A conference marking the contribution that civil legal aid has made to the development of the law. Delegates will hear from experts across different fields about key cases and areas for development to improve the law.
09.00 registration
09.45 Welcome, Steve Hynes, director, Legal Action Group
10.00 Keynote address: Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court
10.30 Key achievements and omissions
Expert analysis of key developments in public law, social welfare, family and inquest law and how to extend the reach to increase access to justice.
Chair: Stephen Knafler QC, Landmark Chambers
Speakers include:
Sue James, Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre; Jawaid Luqmani, Luqmani Thompson and Partners; Cris McCurley, Ben Hoare Bell LLP; Karen Ashton, Central England Law Centre; Sara Lomri; Public Law Project; Marcia Willis Stewart QC (Hon), Birnberg Pierce; Fiona Murphy, Doughty Street Chambers; Amanda Weston QC, Garden Court Chambers
12.15 Future-proofing: digital innovation and access to justice
Chair: Joe de Wet, LEAP
Speakers include:
Richard Miller, Law Society; Terry Stokes, LASA; Martin Barnes, LawWorks; Gareth Morgan, Ferret Information Systems
13.50 LASPO review team - civil legal aid - what's next?
Ministry of Justice review team
14.10 Masterclasses
Key cases, recent developments and hot topics delivered by experts in the field. Delegates can choose one topic from masterclasses 1 and one topic from masterclasses 2:
Masterclasses 1
a) Public law
b) Housing
c) Civil legal aid - looking forward
15.20 Masterclasses 2
d) Disability and children's rights
e) Migrant support
f) Rights of people in detention
16.10 The greatest legal aid case of all time - the big vote
six three-minute presentations followed by a vote for the greatest civil legal aid case
16.45 Closing remarks
Dr Laura Janes, Chair, Legal Action Group
17.00 Drinks reception
Community care, Civil justice, Family and children, Housing, Immigration and asylum, Legal aid, Practice and procedure