Access to justice in the South West 2021 Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 January An event bringing together organisations using the law to help people experiencing disadvantage or discrimination in the South West and nationally. The conference is split into short online sessions over three days with a mix of skills training, analysis and discussion. It is presented by Public Law Project in partnership with Plymouth University, University of Exeter Community Law Clinic, Plymouth Citizen’s Advice and Dorset Race Equality Council. Tickets are £20 for the whole event. If you do not have a training budget but want to attend, please e -mail Rinku Yunusa. All of the sessions are recorded and will be circulated the week after the event. Programme: Tuesday 26 January 9.30 – 11.00 Introduction from Jo Hickman, Director, Public Law Project Followed by… How to use public law to help your clients The aim of this seminar is to help people identify when a person or group of people are affected by the decision-making of a public body, and what they can do about it. This involves identifying grounds of challenge and a potential remedy, which the speakers will do across a range of areas including, welfare benefits, immigration and housing and homelessness. The following session on funding will deal with making a good referral to an accessible legal aid provider: Matt Ahluwalia, Garden Court Chambers Carla Clarke, Child Poverty Action Group Hannah Moxsom, Public Law Project Daniel Rourke, Public Law Project Tuesday 26th January 14.00 – 15.30 Funding and referring cases This session will primarily look at legal aid funding: What is in scope or out of scope, Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) and practicalities around whether there is a referral route for your client’s case. The session will also look at making a referral attractive to a local or accessible legal aid provider. The session includes: Means regulations (The means test) Not taking on cases where there is funded legal assistance available Making an ECF application generally and in specific areas such as family, immigration or SEND Experience of law clinics in the South west Rosie Brennan, Plymouth University Emily Gent, Access Social Care Emma Marshall, Exeter University and Public Law Project Kate Pasfield, Legal Aid Practitioner Group Wednesday 27th January 9.30 – 11.00 Online courts and remote advice COVID has accelerated the justice system’s move towards remote hearings and brought developments in remote advice provision into even sharper focus. This session will look at the issues and benefits across: The move to online courts Provision of remote advice and The Development of automated advice services such as chat bots Eddie Coppinger, University House Kari Gerstheimer, Access Social Care Jo Hynes, Public Law Project David Tulley, Plymouth Citizen’s Advice Wednesday 27th January 14.00 – 15.30 European Union Settled Status (EUSS) This session will introduce the work of PLP’s national EUSS Hub and look at problems in the EUSS Scheme including: Delays in the scheme and how to challenge them Zambrano carers and their status Differences in treatment for individuals granted pre-settled status rather than settled status Digital only status Other public law issues in the EUSS scheme Christine Brienne, Dorset Race Equality Council Christian Davies, Public Law Project Carla Mirallas Martinez, Bindmans LLP and Here for Good Nisa Tanin, Coram Children’s Legal Centre Thursday 28th January 9.30 -11.00 Discrimination challenges The session will begin with a run-down of tools available to challenge discriminatory behaviour in public authorities. We will then look more closely at: Identifying discriminatory practices by public authorities including the police Identifying illegal issues and making complaints Discrimination claims in the County Court Discrimination claims arising in complex but common contexts Disability Matthew Court ,Public Law Project Audrey Ludwig, Suffolk Law Centre Robyn Taylor, Deighton Pierce Glynn Gus Silverman, Irwin Mitchell 11.45 – 12.45 Unconscious Bias training This session will explore how our unconscious bias can lead to discrimination and exclusion of people. It will explore the differences between equality and equity and highlight the principles of anti-discriminatory practice. Nathalie Sherring, Dorset Race Equalities Council Sarah Burton, Public Law Project Thursday 28th January 14.00 – 15.30 Access to Justice – solutions The last decade has seen extraordinary challenges for organisations providing specialist advice and legal representation, and for those seeking access to justice. This session looks at undertaking and applying research on advice and legal service provision, and what solutions may be employed to improve access to justice both in the South West and nationally. The session will cover: Evidencing advice provision in South West, mapping advice services and what evidence gathering looks like. Issues arising from people not getting advice Creative models for influencing and strategic litigation What should the MOJ be doing to assess need under the legal support action plan and provide support under section 2 of LASPO Tia Matt, Director of Clinical Legal Education, University of Exeter Chris Minnoch, Legal Aid Practitioners Group Jacob Pritchard, Teignbridge CA Laura Redman, Justice Together Daniel Rourke, Public Law Project Events 26 January 2021 - 28 January 2021 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Standard TicketPrice: £20.00VAT: £4.00Total: £24.00Student Ticket Price: £10.00VAT: £2.00Total: £12.00Standard TicketPrice: £0.00VAT: £0.00Total: £0.00 Book now ShareClick to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window) Book a place Bookings are closed for this event.