Westminster Legal Policy Forum

The future for hate crime policy in England and Wales - the Law Commission’s consultation, prosecution and enforcement, and support for key stakeholders


This conference will examine key issues around hate crime policy in England and Wales.

It will be an opportunity for key stakeholders and policymakers to discuss priorities as the new parliament begins its work - and with heightened public and political focus on this area of policy.

Areas for discussion at this conference include the future scope of hate crime legislation and its enforcement.

We also expect attendees to consider wider related issues, including prevention strategies and support for those affected by hate crime.

It will take place at the time that the Law Commission is due to conduct its consultation on the adequacy of protection offered by hate crime legislation and will be considering potential extensions of protected characteristics.

The seminar follows the most recent Home Office data on recorded hate crime incidence, which showed a 10% year-on-year rise overall, with specific surges in the number of incidents relating to disability, sexual orientation, and anti-Semitism.

There will be keynote contributions from: Chris Long, Chief Crown Prosecutor, and Hate Crime Champion, Crown Prosecution Service and a senior speaker confirmed from the Law Commission.

Further speakers include: from: Professor Neil Chakraborti, Head of School and Professor, Criminology, School of Criminology, University of Leicester; Lucy Jaffe, Director, Why me? Victims for Restorative Justice and Danny Stone, Chief Executive, Antisemitism Policy Trust.

The agenda

  • The Law Commission’s consultation on hate crime legislation;
  • Hate crime policy: an international perspective;
  • Protected characteristics in law - assessing the current position, treatment of ‘aggravated offences’, and options for extending legislation;
  • Prosecution of hate crime - improving conviction rates, evidence gathering, and alternative approaches to sentencing;
  • Next steps for the enforcement and prevention - victim support, improving awareness, and educational priorities; and
  • Hate Crime policy moving forward - options for reform following the review.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates