The Public Interest Law Centre exists to challenge systemic injustice through legal representation, strategic litigation, research and legal education. We specialise in public law, actions against public authorities and public inquiries, bringing cases to court for individuals and grassroots groups who have been treated unfairly. We hold government and public bodies to account, challenging unlawful policies and practices.
PILC was set up in September 2016 by Paul Heron, our senior solicitor, along with Jean Demars and Helen Mowatt. It was initially a project of Lambeth Law Centre. Following the liquidation of Lambeth Law Centre in summer 2019, PILC was established as an independent entity and incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee. In November 2020 we became a registered charity.
For Legal Aid purposes, we operate as an agent of Camden Community Law Centre through which we have access to Public Law and Claims against Public Authorities contracts. This arrangement will remain in place until a new tender is advertised by government for legal aid contracts. PILC is registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Law Society. We are also a member of the Law Centres Network.