Judicial Review and Legal Aid: The Past Ten Years

Recently, Tom Hickman wrote a pair of widely-read blogs considering what he described as Public Law’s Disgrace. In those blogs, he identified a severe access to justice problem in the modern judicial review system. The blogs repeated – in a powerful way – the long-held concern that many ordinary citizens are excluded from judicial review on…

Report on UKAJI New Voices Workshop

A short report of the recent workshop I organised with the UK Administrative Justice Institute, at the University of Sheffield, has now been published via the UKAJI website. This was written with Tim Sandars—a Research Assistant at the University of Sheffield—who also helped organise parts of the workshop. It outlines—in brief form—the major topics covered…

The Northern Public Law Forum

Professor Graham Gee (University of Sheffield) and I–along with a wider Organising Committee–have established the Northern Public Law Forum. The Forum is an annual seminar series that will rotate around law schools in the north of England. The inaugural seminar will be held in 2018 at the University of Sheffield, with subsequent seminars at the University…

The Grammar of Administrative Justice Values

I have a new article in the JSFWL on the ‘Grammar of Administrative Justice Values’. It is available here. Here is the abstract of the article: The debate concerning administrative justice in the UK often involves reliance upon a certain set of values. Examples of such values include openness, confidentiality, timeliness, transparency, secrecy, fairness, efficiency,…

Public Law Project

I have recently been appointed as Research Director of the Public Law Project (this is a fractional appointment I will hold next to my role at the University of Sheffield). I am very excited to develop further the fantastic research work that PLP has done over the years. There are exciting plans in the pipeline but I…

Delegated Legislation, Brexit, and the Courts

Jake Rylatt and I have a short case note in the latest issue of Judicial Review.  The note briefly considers the possible significance of recent litigation concerning secondary legislation in the context of Brexit. The article is available here.

The Administrative Justice Design Process Inside HMCTS: The Service Manual

A few months ago, I wrote a short piece for the UK Constitutional Law Blog explaining the growing influence of a certain policymaking approach in the UK administrative justice sphere: design approaches (which are often closely related to ‘agile’ policymaking approaches). In a recent primer on the digitisation of tribunals in the UK, I noted how…

A primer on the digitisation of administrative tribunals

As followers of my blog will probably know by now, I am interested in the development of digital/online administrative tribunals in the UK, and I have been spending time researching this in recent months. I have now created a new page on this site to provide a home for updates on the reforms and my…

UKAJI New Voices Workshop

Following on from the creation of the UKAJI Early Career Researchers Network in 2016, a one-day workshop – funded and supported by UKAJI – will be hosted at the University of Sheffield on 1 September 2017. The workshop will feature a range of early career researchers, along with a panel of senior researchers to discuss…