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SL5 Legal and No5 Barristers' Chambers to host second joint seminar in series on prison law


SL5 Legal and No5 Barristers' Chambers have joined forces to present a seminar series on prison law focusing on proceedings before the Parole Board.


The series is intended for both new and more experienced prison law practitioners. Geared towards securing excellent results for clients, the series will provide a detailed update on the latest legal issues. Attendees will benefit from practical advice from trainers who have substantial experience in prison law. It will also provide a forum for prison lawyers to raise issues regarding practice and to discuss them with leading practitioners.


All seminars are in person and will be hosted at No5's London office at Savoy Court.


Seminar One, entitled 'Preparing your client’s case before the Parole Board', was well-attended and very well-received. If you were not able to attend, it is possible to purchase a copy of the materials and a recording of the session.


Seminar Two, entitled 'Advocacy before the Parole Board', will be held on Wednesday 22 May 2024, from 2pm to 5:30pm. The cost is £35 + VAT.


The special guests attending Seminar Two are HH Peter Rook KC (judicial vice chair of the Parole Board) and Fiona Ainsworth (specialist psychologist member).


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Seminar Two: Advocacy before the Parole Board


This second seminar will guide attendees through how to best represent their clients at oral hearings. This session will be split into two parts.


In the first part, attendees will hear from experienced panel members from the Parole Board about what they view as effective advocacy. This session will be followed by a Q&A.


In the second part, trainers will discuss with attendees their top tips on advocacy before the Parole Board.


Trainers will include speakers from No5 Barristers' Chambers and SL5 Legal.


SL5 Legal is a specialist team of prison lawyers, committed to the fundamental rights and fair treatment of prisoners. SL5 is headed by Andrew Sperling, a founding member, and former Chair of the Association of Prison Lawyers. His team has extensive experience of acting for prisoners over many years. Both Andrew Sperling and Catherine Bond have been recognised nationally for their work and were awarded Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2021 and 2023 respectively.


SL5 provides regular training for other prison lawyers, students and campaigning groups. It is dedicated to campaigning for reform, highlighting the plight of IPP prisoners, opposing proposals to change the parole process in the current Victims and Prisoners Bill, and advocating for an increase to the fees for publicly funded prison law work.




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