Impact

Amending the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (September 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.

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.