Press release: PLP research indicates insufficient evidence that legal aid Mandatory Telephone Gateway meets Parliamentary and policy intentions

The Public Law Project (PLP) has today published a research paper on the mandatory Civil Legal Advice telephone advice line (the ‘Gateway’).…

2 Mar 2015


Divisional Court rejects challenge brought by Rights of Women

We have today been unsuccessful in a challenge brought by Rights of Women to the lawfulness of the evidence criteria for legal aid, specifically legal aid applications for family proceedings involving victims of domestic violence.…

22 Jan 2015


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


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


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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