LAPG is a membership organization that represents and provides support for legal aid practitioners. Our Board is drawn from legal aid practitioners across all areas of law, from right across the country and from all types of providers (small, large and ABS). As an organisation, LAPG is well known for contributing to and influencing both operational and policy matters. We are committed to access to justice and to ensuring that the legal aid scheme is accessible to as many people as possible. We also believe that the scheme itself needs to be clear and fit for purpose.
We also offer membership for barristers. In the current climate of fundamental changes to legal aid, barristers can also benefit from our specialist support services to members.
If you are a firm or not-for-profit agency, please click here to download a membership form.
If you are an individual barrister, please click here to download a membership form.
We know that you know what we do but as a quick recap – this year’s achievements include:
lobbying on LASPO and the subsequent Regulations
lobbying on the criminal defence proposals
well attended training courses at very low fees for members on the post LASPO world
management course stage 1
answering numerous members’ questions
supporting practices facing harsh extrapolations, contract notices and tender issues
numerous meetings with the LAA and MoJ, working on practical and policy issues – LAPG has a strategic overview
work by the All Party Group on Legal Aid, run in conjunction with Young Legal Aid Lawyers
47 Members’ Updates so far this year
working with other organisations to effect change
communicating the value of Legal Aid work to students at universities and colleges and talking realistically about their career options