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Welcome changes imminent to DV regulations

February 24th, 2017|

After years of campaigning and litigation the government now seems ready to introduce much-needed changes to the regulations limiting access to legal aid for victims of domestic abuse.  The Guardian has trailed MOJ plans to remove the time limit and expand the types of acceptable evidence of abuse, which would increase access to legal aid to [...]

CCMS survey – please help us understand how to improve CCMS

February 20th, 2017|

We’ve launched a survey to capture user experiences of CCMS.  Our members are consistently telling us of issues they experience with the system.  We also know that a large number of applications are being processed.  We’d like to hear from anyone who is using the system so that we can analyse what needs to be [...]

Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards 2017 – nominations now open!

February 20th, 2017|

  Nominations for the 15th Legal Aid Practitioners Group Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards are now open.   Following success last year, sponsorship for popular Legal Aid Newcomer award to be raised through crowdfunding again.   Nomination period ends 28 April; Baroness Doreen Lawrence OBE to present awards at ceremony on 5 July [...]

The University of Law sponsors students places at our Annual Conference

September 15th, 2016|

LAPG is delighted to announce that The University of Law will sponsor 20 student places at this year's Annual Conference in Leeds on the 7th of October.  We would like to thank The University of Law for their continued support after sponsoring places for several years. It's great to have students at the conference and they gain from [...]

We’re now taking bookings for our next intensive management course

September 12th, 2016|

Book your place on the next round of the LAPG Certificate in Practice Management.  The course is based in London and starts on the 18th of November 2016. That session will concentrate on the crucial area of Financial Management and is followed by Business Planning and Risk Management (13 January 2017), Legal Aid Contracting and [...]

LAPG Annual Conference and Dinner 2016

August 31st, 2016|

LAPG's annual conference takes place in Leeds on Friday 7th October and the annual dinner will be on Thursday 6th of October in Leeds. As always, the conference offers a topical and informative mix of workshops, presentations and panel discussions, all designed to bring legal aid lawyers up to date on the latest developments from [...]

Hillsborough lawyers honoured at Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards

August 23rd, 2016|

PRESS RELEASE 8 July 2016 Hillsborough lawyers honoured at Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards The legal teams who acted for families of 96 Hillsborough victims won award for Outstanding Achievement at last night's ceremony, organised by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group. Opening the evening, LAPG co-chair Jenny Beck described Hillsborough as 'the most [...]

Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year winners press release

August 23rd, 2016|

PRESS RELEASE Winners of 2016 Legal Aid Practitioners Group Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards announced Solicitor behind historic reversal over joint enterprise among winners, announced by Baroness Doreen Lawrence last night. Other winners included Newcomer Darragh Mackin, a 24-year-old human rights solicitor in Belfast, praised for his courage in standing up to police [...]

Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award winners announced

July 11th, 2016|

The legal aid community came together in London on 7 July 2016 to celebrate the work of an amazing group of solicitors, barristers and caseworkers, all of whom champion the needs of vulnerable clients on a daily basis. Almost 500 people attended the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of an inspiring list of finalists and [...]

LAPG launches training and support programme for NfPs

June 17th, 2016|

LAPG has been commissioned by the Legal Education Foundation to deliver a training and support programme to help NfPs develop new systems, partnerships, services and income streams.  LAPG will be drawing on the resources developed by the Future Advice Fund and other innovative projects to deliver workshops and consultancy support. The first session, on 15 July 2016 in [...]