Hosted in June 2015, our first international conference was entitled: “Addressing Vulnerability in Justice Systems”; 120 delegates gathered at the Law Society for a very successful event.
Speakers consisted of eminent members from this jurisdictions legal and academic circles, our neighbours in Ireland and Scotland, as well as from countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Malta.
The conference began with an evening reception in the beautiful surroundings of the Common Room on the Friday and a chance for everyone to meet and network, especially those coming from overseas.
Professor Penny Cooper (Chair of The Advocate’s Gateway) welcomed guests and The Rt Hon. Lady Justice Hallett gave both an inspiring keynote speech.
The Saturday was an early start and a full day of talks, seminars and more networking opportunities. Mr Justice Nicholas Green (former Chairman of the ATC) opened the conference with a thought provoking address which highlighted the need for change in the way we work with vulnerable in justice systems.
Professor David Ormerod spoke of the Law Commissions work in the area of effective participation and review of the unfitness to plead provisions. Delegates were treated to a variety of panel discussions on current and pressing issues in family, criminal and civil practice.
A DVD presentation was also shown of Trevor Riley QC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Northern Territory Australia, who spoke of the advances being made in working with indigenous vulnerable people. A presentation by Tim Barraclough focused on the changes in evidence and procedure in Scotland. Other highlights included a presentation on vulnerable people in civil and commercial cases presented by Felicity Gerry QC, and a look at the need for more specialist training in this area by HHJ Peter Rook QC.
The feedback received clearly indicates that delegates found the conference an extremely important and worthwhile event. Many commented on the breadth of topics and speakers, and how much they welcomed the opportunity to discuss issues surrounding the vulnerable with like-minded professionals across a range of disciplines.
We are very pleased to confirm a post conference publication just published by Wildy, Simmonds and Hall. For more details visit: Addressing Vulnerability in Justice Systems - the publication.
Daniel Sheridan (2015) Advocacy Training Council Conference 2015, Inner Temple Yearbook 2015
Monidipa Fouzder (2015) Courts Set for vulnerable witness reform, The Law Society Gazette
Adele Edwin-Lamerton (2015) The Advocate's Gateway International Conference, The Law Society Junior Lawyers Division
Leslie Cuthbert (2015) The Advocates Gateway International Conference and Autumn Masterclasses, SAHCA
Michael Jones (2015) A Vital Role to Play, Counsel October 2015