LAA decisions: a culture of refusal and the normalisation of risk. How should legal aid lawyers respond?

Wednesday 9 October 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Lecture Theatre at BPP University

Tim Baldwin

Sue James

Simon Mullings

Polly Brendon

Chris Minnoch

Come along to hear from speakers on the current issues and themes within legal aid and the LAA (Legal Aid Agency) and to explore ways of tackling the culture of refusal across all civil legal aid practice.

Date: Wednesday 9 October 2019
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre at BPP University, Holborn Campus, 68-70 Red Lion St, Holborn, London WC1R 4NY  
Cost: FREE

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The seminar will cover:

  • Taking stock of the common experiences of civil legal aid practitioners e.g. excessive delays, funding refusals post Samuels and Yildez
  • What are the key considerations on challenging decisions?
  • What is the way forward?
  • Does the contract work? Is it really a “contract”? Is it fit for purpose? Why would anyone agree the terms?
  • Should the Law Society step in?
  • Litigation against the LAA – does it work?


  • Tim Baldwin, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers
  • Sue James, Solicitor, Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre
  • Simon Mullings, Senior Case Worker, Edwards Duthie Shamash
  • Polly Brendon, Public Law Project
  • Chris Minnoch, Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG)


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