The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Legal Aid hosted a Zoom meeting on the issue of COVID-19 and the Legal Aid sector.

During my opening speech I outlined the devastating impact that the last 10 years of a Conservative government has had on Legal Aid and access to justice, and how Covid-19 has exposed problems in the justice system rather than created them. I also discussed the way forward, which my report on criminal legal aid examined in further detail here.

You can watch the full event here. 

The APPG heard from a wide array of speakers across the Justice sector, including:

•    Karl Turner MP, Shadow Minister for Legal Aid
•    Alex Chalk MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for Legal Aid
•    Richard Miller, on behalf of The Law Society
•    Amanda Pinto QC on behalf of The Bar Council
•    Caroline Goodwin QC on behalf of the Criminal Bar Association
•    Chris Minnoch on behalf of Legal Aid Practitioners Group
•    Emma Trevett on behalf of Young Legal Aid Lawyers

Karl Turner, Shadow Minister for Legal Aid opening speech:

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