An event looking at ways in which lawyers, lay advisors, charities and academics can help improve access to justice has been launched by the Advice Service Alliance, the Access to Justice Foundation, LegalVoice and the Litigant in Person Support Strategy.

The event is being bankrolled by Magic Circle law firm Allen & Overy.

Researching Reform was very kindly sent the invite from the Access to Justice Foundation.

There are three confirmed sessions so far, which include:

  • Identifying and supporting distressed clients – a psychiatrist view
  • Driven to digital distraction – re purposing tech for good so it works for us
  • Supporting health and well-being in your organisation

Allen & Overy’s press briefing for the event offers further details:


This collaborative event, aimed at people working in the access to justice sector, will provide space and time to share work, experiences, problems and learning points on some of the key issues facing the sector, as identified by the sector. The conference will create a dialogue between professionals and explore the potential to develop solutions and further collaboration.

Delegates will have the opportunity to engage in and contribute to strategic developments for the sector, network with access to justice and related sectors and benefit from expertise in allied and external sectors. Our aim is for attendees to leave the event with relevant and practical information in priority areas which can support the delivery of services in their organisations.

The aims and objectives of the conference are as follows:


  • Host a collaborative event working in partnership with access to justice organisations, for people working in the access to justice sector.
  • Provide a space and time for people to share their work, experience, problems and learning and discuss issues in particular focus areas that stakeholders in the sector have identified.
  • Bring in external sector expertise to understand how other professions and sectors support similar issues in these areas.
  • Focus on solutions and invest resources to investigate the potential to further develop the solutions and collaborations identified at the event.


Delegates who attend the event will have:

  • Useful and practical advice or specific outputs which can be implemented in their work
  • Increased understanding of what other work is going on inside the access to justice sector and where their work and experiences are shared.
  • Opportunity to network with the access to justice sector and related external sector experts.
  • Opportunity to engage in and contribute to strategic developments for the sector.

While we were reading up on the event, we came across a legal support website called Advice Now, which is run by the Access To Justice Foundation. There is a Family and Personal section which deals with Family Law issues like care proceedings. Do let us know what you think of it.

The Litigant In Person Network is also interesting. Members include the Bar Pro Bono Unit and Child Law Advice.

The conference takes place on 21 May, 2019 at Allen & Overy’s London Office.

Tickets can be booked here. The event is free however the organisers request a £20 deposit which attendees will get back upon arriving at the venue.