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Wednesday 16 September, Webinar 6.00pm

In his paper published in March [PDF] Lord Sandhurst QC reviewed the history of Legal Aid for civil and family matters since 1949 and the effects of LASPOA 2012.


He argued for a joined up and radical approach to Legal Aid, Funding and Procedural Reform in the Civil and Family Courts to ensure access to justice.

Our distinguished panel discussed these matters.


Sir Bob Neill MP

Chair of the Justice Committee, House of Commons; Chair of the Executive Committee of the SCL


Alex Chalk MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice.  Alex was a member of the Justice Select Committee and a Chair of the APPG on Pro Bono and Public Legal Education.

The Rt Hon Sir James Munby

Immediate past President of the Family Division and previously Chairman of the Law Commission.

Andrea Coomber

Director of JUSTICE since 2013, previously Legal Director at INTERIGHTS, Honorary Master of the Bench of Middle Temple, Lay Member of the Conduct Committee of the House of Lords

The Rt Hon Sir Rupert Jackson

Former Lord Justice of Appeal and author of the eponymous Report and Review of Civil Costs (2010).

Lord Sandhurst QC

Chair of the Bar Council in 2005. Chair of a Bar Council working party which produced reports into the viability of a privately funded Contingent Legal Aid Fund (2009-10). Chair of the Research Committee, Society of Conservative Lawyers.

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