Challenges and Opportunities

This session took place on Monday 17 August


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Client 6


Sian practises as a barrister in public law matters, across the full range of legal issues encountered by adult social services, children’s services and housing departments. She has a background in immigration, asylum and EU law as well as a strong Court of Protection practice.
Sian provided legal literacy training on the Care Act 2014 in conjunction with the Association of Assistant Directors of Social Services and the Department of Health in 2015. She also provides training to local authorities and other training providers on topics which have recently included eligibility of persons from abroad for services under Housing Act 1996 and Children Act 1989, Care Act 2014 and Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Client 4


Simon is a housing law specialist at Edwards Duthie Shamash solicitors. He is co-chair of the Housing Law Practitioners’ Association and a member of the Justice Alliance. He was named Social Welfare Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award 2020 and  is a contributing author of LAG’s Legal Aid Handbook.

Client 1


Steve is a public law barrister at 39 Essex Chambers with a particular focus on the rights of children and disabled people. He is regularly instructed to act for claimants in judicial review proceeding concerning social welfare decisions, policies and legislation, including most recently in challenges to the downgrading of statutory duties owed to children and young people with SEND and children in care during the Covid-19 pandemic. Steve is a co-author of Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook (Legal Action Group) and an editor of the Community Care Law Reports. He is a past winner of the Young Barrister of the Year award at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

Client 5


Alison has over 20 years' experience in immigration, asylum, nationality, free movement and human rights law. She was previously appointed General Secretary, and then, Legal Director of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association. Alison conducts regular training and has published widely on immigration, asylum and nationality law, including statelessness.