Morning, Tuesday, 19th March 2019
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
Please note the date of this seminar has changed.
With the Government’s post-implementation review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) expected to be published later this year, attendees will discuss the key findings and the implications for future reform of the system.
Planned sessions will discuss the success of LASPO in discouraging unnecessary litigation and ensuring value for money, and examine stakeholder perspectives on the future for the system, particularly in light of concerns surrounding access to justice following reforms.
Delegates will discuss the future scope of legal aid, including options around legal fees and their implications for providers, the retention of legal aid lawyers, and the way ahead for ensuring access to justice - including discussion on the Joint Select Committee report, which highlighted the need for further support for those using the Exceptional Case Funding scheme, particularly due to barriers for applicants, and challenges raised by legal practitioners in providing assistance.
Further sessions will consider the steps that can be taken to develop alternative sources of legal advice early in the process, representation and assistance for litigants in person. It will also consider the future role of services such as mediation, pro-bono and McKenzie Friends in meeting un-met legal need, as well as options for strengthening public legal education.