Morning, Tuesday, 11th September 2018
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This seminar will focus on the future for legal aid in England and Wales.
It is scheduled to discuss key issues being considered in the Government’s post-implementation review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO), expected later this year, and its implications for future reform.
Planned sessions will bring out latest thinking on what more the legal aid framework can do to discourage unnecessary litigation and ensure value for money, whilst also promoting access to justice, and assessing whether the key aims of LASPO have been achieved.
Delegates will discuss the future scope of legal aid, options around legal fees and their implications for providers, as well as the way ahead for ensuring access to justice for high priority cases - including the future operation of the exceptional case funding scheme. Further sessions will consider the steps that can be taken to develop alternative sources of legal advice and representation, looking in particular at the future role of services like telephone advice, mediation, pro-bono and McKenzie Friends in meeting un-met legal need, as well as options for strengthening public legal education.
This conference will bring together Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials and regulators involved in this area, together with law firms, charities, academics, chambers and legal businesses, think tanks, unions and members of the national trade media.