Reports on Public Law and Clinical Legal Environments

As part of a new set of research reports being released by the Public Law Project, a report on Public Law and Clinical Legal Environments has been published. The research underpinning this report was funded by the Legal Education Foundation. The report is available here. Also published by PLP is Emma Marshall’s report on setting up…

Fair Labelling in Administrative Justice

I have a short new blog post on the Administrative Law in the Common Law World Blog. It considers whether the idea of “fair labelling” in administrative justice–where users of a system are given some clear indication of the quality of administrative justice they will receive in relation to a decision-making or appeals process–is viable….

Research at the Public Law Project

Many public law academics will be familiar with the research work of the Public Law Project, including empirical studies such as The Dynamics of Judicial Review Litigation and The Value & Effects of Judicial Review: The Nature of Claims, their Outcomes and Consequences. To mark a renewed commitment to undertaking high-quality and independent research on…

Abuse of Power in Administrative Law

I have organised a seminar with Professor Gordon Anthony (Queen’s University Belfast) to be held at the University of Sheffield. Professor Anthony will be speaking on the topic of “Abuse of Power in Administrative Law.” Details of the event are on the below flyer—all are welcome, but please confirm attendance via email first. 

Legitimate Expectations in the Common Law World

A book review I recently wrote for Legal Studies has now been published. The review is of Legitimate Expectations in the Common Law World by Matthew Groves and Greg Weeks (eds). You can download a copy from the journal’s website here.

Northern Public Law Forum: A Report

Professor Graham Gee (University of Sheffield) and I recently hosted the Northern Public Law Forum at the Sheffield School of Law. The two speakers at the Forum were Professor Carol Harlow (LSE) and Professor Rick Rawlings (UCL). Professor Robert Thomas (University of Manchester) and Professor Alison Young (University of Cambridge) provided responses to the papers….

The Quartet: Ouster Clauses Inside and Out

I, along with Jake Rylatt (No 5 Chambers), will be presenting a paper on ouster clauses at an SLS seminar to be held at the University of Sussex. The seminar celebrates the famous “quartet” of cases in judicial review. Details of the event are available here. The abstract for our paper is as follows: The…

Crowdfunding Judicial Review

I am giving a paper at the University of Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies on Thursday 25th January, on the topic of crowdfunding judicial review. Details of the seminar are available here. All are welcome. The working paper for the session is available on SSRN. The abstract for the paper is as follows: In their…

Mandatory reconsideration: Inadequate by design

Robert Thomas (University of Manchester) and I have submitted evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry on ESA and PIP (welfare benefit schemes). This evidence has been published via the UK Administrative Justice Institute‘s website. UKAJI provide the following introduction to the evidence: In September 2017, the Work and Pensions Committee launched an inquiry into how…

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…