Judicial Review Trends and Predictions 2022: Democracy and the Law

PLP’s annual conference is back and in person, for a day of cutting-edge analysis, ideas and opinions from the UK’s leading lawyers and legal thinkers, presented in partnership with Black Stone Chambers and Herbert Smith’s Freehills. This year’s theme is Democracy and Law. You can see Martin Rowson’s masterpiece for this year’s event, in its entirety, here.

This event is for
All practitioners involved in all aspects of public law and judicial review, including those in private practice, government, NGOs (including policy and advocacy work), researchers and academics.

Tickets and fares
Tickets are priced at £295 full price, £230 reduced price (for NGOs, those within 3 years of the call, trainees and paralegals). Discounts on block bookings (3 places or more) are available (please see the end of this page for prices). Please email the Events Team, events@publiclawproject.org.uk, to make arrangements. Please note that the student ticket race is limited to 10 places.

Morning sessions

Chair: Joanne Clement KC, 11KBW

9:30 a.m. Introduction

  • Jo Hickman, Public Law Project

9:40 a.m. Opening speech

The Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR) and whether the Human Rights Act 1998 is working effectively.

10.10 The best public law cases of the year

  • Bijan Hoshi, public law project
  • Ravi Mehta, Blackstone Chambers
  • Nusrat Zar, Herbert Smith Freehills

11.00 Break

11:15 a.m. EU law

  • Chair: Samuel Willis, Public Law Project
  • James McClelland KC and Zahra Al-Rikabi, Brick Court Chambers

12.00 Morning breaks – choose one of four:

1. Computer Says No: Citizenship, Residency, and Right to Rent and Work
More and more decision-making in the area of ​​citizenship law is automated. These algorithms are used to identify fraudulent immigration applications as well as to determine benefit allocation for those on Universal Credit or using the EUSS. This session will examine some of these challenges, as well as the potential pitfalls of digital-only status.

  • Chair: Jo Hynes, Public Law Project
  • Robert Palmer KC, Monckton Chambers
  • Luke Piper, The 3Million
  • Dr. Joe Tomlinson, University of York
  • Dora Olivia Vicol, Labor Rights Center

2. Judicial review of regulators

Our speakers will explore the recent use of judicial review to challenge the decisions of a range of regulatory bodies.

  • Andrew Lidbetter, Jasveer Randhawa, Herbert Smith Freehills

3. Democracy and law: inside the black box
What do we need to know about government decision-making to ensure it is fair and legal? What are the minimum disclosure thresholds and the duty of candor to ensure record keeping which in turn ensures accountability under the law? This session will examine the implications of a number of cases, such as challenging the government’s use of ephemeral messaging services, and cases regarding transparency, including PLP’s challenge to the government’s refusal to publish his proofs at the IRAL.

  • Ariane Adam, public law project
  • Isabel Buchanan, Blackstone Chambers
  • Dr. Elizabeth O’Loughlin, University of Durham
  • Professor Sandra Wachter, University of Oxford (recorded presentation)
  • Pete Weatherby KC, Garden Court North

4. Democracy and law: Police Crime and Sentencing Act 2022
Next, the Police Crime and Sentencing Act 2022 ushers in new restrictions on freedoms, including to demonstrate, which will impact the lives of groups such as Roma and Gypsy travellers. The panel will discuss the impact on groups and individuals, and legal challenges that may arise from the implementation of the law.

  • Chair: Tessa Buchanan, Garden Court Chambers
  • Abimbola Johnson, 25 Bedford Row
  • Abby Kirkby and Ivy Manning, Friends, Families and Travelers
  • Katy Watts, Freedom

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Afternoon breaks, choose one of four:

5. Democracy and law: who has standing?
This session examines the basic principles, such as sufficient interest, that underpin standing, including in class claims and public interest cases. The panel will also review recent case law and ask whether the Administrative Court applies a higher threshold than before, and what plaintiff attorneys need to establish to approach a client’s position with confidence.

  • George Molyneaux and Natasha Simonsen, Blackstone Chambers
  • Stacy Stroud, reprieve
  • James Wood, Herbert Smith Freehills

6. Crimmigration and attack on asylum
Criminalizing the actions of migrants can lead to injustices and distance the judicial process from ensuring state accountability. This session looks at the rise of the “Crime Law” and its impact on the lives of migrants, including transnationally, and what can be done to uphold the rights of migrants when they are criminalized. Speakers will also examine the immigration enforcement system by borrowing tactics from the criminal justice system, such as using GPS tagging for people on bail.

  • Daniel Rourke, public law project
  • Professor Juliet Stumpf, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Rudy Schulkind, Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)
  • Colin Yeo, Garden Court Chambers
    More speakers to be confirmed

7. Socio-economic rights and socio-economic duty
As the cost of living crisis worsens in the UK, is the UK complying with international and national rights obligations? What socio-economic rights are potentially enforceable in the UK to ensure the dignity and well-being of those most affected and what are the implications of implementing socio-economic duty in Wales?

  • Chair: Caroline Selman, Public Law Project
  • Jamie Burton KC, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Carla Clarke, Central England Law Center
  • More speakers to be confirmed

8. New legislation in preparation and online – what you need to know:
This session will examine the implications for public attorneys of a number of recently passed laws and pending bills. These include the Subsidy Control Bill, the Data Reform Bill, the Online Security Bill and the Public Procurement Bill.

  • Chair: Emma Dixon, Blackstone Chambers
  • Tristan Jones and James Segan KC, Blackstone Chambers
  • Dr. Monica Horten & Mariano delli Santi, Open Rights Group (ORG)

Afternoon plenary sessions

15.00 Democracy and Law: what is their future relationship?

  • Bronwen Maddox, Director and CEO, Chatham House


  • Chairman: Sir Jonathan Jones KCB KC (Hon), Linklaters
  • Tom Hickman KC, Blackstone Chambers
  • Marcia Willis Stewart KC (Hon)
  • Another panelist to be confirmed

16.00 Break

16.15 International Law of Judicial Review

  • Chair: Arabella Lang, Public Law Project
  • Shaheed Fatima KC and Paul Luckhurst, Blackstone Chambers

4:55 p.m. The rule of law in Britain today and the role of the Supreme Court in protecting it

  • Professor Conor Gearty KC (honored)

Professor Gearty will address a panel of aspiring lawyers, who will in turn question the professor about his analysis before opening up to the room.


  • Kir West-Hunter, 2022 11KBW Fellow
  • Lui Ask with Russell Cooke
  • Eva Doerr, Garden Court Chambers

5:40 p.m. Closing


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