Public law toolkit for charities and voluntary organisations: challenging and campaigning using public law

BWB, Doughty Street and NCVO are delighted to give you advance notice of this unique seminar to equip you with the public law tools to challenge decisions of public authorities and to use public law as a campaign tool. This invaluable tool is under current threat from government proposals to restrict campaigning groups access to judicial review.

Dates & Times

November 6, 2013 @ 12:00 am

This course is aimed at non-lawyers from charities and voluntary organisations jointly run with NCVO Forum for Change.

Has your organisation or the group you represent been adversely affected by the decisions of a public authority – be it government policy makers, commissioners of public services, regulatory bodies, local authorities issuing grants or permits etc? If so, your organisation may have a public law remedy.

Topics will include:

• The basics of public law/human rights law
• Challenge funding cuts
• Appealing a refusal of a permit/licence for fundraising
• Using the Freedom of Information Act
• Using public law for campaigning purposes
• Judicial review/tribunals/statutory appeals
• The interface with charity law/Charity Commission


2.00 - Joint chairs: Welcome from Melanie Carter (BWB) and Kate Markus/Jamie Burton (Doughty Street Chambers)

Melanie and Jamie on using public law in the courts to campaign/challenge (including the basics of public law/human rights law

Rosamund McCarthy (BWB) on the interface with charity law/Charity Commission

3.40-4.00 - Break

3.40-4.00 - Break out sessions

Matthew Orme (BWB) on using the Freedom of Information Act for purposes of challenge/campaigning

Jamie Burton (Doughty Street Chambers) on protective costs and funding a judicial review claim

Selman Ansari (BWB) on Compact and Social Value Act

4.40-5.15 - Gita Parihar (Friends of the Earth) on using Public Law tools to campaign

5.15-5.30 - Plenary questions and discussion

5.30 - Drinks