Permission granted in residence test challenge.

PLP has been granted permission to challenge the introduction of the residence test for legal aid. The proposed test would exclude from entitlement to civil legal aid those people with strong cases but no money to pay for legal representation, who (a) are not lawfully resident in the UK and (b) have not been lawfully resident for 12 months.…

24 Jan 2014


Court of Appeal rules that SIAC’s reliance on secret evidence in national security cases concerning EU citizens is unfair.

PLP’s client ZZ has won an appeal in the Court of Appeal and judgment was handed down today (24 January 2014). The Court of Appeal ruled that the Special Immigration Appeal Commission’s (SIAC) reliance on secret evidence, in cases concerning EU citizens who have exercised rights of free movement in the UK, in deciding whether an EU citizen poses a risk to national security, fails to comply with EU law and that as a bare minimum, the essence of the grounds of the national security case must always be disclosed to the EU citizen.…


Invite to the next meeting of the Deaf & Disabled People’s Organisations (DDPO) Legal Network.

Topic: Under attack: disabled peoples access to justice. Update on what is happening and how we can respond

Speakers: Nick Armstrong: Barrister Matrix Chambers; Ravi Low-Beer: The Public Law Project and disability rights campaigners (tbc)

23 Jan 2014


Low Commission publishes report

From LAG’s website:

The independent commission established by LAG and led by the cross-bench peer Lord Low has published its report today, 9th January. The Commission is calling for urgent reforms to ensure ordinary people can get the help they need to deal with employment, debt, housing and other social welfare law problems.…

9 Jan 2014


Government should re-consider legal aid proposals, Says human rights Committee

This report is taken largely from the Joint select Committee’s own pages at…

13 Dec 2013

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