This year, the PLP annual North conference, in Manchester, is on the theme of Legal Aid and Society. It takes place on Thursday the 19th of July 2019 and as in 2018 it will take place at BPP Law School, St James’s Building, Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6FQ
As the Government reviews the implementation of LASPO, we look at access to legal aid and the impact of legal aid cuts on society.
The conference presents a unique mix of practical workshops, research, discussion, and informal exchange with leading experts in legal aid, access to justice and advice provision.
Legal Aid and low income
Today the legal aid system only provides for people on the very lowest incomes and even those receiving out of work benefits are often excluded due the value of their homes being taken into account. Millions with low working incomes cannot afford to pay legal costs, whilst the numbers struggling to reach an acceptable standard of living has risen significantly. This talk looks at how austerity and legal aid cuts interact.
Prof Donald Hirsch, Loughborough University
Challenging procurement and grant funding decisions – what you need to know
This session will focus on Legal Aid Agency contracts, bids for grant funding and other public contracts, practice and procedure: the Public Contracts Regulations and judicial review
Polly Brendon, Public Law Project
Jason Coppel QC at 11KBW
Exceptional Case Funding
There are Common misconceptions regarding what is out of scope of Exceptional Case Funding (ECF), immigration and housing in particular. This session look at how to apply for ECF, common problems and what we know about success rates.
Joseph Markus and James Stark, Garden Court North
Katy Watts, Public Law Project
Legal aid and access to justice for modern slavery victims
This session will look at immigration legal aid for modern slavery victims and a recent judicial review of the Legal Aid Agency when legal aid was refused for a victim. It will also look at cases highlighting why legal aid is essential to build the case of leave to remain during the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) process and to challenging unlawful decisions on leave.
Lucy Mair, Garden Court North
Carita Thomas, Anti–Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU)
Preparing evidence for the LASPOA review
This session will seek to help organisations or individuals preparing to feed into the Governments review of LASPOA implementation. It will look at evidence gathering and presentation and how to show insight from your clients or your organisations perspective.
Jess Mant, Cardiff University School of Law and Politics
Carol Storer, Legal Aid Practitioners Group
Emma Marshall, Public Law Project
Top legal aid and access to justice cases of recent years
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (2012) has generated a significant number of cases challenging the legislation and its implementation on behalf of those affected. Alison will look at the impact of the cases and some themes running through them.
Alison Pickup, Legal Director, Public Law Project
The experiences of self-representing litigants
This presentation concerns a three year project interviewing litigants in person (LIPS). Although Jess’s work focuses on the family court, the presentation will consider common problems facing those appearing in court without representation.
Jess Mant, Cardiff University School for Law and Politics
The full agenda can be found on the PLP web site whilst the pdf programme can be found here. Last year GMWRAG members, probably for the first time, attended en masse and were overwhelmed with the sheer quality of what was on offer in terms of the standard of speakers; the quality of the workshops and the intensity of the day. The buffet wasn’t half bad either.