JR Trends and Forecasts 2019: Duty of candour and cooperation

Listen to Charlotte Kilroy QC, Doughty Street Chambers and Iain Steele, Blackstone Chambers give a talk on the duty of candour and cooperation at JR Trends and Forecasts 2019: Public law and technology.…

Exceptional Case Funding Clinics: Toolkit

The legal aid Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) scheme is intended to be a human rights ‘safety net’ to avoid breaches of people’s rights, ensuring access to legal aid even when it would not normally be available. ECF clinics help people access ECF to get funded legal representation for vital cases. Such funding can also ‘free-up’…

JR Trends and Forecasts 2019: Top public law cases of the year

Alison Pickup, Legal Director of PLP, Tristan Jones of Blackstone Chambers and Mark Smyth of Herbert Smith Freehills, on the top public law cases of the year.  From this year’s Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference. You can listen to the talk below.…

Explaining algorithms and automation: A guide for lawyers

Dr Reuben Binns of Oxford University delivered a talk on automated systems and algorithms at PLP’s annual conference. You can follow along with the slides here. Download the slides as a pdf here. Recorded on 31 October 2019. If you have any questions about this session, please email Amelie Godfrey.…

Withdrawal Bill Agreement – Public Law Project Briefing

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (WAB) has been ‘paused’ for now. The Bill may nevertheless resume progress through Parliament, possibly at short notice. The Public Law Project briefing on the Bill has brought to the attention of parliamentarians the unjustifiably broad delegated powers that the Bill will give to ministers. Such powers are a…

UK Supreme Court intervention: Public Law Project documents

These resources relate to the Public Law Project intervention in the Supreme Court case concerning the prorogation of Parliament. Our press release concerning this case is here. The documentation supporting our interventions is below. Written submissions on behalf of the Public Law Project. Miller v PM — PLP Intervention for UKSC First witness statement of…

Quick and Uneasy Justice

PLP has now finished phase one of its settled status research project. The first phase of research aimed to model how the scheme is designed, and to provide a detailed analysis of its possible strengths and weaknesses. The findings of this first phase of research are written up in a report by PLP’s Research Director…

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…

digital courts

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…