Post LASPO CPD training

The Legal Aid Practitioners Group are running an evening course on legal aid post-LASPO, this Thursday 22 August 2013. Details below. There is a concessionary rate for YLAL members of £20. To book click here (and select the LAPG member option).

1. Pop up Course (and social) 22 August 2013 London
Pop up Briefing ‘Post LASPO – Civil Developments’: since 1st April we’ve had dozens of emails from practitioners asking for guidance and help with LASPO and LAA related issues. We’ve decided to offer some ad hoc catch-up training on the post LASPO civil legal aid scheme and the LAA’s approach. We have some ideas about content but are very flexible so please EMAIL US your post LASPO problems and we will aim to cover them anonymously of course in the training session. Obviously we are in constant contact with the Law Society and LAA and are party to many meetings and briefings. We can share information gathered in those meetings at these pop-up sessions.

The training will be delivered by Carol Storer, LAPG Director and by Matthew Howgate, LAPG committee member and legal aid consultant.

Proposed Timetable
5-6.30pm Training.
6.30-7.30 Drinks and nibbles – networking and discussion!

Proposed Content

  • Welcome and overview – post LASPO what has been going on? Feedback from LAPG members and matters arising from meetings with LAA and MoJ.
  • Amongst the issues we could cover (but we want your input to decide which are the ones you want included):-
  • Financial eligibility – still a headache? And when is the Universal Credit consultation coming out?
  • LAA processing issues – why are the LAA rejecting so many applications and claims and what can you do about it?
  • What’s happening with electronic working?
  • LASPO scope issues generally – discussing experiences of navigating the new rules.
  • What is going wrong for clients trying to prove domestic violence for private law cases? Why are so many clients failing to get legal aid?
  • Matter starts, or the lack of them, and the LAA’s approach to permanent presence. Verification continues apace.
  • Any update on commissioning timetable for low volume contracts e.g. mental health and community care.
  • What’s going on with exceptional case funding? Are there really only six successful applications? And four of those are for inquests?
  • What on earth is going on with judicial review?

The training will accrue 1.5 CPD hours. Cost £20 + VAT for YLAL and LAPG members. (£40 + VAT for non-members.)

Drinks & Discussion. After the training there will be drinks and nibbles and an opportunity to discuss issues with each other and with Carol and Matthew.

Booking. Just click here to book a place:Yes, I would like to come to Pop up Briefing ‘Post LASPO – Civil Developments’