14.05.2013 “Transforming Legal Aid” Consultation

Have Your Say about the Latest Proposals to Cut Legal Aid for Prison Law Work

 Yet another government consultation, due to close on 4 June 2013, concerning further cuts to funding for Prison Law, associated Public Law Work and Judicial Review.

The proposals in the consultation could have a devastating impact on access to justice for Prisoners and Prison Law practices.

The Association of Prison Lawyers in conjunction with Garden Court North Chambers are organising a meeting to discuss a response to the consultation.

 Tuesday 14 May 2013

5:30 to 7:00pm

Friends Meeting House, Manchester

6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS (St Peter’s Square tram stop)

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Sperling, Solicitor-Advocate and Campaign Co-ordinator for the APL’s response to the consultation
  • Laura Janes, APL & Howard League representative and solicitor working with vulnerable young people
  • Carl Buckley, Solicitor and Legal Aid Lead for the APL
  • Rachel Chapman, Prison Law Consultant, Legal Representative for Women Prisoners and Female Prisoners Lead for the APL (to be confirmed)
  • Pete Weatherby QC, barrister, Garden Court North practising in human rights, public, prison, inquest and criminal law.

Topics to be covered:

  • The impact of the proposals on prisoners’ access to legal services
  • The national campaign – up to date information about what others are doing
  • Sharing ideas on how to respond to the consultation
  • Seeking a united response

This meeting is open to all those involved in legally aided prison law work – solicitors, barristers, caseworkers, whether or not you are a member of APL (though you might think about joining if you are not!).

There is no charge for this event but you will need to book a place.  RSVP to administrator@associationofprisonlawyers.co.uk to secure your place at this important meeting.

 Please forward these details to anyone who may be interested.

Come to the meeting

Understand the issues

Find out what others are doing

Contribute to the response