LAPG – Representing Legal Aid Practitioners

LAPG is a membership body representing legal aid practitioners in England and Wales and the clients they serve. We believe that access to justice is a fundamental right and as such we campaign for a fair, comprehensive and accessible legal aid scheme.

We work closely with other representative bodies to raise awareness about the importance of legal aid and the work of legal aid practitioners. We raise concerns with government about policy and operational issues in an effort to improve the current system which excludes some of the most vulnerable members of society. Download a copy of the October 2021 Westminster Commission on Legal Aid’s report for a detailed exposition of the issues across the broken legal aid system. We fully endorse the Commission’s recommendations for increasing access for clients and improving sustainability for providers.

We also support Members to understand the complexities of the system and improve their sustainability. We provide training, assist with operational issues, provide resources and give practitioners a collective voice with government.

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Events

The Annual Legal Aid Conference – February 2021

This year’s Annual Legal Aid Conference took place from 22 -26 February and was entirely online.

We would like to thank this year’s Conference sponsors – John M Hayes, Advanced (Tikit) and Accesspoint – along with Legal Action Group, Young Legal Aid Lawyers and Public Law Project – for helping us to make the conference such a success.

We had something for everyone in this year’s conference – workshops for practitioners across the whole of the legal aid scheme, sessions focusing on advice needs in Wales, Pilates and social events and the APPG Inquiry into the Sustainability of Legal Aid. 31 events across the 5 days of the conference – attended by over 800 practitioners and others with a keen interest in access to justice and legal aid.

Download the full programme here for an overview of what we covered. All the sessions were recorded so if you attended the conference but missed a session, get in touch and we will give you access to the recording.

Awards

The 2021 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards

After the magic of the first ever virtual LALY awards in July 2020 we were back this year with the 2021 LALY awards. We again teamed up with the brilliant Bounce Video to bring you another night of celebration of the incredible contributions of legal aid practitioners from across the country.

The winners were announced during the livestreamed ceremony on Tuesday, 6th of July 2021.

Visit our LALY page for details of the 12 awards, including our new category focusing on disability rights.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination and look out for news of our exciting plans for LALY 2022!

Membership

Become a member of LAPG

LAPG represents practitioners across England and Wales. We campaign on behalf of our membership and have ongoing dialogue with the LAA and MOJ to raise issues of concern to legal aid practitioners – solicitors, barristers, legal executives, caseworkers, costs lawyers – anyone working in and delivering legal aid services. Members of LAPG receive regular updates about developments in the operation of the legal aid scheme and policy issues. Members have access to discounted training courses and events such as our well-regarded annual conference.

For more information visit the Membership page.

Management Training

Training legal aid managers and leaders

Do you manage a busy legal practice or a team of over-stretched lawyers and caseworkers? Are you in a leadership position in a not-for-profit? Have you just started your first management role? Then you probably know how difficult it is to find the time to undertake the training you need to be an effective manager and leader. We know that lawyers struggle for both the time and money to access quality training so we’ve developed our CPM and MLP courses to address these issues and give you the skills and resources you need to succeed.

Dates have been set for our 2022 courses and we will soon be taking bookings. See here for more information.