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A conference to inform and inspire the social welfare lawyers of the future, build a network of like-minded junior lawyers, and bring together those committed to working in the areas of law traditionally funded by legal aid.  The event offers:

  • practical advice on practising in social welfare law and legal aid and the beginnings of a network of future legal aid lawyers committed to social justice
  • careers advice and support with a view to increasing diversity and social mobility within the profession
  • knowledge and experience to improve responses to further threats to legal aid


9.30 Registration

10.00 Keynote address
Martha Spurrier, Director, Liberty

10.30 Using the law to effect social change
Ronagh Craddock, Justice First Fellow
Dr Laura Janes,Young Legal Aid Lawyers
more speakers tbc

11.15 Break

11.45 – 12.30 First breakout sessions

1. Legal snapshot
Chair: Katherine Barnes
Immigration: Catherine Robinson, 1 Pump Court
Public: Rowan Smith, Leigh Day
Housing and community care: Connor Johnston, Garden Court and Joe Markus, Garden Court North

2. Practical introduction to legal aid and Exceptional Case Funding (ECF)
Katy Watts, Public Law Project

3. Campaigning
Chair: Oliver Carter, Irwin Mitchell
Rachel Logan, Amnesty International
Fiona Bawden, Act for the Act

4. Self care
Rachel France, Claiming Space

12.30 – 13.15 Second breakout sessions

1.Legal snapshot
Chair: Katherine Barnes
Immigration: Catherine Robinson, 1 Pump Court
Public: Rowan Smith, Leigh Day
Housing and community care: Connor Johnston, Garden Court and Joe Markus, Garden Court North

2. Becoming a social justice lawyer
Speakers TBC

3. Strategic litigation
Speakers TBC

4. How to build a project
Speakers TBC

13.15 Yoga and lunch

14.00  – 14.45 Third breakout sessions

1. Using internatinal law in a domestic context
Dan Squires, Matrix Chambers
Sue Wilman, Deighton Pierce Glyn

2. Practical introductiuon to legal aid and ECF
Katy Watts, Public Law Project

3. Becoming a social justice lawyer
Speakers tbc

4. How to network
Carol Storer, Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group (LAPG)
Matthew Smerdon, Legal Education Foundation (LEF)

14.45 Break

15.00 Panel session and keynote 
Speakers tbc

16.00 Drinks reception