Briefings and consultations, Research

The gap between the legal aid means regulations and financial reality

Isaac Richardson

This paper will first summarise the means regulations. It will then explore the discord between the regulations and financial reality, and the way in which this can exclude applicants who lack the resources needed to maintain an acceptable standard of living, let alone pay for legal services. Finally, it will identify two household types who…

12 Jul 2018

Briefings and consultations

LASPO briefing: Public Law Project Litigation

Matthew Ahluwalia

The Legal Aid, Sentencing, and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), and the subsequent secondary legislation, significantly changed the way that civil legal aid operates. Changes were made not only to the scope of legal aid, but also to the procedures and processes that clients and lawyers had to follow in order to access funding…

14 Jun 2018

Briefings and consultations

The effects of LASPO on civil legal aid in Wales

Sue Harper

This briefing paper explores effects of the LASPO reforms on civil legal aid provision in Wales. It draws on Welsh and UK Government statistics and reports; publications by legal professional bodies, Parliamentary Committees, Independent Commissions and the voluntary sector; academic sources; informal consultations with solicitors and advice charities. Download here…

14 Jun 2018

Briefings and consultations

Exceptional Case Funding Briefing

Katy Watts

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) limited the availability of civil legal aid, removing large areas of law from within scope of legal aid. In response to concerns about LASPO, the government included a provision for funding to be made available in certain cases, which would otherwise be outside of…

22 May 2018

Briefings and consultations

The Civil Legal Advice Telephone Gateway

This briefing paper provides an overview of the PLP research report ‘Keys to the Gateway: an Independent Review of the Mandatory Civil Legal Advice Gateway.’ The introduction of the mandatory CLA Gateway for Debt, Discrimination, and Special Educational Needs marked a major shift in the delivery of publicly funded legal advice. This briefing looks at…

22 May 2018

Briefings and consultations

European (Withdrawal) Bill – Briefing for the House of Lords Report

PLP

Ahead of the Report Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords, Wednesday 18th April 2018, PLP has prepared a briefing paper for Peers highlighting our key concerns 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…

18 Apr 2018

Briefings and consultations

‘Fit for the future: transforming the Tribunal and Court estate’ consultation response

Public Law Project

PLP is concerned that by pressing ahead with court closures before allowing enough time for the modernisation programme to bed in and for evidence to be gathered and research conducted, the quality of access to justice will decrease. The effect on the appearance of justice being done also needs to be thoroughly considered and researched…

4 Apr 2018

Briefings and consultations

Written evidence of the Public Law Project to the Joint Committee on Human Right’s inquiry into human rights: attitudes to enforcement

PLP

PLP welcomes the opportunity to provide evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into factors which may impede individuals from using the UK’s human rights framework effectively. Our submission addresses the question of access to resources and in particular the impact of LASPO on the ability of individuals to access the courts as…

13 Feb 2018

Briefings and consultations

PLP Briefing – EU Union (Withdrawal) Bill – Three Key Issues

PLP

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…

30 Jan 2018

Briefings and consultations

Procedural fairness, article 8 and unlawful removal: [RLG] R(AT and ors) v SSHD

Rakesh Singh

This judicial review in the Administrative Court concerns the unlawful removal of the Claimant AT following the unlawful refusal by the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) to accept his article 8 further submissions as a fresh claim.  The SSHD’s decision was procedurally unfair because AT was detained and unrepresented and the SSHD…

21 Nov 2017

Briefings and consultations

The importance of “exit day” in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

PLP

“Exit day” is a hugely important term in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.  It determines how long Ministers can exercise their delegated powers for and it sets the date when a snapshot of EU law is taken and retained in domestic law. This is a very short briefing for MPs setting out why “Exit day’ is…

26 Oct 2017

Briefings and consultations

Committee Stage Brief on the Rights Implications of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

PLP

Leaving the EU need not – and should not – result in ordinary people in the UK losing existing rights.  Yet if this Bill were to pass un-amended, that would be the inevitable result. That is why Liberty, Amnesty International UK, the Public Law Project and JUSTICE have come together to urge MPs to support…

26 Oct 2017