Public Interest Lawyers is an extraordinary firm of solicitors, who must be – certainly should be – the pride of the legal profession. Through their tenacity, quality and sheer hard work – often from unpromising beginnings and in dark times for public funding – they have single-handedly been responsible for shining the torchlight of legal accountability in a range of new areas. The work continues unabated. No barrister or judge, here or in Strasbourg, could have come to deal with the sorts of human rights issues which PIL continues to raise, but for their principled and brave pursuit of justice.

 

PIL demonstrates three further important things. First, how positive and constructive can be the use of public funding in public law cases, in the public interest. It has been hard. But PIL and the LSC have forged a partnership which is second to none, as to the importance of the cases that are brought, their success and their wider impact. Secondly, PIL demonstrates that London does not always lead, and a London-centric focus is neither helpful nor fair. This firm, from what are still sometimes thought of as “the provinces”, is the nation’s leader for human rights application in challenging cases. That PIL is looking, as a Birmingham-based firm. How refreshing for it to be that way.Thirdly, let it not be forgotten that PIL was set up as a new firm of solicitors. This is not the further and continued work of an established firm, set up long ago when times were different. This was an innovation; a leap of faith in the rule of law. It was a boat launched in a sea of uncertainty, which has turned out to be the flagship for public law accountability under the rule of law.

 

Michael Fordham QC
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AFGHANS 'UNLAWFULLY HELD' BY UK FORCES AT CAMP BASTION

29/05/2013
Public Interest Lawyers are acting on behalf of eight detainees held without charge at the UK Temporary Holding Facility in Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan where it is thought up to 85 Afghans are being held. Our clients have been held for between 8 to 14 months without charge and without access to lawyers in clear breach of UK and international law. Applications for habeas corpus were issued on behalf of two of the men on 18 April 2013 and the Court has ordered a four day hearing from 23 July 2013.

 

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