A Guide to Crime Peer Review Webinar

On 9 July 2020 we held a free 60-minute webinar to assist firms in understanding the Legal Aid Agency’s approach to Peer Review in the Crime category. This webinar provides an invaluable insight into the way that Peer Reviewers conduct the audit.

Key Content

  • An overview of the PR process
  • Why the LAA are stepping up Peer Reviews
  • The scoring system
  • What Peer Reviewers look for
  • Examples of good practice
  • Examples of poor practice
  • Specimen client care letters, proformas and forms
  • Tips and pitfalls to avoid

Why you should view the webinar

Influenced by the knowledge, skills and experience of ex-Senior Peer Reviewers we aim for providers to be in the best position possible by increasing their knowledge in relation to the PR audit process. By the end of this webinar, delegates will be better informed and more able to get the best possible PR grading.

Resources

We are pleased to share the A Guide to Peer Review – Crime Webinar Slides and FAQs with you.

If you would like to obtain a copy of the detailed guidance notes, please send us an email to request a copy of the document.

Recorded Webinars

Please see a recording of the webinar below:

Speakers

Geoff Bell, DG Legal

Geoff trained and qualified as a magistrates’ court clerk before joining Stevens Solicitors in Stoke on Trent in 1989.  He became the Senior/Managing Partner in 2001 and the practice has grown to become one of the largest criminal defence practices in the country.

Geoff was appointed as a Peer Reviewer in crime in 2004 and thereafter was appointed a senior panel member, reviewing and validating the work of other peer reviewers and actively involved in peer reviewer training. During his 12 years as a peer reviewer, he has carried out and validated very many reports.

Philip Whittaker, Independent Consultant

Philip qualified as a solicitor in 1972. He has chaired several Law Society, Legal Aid Agency and Criminal Injury Compensation Board Groups.

Philip answered Professor Avrom Sherr’s first advert for crime Peer Reviewers and he was an active Peer Reviewer between 2005 and 2014. In 2007 he was appointed by Professor Sherr as his Consultant for Crime Peer Review in England and Wales and he remains in post.

David Gilmore, DG Legal

David has provided advice and assistance to hundreds of law firms and other legal organisations. He delivers specialist consultancy and training on a wide range of topics including business management and strategy, tendering, compliance and quality assurance. In 2016 David was appointed as a Commissioner advising Lord Bach on policy relating to Justice and Legal Aid.


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