The Law Society are inviting legal aid solicitors to participate in one of a series of focus groups being held in August and early September – to explore impacts of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) on solicitors’ firms, their working lives, clients, and the broader justice system.

Liverpool Law Society is delighted to be hosting the first focus group meeting on 20 August.

The focus group research will provide evidence for the Law Society to submit to a post-implementation review of LASPO conducted by the Ministry of Justice.  The Ministry are collecting evidence until the end of September.

The groups will be led by our Head of Justice, Richard Miller, and will run throughout the country.  Our intention is to run two, one-hour, groups at each location relating to family and other civil work, and criminal work, respectively.

The table below shows all the proposed venues with dates and timings of the family/civil and criminal groups.  We are seeking solicitors to participate in either a family/civil group or a criminal group, reflecting the area they work in most often.

If you are able to attend one of the groups to have your voice heard in our submission to the Ministry of Justice, please contact us by 3 August 2018 at, specifying your chosen venue and specialism (family/civil or criminal).

Please note that places are limited, and we will be aiming to achieve a representative mix of solicitors at each group to maximise the utility of insights collected.


Location    Date    Venue    Family/civil group time Criminal group time
Liverpool    20 August Liverpool Law Society, Second Floor, Helix, Edmund Street, Liverpool L3 9NY    3.30 – 4.30 pm 4.45 – 5.45 pm
 Portsmouth     21 August  Biscoes Legal Services Limited, 62-68 Kingston Crescent, North End, Portsmouth PO2 8AQ  4.00 – 5.00 pm  5.15 – 6.15 pm
 Newcastle     22 August  Ben Hoare Bell, 40 Shields Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1DR     4.00 – 5.00 pm  5.15 – 6.15 pm
 Bristol     23 August  Bristol Law Society, 12 Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST  4.00 – 5.00 pm  5.15 – 6.15 pm
 Nottingham     29 August  TBC  4.00 – 5.00 pm  5.15 – 6.15 pm
 Central London  30 August  The Law Society of England & Wales, 113 Chancery Lane (Breams Room), WC2A 1PL  4.00 – 5.00 pm   5.15 – 6.15 pm
 Norwich         3 September  Hatch Brenner, 4 Theatre St, Norwich, NR2 1QY     4.00 – 5.00 pm    5.15 – 6.15 pm
 Cardiff     5 September  The Law Society of England & Wales, 5th Floor Capital Tower, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff, CF10 3AG  4.00 – 5.00 pm  5.15 – 6.15 pm