A Guide to Immigration Peer Review

On 22 September 2020 we held a free webinar to assist firms in understanding the Legal Aid Agency’s approach to Peer Review in the Immigration category and will provide an invaluable insight into the way that Peer Reviewers conduct the audit. 

Key Content

  • Why and how the Peer Review system was brought in by the LSC
  • An overview of the Peer Review process
  • What Peer Reviewers look for
  • Examples of good & poor practice
  • The importance of using high quality template attendance notes & letters
  • Questions & Answers

Resources

We are pleased to share the A Guide to Immigration Peer Review Webinar Slides with you.

Recorded Webinar

Please see a recording of the webinar below:

Speakers

Avrom Sher

Professor Avrom Sherr, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Avrom Sherr is the principal architect of a system of assessment of legal competence known as Independent Peer Review. Since 2002 this has been used as the system for assessment of the quality of publicly funded work in the UK, ensuring the quality of legal services received by the public, and he leads the operation of this work. He is currently Chair of the Hamlyn Trust and the Advice Quality Standards Project Committee. Recent work includes advising Georgia Legal Aid and the Chinese Ministry of Justice in relation to Legal Aid and the maintenance of quality in legal work; ethical research for Save The Children and safeguarding for the UKRI GCRF Accelerate Hub.

Amie Higgins

Amie Higgins, Consultant, DG Legal

Amie is a Senior Solicitor, qualified under the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme (IAAS) as an Advanced Caseworker and Supervisor. As a Consultant and Training Lead for ATLEU, Amie specialises in all aspects of Asylum and Human Rights work, with a specialism in anti-trafficking and modern slavery cases.

Amie is an experienced trainer and offers bespoke training courses designed to meet your requirements.

Anna Skehan, Head of Legal Practice, Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit

Anna Skehan is the Children and Young Person’s specialist solicitor and Head of Legal Practice at the Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) based at Islington Law Centre and is a supervising solicitor on the Kids in Need of Defense UK programme, specialising in applications to register undocumented children with long residence in the UK.  Anna also runs and supervises complex immigration and asylum cases for children and young people and has been a consultant Peer Reviewer to the Legal Aid Agency in the immigration and asylum category since 2006.

David Gilmore, Director, DG Legal

David founded DG Legal in 2000. He 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 & 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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