Yearly Archives: 2017

19 12, 2017

It’s a great time to join or renew LAPG membership

2018-09-24T10:11:57+01:00December 19th, 2017|

With our new membership year commencing on the 1st of January 2018 now is the perfect time to renew your membership or join for the first time. Our members benefit from our advice, support, training, events and regular updates.  But we also play a leading role in campaigning for a fairer and more accessible legal aid system.  We [...]

11 12, 2017

LAA to roll out new Provider Activity Reports

2017-12-11T11:32:41+00:00December 11th, 2017|

The LAA will shortly roll out a new report to all legal aid contract holders setting out key information about contract performance.  The LAA announcement about the new Provider Activity Report follows: Civil/crime news: rollout of contract performance reports ‘Provider Activity Reports’ (PARs) showing key contract data and highlighting performance against contractual requirements are to [...]

30 11, 2017

Research casts doubt on efficacy of telephone advice for social welfare law clients

2017-11-30T15:34:01+00:00November 30th, 2017|

Dr Marie Burton, within her PhD thesis: Calling for Justice: Comparing telephone and face-to-face advice in social welfare Law (LSE, 2016), has found that: There are significant consequences of replacing face-to-face advice with telephone advice in social welfare law. These consequences can seriously disadvantage many social welfare clients, particularly those who are more vulnerable and [...]

8 11, 2017

APPG on Legal Aid engages MPs and their caseworkers on how to help their constituents

2017-11-08T11:46:14+00:00November 8th, 2017|

The APPG on Legal Aid collaborated with organisations from across the advice sector to engage with MPs and their caseworkers at an event in Portcullis House on 1 November 2018.  The event was organised to introduce MPs and their caseworkers to organisations that provide training, resources and referral sources to help MPs and caseworkers provide [...]

9 10, 2017

LAPG launches manifesto for legal aid.

2017-10-09T06:06:26+01:00October 9th, 2017|

Legal Aid Practitioners Group sets out detailed plan for undoing damage caused by LASPO cuts. The Legal Aid Practitioners Group has drawn on the expertise and experience of its members to produce a 'pragmatic and clear' manifesto for restoring  access to justice, lost following the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. Writing [...]

22 09, 2017

Bach Commission “The Right to Justice” Report out today

2017-09-22T12:12:48+01:00September 22nd, 2017|

Over the last two years, LAPG co-chair Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon), committee members Julie Bishop and Laura Janes and director Carol Storer have been sitting on the Bach Commission. We heard from more than 100 individuals and organisations. The commission has found that cuts to legal aid have created a two-tier justice system where the [...]

15 09, 2017

Notice of LAPG AGM – 6 October 2017

2017-09-15T11:55:31+01:00September 15th, 2017|

All members are invited to attend LAPG's AGM at our Annual Conference on 6 October 2017 at Herbert Smith Freehill's in London.  The AGM is open to all members, not just those attending the conference. Full details and the AGM agenda can be found here. If you would like to join LAPG's Committee please contact [...]

21 07, 2017

LAPG Annual Conference and Dinner 2017 – Book Now!

2017-09-01T12:13:51+01:00July 21st, 2017|

Bookings are now open for the LAPG Annual Conference 2017 in London on 6 October 2017. Book your place here. The conference is packed full of useful content for practitioners, practice managers and all those interested in legal aid and access to justice. Download the flyer here for the full programme. The offline booking form is [...]

12 07, 2017

APPG on Legal Aid – Karen Buck MP elected Chair

2017-07-12T16:43:16+01:00July 12th, 2017|

Karen Buck MP, the first ever Chair of the APPG on Legal Aid, was re-elected Chair at this morning's meeting in Westminster. Elected as Vice-Chairs were Dominic Grieve MP, Sir Henry Bellingham, Andy Slaughter MP, Yvonne Fovargue MP and Alex Chalk MP.  As co-sponsors of the APPG Legal Aid Practitioners Group and Young Legal Aid [...]