The LASPO Review has been published.

What does it really mean for future legal aid policy and access?  Contact us with your views.

Read our initial response here.

LAPG – Representing Legal Aid Practitioners

LAPG is a membership body representing legal aid practitioners in England and Wales and the clients they serve. We believe that access to justice is a fundamental right and as such we campaign for a fair, comprehensive and accessible legal aid scheme.

We work closely with other representative bodies to raise awareness about the importance of legal aid and the work of legal aid practitioners.  We raise concerns with government about policy and operational issues in an effort to improve the current system which excludes some of the most vulnerable members of society.  Download our 2017 Manifesto for Legal Aid for a full outline of what we believe government must do to fix our broken system.

We also support Members to understand the complexities of the system and improve their sustainability.  We provide training, assist with operational issues, provide resources and give practitioners a collective voice with government.

Why not download a copy of our 2016 Annual Review for more information about our objectives, our achievements and our plans for the future.

Join Us, Help Fight for Legal Aid and Access to Justice

Membership

Become a member of LAPG

LAPG represents practitioners across England and Wales. We campaign on behalf of our membership and have ongoing dialogue with the LAA and MOJ to raise issues of concern to legal aid practitioners. Members of LAPG receive regular updates about developments in the operation of the legal aid scheme and policy issues.  Members have access to discounted training courses and events such as our well-regarded annual conference.

For more information visit the Membership page.

Management Training

The LAPG Certificate in Practice Management

Do you manage a busy legal practice or a team of over-stretched lawyers and caseworkers?  Have you just started your first management role?  Then you probably know how difficult it is to find the time to undertake the training you need to be an effective manager.  We know that lawyers struggle for both the time and money to access quality training so we’ve developed our CPM to address these issues and give you the skills and resources you need to succeed.  For more information download a copy of the course programme. The current course started on the 21st of September 2018.  All of the sessions can be attended on a one-off basis. See here for more information.

Events

LAPG Annual Conference & Annual Dinner

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The 2018 LAPG Conference took place in London on 5 October 2018, with a pre-conference dinner for conference delegates and non-delegates on 4 October 2018.  Many thanks to Herbert Smith Freehills for once again hosting the conference.  See here for the full conference programme.

We are considering holding the 2019 conference in either Birmingham or Manchester and will publish further details soon.

We would like to thank last year’s Conference sponsors – DNA Legal, John M Hayes, Tikit, DG Legal and LegalWorkFlow – and to Dinner and Conference sponsors Accesspoint.

Awards

LALY Awards 2019 – Finalists Announced!

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We are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2019 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards. We had an incredible batch of nominations and the judges have now decided on the shortlist. Thank you to everyone who prepared or contributed to a nomination.

This year LAPG’s Committee has also decided to recognise the extraordinary contributions of three legal aid heroes through LAPG Special Awards.  Read our special awards press release here for more information.

Please join us for what promises to be an uplifting and inspiring awards ceremony: book your tickets here for the event in London on 10 July 2019.

Thank you again to everyone who supported the Legal Aid Newcomer award via our crowd funding page.