Opening Address: Discrimination law for public lawyers

Our equality laws are fragile – Dame Laura Cox QC Former Justice of the High Court, Dame Laura Cox DBE opened the Public Law Project’s inaugural Discrimination Law conference this week by sharing her view on why our equality laws are still fragile nearly ten years on from the 2010 Equality Act. Dame Laura’s wide-ranging…

Using the law to address unfair systems

The Public Law Project’s (PLP) collaborative approach to public law has featured in a case study of the landmark legal challenge to the personal independence payments scheme, a case that changed the assessment criteria for thousands of people on disability benefits. The research carried out by Dr Lisa Vanhala and Dr Jacqui Kinghan of UCL…

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PLP submission to the Justice Committee inquiry on the access to justice impacts of court and tribunal reforms

In January 2019, the Justice Committee launched an inquiry into the access to justice implications of the programme of reforms underway in Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), including the increasing use of digital and video technology and the closures of courts and tribunal hearing centres. Below is PLP’s submission to this inquiry. PLP…

Brexit, Immigration, and Administrative Justice

Tomlinson and Karemba: Tribunal Justice, Brexit, and Digitalisation Immigration Appeals in the First-tier Tribunal The Public Law Project’s research department has published an article (attached above) which surveys operations of the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). The article has been published in the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law. It carries findings from…

An introduction to Judicial Review

This is an introduction to judicial review.  Where a public body makes a decision, or behaves acts unlawfully, there are a number of ways that those affected can challenge that behaviour or decision.  These include: Complaining using public bodies’ complaints procedures or Ombudsmen Exercising rights of appeal to a tribunal (if such rights exist in…

No deal, no appeal: A draft amendment to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill:

(Amended) PLP Briefing on Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination Bill (2019) The Public Law Project has written a briefing (attached above) for policy-makers making an argument for an amendment to be made to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill currently before Parliament. This amendment will provide for a right of appeal to…

Judicial review in Wales

Judicial Review in Wales This one of three submissions to the Commission on Justice in Wales.  The others are on digitalisation  and justice in Wales and The effects of LASPO on civil legal aid in Wales In this submission we note the following key conclusions about judicial review in Wales: • The ordinary civil (non-asylum…

Evidence for the Commission on Justice in Wales

Evidence for the Commission on Justice in Wales on digitalisation and justice in Wales. This is one of three submissions made by PLP to the Commission on Justice in Wales. The others concern judicial review in Wales, and the Effects of LASPO on civil legal aid in Wales. From the the report: Digitalisation in the…

Brexit and the constitution: Still fit for purpose or broken?

The panel at PLP’s annual conference, recorded on Tuesday 16 October 2018. Chair: Prof Jeff King, University College London Panel: Prof Richard Ekins, Associate Professor, University of Oxford and Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC (Hon), Blackstone Chambers Kate O’Regan, Director, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights Alexandra Runswick, Director, Unlock…

Evidence to the Procedure Committee for its inquiry “Exiting the European Union: scrutiny of delegated legislation”

PLP has submitted evidence to the House of Commons Procedure Committee’s Inquiry, “Exiting the European Union: Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation”. PLP takes no position on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Our work around Brexit is intended to ensure that Parliament is appropriately sovereign, the executive held to account, and the interests of…

Your Universal Credit Claimant Commitment – childcare responsibilities

A Claimant Commitment should help someone understand what the DWP expects from them so they can receive their Universal Credit money. If they ever have a sanction imposed on their claim, their Claimant Commitment should also help them to understand what it is that the DWP think has gone wrong. This is why it is…

Your Universal Credit Claimant Commitment – general information

Claimant Commitments should help claimants to understand what the DWP expect of them in order to receive their Universal Credit money. If a claimant ever has a sanction imposed on their claim, their Claimant Commitment should also help them to understand what it is that the DWP think has gone wrong. This is why it…