Former lawyers, current lawyers and aspiring lawyers across England and Wales are urged to take part in a unique drive to gather data from the legal aid front line.
The survey from the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) has been devised in conjunction with leading legal academics from Newcastle University Law School, Cardiff University and University College London who will be analysing its findings. The census also has support from representative groups including the Bar Council, the Criminal Bar Association, the Family Law Bar Association and the Black Barristers’ Network.
The closing date is the Friday 11 June 2021.
The census will complement the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid’s inquiry into sustainability of the sector, which completed its oral evidence sessions in March 2021. The cross-party inquiry is expected to report in September 2021, with a series of practical recommendations that can be implemented quickly to help legal aid providers recover from the impact of the pandemic. Data collected will be fed into the Treasury’s Spending Review and both the Ministry of Justice’s review into the sustainability of civil legal aid and Sir Christopher Bellamy’s review of criminal legal aid.
Please direct any questions about the census to: [email protected].