The Public Interest Law Centre works to hold the State to account and seeks to bring private law claims against a range of public bodies including:
- The Metropolitan Police Service and all other police forces in England and Wales
- The Prison Service (via the Ministry of Justice)
- Local Authorities
- The Home Office, particularly in relation to unlawful detention
Despite the state outsourcing public services to private companies such as G4S – it does not mean that they escape. We argue they can be held accountable because they are carrying out a public function, that is they are essentially carrying our work on behalf of, or in place of the state – and therefore they can also be held accountable.
We also aim to bring claims against these organisations too – we argue they carry out a public function (that is as a substitute for the State) and therefore can and should be held accountable.
All our work is conducted under legal aid although we will try our best to look to alternative fee arrangements such as Conditional Fee Agreements.
Our legal aid contract of actions against the police is an area of our work we hope to develop in 2019.