Test case referrals

CPAG takes on a small number of test cases each year in line with our test case strategy. We focus on cases that have the potential to improve the lives of families with children in poverty. This includes judicial review claims, appeals in the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the European Courts. See details of our current test cases.

If you are an adviser and you would like to refer a potential test case to CPAG please complete our test case referral form (save it to your computer first)

What other sorts of cases do we take on?

Tribunal appeals

CPAG’s solicitor can take on a limited number of appeals in the First-tier or Upper Tribunal, provided they have the potential to benefit families with children in poverty. 

Judicial review advice

CPAG has a contract with the Legal Aid Agency to advise a certain number of clients, primarily based in London each year in relation to actual or potential judicial review proceedings.

CPAG is particularly keen to focus on the following issues:

1. Benefit delays

We may be able to help where claimants are suffering unreasonable delays in receiving a decision on their claim. These include:

  • Child benefit delays;
  • Personal Independence Payment delays;
  • Delays caused by mandatory reconsideration;
  • Delays suffered by refugees and European migrants;
  • Refusals of short-term benefit advances.


2. Judicial review in the Upper Tribunal

Some decisions of the First-tier Tribunal can only be challenged by judicial review, rather than on appeal. Where this arises, CPAG’s solicitor may be able to help.


CPAG intervenes in existing cases where we believe our evidence and expertise will assist the Tribunal or Court and further our charitable aims. If you are involved in proceedings that you think would benefit from CPAG’s intervention, please complete our test case referral form (save it to your computer first).


Please note that we are only able to take on cases for clients living outside of London in exceptional circumstances.

Regrettably we cannot take referrals of test cases from Scotland. The reason for this is that CPAG’s only solicitor is based in London and we cannot apply for legal aid in Scotland or instruct counsel there.