Annual Criminal Law Conference London

The Law Society
113 Chancery Lane,

Greater London
United Kingdom

The annual conference is a practitioner focused event and will provide busy practitioners with an unique opportunity to learn about the latest changes to criminal law, policy and practice all in one place. Delegates will hear from leading practioners, judges, academics and senior officials from organisations involved in the criminal justice.

This year’s confrence will feature legal updates on sentencing, youth court practice and the introduction of notification of defence witnesses provisions. There will also be highly practical guidance on the best practice procedures for getting the most out of the Criminal Procedure Rules, tips on advocacy and the effective management of legal aid law firms reliant on criminal work.

Who should attend?
Criminal practitioners at all levels of experience. The conference will also be useful for caseworkers, paralegals and all those advising on criminal matters.

Keynote Speakers

Criminal Procedure Rules – five years on
Lord Justice Goldring, Senior Presiding Judge
Mike Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer, Crown Prosecution Service

Topics to be covered include:

Notification of defence witness – Ian Kelcey, Chairman, Criminal Law Committee
• Overview of the provisions
• What constitutes an “intention” to call a witness
• When must notification be made
• Tactical implication at trial

Youth court update – Gregory Stewart, Partner, GT Stewart Solicitors
• Youth Rehabilitation Orders
• Overarching principles of Youth Sentencing
• Making it Count
• Youth specific case law over last 12 months

Sentencing update – Robert Banks, Author, Banks on Sentence

• Sentencing changes
• Relevant case law
• What lies ahead in 2011-2012?

Advocacy hints and tips – Gilbert Gray QC, Barrister, York Chambers
• Make every submission count
• Win over the bench
• The do’s and don’t

Panel session: A criminal practice for the future
Discussants: Desmond Hudson, Chief Executive, The Law Society, Rodney Warren, Partner, Rodney Warren & Co, Ian Kelcey, Prof. Stephen Mayson, Director, Legal Services Policy Institute, College of Law

Helen Cousins, Partner, Cousins Tyrer Solicitors
• What is the future of the criminal defence profession?
• Will criminal law firms be able to continue in the age of austerity in legal aid?
• How will legal aid changes affect the efficiency of the criminal justice system?

Dr.Tabrez Ahmad,
Associate Professor of Law, KIIT Law School
KIIT University, PATIA, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, 751024.
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