DT 1449 To understand and survive under The New Legal Aid regime

To understand and survive under The New Legal Aid regime under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO)

Event details

Date(s):04 March 2013
Start Time:16.00
End Time:19.15
CPD Hours:3
Audience:All legal aid practitioners (including barristers) but especially legal aid supervisors in the Immigration/Asylum category; NGO’s. Participant should be familiar with the current legal aid scheme and all participants will ideally have read the restrictions set out in LASPO Schedule 1.
Main area:Other
Main area other:Legal Aid
Aim of course:

What will be achieved by the end of the session and why it is especially relevant to practice.

By the date of the course the final versions while have been published of the Regulations and contract documentation for the next legal aid contracts which will be run under LASPO. Aim will be to reach a clear understanding of what the new scheme means in practice to suppliers and clients and the main documents affecting the scheme. To consider ways in which suppliers will be able to make the schemes work as well as possible both for their clients and for their own incomes. To have a clear understanding of the challenges that will be faced when trying to provide a quality service. To have identified arguments and strategies for challenging restrictions and anticipated refusal of exceptional funding on both individual and strategic levels.



What work will be in scope under LASPO

  • The main features of the new  general and immigration and asylum specifications highlighting changes being introduced including procedural changes;
  • How the exceptional cases funding system will work;
  • Running down of work going out of scope;
  • Possible arguments and challenges to bring work out of scope back into scope and to get exceptional case funding;

Tutor details:Solange Valdez, Sutovic & Hartigan and Jackie Peirce
Tutor biographies:

Solange Valdez - Solicitor at Sutovic & Hartigan in West London. She is a Level 3 Advanced Accredited Caseworker and Supervisor. Solange is a former executive committee member of (ILPA). She has provided training on legal aid for ILPA’s refugee children’s project.


Jackie Peirce – Solicitor currently working freelance, was co-convenor of ILPA legal aid subcomittee for 5 years until 2012.

PriceConcessionary Training Prices: £60
Member Training Prices: £120
Non Member Training Prices: £240

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