Public Law Toolkit – public law tools for not for profit organisations, charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises

Join Bates Wells Braithwaite and NCVO for this year’s Public Law Toolkit which will equip you with the public law knowhow and tools to challenge public authorities’ decisions, use public law as a campaigning tool and influence public law decision-making. The half-day seminar will also include sessions on identifying human rights issues and using the Human Rights Act, using the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations to access information and funding public interest litigation through crowd funding.

External speakers include:

  • Elizabeth Chamberlain, NCVO
  • Sara Lomri, Public Law Project
  • Jo Sidhu, CrowdJustice UK


8:30am Registration and breakfast

9.00am Joint chairs: Welcome from Melanie Carter (BWB) and Elizabeth Chamberlain (NCVO)

9.10am Melanie Carter (BWB) on using public law to campaign and challenge

9.40am Emma Dowden-Teale (BWB) on human rights: how to identify potential issues and use the Human Rights Act 1998

10.10am Claire Whittle (BWB) on using the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004

10.40am Tea and coffee break

11.00am Sara Lomri (Public Law Project) on strategies for influencing public law decision-making

11.30am Simon Steeden (BWB) on campaigning in accordance with charity law

11.40am Using public law in practice: An introduction by Jo Sidhu (Crowdjustice UK) on crowdfunding, followed by a discussion chaired by Melanie Carter (BWB) with Elizabeth Chamberlain (NCVO) and Jo Sidhu

12.15pm Session ends