Clive Stafford Smith and Ian BirrellEVENT: The rule of law has been a fundamental tenet of British justice since the Magna Carta. Legal aid enables the most marginalised and vulnerable people in our society, including prisoners, to assert their legal rights. With swingeing cuts to legal aid in the name of austerity, has this put at risk the ability of individuals to protect their legal rights and hold the State to account?


  • Raphael Rowe, BBC Panorama correspondent, chair
  • Simon Creighton, partner at Bhatt Murphy and former PAS Solicitor
  • Lucy Scott-Moncrieff CBE, director of Scott-Moncrieff & Associates, former Law Society president
  • His Hon John Samuels QC, judicial member of Parole Board and former Circuit judge
  • Leroy Skeete, campaigner, mentor and former PAS client
  • Carol Storer OBE, director, Legal Aid Practitioners Group
  • A representative (tbc) of the Ministry of Justice


When: Wednesday 21st May, 7pm – 9pm. Drinks will be served during the evening.

Where: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL

Pic of Clive Stafford Smith and Ian Birrell at last year’s PAS/ Justice Gap debate HERE

RSVP: Please e-mail Tickets are free. Maximum two tickets per person. Please note that tickets are offered on a first come, first served basis. If you book and subsequently cannot attend, please notify us – so we can re-allocate your place. Although the event is free to attend, it is arranged at a cost of £10 per person. If you would like to make a contribution towards our costs, we would be most grateful for any donation.

Donations can be made online. Thank you in advance.

About PAS: The Prisoners’ Advice Service ( is an independent registered charity providing free legal advice and information to prisoners. PAS does not accept Home Office or Prison Service funding as this may affect its independence.

Author: Jon Robins

Jon is editor of the Justice Gap. He is a freelance journalist. Jon’s books include The First Miscarriage of Justice (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap (LAG, 2009) and People Power (Daily Telegraph/LawPack, 2008). Jon is a journalism lecturer at Winchester University and a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln. He is twice winner of the Bar Council’s journalism award (2015 and 2005) and is shortlisted for this year’s Criminal Justice Alliance’s journalism award

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