The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid

To promote parliamentary and public understanding of the importance of the role of publicly funded legal services as a pillar of the welfare state and in reducing inequalities in society.

To scrutinize and influence any proposals for the reform of Legal Aid provision to ensure that access to justice for all members of society is preserved and improved.

Current Officers

Karen Buck MP
Westminster North

Lord Willy Bach

Lord Beecham

Yvonne Fovargue MP

Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP

Andy Slaughter MP


The APPG was established in July 2009, and is co-sponsored by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) and Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL). The APPG brings together Members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons with the singular purpose to discuss issues relating to legal aid.



The APPG meets regularly when Parliament is sitting to discuss topics that are important in the legal aid sector and to hear from those that work within it.

Recent meetings:

  • 13 November 2018 – joint meeting with The Law Society during Justice Week to consider the future for access to justice
  • 11 September 2018 – AGM followed by Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP to discuss the work of the Joint Committee on Human Rights
  • 17 April 2018 – an overview of the current legal aid landscape following important litigation
  • 7 March 2018 – a panel of distinguished speakers explored the importance delivered legal advice early to prevent the escalation of legal issues
  • 7 February 2018 – a range of distinguished speakers discussed current issues in Criminal and Civil legal aid
  • 7 December 2017 – Bob Neill MP, Chair of the Justice Committee, discussed the impending review of LAPSO
  • 1 November 2017 – an event bringing together MPs, their caseworkers and legal advice, training and resource providers
  • 25 October 2017 – discussed the legal and regulatory issues arising from Grenfell Tower and the need to improve legal rights for tenants
  • 6 September 2017 – a joint meeting of the Chairs and Secretariats of five ‘access to justice’ APPGs to discuss joint working and priorities
  • 12 July 2017 – covered current issues in both Civil and Criminal Legal Aid and touched upon the legal aid issues arising out of the Grenfell Tower fire
  • 17 January 2017 – Sir Oliver Heald MP QC spoke and the meeting covered key issues in civil and criminal legal aid

APPG+ Project

Grant funding from the Legal Education Foundation has enabled the APPG to extend its reach beyond Westminster by engaging MPs and Councillors across England and Wales (together with their casework staff) to improve their understanding of the legal aid system and the availability of legal aid and other sources of advice for their constituents.  We call this the APPG+ Project.  We are bringing stakeholders together from across the advice sector to work with and support MPs and Councillors to provide more effective casework services to their constituents.

For more information about the Project visit the APPG website.


We produce regular bulletins to keep our stakeholders up to date with all the current issues in legal aid.  The bulletins cover news, events, policy and operational issues and links to useful resources.

If you would like to subscribe to the bulletin please contact us.