We have enormous sympathy and the greatest respect for those who have acted with such determination and industry on behalf of the claimant the case has been conducted with great skill and very considerable restraint and economy we cannot stress too highly our indebtedness to the claimants team and the necessity for the highest quality of legal representation in cases involving such difficult issues relating to important matters of real public interest.

– Rt. Hon. Sir John Thomas (Ali Zaki Mousa Inquiry)


We cannot part with this case without paying tribute to the claimants legal advisers who, although greatly outnumbered by the Secretary of States legal team, have persisted with their requests for disclosure skilfully and with commendable determination.

– Lord Justice Scott Baker (Al-Sweady Inquiry)


PIL demonstrates three further important things. First, how positive and constructive can be the use of public funding in public law cases, in the public interest. It has been hard. But PIL and the LSC have forged a partnership which is second to none, as to the importance of the cases that are brought, their success and their wider impact. Secondly, PIL demonstrates that London does not always lead, and a London-centric focus is neither helpful nor fair. This firm, from what are still sometimes thought of as “the provinces”, is the nation’s leader for human rights application in challenging cases. That PIL is looking, as a Birmingham-based firm. How refreshing for it to be that way.Thirdly, let it not be forgotten that PIL was set up as a new firm of solicitors. This is not the further and continued work of an established firm, set up long ago when times were different. This was an innovation; a leap of faith in the rule of law. It was a boat launched in a sea of uncertainty, which has turned out to be the flagship for public law accountability under the rule of law.

– Michael Fordham QC

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