Prison Law

The Association of Prison Lawyers Annual Conference 2019

Wednesday 13th November 2019

Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty St, Holborn, London WC1N 2LS

AGENDA (may be subject to change)

10.00  Registration and opening remarks – APL Chair, John Turner

10.15 to 11.15:  The Parole Board Rules 2019 and recent case law update

Jude Bunting, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers, Simon Creighton or Hamish Arnott, Bhatt Murphy Solicitors

Chair: Lubia Begum, Prisoners’ Advice Service

11.15 to 11.30  Comfort break

11.30 to 12.30  Advocacy skills before the Parole Board

Chitra Karve, Parole Board member and Laura Janes, Howard League for Penal Reform

Chair: Sally Middleton, Birnberg Peirce Solicitors

12.30 to 13.30  LUNCH

13:00  The Association of Prison Lawyers Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Members only.

13:30 – 14.30  Psychological interventions in prison – what is available and how do we know they work? 

Dr Terri Van-Leeson (Chartered and Consultant Forensic Psychologist) and Dr Callum Ross (Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist)

Chair: Laura Janes

14:30 – 14.45  Tea/Coffee Break

14:45 – 15.45  Practical public law challenges in prison law – challenging treatment and conditions of prisoners

Adam Straw, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers and Rikki Garg, GT Stewart

Chair: Naima Sakande, Women’s Justice Advocate, APPEAL/ Centre for Criminal Appeals

15:45 – 16.00  Tea/Coffee Break

16:00 – 17.00  Update from the Parole Board and Q&A

Martin Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Parole Board and Caroline Corby, Chair, Parole Board

17:00  Closing remarks and drinks

There are very limited spaces left for this event.

Please email if you would like to attend.

Bookings will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The cost of this full day event is £60 for non-members of the APL.

APL Members receive early access and discounted rates.

To join the APL please visit