WHEN THE LAW RUNS OUT
This session took place on Wednesday 12 August 2020.
This session considered the ways in which the law in place is not sufficient to properly protect or uphold the rights of those who need it and campaigning is necessary.
Many legal aid lawyers work with clients who are fighting against a system which does not usually lean in their favour, sometimes there is nowhere left to turn within the justice system and campaigning is the only way to fight injustice or right societal wrongs.
We heard from lawyers and legal campaigners on how campaigning and law can complement each other and why it is often necessary in the fight for justice.
Our speakers talked to us about what makes a successful campaign and inspired us to use our own skills to improve the current situation through campaigning.
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PANEL CHAIR: SIOBHAN TAYLOR-WARD
Siobhan is a solicitor at Merseyside Law Centre.
She is a YLAL committee member, and leads YLAL's social mobility work.
She recently won Legal Aid Newcomer of the Year at the 2020 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.
Q&A CHAIR: MEGAN MILLAR
Megan is a YLAL committee member and is part of the parliamentary engagement team. She is a current BPTC student at City Law School and is a future pupil barrister at 6KBW College Hill. Previously Megan was the Policy Officer at Law Centre NI in Belfast and was involved in social security campaigning.
Matthew is the Campaigns Manager at Detention Action. He has been heavily involved in the campaign to introduce a 28-day time limit for immigration detention. He previously was Head of Campaigns at Reprieve.
Ngaryan is Director and senior solicitor at Vauxhall Community Law Centre in North Liverpool. She previously spent 2.5 years as the Supervising Solicitor at Greater Manchester Law Centre and 11 years as Welfare Benefits Solicitor at Stephenson's Solicitors LLP where she ran their social welfare and pro bono department. Ngaryan has spent her time in the Law Centres movement campaigning for the rights of her clients. She works with groups such as Fans Supporting Foodbanks and Feeding Liverpool as well as heading campaigns within the Law Centres themselves in order to improve the situation of her clients and the local communities as well as ensure better access to justice for some of the most marginalised in our society.
Natasha joined INQUEST as a volunteer in 2014, becoming a casework assistant the following year and a caseworker in 2016. She became interested in human rights law whilst studying law at university. Her interest in the legal process following a death in custody developed when she began following a number of individual and joint family campaigns like the United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) and 4Wardeva. She is now the Grenfell Project Coordinator.