.

Guides

Our guides to accessing legal aid – including Exceptional Case Funding – are available here.

Our main goals in this area are:

  • Increase numbers of people eligible for and/or practically able to access civil legal aid
  • Facilitate engagement in the need to ensure civil legal aid sustainability among key audiences

Read more in our 2022-25 strategy

Update – PLP’s legal challenge over immigration legal aid crisis
News & Updates

Update – PLP’s legal challenge over immigration legal aid crisis

After meeting with the Ministry of Justice, PLP continues to prepare evidence for our proposed legal challenge

Review of Civil Legal Aid: why Ministry of Justice must take action
Policy briefings and submissions

Review of Civil Legal Aid: why Ministry of Justice must take action

Why PLP told the Ministry of Justice that remote advice will not fix the legal aid crisis in their latest call for evidence

Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts 2024
Events

Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts 2024

16 October 2024 @ 9:25 am – 5:30 pm – PUBLIC LAW>>>BACK TO THE FUTURE PLP’s annual conference is back for a day of cutting-edge analysis, insight and outlook presented in partnership with Blackstone Chambers and Herbert Smith Freehills.   THIS EVENT IS IN-PERSON ONLY (NO online session or recording) Date: Wednesday 16th October Place: Herbert Smith Freehills (Exchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2HS) […]