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    Justice cuttings: legal aid cuts and experiences of accessing justice for those in need

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    START DATE 9 November 2015
    START TIME 03:00pm

    Linklaters LLP, 1 Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ

    END DATE 9 November 2015
    END TIME 06:30pm

    A seminar on the impact of legal aid and other funding cuts on access to justice for those in need hosted by Middlesex University and Toynbee Hall at Linklaters LLP

    Middlesex University and Toynbee Hall are hosting a seminar on the impact of legal aid and other funding cuts on access to justice for those in need.

    Through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) enforced in April 2013, some areas of law and advice have been excluded from legal aid funding. We have witnessed its impact at Toynbee Hall where many people are in desperate situations with nowhere else to turn. In our joint research, we conducted quantitative and qualitative studies to explore the needs and experiences of these people.

    Supported by the Social Policy Association, we will host the event to share our findings and invite academics, service providers and other interested parties to discuss the impact of legal aid and other cuts on different groups and communities and to help identifying possible solutions to this access to justice crisis.

    For further information please contact: Dr Xia Lin, Toynbee Hall, or Dr Alessio D'Angelo, Middlesex University.

    PROGRAMME (provisional)

    3:00 - Guest registration

    3:15 - Introduction: working together for access to justice

    Graham Fisher, Chief Executive, Toynbee Hall
    Alessio D'Angelo, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University
    Lughaidh Kerin, Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University
    Rebecca Malcolm, Middlesex University student, Toynbee Hall Admin Officer

    3:45 - Law advice, legal aid and access to justice

    'Social welfare law advice providers in a world of cuts' - Chilli Reid, Head of Development and Policy, Advice UK

    'Legal aid and access to Justice' - Peter Thompson, St James's Church Legal Advice Centre

    4:30 - Facing legal aid cuts: a clients perspective

    Xia Lin, Data Evaluation and Research Coordinator, Toynbee Hall

    4:50 - Break

    5:00 - Moving beyond the cuts

    'Housing and access to justice' TBC

    'Mental Health and access to justice' - Charleen Elliott, Project Manager, Community Options

    'The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants (SLF)' - Sue Luke, Director, SLF and Migration Work CIC

    'Black and Minority Ethnic Advice Network' TBC

    6:00 - Discussion 

    6:30 - End

    To register your place, click here.

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