The Public Interest Law Centre was founded in 2016 by Jean Demars, Paul Heron and Helen Mowatt. We were established as a Public Law Unit but changed our name in 2018 to reflect our growth into a larger practice with a range of projects.

PILC works to develop partisan strategic litigation in public law, whilst also bringing actions against public authorities. We combine our interest in developing quality legal casework and creative strategic litigation with a commitment to supporting campaigns for social change.

PILC works in solidarity with social justice movements and working class communities under threat. Our aim is to unite litigation, advocacy & campaigns to hold power to account and dismantle systems of oppression.

  • Litigation: what is legal is not always just. We use creative legal strategies to change the law to meet the demands of justice. We build our legal work around the demands of social justice campaigners and working-class communities
  • Advocacy, media & research: the law has its limits. Alongside strategic litigation, we use advocacy, media & research to challenge oppression & expose unjust policies & practices. We make space for the voices and experiences of those who have been pushed to the margins
  • Supporting community action: The law belongs to the people. We build the capacity of communities through legal education & help activists to make strategic litigation part of their campaigning strategy. We take the law to those who do not have access to it or wouldn’t normally use it

We work flexibly to meet the needs of our clients. It is not always necessary to attend our offices – we regularly make outreach visits and conduct our work by e-mail, phone or Skype.

PILC is an independent organisation but works closely with Camden Community Law Centre.

The Public Interest Law Centre is part of the Law Centres Network (LCN). The LCN strives for a just and equal society where everyone’s rights are valued and protected. The LCN supports a national network of Law Centres that work with some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society.

They support member Law Centres to help them achieve their full potential and be as sustainable as possible.

The LCN sets up new Law Centres, initiates new services, and champions the model of free and independent legal advice and representation.

They support and develop special projects, and have supported the work of PILC since its foundation. The Law Centres Network is run by a small staff team and a board of trustees drawn mostly from the member Law Centres. Find out more about the work of Law Centres