COVID Inequality Project (2020-)
Since the onset of the pandemic, I have advised a range of government departments (inc. DWP, BEIS, Treasury) and have worked closely with the UK Treasury on the distributive impacts of the pandemic. I gave evidence in front of the Women and Equalities Select Committee on the gendered economic impact of the crisis and am in close contact with the media on the labour market effects of policy measures adopted.
Center for Women’s Justice Judicial Review – Charging of Rape Cases (2019-)
On behalf of the CWJ and EVAW coalition, I am analysing data on changes in the charging rate of rape and Violence Against Women and Girls flagged crimes. A systemic unfairness case against the CPS is due to be heard in Autumn 2020.
Legal Aid (Amending the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme; Sept 2018)
Reviewed the analysis underlying the impact assessment for a change to the legal aid payment mechanism for advocates.
Result: my analysis was a crucial part of the Law Society’s consultation response and was credited with increasing overall funding to the scheme by £8million, to be targeted at junior barristers.
Legal Aid (The Law Society v the Lord Chancellor; August 2018)
Expert economic witness for the Law Society’s judicial review to a change to the legal aid payment mechanism for solicitors undertaking cases remunerated under the legal aid scheme.
Result: my analysis, which uncovered fundamental flaws in the original Ministry of Justice calculations, led to the reform being declared unlawful and a cut of £35million pa being reversed.
Employment Tribunal Fees (July 2017)
Work with Jeremias Prassl on the economic incentives to bring claims to the employment tribunal in the presence of fees was used to structure the successful Supreme Court case that declared the fees unlawful and led to the repayment of over £30million in fees to claimants. We won the ESRC Outstanding Impact in Public Policy Prize, the O2RB Impact Prize, and the Wedderburn Prize (for the best article in the Modern Law Review) for this work.