Vulnerable People in the Justice System Conference

Written 15th May 2017 by Ruth Peters

Olliers Solicitors are delighted to announce a one-day conference with Garden Court North Chambers for legal professionals dealing with vulnerable clients.

Quite rightly there has been much attention given recently to the needs of vulnerable witnesses, but what of clients? If their needs are overlooked it can have devastating consequences. Legal professionals need to be aware how to spot such difficulties at an early stage in order to properly represent their clients. This conference aims to explain how to do just that. It will also address issues that professionals ought to be aware of throughout the court process.

Conference Content

The conference will address the following:

  • Understanding autism spectrum disorder and recognising vulnerable individuals;
  • Effective communication techniques and best practice when interviewing vulnerable individuals;
  • Use of intermediaries in court proceedings;
  • Lessons to be learnt from other jurisdictions, eg the Court of Protection; and
  • Perspectives on criminal law, civil law, family law and prison law.

Conference Speakers

We have arranged a variety of speakers, including the following:

  • Alex Preston: criminal defence and inquest solicitor, Olliers Solicitors with expertise in autism
  • Gill Merrill: psychologist with expertise in autism
  • HHJ Lindsey Kushner QC: recently retired family law judge
  • Alex Evans: professional autism speaker
  • Matt Stanbury: criminal and appeals barrister, Garden Court North Chambers
  • Ben McCormack: court of protection law barrister, Garden Court North Chambers
  • Naomi Mason: director, Communicourt
  • Clare Hughes: criminal justice co-ordinator, National Autism Society (NAS)
  • Melanie Varey: civil liberties solicitor, Stephensons Solicitors

Booking information

Date and time: Thursday 8 June 2017, 9.30am – 4.30pm 

The conference price includes course materials, refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Early bird discount if you book by 29th May: £80.00 + VAT  (full price £95.00 + VAT)

Reduced rate for charity and voluntary organisations: if you book by 29th May: £60.00 + VAT (full price £75.00 + VAT)

Price includes course materials, refreshments and a buffet lunch.  All profits will go to the National Autistic Society (NAS).

The conference will take place at the Barnes Wallis Building, University of Manchester on Thursday 8 June, 2017 from 09.30am to 4.30pm.

To book online click here.

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