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

Event information

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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