Sponsors of the YJLC Summit 2021
The Youth Justice Legal Centre thanks our generous sponsors, whose contributions have made
the YJLC Summit 2021 possible:
15 New Bridge Street
15 New Bridge Street is a unique set of criminal barristers chambers offering specialist advice and representation in criminal and regulatory law. We pride ourselves on combining the highest standards of professional service with a friendly, inclusive, and approachable manner. All our practitioners are experienced in the representation of children and young people and regularly advise, both formally and informally, on matters connected with the often very sensitive issues involved in representing this particular group.
The Bar Council
The Bar Council represents approximately 17,000 barristers in England and Wales. It promotes the Bar’s high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services, fair access to justice for all, the highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and the development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad. The Bar Council works on matters spanning the entire justice system and highlights the important issues specifically affecting youth justice wherever possible.
The Criminal Bar Association
The Criminal Bar Association represents the views and interests of practising members of the Criminal Bar in England and Wales. The CBA’s role is to promote and maintain the highest professional standards in the practice of law; to provide professional education and training and assist with continuing professional development; to assist with consultation undertaken in connection with the criminal law or the legal profession; and to promote and represent the professional interests of its members. The CBA is the largest specialist Bar association, with over 3,500 subscribing members; and represents all practitioners in the field of criminal law at the Bar. Most practitioners are in self-employed, private practice, working from sets of Chambers based in major towns and cities throughout the country. The international reputation enjoyed by our criminal justice system owes a great deal to the professionalism, commitment and ethical standards of our practitioners. The technical knowledge, skill and quality of advocacy all guarantee the delivery of justice in our courts, ensuring that all persons receive a fair trial and that the adversarial system, which is at the heart of criminal justice in this jurisdiction, is maintained. Those who are interested in a career at the Criminal Bar can get in touch at YBC@criminalbar.com.
Doughty Street Chambers Children’s Rights Group
The Doughty Street Chambers Children’s Rights Group is an interdisciplinary initiative, bringing together barristers from across all practice teams and involving close collaboration between practitioners, academic experts and associate tenants. It is jointly led by an academic expert, Professor Aoife Nolan, and a practitioner, Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC. Although the Children’s Rights Group is new, our commitment to children’s rights is not: since Chambers’ foundation, our members have acted in many of the leading cases on children’s rights in the UK, regional and international courts. We address children’s rights in a holistic way, and have wide-ranging experience in bringing ground-breaking litigation for and concerning children in criminal justice, public law, extradition, immigration, mental health, community care, prison law, trafficking, education, clinical negligence and inquests. We have expertise in complex and developing areas concerning the rights of children, including children’s effective participation in criminal trials, discrimination against BAME children, criminalisation of children in care, and the education rights of children in custody. Many of our members are involved in training on children’s rights issues for different stakeholders, as well as advising on law and policy reform in the field of children’s rights. Others are actively involved in academic writing, making major contributions to child rights scholarship, both in the UK and elsewhere.
The Children’s Rights Group, reflecting its history and expertise, has a particular focus on innovative legal advocacy, both in the courtroom and beyond, aimed at securing the rights set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. To find out more and see the Group members, please visit the website.
Garden Court Chambers
The Garden Court Chambers Youth Justice & Child Rights team of barristers is renowned for developing the law in relation to effective participation of children in criminal cases. We have been at the forefront of developing protections for child victims of trafficking and criminal exploitation in the criminal courts.
As a multi-disciplinary pool of experts, we draw on our expertise in criminal law, community care, housing, immigration, family, and public law.
We are youth justice specialists with expertise, knowledge and understanding of the rights of child defendants in criminal cases and the importance of ensuring that children effectively participate in criminal proceedings. We recognise the disproportionate over-representation of children in the criminal justice system, in particular children with neurodisabilities, looked after children, children from Black, Brown and Racialised groups.
Barristers from Garden Court Chambers have been involved in most of the recent leading judgments raising child rights arguments in criminal cases. Protecting the rights of children facing criminal proceedings is fundamental to ensuring all vulnerable people receive meaningful access to justice and their right to a fair trial is upheld.
Further details of our Youth Justice & Child Rights Team can be found here: https://www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk/areas-of-law/criminal-defence/youth-justice-and-child-rights.
GT Stewart Solicitors
GT Stewart advise children across many areas of the law from their offices in Birmingham, Leeds and London. They have a specialist Youth Justice Department headed by Mel Stooks and a Criminal Appeals Team headed by Greg Stewart who have both been recognised for their contribution to youth justice by jointly receiving the YJLC Outstanding Achievement Award in 2019.
The Inns of Court College of Advocacy
The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) was established by the Council of the Inns of Court in May 2016. The ICCA strives for ‘Academic and Professional Excellence for the Bar’. Led by the Dean, the ICCA has a team of highly experienced legal academics, educators, and instructional designers. It also draws on the expertise of the profession across the Inns, Circuits, Specialist Bar Associations, and the Judiciary to design and deliver bespoke training for student barristers and practitioners at all levels of seniority, both nationally, pan-profession, and on an international scale. The flagship project for the ICCA for 2021 is to release a new national Youth Justice Advocacy Course. The ICCA's new Bar Course students will be introduced to the specialist area of Youth Justice Advocacy as they embark on their skills course in March 2022. The ICCA is committed to ensuring that the representation of children and young people in the courts is carried out by specialist advocates.
Kingsley Napley’s youth justice specialists understand the complexity of this area of law and are committed to helping children to navigate the confusing and oppressive system they find themselves in. We represent children and young people facing investigation in all types of criminal matters. We work to ensure that Youth Justice Agencies apply the special protections that should properly be afforded to all children including diversion out of the youth justice system wherever possible. See below for links to some of our work in this area. Thank you YJLC for your thought leadership and challenging us to do even better over the last year.
Mishcon de Reya
Mishcon de Reya are committed to having a positive impact on our society and the environment. This commitment is grounded in our Core Values and captured in our Purpose: "to enable our clients and our people to shape the world's possibilities". The Firm's four impact aims are:
- improve access to justice
- encourage and create opportunity
- make sustainability a reality
- ensure diversity in the legal profession.
Morrison & Foerster
Morrison & Foerster is a leading global law firm with 16 offices across the US, Europe, and Asia. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, investment banks, and Fortune 100, technology, and life sciences companies. Our lawyers are committed to achieving innovative and business-minded results for our clients, while preserving the differences that make us stronger. The firm also has a long history of commitment to the community through providing pro bono legal services, including litigating for civil rights and civil liberties, improving public education for poor children, advocating for veterans, promoting international human rights, winning asylum for the persecuted and safeguarding the environment.
One Pump Court
Society is not equal. We use the law to level the field. Using fearless advocacy and professionalism, One Pump Court provides access to justice for the vulnerable and disadvantaged and fights poverty, abuse, neglect, and discrimination.
We pride ourselves on being approachable to young people. We take an inter-disciplinary approach to supporting our clients. Our specialists in youth court work also practice in complementary fields, meaning that we are able to bring our individual and collective breadth of experience to bear on cases. Recent interdisciplinary work has included using judicial review to facilitate referrals of convictions to appeal courts by the CCRC and obtaining Conclusive Grounds findings from the National Referral Mechanism for Victims of Trafficking to support defences in criminal cases.
About Paul Hastings
Paul Hastings is leading international law firm, pre-eminent in cross-border transactions and solving complex legal problems, with approximately 1,000 lawyers in 21 offices across Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the United States.
Founded in Los Angeles in 1951, the firm has grown steadily and strategically to serve our clients in the markets in which they operate. The firm has consistently been ranked among the world’s top law firms and listed on The American Lawyer’s A-List of the most successful law firms nine years in a row.
Paul Hastings in London
In London, Paul Hastings has more than 100 English and US qualified lawyers serving the world’s leading financial institutions, private equity, and debt funds, as well as multinational corporates. In the past five years, the London office has more than doubled in size, providing a full-service English law ‘first-tier’ practice supplemented by one of the leading New York law securities and finance teams in the City.
The London office has been awarded numerous industry accolades including ‘Finance Team of the Year’ at The Lawyer Awards in 2018, ‘Restructuring Team of the Year’ at the British Legal Awards in 2018, ‘Deal of the Year’ at the IFLR Europe Awards in 2019, and ‘Transatlantic Firm of the Year’ at the British Legal Awards in 2020.
Drawing on the firm’s dynamic, collaborative, and entrepreneurial culture, our lawyers work across practices, offices, and borders to provide innovative, seamless legal counsel—where and when our clients need us.
Please visit www.paulhastings.com for more information.
It is not just law at Travers Smith. The firm's ethos is to treat its clients’ business and challenges as its own, ensuring that whatever its clients' ambitions are, Travers Smith will work as one of their team to help them achieve their goals.
Travers Smith' legal teams acts for publicly-listed and private companies, financial services institutions and private equity clients, as well as other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border matters, transactions and disputes.
For its international and cross-border work, Travers Smith has focused on building carefully cultivated relationships with independent law firms all over the world, sharing quality standards and strengths.
Diversity and independence of thought are key to the firm’s success. The firm believes that true inclusion can only be achieved if diversity is considered in a broader and more holistic way, which breaks down silos and recognises the multiple identities we each carry.