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(Fully Booked) DT 1896 Strategic Litigation for Social Change: Advanced Workshop This course in now fully booked. Please email [email protected] to be placed onto the waiting list

A half-day advanced-level workshop on how to use litigation to challenge unfair and unlawful systems. This course has been developed in collaboration with the ILPA Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) and the Public Law Project (PLP). Topics include: Costs and funding, interventions, role of research and evidence gathering, collaboration & communications strategies and the importance of planning for implementation. 

Event details

Date(s):27 February 2020
Start Time:15:00
End Time:18:00
Audience:Solicitors and barristers with a good understanding of judicial review practice and procedure.
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This course has been developed in collaboration with the ILPA Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) and the Public Law Project (PLP)

The SLF funds legal work that is strategic in nature and upholds and promotes the rights of vulnerable young migrants in the UK. 

The SLF makes grants to organisations to:

  • Undertake pre-litigation research, or
    • make third party interventions to ensure that the key legal points are made in existing cases. 

We recently conducted a consultation of the sector which showed that organisations are keen to learn more about undertaking strategic work in order to challenge disadvantage and discrimination against young migrants. The Fund is keen to support such capacity building of the sector, so this course has been developed for that purpose.

Funding rounds run every second month, the next application deadlines are Friday 6th March and Friday 1st May 2020. To find out more about the SLF and the grants that is has awarded click here. 

Public Law Project is a national legal charity which was set up to ensure those marginalised through poverty, discrimination or disadvantage have access to public law remedies and can hold the state of account. PLP's vision is a world in which individual rights are respected and public bodies act fairly and lawfully. Their mission is to improve public decision making and facilitate access to justice. 

Improving access to judicial review is a core focus for PLP. Judicial review is a fundamental part of the public law system in the UK and an essential element in our constitutional settlement. Ensuring that the routes by which state decisions can be challenged are practically accessible is essential. In order to achieve their objectives in this area, PLP brings strategic cases intended to increase access to the Court and works with other lawyers, campaigners and civil society groups to help them identify and pursue public law issues affecting their beneficiary groups. PLP provide training, publish guides and provide second tier advice. 

For more information about PLP and its work please visit: 

Aim of course:To increase participants' understanding of how to successfully challenge unfair and unlawful systems through litigation. 
  • Grounds for systems challenges
  • The role of research and evidence gathering
  • Funding and costs protection
  • Interventions
  • Planning for implementation 

14:30 - 15:00 Registration & Coffee

15:00 - 15:05 Welcome & Chair’s Opening Remarks

Alison Pickup, Public Law Project 

15:05 - 15:45 Opening plenary: planning strategic litigation: the Ultimate Checklist 

Charlotte Kilroy QC, Doughty Street Chambers – interactive session identifying key points to consider before deciding whether and how to litigate in the public interest; lessons learned from past successful and unsuccessful cases.

15:45 - 16:15 Costs and funding options

Alison Pickup & Katy Watts, Public Law Project

(1)  Legal aid – when is it available? Looking in particular at the ‘direct interest’ test in LASPO and when a claim becomes academic

(2)  Cost Capping Orders

(3)  CFAs

(4)  Other funding options 

16:15 - 16:40 Interventions: when do they help?

Andrew Lidbetter, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP  

16:40 - 16:55 Break

16:55 - 17:45 Research and evidence gathering in building a public interest case: the difference between winning and losing.  Contrast with evidence gathering in individual claims.

John Halford, Bindmans LLP 

17:40 - 18:00 Closing session: Follow-up. How to implement success and mitigate loss.

Sonal Ghelani, Migrants’ Law Project 

18:00 Finish

Tutor details:Alison Pickup, Public Law Project (PLP) and Charlotte Kilroy QC, Doughty Street Chambers
Tutor biographies:Alison Pickup is the Legal Director of the Public Law Project. Alison is a barrister and before joining PLP she practised from Doughty Street Chambers in London. She is a public lawyer with a background in immigration and asylum law, and a member of the expert panel of the Strategic Legal Fund. Alison has been involved in numerous pieces of strategic litigation both of Doughty Street and at PLP, including most recently R (Medical Justice) v SSHD, a challenge to the Home Office removal window policy. 

Charlotte Kilroy QC is a public law and human rights specialist. She has a broad practice in areas including asylum and human rights law, constitutional law, actions again the police, and civil claims for damages. Her recent strategic litigation has included the Detention Action cases challenging the Detained Fast Track; a series of cases brought to establish rights to family reunion for unaccompanied and separated children in Europe with family in the UK; and R (Medical Justice) V SSHD, a challenge to the Home Office removal window policy. 
PriceMember Training Prices: £120
Concessionary Training Prices: £60
Non Member Training Prices: £240

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