The lawyers and caseworkers at the Public Interest Law Centre are campaigners. Over the years we have been involved in anti-fascist and anti-racist campaigns. We have organised anti-poll tax unions and tenants associations. We have helped in the formation of new trade unions – organising the previously unorganised. Most recently we have been supporting campaigns against the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ for migrants. Those campaigns inform our legal work.
However, the focus of our work is on providing the best legal advice and representation to our clients – whether they are individuals or community groups. We strive to secure the best outcome to your challenge to a public body, whether it be a government department or a local council.
Legal Action and campaigning
In many of the public law cases and actions against public authorities we take on there are much wider issues at play. What affects you as an individual often affects many more people.
We strive to ensure that cases that we take on make a difference by having a wider social impact. In the past our lawyers have represented in cases that have changed the law and helped thousands of people secure access to student finance so that they can go to University. Our lawyers have protected frontline services for an individual – and in the process ensured that the same service is protected for thousands of others.
Central to our work with campaign groups is ensuring that any legal strategy truly serves the wider goal of social change. We are committed to the principle that the legal process should not be the preserve of the richest in society.