Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category
In the latest podcast, I talk to the Chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales. (There is a separate Parole Board for Scotland). The Parole Board is an independent body that carries out risk assessments on prisoners to determine whether they can be safely released into the community.
In the interview, we discuss when and why the Board was created, how its functions have developed over the years, and its current work.
You can find out more about the work of the Parole Board by going to https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/parole-board
You can listen to Sir David Calvert Smith by going to http://global.oup.com/uk/orc/law/els/partington14_15/student/podcasts/Calvert-Smith.mp3
Ruth Wayte is the principal legal adviser with the Legal Aid Agency. In this podcast she reflects on the changes that have been taking place to the legal aid scheme. She acknowledges that legal aid practitioners have experienced significant cuts in the fees they receive for the work they do. But she also notes that there are still practitioners seeking contracts for work from the legal aid agency. Most applications to tender for work are well subscribed. She also comments on a number of the legal issues that have arisen in the courts, arising out of changes to the legal aid scheme.
You can hear her remarks at:
One feature of this blog are the podcasts I have made with a variety of leading legal actors. I will continue to add to these from time to time.
But, given the rapidly changing environment within which legal services are being provided, I thought it would be interesting to hear from more recently qualified lawyers about what type of work they are doing, how they are doing it, how it is being paid for.
I would be especially interested in talking with people offering legal services in innovative ways, who may be able to share ideas about the development of legal services in ways that will interest current law students and those coming new into the legal world.
If you would like to volunteer please contact me through the ‘leave a comment’ button just below the heading to this blog item. Your comment will not be published unless you want this to happen.
The Howard League for Prison Reform, established in the mid 19th century, is a national charity ‘working for less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison. Too much money is spent on a penal system which doesn’t work, doesn’t make our communities safer and fails to reduce offending’.
In this podcast I talk to Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the League. She speaks about the work of the League, noting some of the successful impacts it has made in recent years. She talks about penal policy in the UK arguing that it operates in a more ‘punitive’ way than other European countries (including former Easter-bloc). She makes a passionate defence of the current probation service and deplores the current Government’s approach to reform of the service. Finally she calls on those setting out on their legal studies to understand the importance of social justice as an aspect of being a professional lawyer.
You can listen to Frances at http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/orc/resources/law/els/partington13_14/student/podcasts/Crook.mp3
To read about the work of the Howard League go to http://www.howardleague.org/
In this podcast I talk to Lizzie Nelson, who is Director of the Restorative Justice Council. The Council is a small charitable organisation that exists to promote the use of restorative justice, not just in the court (criminal justice) context, but in other situations of conflict as well (e.g. schools).
There is evidence that restorative justice can help the victims of crime to come to terms with what has happened to them and can also help the perpetrators of crime to realise the consequences of what they have done. There is good evidence that, used well, restorative justice can reduce reoffending.
In this podcast Lizzie Nelson explains both the concept of RJ and talks about the work of the council.
For further information see http://www.restorativejustice.org.uk/
The research by Professor Joanna Shapland, and others, which Lizzie talks about in the interview can be found in Restorative Justice in Practice, Evaluating What Works for Victims and Offenders (Authors Joanna Shapland, Gwen Robinson, Angela Sorsby) – further details at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781843928454/
Listen to Lizzie Nelson at http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/orc/resources/law/els/partington13_14/student/podcasts/Nelson.mp3
In January 2013, I wrote a short note about pro bono costs – costs recovered from a losing party, where the winning party to the litigation has been represented pro bono (for free). In these cases, the payments do not go to the litigant – by definition, being represented for free they have paid nothing – but to a charity, the Access to Justice Foundation.
In this podcast I talk to Ruth Daniel, CEO of the Foundation and the work it does throughout the country.
For more information about the Foundation go to http://www.accesstojusticefoundation.org.uk/
The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The Institute sets standards for and regulates the activities of legal executive, who play an important role in the delivery of legal services.
Those who left school but decided for what ever reason not to go to university, but who nonetheless wish to work in a legal environment can – by joining the Chartered Institute and studying the different courses it offers – become qualified in specific areas of legal expertise.
They can also become fully qualified solicitors (though not barristers).
A major attraction of this way of entering the legal profession is that you can work while you qualify – and thus avoid much of the expense now associated with obtaining a professional legal qualification.
You can find out more about the Chartered Institute by going to their website at http://www.cilex.org.uk/.
In this podcast I talk with the Chief Executive of CILEX about the challenges facing the legal profession and the opportunities provided for Legal Executives in the rapidly developing legal world.
Go to http://fdslive.oup.com/www.oup.com/orc/resources/law/els/partington13_14/student/podcasts/Burleigh.mp3