The Good Law Project, the legal campaign group that has filed several high-profile lawsuits against the government, announced today that it is setting up its own independent law firm.
Good Law Practice, which plans to open for business from next month, will help run lawsuits brought by the Good Law Project and its partners and will be led by Jamie Potter, who is currently co-chair of Bindmans’ public law and human rights team.
The company will be regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and funded by the Good Law Project, which said practice ‘will make its services available to the Good Law Project and its partners on terms they can afford’. Any profits it makes will be returned to the Good Law Project.
The group’s founder and CEO Jo Maugham QC said: ‘We want to promote legal structures that help people respond to the world around them. The commitment that follows is, we believe, how we create a better world and fulfill the desire we all share to leave a better world than we found. Delivering on this is my mission.
‘Practice will help us become even more responsive to the needs of the communities we serve, in a world and a political system that is becoming increasingly dynamic.’
Potter added: “This is an exciting opportunity to build a law firm that can support and facilitate the extraordinary work done by the Good Law Project to scrutinize public decision-making through the law and to enable under-represented groups to participate in a legal process. system that can often feel impenetrable to the uninitiated.
‘We want good legal practice to be a training ground for the public law and social lawyers of the future. Such expertise is invaluable as confidence in our political system is eroded, wealth is increasingly distributed unequally and legal aid is constantly narrowed. ‘
Good Law Practice starts with four qualified lawyers and a number of legal assistants and support staff, but plans to double in size by the end of this year and has opened a recruitment exercise for lawyers and legal assistants, especially those with knowledge of housing, civil rights and protest law.