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SLL AGM 2018

SLL's Annual General Meeting was held at the Law Society on 12 December 2018. Chair, Kate O'Rourke summarised the Society's work this year, including a PFI event with Labour Business, Family Group round table with Emma Lewell-Buck, the City Group events and our Conference programme. New groups have been set up in Manchester and Bristol and there are plans for Welsh and Cornish branches. Behind the scenes, SLL members have offered advice to the shadow cabinet on crime, housing, procurement and, of course, Brexit. Next year we will work on involving members of YLL (young labour lawyers) in drafting advice and policy guidance. There was one contested position on the Executive Committee, Vice Ch

SLL at Labour Conference 2018 - 2

Our final fringe meeting was co-hosted (as always) with JUSTICE and focused on Reforms to the Justice system. The meeting was chaired by Catherine Atkinson (SLL secretary and Labour PPC for Erewash) and featured Andrew Walker of the Bar, Simon Davies of the Law Society, Jodie Blackstock of JUSTICE and Shami Chakrabarti. Shami Chakrabarti was sceptical about recent reforms, specifically the Court and Tribunal bill is “not as neutral” as it is made out to be, delegating judicial functions with insufficient protections. She will continue to table amendments in the Lords. She advised caution when hoping to improve access to justice through digitisation: "I’ve never met someone going through a li

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