The Public Interest Law Centre works to defend the legal rights of the community against austerity and the ‘hostile environment.’ We specialise in public law and actions against public authorities.
The Public Interest Law Centre is unique amongst the 30+ law centres in that our legal practice is not centred on a geographically defined area. We operate within two distinct areas of law – public law and actions against local authorities – and we offer legal advice, casework and representation to individuals and groups from across London, the south east and nationally.
We undertake legal challenges against local and national government and other public bodies who are acting unlawfully.
In public law where a public body has acted unlawfully, we seek to challenge through complaints procedures, challenges to tribunals and also through judicial review – that is, bringing a case to the High Court. Judicial review is an important part of our work – it can halt a particular unlawful practice of a public body or can lead to a change of the law or of a regulation.
In actions against public authorities our casework and legal action seeks to hold the state to account and to bring private law claims against a range of public bodies including the police, local authorities and government departments where they have acted unlawfully.
We also aim for our work to be strategic. We see strategic litigation as giving a voice to the voiceless – and to working class communities and marginalised groups in particular.
The Public Interest Law Centre is an independent body and operates on a not-for-profit basis.