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LAPG Annual Conference 2016 Leeds

Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG)

Friday, 7 October 2016 from 09:15 to 18:00 (BST)

LAPG Annual Conference 2016 Leeds

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
Early Bird - LAPG Member   more info Ended £125.00 £0.00 £25.00
Early Bird - LAPG Member (extra delegates)   more info Ended £100.00 £0.00 £20.00
Early Bird - Non LAPG Member   more info Ended £175.00 £0.00 £35.00
Young Legal Aid Lawyers - Member   more info 7 Oct 2016 £80.00 £0.00 £16.00
Stardard Ticket - LAPG Member (after 19.9.16)   more info 7 Oct 2016 £150.00 £0.00 £30.00
Standard Ticket - LAPG Member (extra delegates)   more info 7 Oct 2016 £110.00 £0.00 £22.00
Standard Ticket - Non LAPG member (after 19.9.16)   more info 7 Oct 2016 £200.00 £0.00 £40.00

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Join us on 7 October for our Annual Conference, with a broad array of events and workshops, all designed to help busy practitioners navigate the complexities of the legal aid scheme and understand current policy and practical issues.  See the full conference programme below.


Why not also join us for the LAPG Annual Dinner in Leeds on 6 October 2016.  For more information and to book your place please click here.


Many thanks to our Conference Sponsors: DNA Wordwide, Tikit, John M Hayes and Park Square Barristers

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JMH   Park Square Barristers



CPD: 5.5 hours

Conference Programme




Plenary event


Welcome: Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) and Co-Chair of LAPG


Keynote speech: Martha Spurrier, Director of Liberty - ‘Human rights and unifying values’


Panel - What next for legal aid practitioners and the profession as a whole?

  • Shaun McNally, Chief Executive LAA
  • Crispin Passmore, Executive Director SRA
  • Joe Egan, Vice President The Law Society
  • Andrew Langdon QC, Chairman-Elect Bar Council



FORUM (optional) for housing lawyers to swap tips about CCMS


Workshops: Session (1)


1a. Family law update: Private and public law - Lisa Phillips, Switalskis Solicitors; Lucy Verity, Hornby & Levy Solicitors, Beverley Watkins, Watkins Solicitors.


1b. Management issue: Time and stress management - Roy Morgan, Lead advocacy trainer at Kaplan Altior,  and Jenny Beck, Beck Fitzgerald


1c. What you need to know about immigration if you are a housing/community care/care lawyer: Ranjit Uppal, Switalskis Solicitors, Chair Kirsten Powrie, Wilson Solicitors LLP


1d. Young Legal Aid Lawyers session: A career in legal aid work


Lunch & Exhibition

13.00 AGM for LAPG members only (10 mins)

13.30 FORUM (optional) for family lawyers to swap tips about CCMS

13.30 FORUM 2 (optional) for law firms thinking of setting up a charity



Plenary eventchaired by Carol Storer Director of LAPG

Post LASPO review: where are we now‎? Leading practitioners provide a round up of what you can actually do for clients.

  • Family: Lucy Mead, David Gray Solicitors
  • Asylum and Immigration: Jawaid Luqmani, Luqmani Thompson & Partners
  • Public Law: Keith Lomax, Lester Morrill
  • Social Welfare: Rhiannon Jones, Lester Morrill


Tea/coffee & Exhibition

FORUM (optional)for lawyers thinking of retiring/winding down


Workshops: Session (2)


2a. Understanding clients' finances: Avoid pitfalls when assessing means - speaker TBC, Chair Julie Bishop, Director of Law Centres Network


2b. Management issue: LAPG Certificate in Practice Management: taster session - Vicky Ling,
Consultant Partnership Quality Systems and Matthew Howgate, Consultant DG Legal


2c. Civl non-family costs: David Smith, John M Hayes and Jane Pritchard, TV Edwards Solicitors LLP


2d. Young Legal Aid Lawyers session: Public law


Workshops: Session (3)


3a. Family law costs - David Smith, John M Hayes, Chair Jenny Beck, Beck Fitzgerald Solicitors


3b. Management issue : Examples of excellence in legal aid practices – David Gilmore, DG Legal


3c. Legal Aid in the Court of Protection: issues for practitioners including the use of the MH contract or the CC contract and some gaps in the scheme – Michael Kennedy, Switalskis Solicitors


3d. Current issues in crime. Panel including Helen Johnson, Emery Johnson Astills Solicitors and Richard Miller, The Law Society, Chair Steve Hynes Director of Legal Action Group


Drinks reception

Conference round-up from LAPG Co-Chairs Jenny Beck and Nicola Mackintosh. Lord Bach invited




CCMS: LAA Customer Services Team: Right First Time - Digital Solution. Available from registration to early afternoon in the Exhibition area.

Do you have questions about LAPG Annual Conference 2016 Leeds? Contact Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG)

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Park Plaza Hotel
Boar Lane
LS1 5NS Leeds
United Kingdom

Friday, 7 October 2016 from 09:15 to 18:00 (BST)

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Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG)

LAPG is the leading membership organisation for legal aid lawyers, providing a wide range of services and support to practitioners and is at the forefront of campaigning to protect vital client services. 

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