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GCN is pleased to sponsor PLP JR North 2016 which will focus on trends and forecasts in Public Law. This is a conference for lawyers, advisers, advocates, campaigners, policy advisers, senior voluntary sector personnel and legal services in public bodies.

Speakers include: Elkan Abrahamson (Broudie Jackson Canter), Sarah Clarke (PLP), Mike Spencer (CPAG), Rhiannon Jones (Lester Morrill), Alastair Wallace (Irwin Mitchell) and Alison Harvey (ILPA) along with members of Garden Court North Chambers  Pete Weatherby QC ,Mikhil Karnik , Ben McCormack ,  Lucy Mair ,  Joseph Markus ,  Tom Royston , Kerry Smith ,Matthew Stanbury  and  James Stark .


Morning Chair:  Dr. Sarah Woodhouse, Director, Liverpool University Law Clinic

9.30 Arrival and registration

10.00 – 10.20 Opening address 
The Hon Mrs Justice Andrews DBE, Justice of the High Court, Queen's Bench Division, currently sitting in the Administrative Court in Manchester.

10.20 – 11.00  Hillsborough: Moving from impunity to accountability 
Elkan Abrahamson, Broudie Jackson Canter & Pete Weatherby QC, Garden Court North

11.00 - 11.45 Top public law cases of the year 
Emma Dowden-Teale, Senior Associate, Bates Wells and Braithwaite &
Rhiannon Jones, Associate Solicitor, Lester Morrill

11.45 Break

12.00 Morning breakout sessions – choose one of four

1.  Welfare benefits, alternative support and public law 
Including funding benefits cases and obtaining access to alternative means of assistance for destitute children and their families, such as S17 support.
Sarah Clarke, the Public Law Project, Mike Spencer, Child Poverty Action Group & 
Tom Royston, Garden Court North

2. An introduction to Liverpool Law Clinic’s Statelessness Strategic Litigation Project 
The Liverpool Law Clinic is launching a 2.5-year strategic litigation project intended to take the initiative in developing the law around statelessness in the UK. Funded in part by the Strategic Litigation Fund, the initial phase will be to research statelessness cases for young people (25 years and under) and families with children. This session is to designed to familiarise advisers and lawyers with the legal issues involved, explain how we can we can work with other legal and advice providers to help stateless persons, and how we may be able to help find legal remedies for statelessness through strategic litigation.
Jo Bezzano and Judith Carter, Liverpool Law Clinic 
3. Public law in public spaces 
There is a seemingly growing trend in the use of civil injunctions for social control; indeed many of the ASBCPA 2014 powers are directed at the (low level) control of public spaces, especially Public Space Protection Orders and Community Protection Notices. This session will consider the use of public law remedies to challenge attempts to use the new ASBI legislation in a range of situations including recent examples applied to homeless camps and injunctions applied to non-aggressive beggars in Leeds.
Rhiannon Jones, Associate Solicitor, Lester Morrill 
James Stark, Garden Court North, 
Chaired by Jill Dickinson, Senior Lecturer in Law, Sheffield Hallam University

4. Update on regulatory law and judicial Review 
This session will look at how various regulators have been challenged over the past year, with an emphasis on specific development areas, such as actions claiming discrimination.
Emma Dowden-Teale, Senior Associate, Bates Wells and Braithwaite

13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch

Afternoon Chair:  Jared Ficklin, Co-Director, Liverpoool Law Clinic

14.00 – 15.00 Afternoon breakouts – Choose one of three

5. Judicial review, deprivation of liberty and the Court of Protection 
Ben McCormack, Garden Court North & Matt Culverhouse, Irwin Mitchell

6.  Public law problems arising from the Immigration Act 2016 
Alison Harvey, Legal Director, Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) 
Mikhil Karnik, Lucy Mair and Kerry Smith, Garden Court North

7. Application of judicial review in civil liberties cases 
This session will look at issues arising out of the criminal justice system, including:
- investigating the police
- inquests and inquiries
- compensation for miscarriages of justice
Matt Stanbury, Garden Court North

15.15 Break

15.15 – 15.45  Update on judicial review procedure 
This session will look at the implementation of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and how this will affect interventions and judicial review claims.
Alastair Wallace, Irwin Mitchell

15.45 – 16.30  Trends and forecasts in judicial review 
Analysis and comment on important public law cases in the higher courts, including the Bedroom Tax cases and the Residence Test challenge.
Naina Patel, Blackstone Chambers, Tom Royston, Garden Court North Chambers & 
Mike Spencer, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

16.30 - 17.15  Trends and forecasts discussion panel 
Chair: Joseph Markus, Garden Court North 
Alison Harvey, Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA) 
Naina Patel, Blackstone Chambers & 
James Stark, Garden Court North

17.15 Finish 

Full details of the programme and booking information are available on the link below:  

PLEASE NOTE, delegate places should be booked directly with PLP.