The Future of Rights in the UK

A conference for lawyers, advisers, advocates, campaigners, policy advisers, senior voluntary sector personnel and legal services in public bodies.

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Morning Sessions

10.00 – 10.20 Opening Address
Angela Patrick, Director of Human Rights Policy, Justice

10.20 – 11.00 The Important public law cases of the year
S Chelvan, No 5 Chambers

11.00 – 11.30 The common law marches alone?
At a time when human rights arguments are under threat, the common law has never been more important. This session will look at recent case law where the higher Courts have been clear that it is our common law that protects human rights and those principles which may have been viewed as the property of human rights lawyers alone are of much wider application.
Vijay Jagadesham & Joseph Markus, Garden Court North Chambers

11.30 – 11.50 Break

11.50 – 13.00 Morning breakout Sessions – choose 1 of 4

1. Introduction to public Law and Judicial Review
An introduction with emphasis on claims led or supported by small community groups, NGO’s and campaigning organisations.
Alastair Wallace, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors

2. Private law for public law practitioners
This session will explore some of the private law remedies most likely to be relevant to public law practitioners, including Human Rights Act, Equality Act and other tort claims against public authorities. In particular, it will cover recent case law on Articles 2 and 3 and negligence, and unlawful detention in the immigration context. It will also provide practitioners with an introduction to funding and costs in this area.
Joseph Markus & Kate Stone, Garden Court North Chambers

3. Loss of immigration appeal rights and public law remedies
We are reaching the nadir of access to justice in the Immigration and Asylum Chambers (IAC). This session will consider how to use judicial review to challenge immigration decisions, the loss of appeal rights and marginalisation of the First-Tier Tribunal, what’s left of statutory appeals, human rights grounds and proportionality, and Administrative Review.
Jared Ficklin, Garden Court North Chambers

4. Welfare benefits
Does the growth of administrative discretion amidst large scale cuts signal the end of social security as a comprehensive rights based system? Or just a field day for public lawyers?
Tom Royston, Garden Court North & Mike Spencer, Child Poverty Action Group

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

Afternoon session

Chair: Phil Drake, Senior Lecturer & Director of the Legal Advice Clinic University of Huddersfield

14.00 Funding it and doing it: The future of public law in the UK

Tom Royston will present a short summary of the changes in regulations restricting pre-permission funding for legally aided public law cases cases, and the potential impact of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act on judicial review.
Following this, a panel will draw on their concerns, experiences and examples from their work to address the issues rasied.
Sue Lukes, Strategic Legal Fund
Tom Royston, Garden Court North (Chair)
Mike Spencer, Child Poverty Action Group
Alistair Wallace, Irwin Mitchell
Dr Sarah Woodhouse, Liverpool Law Clinic

14.45 Afternoon breakout sessions: Choose 1 of 4

5. Legal options for failed asylum seekers who are un-removable; the role of judicial review
This session will look at public law challenges which can be brought by failed asylum seekers includin in the areas of statelessness, fresh claims, trafficking and under paragraph 353B of the immigration rules particularly as they relate to irremovable clients.
Judith Carter, in-house solicitor, Liverpool Law Clinic
Dr Sarah Woodhouse, in-house solicitor and Director of Liverpool Law Clinic
Lucy Mair, Garden Court North

6. Housing Law – Art 8 and the right to respect for the home – possibilities for the future
James Stark, Garden Court North Chambers

7. Disability Rights
This session will focus on The Care Act 2014, and Children and Families Act 2014
Richard Copson, Principle Lawyer, Disability Rights, Slater and Gordon

8. Interim remedies and urgent cases in judicial review
Ian Brownhill, No 5 Chambers

15.45 break

16.00 Rights beyond the Human Rights Act.
Hugh Southey QC, Matrix Chambers

16.30 The future of rights in the UK:What is at stake and what can be done?
Adam Wagner, 1 Crown Office Row and Director, RightsInfo delivers a presentation on the future of rights in the UK,
before joining a panel discussion, with:
Yogi Amin, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
Clare Collier, Senior Managing Lawyer (Human Rights Legal Team), Equality and Human Rights Commission
Kim Harrison, Head of Human Rights, Slater and Gordon

Angela Patrick, Director, Human Rights Policy, Justice.
Hugh Southey QC, Matrix Chambers
Pete Weatherby QC, Garden Court north Chambers

17.30 Finish


Standard fee: £160 + VAT (£192) per delegate.
Discounted fee: Charities, voluntary sector, academics, students, trainee solicitors, pupils and barristers
within 2 years of admission), £80 + VAT (£96.00) per delegate.
Advisers: Such as advisers at Citizen’s Advice, Age UK, student advisers and lay advocates working in
the voluntary sector, £60 +VAT (£72)

50% off third delegate when 3 book from the same organisation at the same time. Fees include refreshments and lunch.

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Solicitors and barristers earn 6 CPD / BSB

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