Call for legal aid means test case studies

PLP is seeking case studies of individuals prevented from accessing legal aid due to their income or capital, but who cannot in practice afford to pay for legal services.  We will use this evidence to supplement our briefing report on the means regulations, The gap between the legal aid means regulations and financial reality, which we…

19 Jul 2018


PLP’s client wins fight for education

Leeds City Council has accepted that it has a duty to fund a full five day post-16 education programme for PLP’s client, Francesca Adam-Smith.  Francesca’s mother, Rachel Adam-Smith, said “A reduction in Francesca’s education, at a critical stage of her life, would have limited her ability to reach her potential, isolated her from society and…

16 Jul 2018


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…


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


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