Pro bono opportunity – unlawful council tax decisions

Pro Bono Connect (which connects barristers and solicitors working together on pro bono cases) are looking for a solicitor to assist a barrister on a case to reverse unlawful council tax decisions.

The lay clients are a number of low-income individuals and a Citizens Advice service.  In summary, the Council (in Greater London) has a discretionary power to grant council tax deductions in case of financial need.  The lay clients allege that the Council has either unlawfully refused to consider granting discretionary reductions or refused deductions on flawed and unlawful grounds.

The individuals have lodged appeals to the Valuation Tribunal. Without pro bono advice, the clients will be in difficulty presenting their case effectively to the Valuation Tribunal.

Assistance is required proofing witnesses, preparing evidence and (ideally) assisting Counsel in the preparation of submissions and presenting the case to the Valuation Tribunal. Assistance is required as soon as possible, although there is some flexibility.

The case is suitable for a 3 year PQE solicitor (or a more junior solicitor who is comfortable independently conducting witness proofing and drafting witness statements). This is an excellent opportunity to assist with a deserving and fascinating public law case.

If you may be able to assist with the case (further information can be provided, without obligation) please contact Jamie Goldsmith at:  [email protected] 



Greater London
Closing date:
Wednesday, May 1, 2019