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Annual General Meeting - 17 October 2019

Fri, 18/10/2019 - 10:15

The Group held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 17 October 2019 in Room Q, Portcullis House. Ms Buck was re-elected as Chair for Group and the following officers were elected unoposed as Vice-Chairs:

Lord Willy Bach

Lord Colin Low

Baroness Helena Kennedy

Alex Chalk MP

Andy Slaughter MP

Yvonne Fovargue MP

Dominic Grieve MP

Jo Stevens MP

Kate Green MP

Ellie Reeves MP

Bambos Charalambous MP

Minutes of the meeting can be found here. 




Wed, 04/09/2019 - 10:45



LAPG's Manifesto for Legal Aid 2017

Mon, 19/08/2019 - 17:15

Government reforms to legal aid in April 2013 were a disaster for those who need to access the justice system to protect or enforce their rights.  Access to advice on family law, housing and homelessness, welfare benefits, employment, debt, judicial review, education, immigration…all decimated by the reforms. Hundreds of thousands of people have been unable to get advice each year as a direct result of the reforms.  Large areas of the country are now ‘advice deserts’ with very few or maybe even no lawyers able to provide specialist advice.

The LAPG Manifesto for Legal Aid (2nd ed. 2017) sets out a range of measures the government must take to ensure those who cannot afford to pay for advice can access still advice.

Download a copy here (October 2017 – PDF: 0.2MB) and speak to your local MP to help us reverse the cuts and restore legal aid – a fundamental right for all.




Mon, 19/08/2019 - 16:30

The Bar Pro Bono Unit has now been rebranded as Advocate. Please note that constituents may still be referred to Advocate even when the case is not eligible for legal aid. They may also be able to assist when the case is eligible for legal aid if: the individual can't afford the contributions, the legal aid has run out, or if there are no legal aid lawyers in the area. For further information please click here.



Disability Law Service

Mon, 19/08/2019 - 15:45

For information on community care, disabilty discrimination and employment law follow the link below.



Take your MP to work day

Mon, 15/07/2019 - 17:00

The #TakeYourMPtoWork campaign is now in full swing with more than 60 MPs from around the country and across the political spectrum taking part. This includes the previousLegal Aid Minister, Paul Maynard MP, who visited his local advice centre on 21 June, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice Lucy Frazer and the Shadow Lord Chancellor, Richard Burgon. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid and Young Legal Aid Lawyers are arranging visits to courts, firms and law centres across England and Wales. MPs will be visiting law centres and legal advice surgeries during June and July to see first-hand why comprehensive early legal advice is so vital. The government has committed to piloting early legal advice in social welfare law . We need them to recognise that social welfare problems are complex and often not confined to one area of law. The government must commit to a comprehensive early legal advice pilot. We need your help - please ask your MP to take part/consider taking part if you are an MP!

If you want to take part please contact Ro Teather at for more information and to check which MPs have already committed their time.



APPG on Legal Aid Disrepair Training for MPs and their caseworkers

Mon, 17/06/2019 - 10:30

Monday 17 June 2019 (10.30am-4.30pm, Richmond House) Giles Peaker and Catherine O’Donnell The APPG on Legal Aid hosted training on housing and disrepair law, on 17 June 2019, in collaboration with Legal Action Group and the House of Commons Library. The session was sponsored by Trust for London and put together using frequently asked caseworker queries. The training was led by the brilliant due of Catherine O’Donnell (Barrister, Garden Court Chambers) and Giles Peaker (Partner at Anthony Gold Solicitors and writer of the Nearly Legal blog), who quite literally wrote the book on disrepair (the newly-published sixth edition of “Housing Conditions tenants’ rights”) and hosted by the House of Commons Library. Thanks very much to all participants for the real life examples and lively discussion. London MPs please contact us for your free copies of the book.


APPG Meeting on the Criminal Legal Aid Review

Wed, 12/06/2019 - 16:45

The APPG on Legal Aid was delighted to host Jelena Lentzos, Head of Criminal Legal Aid Policy and Sustainable Markets at the Ministry of Justice, who heads up the review, Richard Atkins QC, Chair of The Bar Council, Simon Davis, Vice-President of The Law Society, Greg Powell, immediate past President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitor Association and Emma Fenn, a junior criminal barrister from Garden Court Chambers. They all spoke passionately about the changes that the review needed to make to the system in order for it to be fit for purpose,

with Greg Powell citing from his history of the legal aid system and Emma Fenn highlighting the unnecessary fights faced by barristers every day, such as the time spent simply getting through security and court buildings She also highlighted the problems that legal aid barristers face at the end of a case in getting paid by the Legal Aid Agency. Minutes of the meeting can be found here. Please also see Greg Powell’s excellent history of legal aid, which can be found here (on the Secret Barrister’s blog which is also well worth a read if you are interested in these issues).