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Achieving justice for women charged with and convicted of crimes arising in the context of domestic violence, coercive control and other forms of male violence

Wednesday 18 September 2019, 6:15pm - 8:00pm, followed by a drinks and canapés reception

Garden Court Chambers

Clare Wade QC

Lucie Wibberley

Harriet Wistrich

Naima Sakande

Paramjit Ahluwalia

Presented by Centre for Women's Justice, APPEAL and Garden Court Chambers

Date: Wednesday 18 September 2019
Time: 6:15pm - 8:00pm, followed by a drinks and canapés reception
Venue: Garden Court Chambers  
Areas of Law: Criminal Defence

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Please note that this seminar is now fully booked. If you would like join the waiting list, please email seminars@gclaw.co.uk

This seminar will include an exploration of representing women convicted of murdering violent partners, developments in precedent case law, research on what goes wrong in such cases and proposals for statutory reform.

We will also explore how the national and international legal framework, including government policy on domestic abuse, the UK obligations under CEDAW, the Istanbul Convention and the Bangkok Rules, may offer an avenue for challenge.  

Centre for Women's Justice are also looking to form a training and discussion group for lawyers who are interested in taking on relevant cases; they have an increasing number of such cases they would like to refer and work collaboratively on and are keen to encourage solicitors, in particular, to come forward.

Presentations to include:

  • Lessons from the Sally Challen appeal and other appeals of women who kill their abusers 
  • Preliminary findings from Access to Justice research 
  • Appealing convictions other than murder convictions where women have committed crimes, at least in part, because they are victims of domestic abuse 
  • Proposals for Statutory reform 
  • The international legal frameworks

Speakers 

  • Clare Wade QC, Barrister at Garden Court Chambers and counsel for Sally Challen
  • Lucie Wibberley, Barrister at Garden Court Chambers and counsel for Sally Challen
  • Harriet Wistrich, Director of Centre for Women’s Justice 
  • Naima Sakande, Manager of the Women’s Justice Initiative, APPEAL
  • Paramjit Ahluwalia, Barrister at Lamb Building and advocate for new statutory defence

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Please note that this seminar is now fully booked. If you would like join the waiting list, please email seminars@gclaw.co.uk

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