The Public Interest Law Centre was founded in 2016 originally founded as a public law unit – we changed our name to reflect the fact that we are developing to a law practice with a large caseload alongside a range of projects. We been able to grow our team and take on new and exciting challenges. We are hosted by Camden Community Law Centre.
The Public Interest Law Centre was established by Jean Demars, Paul Heron and Helen Mowatt to primarily develop partisan strategic litigation in public law, whilst also bringing actions against public authorities. We hope to continue developing quality legal casework and cutting edge strategic litigation but always with a commitment to support campaigns and social justice activists.
The Public Interest Law Centre stands with social justice campaigners and working class communities under threat – we attempt to unite litigation, advocacy, alongside campaigns to shift the public narrative to dismantle systems of oppression.
We are flexible in the way in which our service is provided and always strive to meet the needs of our clients. It is not necessary to attend our offices, we can either come to you and/or conduct our work by e-mail and ‘phone.
Whilst PILC is not a campaign group, it is a ‘not for profit’ law centre that conducts legal aid judicial review work in the High Court. However our solicitors meet with campaign groups when requested to discuss the possibilities of legal action being part of their campaigning strategy. We are particularly interested in using law as part of the process to effect social change through the use of test cases.
We have made small but significant steps and we hope in the years to come they will become giant strides as we develop accessible, public interest strategic litigation for the community as a whole and the working class in particular.
What we do: the Public Interest Law Centre works creatively to advance the human rights of social justice movements and working class communities under threat. We seek to help them build a legal strategy to assist their campaigns. We are committed to use legal tools that expose and hopefully dismantle systems of oppression and we fight for justice through litigation, advocacy, and campaigns:
- Litigation: what is legal os the law is not always just. We use creative legal strategies to fight and push the law to meet the demands of justice. We are lawyers who place legal strategies around the demands of social justice campaigners and working class communities.
- Advocacy: we aim to utilise legal representation and advocacy that supports the legal strategies with campaigns, policy work, and training. We look to build alliances with working class communities, and activists.
- Exposing oppression: we aim to use political platforms and the media to challenge the themes of public bodies. We look to make space for the voices and experiences of those who have been pushed to the margins. We look to challenge the narratives of the state to shape public opinion about the issues we fight, which can initially be seen as controversial.
We join forces with activists, and social justice movements to use strategic litigation to change the law and public opinion.
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