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Chair and Trustees – Public Law Project

Public Law Project

Chair and Trustees

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

Public Law Project (PLP) was set up to ensure that all people have access to public law remedies and can hold the state to account.

Our priority is to promote and preserve the Rule of Law and we’ve never been more relevant as we work to establish lawful foundations for post-Brexit Britain.

We are experiencing a period of significant constitutional change as highlighted by our intervention in the Supreme Court case  ruling the Prime Minister’s prorogue of Parliament unlawful. An orderly Brexit requires Parliament’s ability to scrutinise the secondary legislation. We supported the case with key evidence.

We have successfully led significant social change by bringing forward legal challenges to government restriction on legal aid, migrants’ rights benefits reform, disability discrimination and increasing access to justice. This had a positive impact on many thousands of disadvantaged people. Cases include Rights of WomenCartBen Hoare BellPLP (also known as the residence test case), and intervention in cases concerning costs and judicial review, such as Bhata and Cornerhouse.

Our new Chair could have a legal backgound, but this is not essential as we already have significant legal expertise already at our disposal. We are specifically looking for a Chair who can bring additional experience of governance and board leadership to continue developing our board culture and effectiveness.

We aim to be increasingly strategic, agile, responsive and able to make quick decisions whilst also on the front foot in our dedication to Public Law remedies.

This is a high-profile role and our new Chair will help us to have more impact and influence and support us to increase our public profile.

We are also recruiting a number of new Trustees and we want to attract individuals from a range of different backgrounds, including (but not exclusively) strategic finance, charity governance, digital/modern marketing, professional charity fundraising and / or people with experience of challenging public decisions either personally or as part of a group or campaign.

For further information about the roles, or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact the executive search team at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Grant Taylor | 07958 690184 | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk 

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Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in joining the Board of the Board of the Public Law Project.

PLP is a legal charity, founded in 1990 to represent the rights of the poor and disadvantaged in the public law context. Our strategic priorities are to promote and protect the Rule of Law, to ensure fair systems for administrative decision-making, and to improve access to justice. We achieve impact in those areas using a unique combination of research, legal casework (including strategic litigation) and training. We are proud of our neutrality and the academic rigour of our organisational positioning, which means we are respected at the highest levels.

By way of recent example, PLP was granted permission to intervene as a party in the case of case of Miller 2. We provided the Supreme Court with evidence from our dynamic research project into post-Brexit statutory instruments, and made submissions that directly informed the court’s unanimous finding that the Prime Minister had acted unlawfully in proroguing Parliament.

Our current chair, Ben Jaffey QC, has been a member of the Board for ten years, and Chair for four years. During that time PLP has gone from strength to strength, doubling in size, diversifying funding streams, growing in impact and ambition.

This is great timing for us to welcome his successor. There is a strong legacy to build on, and a great deal of energy and enthusiasm internally. We are just about to celebrate our 30th birthday and to undertake a long-awaited move to new offices. We have a fantastic staff team and Board who all work towards making sure PLP is positive and inspirational place to work.

We are looking for a Chair who cares deeply about PLP’s cause. You will be fiercely proud of our efforts to promote the Rule of Law. You will believe in access to justice not just as an abstract concept to which lip service should be paid, but as a normative ideal. You will believe everyone should have equal access to justice.

You will be brave and confident about PLP’s role in holding the state to account and in doing so – where appropriate -through litigation, including in the highest courts. However, you do not necessarily need to be a lawyer. We have lots of them already! PLP has a highly expert Legal Director in addition to a skilled casework team, and a number of members of the Board are legally qualified.

What is essential is that you have strong chairing skills, a strategic and forward-looking approach, and a commitment to good governance. You will be comfortable networking and representing PLP in a range of environments. You will have a collegiate and inclusive approach, able to bring the best out in the Board, the senior staff team, and the organisation as a whole.

Interviews are due to take place on (tbc) and the successful applicant will be ratified at our Board meeting on 4 December. There will be an appropriate induction, including from Ben as the retiring chair.

I do hope you will pursue your interest in applying for this role. Thank you.

Best wishes,

Jo Hickman


Public Law Project was set up to ensure those marginalised through poverty, discrimination or disadvantage have access to public law remedies and can hold the state to account

Public Law Project’s vision is a world in which individual rights are respected and public bodies act fairly and lawfully. 

Our mission is to improve public decision making and facilitate access to justice.

Our priorities are to:

  • Promote and preserve the Rule of Law
  • Ensure fair systems
  • Improve access to justice

As our priority areas are wide in scope, we have drilled down further to identify five interrelated areas of focus, in respect of which we have agreed specific goals. The achievement of these goals will represent significant progress towards achievement of the overall impact we want to have. These focus areas are:

What we do

PLP employs specialist lawyers who assist individuals experiencing personal disadvantage, or charities or organisations representing the interests of marginalised or disadvantaged groups. It is also employs expert academics and researchers.

Historically, PLP has undertaken three distinct strands of activity: research & policy work, the provision of training and second tier support, and legal casework, including strategic litigation.

Following the strategic review in 2016/17, our aim is to reduce the separation between those departments, and to treat PLP’s activities as more holistic and interrelated. We have adopted a new theory of impact:

PLP is a national, award winning, legal charity based in Central London

Founded in 1990 we seek to improve public decision-making and facilitate access to justice. PLP undertakes casework, research, policy initiatives and training across public law areas.

Here is a link to our Case Studies which illustrate our work, methods and our impact. We have supported access to education for a disabled teenager, research on Exceptional Case Funding, fairer access to benefits and upholding the Rule of Law to protect the rights of vulnerable children.

More information: 

Our website

Our Trustees

Annual report and financial statements

Proposed schedule of board meetings

PLP Strategic Plan

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If you would like an informal conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Grant Taylor | 07958 690184 | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk 

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. It would also be helpful to provide an explanation of your interest and motivation in applying for this position within your supporting statement.

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Closing date: Monday 11th November
Interviews: tbc 

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