3 courses in 1!  Book for all three on one ticket, or pick and mix.

Practical, bite-size seminars online over two weeks, all sessions recorded and available ASAP after live event for delegates.

PLEASE NOTE that bookings for all three events remain open. We will endeavour to process bookings for Funding / Funding and Costs in Public Law that arrive on, or after, 1st February as fast as we can.  We will review whether to close bookings for Funding in public law after 12.00 noon 1st February.  Many thanks.

Who should attend?

Barristers, solicitors, paralegals, and some advisers, and anyone tasked with legal strategy in an organisation with a public law contract, or an NGO / charity using the law for the benefit of their clients.

Learning outcomes/Why should I attend?

Funding, 1 – 4 February

  • Proficiency in making legal aid applications for judicial review
  • Confidence in challenging Legal Aid Agency decisions if needed
  • Assess whether crowdfunding is appropriate
  • Understanding the ECF scheme and making applications in specific areas

Costs, 7 – 10 February

  • Be updated on where we are and horizon scan for costs
  • Understand Costs Capping Orders (CCOs), with specific training for NGOs
  • Be trained in budgeting, including changes for heavy JR claims
  • Proficiency in costs representing individuals, environmental challenges, defendants

Funding seminars run from 1-4 February, Costs from 8-10 February, programmes are below. Please email PLP Events if you have any queries.

Funding: 1-4 February

Tuesday 1st February

9:30-10:30: How to apply for legal aid funding in judicial review
This session will take PLP’s guide to applying as a basis, with discussion of typical issues that arise.
Oliver Carter and Charlotte Roscoe, Irwin Mitchell

Wednesday 2nd February

9:00-10:30: Public law, administrative justice and legal aidThis session will look at informal processes for challenge and formal routes, including reviews and appeals, judicial review, and the recently published PHSO investigation into LAA maladministration.
Chair: Chris Minnoch, Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group (LAPG)
Tim Baldwin, Garden Court Chambers
Nimrod Ben-Cnaan, Law Centres Network
Emma Foubister, Matrix Chambers
Clare Jennings, Gold Jennings

14:00-15:30 The ethics and practicalities of crowdfunding
John Halford, Bindmans
Dr Joe Tomlinson, University of York Law School

3rd and 4th February are dedicated to Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) training in several areas, listed below, and available also as a separately ticketed event.

Thursday 3rd February

10.30 – 12.00 Legal aid Exceptional Case Funding: Background and development
Katy will introduce the scheme and its history, including the litigation and innovation that has led to its ‘opening up’.  She will also look at the basic parameters of applications, including eligibility and the basics of rights breaches.  Richard and Emma will also talk about making ECF applications in clinical environments, with Emma drawing on her extensive research in legal aid and advice  provision.  We encourage those attending the specialised sessions that follow to attend this introductory session first.
Katy Watts, Liberty
Prof Richard Owen, Swansea University
Chair: Dr Emma Marshall, University of Exeter

14:00-15:30: ECF in family law cases

The session will set out how to apply for ECF for representation in family law proceedings. Lisa and / or Shah will take you through an application for ECF in private family law, specifically relating to an application under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989, using a recent successful application (redacted) as an example.

Shah Begum and Lisa Okoroafor, Legal Advice Centre, University House

Friday 4th February

10:00-11:30: ECF for immigration cases
A practical guide on how to apply for Exceptional Case Funding in immigration cases.
Chair: Bojana Asanovic, Garden Court Chambers
Siobhan Foulner, Wilson LLP

12:00-13:30: ECF for welfare benefits
Simon will take you through making an ECF application for welfare benefits cases.  He will also touch on housing applications, especially in light of the current consultation on opening access to early advice in benefits and debt.
Simon Mullings, Edward Duthie Shamash

14:00-15:00: Education ECF: exclusion hearings and SEND appeals
This session will be in two parts. The first part is open to all. It will set out how to apply for ECF for representation in school exclusion hearings. We encourage all generalist public law practitioners to attend this part of the session. The second part will primarily be of interest to education legal aid providers. It will explore how to secure ECF for representation in the First-tier Tribunal’s Special Educational Needs and Disability chamber, with a focus on Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) appeals.
Ollie Persey, Garden Court Chambers

Click the ‘+’ drop down to see the ECF training sessions

Costs: 8-11 February

Tuesday 8th February

9:00-10:00: Costs in public law – where we are now and current issues
Peter Mant and Vikram Sachdeva QC, 39 Essex Chambers

14:00-15:00: Costs nuts and bolts for those representing individual litigants
Dan Clarke, Doughty Street Chambers

Wednesday 9th February

9:00-10:00: Costs issues for NGOs, including Costs Capping Orders, CFAs and interventions
This session will look at:

  • Costs in own name JRs
    • CCOs – up to CoA and SCt
    • CFAs
    • Crowd funding
  • Costs in interventions

David Heaton, Brick Court Chambers
Shu Shin Luh, Doughty Street Chambers

Thursday 10th February

10.00 – 11:30: Costs in judicial review including costs-budgeting
This session will look at maximizing appropriate and efficient costs recovery in judicial review claims, including costs budgeting in ‘heavy’ judicial review claims, which the Government intends to introduce following the consultation on Extending Fixed Recoverable Costs in Civil Cases.
Anthony Whittaker, Whittakers Legal Costs
Rakesh Singh, Public Law Project
More speakers TBA

14:00-15:30: Costs for defendants
Joanne Clement and Raphael Hogarth, 11KBW

Friday 11th February

9:00-10:30: Costs in environmental public law claims
Richard Buxton, Richard Buxton Solicitors
Richard Wald QC, 39 Essex Chambers

Please note that all bookings are manually processed by a member of our Events team. Please allow 2-3 business days to receive confirmation.

All joining instructions are sent the working day before the start of the course.

For any ticket queries, please email PLP Events.

1 February 2022 - 11 February 2022
12:00 am

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Standard ticket, both courses

Price: £130.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £130.00

Discounted ticket, both courses

Price: £95.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £95.00

Standard ticket, Funding.

Price: £65.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £65.00

Discounted Ticket, Funding

Price: £40.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £40.00

Standard Ticket, Costs

Price: £110.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £110.00

Discounted Ticket, Costs

Price: £75.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £75.00

ECF Ticket

Price: £30.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £30.00

ECF Training (Students Only)

Price: £10.00
VAT: £0.00
Total: £10.00

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