To Assist the Court: Third Party Interventions in the Public Interest

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Date(s) - 21/06/2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


Unfortunately, we can no longer take bookings for this event.

Join JUSTICE and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP at the launch of the new joint publication, To Assist the Court: Third Party Interventions in the Public Interest.

While 2015 brought significant changes to the law on third party interventions in England and Wales, in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, the capacity of public interest organisations and others to assist the court in legally difficult and constitutionally significant cases remains crucially important.

In this new guide, JUSTICE and Freshfields explore what it means to be a responsible intervener in the domestic courts in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland and before the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice in the European Union.

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, in his Foreword, praises its usefulness for judges and lawyers:

 “I was not the only person dismayed by section 87 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015…Clearly this provision could have a chilling effect on interventions.

But every cloud has a silver lining, for JUSTICE has responded…by producing this invaluable and detailed guide to intervention. If it is followed, as it should be, it will assist interveners to ensure that they always add value to the court’s deliberations and are not at risk of being penalised in costs.”

Panel Speakers:

Maya Lester QC, Brick Court Chambers
Jonathan Swift QC, 11 KBW
Deba Das, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Angela Patrick, JUSTICE
Michael Spencer, Child Poverty Action Group

Join us for a lively conversation on the role of third party intervention and public interest litigation.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer will kindly host a drinks reception to follow.

Places are limited and priority will be given to JUSTICE members.