Training: Accessing Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) in immigration cases
Address: Greenwood House
4-7 Salisbury Court
Start date: December 11 2017
The is a half day morning course aimed at immigration legal and advice providers who want to be able to help clients whose cases fall out of scope for legal aid. The training runs from 10.00 - 13.00 i.e. three hours with a short break and is led by Katy Watts (PLP) and Jennifer Blair (No 5 Chambers) PLEASE NOTE we will offer a sandwich lunch for attendees for half an hour after the event. Fees are £30 + VAT for voluntary sector organisations, £60 + VAT for those in private practice.
Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) is intended to offer a legal aid ‘safety net’ for cases in which legal aid is not normally available. Unlike other forms of legal aid, applications for ECF funding can be made by individuals but they will often need help with completing the forms and providing evidence to support their applications. PLP is offering this training so that solicitors, paralegals, immigration advisers and barristers who want to help their clients obtain legal aid have the knowledge to effectively support them.
You do not have to be a lawyer to assist your client with an application for ECF and the OISC does not regard assisting a person to apply for ECF for an immigration matter to require OISC regulation.
Since the implementation of LASPO in 2013, PLP has made over 100 applications for ECF, and obtained funding for legal aid providers, individuals without representation and organisations without a legal aid contract. Growing numbers of people are applying for – and obtaining – ECF in immigration cases with 289 applications made in April - June 2017, the highest number in any quarter since the scheme was introduced. 76% of applications for funding in immigration cases in the same quarter resulted in ECF being granted.
Changes to the merits regulations and to what the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) should count as ‘exceptional', as well as new Guidance and new ECF procedures, including the possibility of funding to cover investigations into ECF, mean that the application procedure is more accessible than it used to be. This course will also cover applying for adjournments to get ECF in place and practical points in relation to carrying out at risk work pending an ECF application.
Please note that this course will not cover applications for ECF in inquest cases.
This event is presented with the support of No 5 chambers
For SRA continuing professional development (CPD)
this course offers:
Greater knowldege and understanding of legal aid funding in the UK
Improved knowledge of how to get access to justice (especially for those advising in areas where legal aid has been withdrawn, or was never available).
The application of EU Law, convention articles 6 & 8 (Right to a fair trial/hearing and right to a private and family life) and Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
Bar Standards continuing development
This course could be headed under any of the following (depending on what the intended application may be):
- Legal knowledge and skills
- Practice Management
- Working with clients and others