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The post-LASPO landscape: Challenges for family law

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As part of the coalition government’s austerity measures the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 cut legal aid provision in the civil jurisdiction with family law suffering particularly in respect of private family disputes. Experienced family law academics, campaigning groups and the voluntary advice sector continue to issue a range of concerns about the impact of legal aid cuts on family law and on access to justice more broadly. At the same time social welfare, civil and family advice providers have also suffered significant losses: Citizens Advice Bureaux have lost £19 million of funding annually with consequent withdrawal of specialist help for approximately 120,000 social welfare law cases in 2014-15, the Law Centres Network note that in the first year since implementation of LASPO nine Law Centres have closed, comprising a sixth of their membership, and the Law Society report downsizing of departments reliant on legal aid work and consequent redundancies in the high street sector’ (James Sandbach 20 Nov 2014 blog).

Responding to this landscape, this workshop provides the opportunity to consider a number of questions:

  • What is the impact on access to family justice?
  • What are the significant challenges for family law?
  • What impact is there on private family disputes such as residence and contact?
  • What are the particular challenges faced by victims of domestic abuse?
  • What are the most suitable alternatives to court-based solutions?
  • What is the future for family law?

Confirmed speakers include: Anne Barlow (Exeter); Adrienne Barnett (Brunel); Shazia Choudhry (QMUL); Jonathan Herring (Exeter College, Oxford); Rosemary Hunter (QMUL); Steve Hynes (Legal Action Group); Felicity Kaganas (Brunel); Jess Mant (Leeds); Alison Diduck (UCL).

This workshop is free to attend but registration is required. 

For more information please contact Julie Wallbank

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