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Legal Aid Restored for Unaccompanied Migrant Children

The Public Law Project welcomes the announcement last Thursday that the Government will restore in-scope legal aid for unaccompanied and separated migrant children’s immigration cases, a step which will greatly improve access to justice for this vulnerable group. The decision has come about as a result of a long-running judicial review challenge brought by the Children’s Society, with which…

16 Jul 2018

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High Court quashes tender for Legal Aid contracts

The High Court has today quashed the Lord Chancellor’s decision to tender for contracts to deliver legal aid funded Housing Possession Court Duty (HPCD) schemes.  The tender was based on new, larger scheme areas and price competitive tendering. The Court’s judgment is available here. Following a consultation exercise in which the overwhelming majority of respondents objected…

23 Jun 2018

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PLP Briefing – EU Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Ahead of the Second Reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords, PLP has prepared a short briefing paper  for Peers highlighting three key issues with the Bill. PLP takes no position on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Our work around the EU (Withdrawal) Bill is intended to ensure that…

16 Apr 2018

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Open letter to Minister from NGOs expresses concern over LASPO review

PLP has signed an open letter to the Minister for Legal Aid expressing concern at the methodology for the long-awaited Post-Implementation Review of the LASPO reforms to legal aid.   Neither PLP nor any of the other civil society signatories to the letter has been invited to join any of the four consultative groups established by…

5 Apr 2018

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Sir Paul Jenkins

We are very sorry to hear of the untimely death of Sir Paul Jenkins.  Paul had joined PLP as a patron recently, bringing with him an unparalleled experience of civil service and a valued new perspective.  He was widely known for his wit, judgment and good humour. These and other attributes were evidenced in his contribution to our 2017 London conference, in a debut appearance…

26 Feb 2018