COVID-19 and the Legal Aid sector (Monday, 20 July 2020)- Virtual Meeting
On the 20th July 2020 the APPG hosted its first virtual meeting. The meeting was the first opportunity for our members to discuss Covid-19’s impact since the beginning of lockdown and hear directly from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice on the Government’s approach to legal aid during the pandemic. We were incredibly pleased to welcome a large number of viewers, with over 100 Parliamentarians, practitioners and members of the public registering to attend the event.
We were joined by Alex Chalk MP (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice and ex- Vice Chair of the Group), Karl Turner MP (Shadow Minister for Legal Aid), Amanda Pinto QC (Chair of the Bar Council), Caroline Goodwin QC (Chair of the Criminal Bar Association), Richard Miller (Head of Justice at The Law Society), Chris Minnoch (CEO of LAPG) and Emma Trevett (on behalf of Young Legal Aid Lawyers). One legal commentator (who shall remain nameless) described the meeting as a masterclass in advocacy with a variety of different styles on display.
The discussion centred on the Government’s response to the pandemic and the support offered for the legal aid sector.