What's on: Events in Justice Week 2020

Justice Week 2020: What's on

Monday 24 February - Protecting Freedom

Equality and Human Rights Commission: A roundtable on the topic of Desert Greening for Welsh lawyers

An event on promoting freedoms day in Justice Week for Welsh lawyers to start talking about how we can end the discrimination law advice desert in Wales.


Can public legal education (PLE) really increase access to justice?
The Legal Services Board (LSB) will present new insights from the PLE element of its Individual Legal Needs Survey. 

Date and time: Monday 24 February 2020 9.00-10:45AM (registration and refreshments from 8.30AM)

Location: Simmons & Simmons, CityPoint, One Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS (nearest tube station Moorgate)

Registration: You can register for the event through this URL: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/can-public-legal-education-ple-really-increase-access-to-justice-tickets-86490634817


Photography Exhibition: Children and Young People in the Legal System
This photography exhibition by Alice Mutasa, aims to

  • highlight the experience of the legal system from a young person’s perspective; the issues they have had in accessing justice and in making their voice heard
  • to highlight some of the things that need to change in the system to make it more effective for young people;
  • to celebrate the work that our members and other professionals do in this field to assist young people through the legal system.

Date and Time: Throughout Justice Week from 9.00-17.00

Location: The Law Society, The Reading Room, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

No registration required, drop in style event.


Podcast Series: Cases that Changed Everything, Episode 1

A series of podcasts looking at three recent cases that had a material impact on freedom, rights and our democracy- for better or worse. With special guests, tbc.

Episode 1: Protecting Freedom- Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd and others (the “gay cake” case)

Date and Time: Monday 24th February

Location: Available on the Law Society website.


Tuesday 25 February - Fighting for Rights

Fighting for Your Rights Hackathon
The Law Society is assembling a Hacking Justice team to help fix our crippled justice system. If you are a solicitor, programmer, student, professor or passionate about increasing access to justice, we need you.

Date/time: Tuesday 25 February from 09:00 - 17:00

Location: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL

Cost: No charge

Registration: Fighting for Your Rights Hackathon


Podcast Series: Cases that Changed Everything, Episode 2

A series of podcasts looking at three recent cases that had a material impact on freedom, rights and our democracy- for better or worse. With special guests, tbc.

Episode 2: Fighting for Rights – UNISON v the Lord Chancellor (the tribunal fees case)

Date and Time: Tuesday 25 February

Location: Available on the Law Society website


How should modern lawyers advance rights and protect access to justice?

Qualifying Session: Practitioners discuss inertia and alienation in the legal system, and their daily practice fighting for rights (aimed at bar students and wider university students from the area).

Date and time: 18:00 on Tuesday 25 February

Location: Middle Temple Library

For more information, please visit Middle Temple’s website.


Wednesday 26 February - Defending Democracy

Parliamentary Activity

This is an opportunity for MPs to cite examples of where they have “…used the law to...” protect or fight for rights and freedoms (part of the wider Justice Week campaign profiling the power of law).

Look out for photos on Twitter using #JusticeWeek2020. For more information contact Klaudia at KDomanska@BarCouncil.org.uk

Date and Time: 11.00 – 13.00

Location: Parliament


The Bar of Northern Ireland: Leaders in Legal Excellence Series – Defending Democracy – The Law in the Era of Fake News

16.30-18.30 at Inn of Court, Royal Courts of Justice


Podcast Series: Cases that Changed Everything Episode 3

A series of podcasts looking at three recent cases that had a material impact on freedom, rights and our democracy- for better or worse. With special guests, tbc.

Episode 3: Defending Democracy – Miller 2 (the prorogation case)

Date and Time: Wednesday 26 February

Location: Available on the Law Society website


Thursday 27 February - Saving the Planet

The Law Society will be discussing what can be done to improve young people's understanding of the law, the importance of access to justice and how solicitors contribute to society.

Are you a solicitor? Join the discussion on Thursday, 27 February 2020 9-10:00 and you could win a £10 coffee voucher.

For more information on how to join, please visit #SolicitorChat


Event at York University

Sue Miller of the Stop Ecocide campaign is speaking to Law Students from the University of York, York St John University, and the University of Northumbria.


Environment Film

A film highlighting the work of environmental lawyers, who are using the law to save the planet. This video will look at cases involving fracking, Earth’s Jurisprudence, and clean air.

Date and Time: Thursday 27 February

Location: Available on the Bar Council website


Friday 28 February – Justice Week: The Best Bits

Legal Design Sprint

The Bar Council has teamed up with City Law School to launch the Legal Design Sprint, a competition for university students to visualise legal processes. Teams spent one month perfecting their designs and will be presenting them for prizes.

To find out more about this initiative, please see here.


Young Citizen’s: The Big Legal Lesson
What is The Big Legal Lesson?

Young Citizens is asking teachers to pledge to deliver a legal lesson to as many students in their school as possible during the course of Justice Week.

An ‘Introduction to the Law’ legal lesson with different versions for key stages 1-4 will be provided by Young Citizens. 

For more information and how to register for the free resource, please visit Big Legal Lesson

Throughout Justice Week

The Bar Council will be producing a series of Justice Papers covering topics of law that affect our every day lives. Check the Bar Council's website and Twitter feed each day to find out what the Justice Papers say.