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Major judgment on Legal Aid Agency exceptional funding scheme handed down today

Court of Appeal confirms earlier High Court ruling that the Lord Chancellor’s guidance on the scheme is unlawful

In a judgment handed down this morning the Court of Appeal considered six cases in which the High Court had ruled that the Director of Legal Aid Casework had acted unlawfully in refusing applications for “exceptional” legal aid.

PLP acted for ‘IS’ who is blind, has profound cognitive impairment and is unable to care for himself. IS lacks litigation capacity and is represented through the Official Solicitor. IS has lived in the UK for at least thirteen years.…

15 Dec 2014

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PLP are seeking a Head of Casework (maternity cover)

We are seeking an experienced lawyer to head our casework team for a year during a period of maternity leave, manage a major and exciting project concerned with the availability of legal aid, and help formulate the strategic direction of our work during that time.…

26 Nov 2014

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PLP saddened by the untimely death of Phil Michaels

PLP’s staff and trustees were deeply saddened to learn of the recent and untimely death of Phil Michaels. Phil was a creative and talented lawyer who made a great contribution to the advancement of public law. He was liked and respected by all who knew him, and our thoughts are with his family, his children and his friends.…

24 Sep 2014

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Press Release: High Court to hear Rights of Women’s legal challenge to restore access to legal aid for victims of domestic violence

On Friday 19 September the High Court will consider whether to grant permission for Rights of Women’s legal challenge of the lawfulness of Government changes to legal aid to be heard. These changes are preventing victims of domestic abuse from getting legal aid for family cases, even when it is clear there has been violence, or there is an ongoing risk of violence. Represented by the Public Law Project and supported by the Law Society, Rights of Women argue that this is not what parliament intended.…

18 Sep 2014

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Opportunity to train with PLP

PLP is recruiting a trainee solicitor through the Justice First Fellowship; a scheme which has been established to help talented law students establish sustainable careers with a focus on access to justice. The Scheme has been established by The Legal Education Foundation, in partnership with other funding organisations in the social welfare law sector.…

10 Sep 2014

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