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The Legal Aid Practitioners Group is looking forward to welcoming Legal Aid Minister Vera Baird QC MP and Shadow Attorney-General Dominic Grieve MP to its Annual Conference, sponsored by Barclays Bank, in Cardiff on 6th October 2006.
The Conference, entitled “Mapping the Post Carter World”, is a chance for practitioners to gain an understanding of the thinking behind the proposed reforms to the legal aid system, and to ask questions of the Minister and officials about their intentions. If initial responses from practitioners are anything to go by, it could be a very lively debate.
LAPG Director Richard Miller said, “We are delighted that Vera and Dominic have agreed to speak at the Conference, as it is an excellent opportunity for dialogue between them and the profession. The more that politicians can hear direct from practitioners about their concerns for their clients, the better.”
Other speakers include Richard Moorhead, co-writer of the research paper “Demand Induced Supply?” which looked at the cost drivers in the legal aid budget; Geoffrey Robertson QC, human rights barrister and author of “The First Legal Aid Lawyer”; and Sir Michael Bichard, Chair of the Legal Services Commission.

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