Jo Wilding will present her report ‘Droughts and Deserts. A Report on the Immigration Legal Aid Market’ in parliament on June 26 as part of an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Refugees.
It follows the official launch of the report at Garden Court Chambers in London on Wednesday (June 12), which will be attended by officials from: the Ministry of Justice, Legal Aid Agency, Home Office, National Audit Office, Bar Council, Law Society, Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, as well as representatives of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and Legal Aid Practitioners Group.
Speakers include Professor Sir Ross Cranston, the retired High Court judge who chaired the Justice Working Party on immigration appeals, and Eleanor Murray, an Audit Manager at the National Audit Office who managed the NAO’s work on civil legal aid and on efficiency in the criminal justice system.
Jo’s study was born out of her PhD research at the University of Brighton. It takes its name from the varying levels of legal aid across England and Wales, including “advice deserts”, where there is no representation for refugees at all, to “advice droughts” – areas where there appears to be a supply of legal aid services but where in reality they cannot be accessed.
No previous research has examined a sector of the legal aid market across the branches of the legal profession, and this project has generated new insights into the workings of the market.