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LAPG Annual Conference 2017 London

Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG)

Friday, 6 October 2017 from 09:00 to 18:00 (BST)

LAPG Annual Conference 2017 London

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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
Extra Delegate - LAPG Members Only   more info 6 Oct 2017 £90.00 £0.00 £18.00
Early Bird - Non LAPG Member   more info Ended £175.00 £0.00 £35.00
Young Legal Aid Lawyers - Member   more info 6 Oct 2017 £80.00 £0.00 £16.00
Standard Ticket - LAPG Member (after 20.9.17)   more info 5 Oct 2017 £150.00 £0.00 £30.00
Standard Ticket - Non LAPG member (after 20.9.17)   more info 5 Oct 2017 £200.00 £0.00 £40.00

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Join us on 6 October 2017 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 London on 5 October 2017.  For more information and to book your place please follow this link.


Many thanks to our Conference Sponsors: DNA Wordwide, Tikit, John M Hayes and Accesspoint Technologies

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CPD: 5.5 hours

Conference Programme

09.15 Registration/coffee/exhibition

09.50 Welcome: Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon), Mackintosh Law, Co-Chair of LAPG

Panel: What does the future hold?

  • Christina Blacklaws, Vice President The Law Society
  • Andrew Walker QC, Chair Elect of The Bar Council
  • Richard Collins, Executive Director, Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Simon Garrod, Director of Policy & Governance, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

10.45 Workshop: Session (1)

1a. Family law update - Private and public law: Beverley Watkins, Watkins Solicitors; Lucy Verity, Hornby and Levy; Paul Summerbell, Warrens Law and Advocacy

1b. Civil non-family costs: David Smith, John M Hayes; Jane Pritchard, TV Edwards Solicitors LLP

1c. Management session - People management: Matthew Howgate, Matt Howgate Consulting; Chris Minnoch, LAPG

1d. Discrimination and human rights: session organised by Young Legal Aid Lawyers.

11.30 Coffee & Exhibition

12.00 Plenary - Q + A: Shaun McNally, Chief Executive Legal Aid Agency

12.30 Plenary - Access to Justice through IT: Richard Miller, The Law Society

(12.55 CrowdJustice speaker)

13.00 Lunch & Exhibition

13.45 AGM for LAPG members only

14.00 Plenary - Panel of Practitioners: How we plan to survive

Chair: Jenny Beck, Beck Fitzgerald, Co-Chair of LAPG

  • Adam Makepeace, Tuckers Solicitors LLP
  • Elspeth Thomson, David Gray Solicitors LLP
  • Jawaid Luqmani, Luqmani Thomson
  • Ruth Hayes, Islington Law Centre

14.45 Workshops: Session (2)

2a. Family costs: David Smith, John M Hayes; Jane Pritchard, TV Edwards Solicitors LLP

2b. Management session: Data Security, Cyber Essentials and GDPR Compliance - the why, when and how: David Gilmore and Simon Ghent DG Legal

2c. Public law: Alison Pickup, Public Law Project Legal Director

2d. A career in legal aid: session organised by Young Legal Aid Lawyers.

15.30 Tea/Coffee

16.00 Workshops: Session (3)

3a. Management session - Audits: Steve Keeling ,DG Legal and Jon Cable LAA

3b. Advocacy for vulnerable people: Andrew Sperling, SL5 Legal, second speaker TBC

3c. Crime panel: Helen Johnson, Emery Johnson, Astills; Justin Rivett, Warrens Law and Advocacy and Rakesh Bhasin, Steel & Shamash LAPG Committee members will discuss current issues in crime

16.00 Plenary - Mystery guest: Introduced by Carol Storer, Director of LAPG

17.00 Finish and drinks


Do you have questions about LAPG Annual Conference 2017 London? Contact Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG)

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Herbert Smith Freehills
Exchange House
Primrose Street
EC2A 2EG London
United Kingdom

Friday, 6 October 2017 from 09:00 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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