LALY20 – what a wonderful night!

It was our most inclusive LALY awards yet on 7 July – the live broadcast was free to watch and open to everyone. And what an incredible group of winners across our 12 coveted awards.

Read our full press release here for all the winners

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 our 2017 Manifesto for Legal Aid for a full outline of what we believe government must do to fix our broken system.

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.

Why not download a copy of our 2020 Annual Review for more information about our objectives, our achievements and our plans for the future.

Join Us, Help Fight for Legal Aid and Access to Justice

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

The LAPG Certificate in Practice Management

Do you manage a busy legal practice or a team of over-stretched lawyers and caseworkers?  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.  We know that lawyers struggle for both the time and money to access quality training so we’ve developed our CPM to address these issues and give you the skills and resources you need to succeed.  For more information download a copy of the course programme (which is currently being revamped for online delivery). The next course starts in April 2021.  All of the sessions can be attended on a one-off basis. See here for more information.

Events

The Legal Aid Conference & Dinner

The 2019 LAPG Annual Conference at Aston University. Photo: Richard Gray

The 2019 LAPG Conference took place in Birmingham on 4 October 2019, with a pre-conference dinner for conference delegates and non-delegates on 3 October 2019.  Many thanks to Conference Aston for hosting the dinner, our AGM and the conference – the facilities really were top notch.

We would like to thank this year’s Conference sponsors – John M Hayes, Tikit and DNA Legal, LAG – and Dinner and Conference sponsors Accesspoint. It was a cracking event! Watch this space for workshop and plenary transcripts that we will be publishing as resources for legal aid practitioners and policy peeps.

Our 2020 conference was postponed due to the impact of COVID-19, but look out for news on our virtual legal aid conference being planned for late February 2021.

Awards

The Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards

Photo: Richard Gray/Rugfoot

With some very swift and determined work by Team LALY, the 2020 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards went virtual and were a roaring success. This enabled us to once again celebrate the incredible work of legal lawyers across the country.

Read our official press release here for details of all the winners.

LALY21 will be launched soon and we have retained the virtual format due to the ongoing restrictions caused by COVID-19.

Look out for news soon about the launch of the nomination process in February 2021.