YLAL Training Event, 08/07/2015


On Wednesday 8 July 2015 at 6 pm, we are hosting a special seminar focussing on exceptional funding under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) following the case of Gudanaviciene and others v The Director of Legal Aid Casework [2014] EWCA Civ 1622. The seminar will be led by Roopa Tanna, Paul Bowen QC and Alison Pickup: three expert practitioners who were all involved in the case, which involved a successful challenge to the Lord Chancellor’s policy on granting legal aid in immigration cases to avoid a breach of Art.8 ECHR.

Roopa is a solicitor specialising in immigration and asylum who has been based at the Islington Law since 2011. She has been described as working ‘tirelessly resolving Islington residents’ immigration issues and assisting asylum seekers’ and has been shortlisted for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award 2015 (in the public law category). 

Paul is a barrister based at Brick Court Chambers. Since 2005 Paul has been consistently recommended in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading barrister in Administrative and Public law and Human Rights and Civil Liberties.  

Alison is a public law practitioner based at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in immigration, asylum and migrants’ rights in the wider contexts of unlawful detention, community care, asylum support, and access to justice. She has been appointed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to its panel of preferred counsel and has (also) been shortlisted for the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award 2015 (in the barrister category).

Roopa will focus on the practical aspects of the exceptional funding regime under LASPO.

Paul will be speaking about the right to legal aid at common law, the ECHR rights to legal aid under Art. 6 and 8 in the light of Gudanaviciene and specific arguments arising in relation to children and the UNCRC.

Alison will discuss the right to legal aid in the context of EU law rights under Art.47 TFEU in the light of Gudanaviciene.

The seminar will take place at Brick Court Chambers. We are asking attendees to register in advance. If you wish to attend please email ylalmembers@gmail.com to reserve a place.

Please come along for what promises to be an excellent and informative seminar.