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LAPG Annual Conference and Dinner 2019 - Birmingham

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Conference Aston

Aston University

Aston St

Birmingham

B4 7ET

United Kingdom

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Join us on Friday the 4th of October 2019 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. This year's conference also focuses heavily on the MOJ's plans to reform legal aid policy, as we all need to be aware of potential changes, how they will affect our practices and clients, and try to positively influence the government's direction of travel.

This year we are offering a 24-hour delegate rate which includes the conference, hotel, breakfast and our Annual Dinner on Thursday the 3rd of October. If you only wish to attend the dinner and cannot make the conference, use this link for more information and to book your place. View the menu here.

We're running an Early Bird Offer for bookings up to 6 September 2019.


Many thanks to our Conference Sponsors: Tikit, John M Hayes, DNA Legal, Legal Action Group and Accesspoint Technologies (who are also sponsoring the Annual Dinner drinks reception).


Current conference programme (2 September 2019):

09.00 Registration Tea/Coffee Exhibition for Sponsors/Exhibitors

09.40 Welcome Address

Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon), Co-chair of LAPG, Mackintosh Law

09.50 Keynote: Jess Phillips MP for Birmingham Yardley

10.20 Panel: Campaigning – Winning Hearts and Minds to Save Legal Aid

Speakers demonstrating the wide variety of ways legal aid lawyers can change the law and legal aid system for the better:

  • Parliamentary processes: Karen Buck MP
  • Influencing the media: Owen Bowcott, Guardian
  • Working directly with the MOJ/LAA: Jenny Beck, Co-Chair LAPG, Beck Fitzgerald
  • Strategic litigation: Jo Hickman, Public Law Project
  • Political lobbying: Daisy Cooper, More United
  • Campaigning organisations: Rosie Brighouse, Liberty

11.30 Tea/Coffee + Exhibition

12.00 Workshops 1

1A: Campaigning Masterclasses

Karen Buck MP, Chair of the APPG on Legal Aid; Danielle Manson, Barrister, Young Legal Aid Lawyers and Garden Court Chambers; Giles Peaker, Partner, Anthony Gold Solicitors

1B: Universal Credit and Legal Aid

Carla Clarke, Head of Strategic Litigation at Child Poverty Action Group provides an overview of Universal Credit, including issues affecting the legal aid means test

1C: Representing clients who may benefit from psychiatric or psychological assessment - a practical workshop

Dr Louise Bowers, HCPC Registered Forensic Psychologist and Director of the Forensic Psychologist Service Ltd; Dr Laura Janes, Howard League for Penal Reform will provide guidance on working with clients with mental health issues, neurodevelopmental disorders, and learning difficulties/intellectual disabilities

1D: Practice management: The critical importance of staff welfare

Rachel Francis and Joanna Fleck, Claiming Space; Matt Howgate, DG Legal, on effective people management

12.45 Lunch + Exhibition

13.45 Plenary – The Ministry of Justice Legal Support Action Plan

Facilitated by Richard Miller of The Law Society

Senior members of the MOJ’s Legal Aid Policy team will outline key elements of the Action Plan, followed by a Q&A. The session will include:

  • Early legal advice pilot in Social Welfare Law
  • Criminal legal aid review
  • Public awareness campaign
  • New family legal aid model
  • Exceptional Case Funding
  • Review of the means test

14.45 Workshops 2

2A: Civil non-family costs masterclass

Laura Bennett and Kenny Shealey of John M Hayes costs specialists provide essential tips and advice on maximising civil, non-family costs

2B: A career in Legal Aid

Young Legal Aid Lawyers provide helpful hints and advice on starting your career in legal aid with contributions from Sam Coe, KCH Garden Square (chair); Malvika Jaganmohan, Coram Chambers; Alex Pritchard-Jones, St Ive’s Chambers; Helen Gill, John Ford Solicitors

2C: Current issues in Criminal Legal Aid

LAPG Committee - criminal defence practitioners; Joanne Cecil, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers, cover key issues for criminal legal aid practitioners

2D: Practice management: The new SRA Standards and Regulations

DG Legal provide an overview of the new rules in place from 25th November 2019

15.30 Tea/Coffee + Exhibition

15.45 Workshops 3

3A: Family costs masterclass

Laura Bennett and Kenny Shealey of John M Hayes costs specialists provide essential tips and advice on maximising family costs

3B: How Immigration and Public Law Issues come into Criminal Litigation

Young Legal Aid Lawyers explore the interplay between immigration and public law issues in criminal litigation with contributions from Paramjit Ahluwalia, barrister, Lamb Building Chambers and a further YLAL member TBC

3C: Peer Review masterclass

Speakers from DG Legal, including Carl Buckley, Barrister and former peer reviewer, Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers; Craig Keenan, partner at Community Law Partnership and current peer reviewer

3D: Practice Management – staff development and training

Matthew Howgate, co-lead tutor on the LAPG CPM, Supervision and Introduction to Legal Aid courses; Dr Laura Janes, Howard League for Penal Reforms, provide an overview of key issues to consider in relation to staff training and development

16.30 Closing remarks

Chris Minnoch, LAPG CEO

Wendy Morton MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

17.00 Drinks reception

18.00 Close

Please note: The LAA will be in attendance all day to run CCMS drop-in sessions and demonstrate the new legal aid application interface

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Aston University

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Birmingham

B4 7ET

United Kingdom

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