Accessing Legal Aid: the South West local dimensions
  • In-person (Room 018, Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA) or online (via Zoom)

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This witness seminar event will provide the opportunity for discussing a range of experiences of legal aid, and how to access it, including the ongoing challenges of its provision in the context of legal aid constraints. 
It has been widely agreed that as a nationwide issue, the legal aid provision landscape is in urgent need of reform, the local dimension to that provision is less well understood. The nuances and region-specific needs when providing legal aid need to be taken seriously and properly understood. It is consciousness of this that will shape the direction of this Witness Seminar event. 
A panel of speakers, with members drawn from the University of Plymouth, will discuss their experiences, highlighting both the challenges and the successes of alternative services in the region in supporting the availability of legal advice. The intention is to provide local law firms, community organisations and local government policymakers in the South West (as well as those at national levels) with a resource for the present and the future. 
THE PANEL
The panel will be chaired by Professor Judith Rowbotham, Visiting Research Professor from the University of Plymouth.
Speakers
TARGET AUDIENCE
The event is open to legal professionals in Plymouth and Exeter in particular (but not exclusively – it will be open to all South West firms dealing with immigration locally), organisations that provide affordable legal advice and also to local government staff and councillors, local MPs, Citizens Advice Bureau and local branches of groups like Refugee Works and Age Concern UK. It is also open to law students, especially those involved in law clinic activities. 
EVENT FORMAT
Attendees will be able to listen and join in the debate. You can attend the event in person or online via Zoom –  please select the option on registration.

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