Join a criminal legal aid focus group

In April and May 2021, the Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid is running several focus groups to gather evidence on topics such as law firm operations, the impact of coronavirus, and the experiences of women and ethnic minority practitioners working in criminal legal aid.

The review is looking for practitioners across England and Wales working in criminal legal aid, with relevant experience or background on the following topics.

Find out more about the review

The impact of COVID-19 on working practices and processes

Date: Tuesday 20 April
Aimed at:

  • solicitors (junior and senior)
  • solicitor advocates

Barriers for women working in criminal legal aid

Date: Wednesday 21 April
Aimed at women working as solicitors or solicitor advocates (both junior and senior)

How law firms work within the current market

Date: Wednesday 28 April
Aimed at:

  • law-firm decision makers (at senior level)
  • those with experience of running law firms, including recruitment and deploying staff across the caseload

Challenges for ethnic minority practitioners working in criminal legal aid

Date: Wednesday 5 May
Aimed at: Black, Asian or other minority ethnic solicitors and solicitor advocates (both junior and senior)

How to sign up

If you’re interested in joining a focus group, email Irina.pehkonen1@justice.gov.uk.

The discussions in the focus groups are confidential and any findings will be fully anonymised.

All focus groups are held virtually using Microsoft Teams.

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