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Antony Bartholomeusz, Great James Street Chambers started the day on PACE Codes and Police Station Updates followed by a detailed legal aid and duty solicitor focussed Magistrate and Crown Court development session. The Great James Street crime team also covered new offences, new guidelines, key offences, sentencing updates, and practice driven new criminal law in full.
With our team of specialist immigration barristers presenting up-to-the-minute content relevant to your immigration practice, this conference presented all important legal updates for the 11 November sign-off.
Ten years old! Covid laws prevented us from running our conferences for a couple of rounds but coming out of lockdown allowed us to present a full spectrum of Criminal Law updates for our 10-year birthday. Pulling out all the stops, our delegates referred to this event as “The best one ever!”
Law Friends Society celebrates its 10-year birthday with this full spectrum of Immigration Law updates to bring us out of Covid lockdown and have some fun at a celebratory drinks party too!
CHIEFS! Criminal Defence, Civil Litigation, Custody Suite, Human Rights, Immigration, Employment, Family, Fraud and Social Housing Law with state-of-the-art media teams producing fabulous CPD video training seminars across the country. 2020 was the Law Friends evolutionary springboard to the fruition of years of dreaming! We now have the networks, the teams…
This conference provided a solid overview of all criminal defence update requirements at London’s Conway Hall, one of our favourite venues. Our guest charity, the Howard League for Penal Reform, presented on Representing Looked After Children at the Police station and Representing Victims of Modern Slavery…
It’s always a real pleasure to come to one of our buzzing London conferences! Now the vision of providing conferences in all human rights-based subject areas is really happening for us and we are delighted! Working with the right teams is essential, as any solicitor…
Our first ever Social Housing Law Conference aimed solely at our vulnerable clients. With premium speakers and topics from The Community Law Partnership, Doughty Street, One Pump Court, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, 36 Group and 33 Bedford Row – this up and coming Social Housing conference is the one to...
Premium CPD training with newcomers to Law Friends, 33 Bedford Row and Old Square Chambers. Our simple-to-follow continuing competence training plan delivers superb content relevant to the practitioner caseload, designed by solicitors and barristers and delivered impeccably to the very same audience as its creative development team. We hosted this...
A gold star line-up of speakers presented at our first ever London Fraud and Financial Crime Conference to a very lively conference full of eager crime lawyers at Conway Hall. Our presenters included the always excellent 2 Harcourt Buildings, which specialises in high-value, novel and complex frauds. James Dawes QC...
Several high-profile organisations were involved in this exciting seven CPD event at Priory Rooms Conference Centre, including Goldsmith Chambers and Great James Street Chambers, Robert Lizar and Co Solicitors and the Howard League for Penal Reform, our designated charity for this round of events. We have now introduced a £75...
Our CPD is simple, fresh, innovative and highly informative and this conference was an immigration lawyer’s treat! We presented niche sets Lamb Building, Great James Street Chambers and Goldsmith Chambers. We only use the very best in the business for our training conferences and keep safe our high level network so...
Manchester University Great Hall. Another buzzing conference in a classic setting with the ever-excellent niche sets Lamb Building, Great James Street and Goldsmith Chambers. We presented some of the very best specialist barristers in immigration law to some of the most committed and engaged immigration lawyers in the country at...
Five premium organisations presented at this buzzing conference at Manchester University Great Hall. Goldsmith Chambers, Great James Street Chambers, Garden Court Chambers, Birds Solicitors, Robert Lizar and Co Solicitors and the Howard League for Penal Reform, our designated charity for this round of events.
In response to outstanding 2018 delegate feedback, the London Spring Crime Conference focused on Police Station and Magistrates’ Court representation with essential update training delivered by vastly experienced leading senior Duty solicitors, barristers and Queen’s Counsel who are at the very top of the game. We were delighted to present...
In response to outstanding 2018 delegate feedback this London Spring Immigration Law Conference focused on the full spectrum of practitioner lead subjects with essential update training delivered by vastly experienced leading senior solicitors, barristers and Queen’s Counsel who are at the top of the game. We were delighted to present...
Our conferences are upbeat, welcoming and buzzing. Here’s why! We always present highly informative, comprehensive and thorough seminars from the very best solicitors, barristers, experts and QCs active in the criminal courts arena presented by the best defence practitioners for all criminal defence lawyers at all career levels fully equipping...
Our October conferences are always a great day out! This event was an opportunity for immigration lawyers to unite and for Law Friends to introduce the right people to our members. Our high-calibre training is structured by Solicitors and Barristers to tick all the boxes on your annual training requirements....
Our delegates asked us if we could present a Family Law conference in London and we said yes! We were delighted to open our doors to a new audience, new faces and a new network to expand our Law Friends ethos. We teamed up with Goldsmith Chambers and invited a...
In 2017, 106 delegates gave our conferences a feedback score of 100% and 378 gave our conferences a feedback score above 80%. Our conferences are upbeat, welcoming and buzzing. Here’s why! These detailed and highly informative, comprehensive and thorough seminars will be delivered by the very best Solicitors, Barristers, Experts...
Birmingham, the Priory Rooms, a perfect venue for the discerning lawyer to appreciate bespoke training with seminars planned by fellow Solicitors and Barristers for up to date practitioner relevance covering the compliance year. Our topics and speakers at this event demonstrate our ethos of unity, variety ,quantity and quality. A...
In response to excellent feedback from our 2017 conferences, our delegates requested that we provide a practical and procedural all-encompassing programme for 2018, so we did! Also this was an opportunity for ex criminal defence human rights barrister Nikki Alderson to host a stall on coaching for female lawyers. With...
This conference covered all essential criminal defence practitioner updates superbly presented by leading solicitors, barristers, experts and advocates from the Criminal Defence world. We gave advance PDF of course notes with printed course pack on arrival and coded personalised attendance certificates for SRA/BSB compliance. With rapid transport links across Manchester...
All essential immigration law practitioner updates superbly presented by leading solicitors, barristers, experts and advocates from the immigration law world. A great day out Brexit Paul Draycott, Doughty St Trafficking + Article 8 Tublu Mukherjee, Doughty St Brexit and EEA Nationals Agata Patyna, Doughty St Detention and Bail Rowenna Moffat,...
A powerhouse of key players in criminal law at our Spring Conference presented on a rich spread of the most necessary updates and industry news. With superb speakers from the Doughty Street Crime Team and Women in Criminal Law’s Harriet Johnson of the Doughty Street Women flanked by Alice Dodd...
It is always a real pleasure to work with the defence specialists of 25 Bedford Row and as an accolade to their years of commitment to criminal defence we gave them premium position on our conference stage. Rudi Fortson QC and Paul Keleher QC covered the new release under investigation...
This conference was a real head turner for Manchester as we presented Doughty Street Chambers and three of their leading Queen’s Counsel with an engaging thorough spread of essential criminal defence updates and a review of fingerprint forensics by Simon Bunter from Keith Borer Consultants. New venue, refreshments, self-certificating compliance...
At the very heart of Legal London at the Old Bank of England near the Royal Courts of Justice, we hosted summer drinks and a pub buffet for all our friends and colleagues who work in criminal defence. Great people, great music, great times !
This conference was held at the London Light Friends House conference centre and provided state-of-the art CPD training for 450 criminal defence solicitors and barristers in Central London. The Criminal Law Friends Society ethos was never more prominent than at this period of government cuts and firm closures and so...
Blessed with a hot summer’s night we entertained the Manchester criminal defence community at a superb canal-side venue with our friends at Garden Court North Chambers. The Criminal Law Friends Society started out as a social support network for bedraggled police station and court room advocates, their support staff and...
Garden Court North Chambers are second to none when it comes to ethics and commitment and it was a real pleasure to present a series of conferences with them across the North of England on our UK tour with Mark George QC, Nina Grahame QC and the rest of the...
John Cooper QC and Paul Keleher QC of 25 Bedford Row Crime Team held the day with 500 Solicitors and Barristers attending a state-of-the-art London conference facility presenting a very strong programme jam packed with criminal defence action. This event received outstanding feedback from the community and was an exceptional...
Our Manchester criminal defence conferences with Garden Court North and Forensic Equity continued with SAHCA, Just for Kids Law and local champions Robert Lizar Solicitors. With legal aid under attack, this was a prominent issue in this run of events. SRA compliant for 7CPD/CCC hours and 6CPD Hours accreditted by the...
Greg Foxsmith HCA, ex-president of the LCCSA and Rudi Fortson QC of 25 Bedford Row crime team were our main speakers at this very well attended event that once again attracted 500 solicitors at a Central London conference centre . 7CPD hours and 7 CCC hours HIGH SPEC – HIGH...
“This is by far the best criminal lecture I have attended”, Mike Gibbons, Litigaid Law “Exceptional value”, N Mehta, Partner, McKenzie and Co “Excellent Conference”, Michael Turner QC, Garden Court “Fabulous lectures”, Fay Goodship, Wells Burcombe “Incredibly imaginative and one of best CPD conferences I have attended”, Rachel Ottley, HCA,...
The Blind Beggar pub in Whitechapel, East London, is the founder venue of the Criminal Law Friends Society and as such is our spiritual home. It is steeped in criminal law history not only for the Kray Twins, but also for Max Campbell and Steve Kennedy, founder members of the...
The CLFS “Crime Scene Party” at Garden Court North Chambers, Manchester, where there was complimentary food and drinks with champagne and cocktails for early arrivals and splendid rooftop citywide views on the roof of Garden Court North Chambers. Great People, Great Food, Great Music, Great Times! Solicitors, Barristers, Trainees, Pupils,...
Organised and delivered by the best solicitors and barristers in the business, Steve Kennedy, criminal defence solicitor and founding member of the Criminal Law Friends Society, opened the event to 600 solicitors and barristers from the criminal defence community. Bernard Tetlow QC , James Scobie QC and a full presenting...
With 250 Solicitors attending from across the North of England, we presented a full-day programme of criminal defence essential CPD updates with Manchester’s number one human rights and crime, immigration and housing set, Garden Court North Chambers. In collaboration with Garden Court North Chambers. Sponsored by Forensic Equity Welcome –...
With the CLFS National tour now well under way our next stop was Colston Hall, Bristol, where we showcased Queen’s Square Chambers, a high-quality niche crime set, on the home run to London. The legal aid message formed a prominent part of the event once again. HIGH SPEC COURSE –...
To complete our five-city national tour, we came back to the London home turf where we attracted a warm welcome of 600 criminal defence solicitors and barristers — an exceptional finale to an outstanding list of national conferences. In collaboration with Garden Court Chambers.  Sponsored by Forensic Equity. Fundraising for...
In collaboration with Garden Court North Chambers and sponsored by Forensic Equity, we were absolutely delighted to announce our all-new lecture program for Spring 2015 with strong content choice and esteemed speakers, experts and guests. Essential Magistrates Court Skills Update – Richard Brigden GCN Sentencing and Defences Update – Clare...
To Manchester — the beating heart of the North! And the next conference on our national tour with Mark George QC, Nina Grahame QC and the criminal defence team at Garden Court North Chambers. We attracted 300 Solicitors to this event In collaboration with Garden Court North Chambers. Sponsored by...
Across the Pennines to the Hilton Hotel Conference Centre with Garden Court North Chambers and Forensic Equity to present to 200 Criminal Defence Solicitors and deliver the message firmly home about government cuts to legal aid. Post-conference drinks in the Amsterdam Sky Lounge. In collaboration with Garden Court North Chambers....
This event attracted 600 solicitors and barristers to London’s newest and most impressive conference facility “The Light” at Friends House. We were delighted to be able to offer 50 free tickets to trainee solicitors and pupil barristers from criminal firms and chambers across the UK to attend our London Heavyweight...
Our first event outside London with morning sessions focussing on Police Station representation, Magistrates’ Court advocacy and defences. The afternoon continued with engaging lectures on sentencing, forensic evidence and a rallying call for Unity Within the Profession from Mark George QC of Garden Court North Chambers. 330 Attended. Forensic Equity,...
CLFS invited the whole defence industry to their fantastic mid-summer disco barbecue yacht party on board HMS President on the River Thames and 400 lawyers came along!
Following the immense success of our first ever Crime Conference in October 2013, we produced our second conference at the fabulously equipped Bloomsbury Theatre in London. We donated £1,000 to St Mungo’s Street living homeless outreach team on the day. SPEAKERS AND TOPICS Police Station Advice and impact on proceedings(Peter...
This landmark departure was the start of the CPD revolution and marked the launch of our unbelievably good-value solicitors’ CPD training days as the next venture for the CLFS! This event was staged in collaboration with he ever excellent Garden Court chambers crime team at Friends House, Euston, a very...
In true CLFS style, we revisited the venue where this organisation began, and the people it began with. A smaller, more intimate bash in the beer garden of one of London’s most notorious pubs, steeped in East End criminal law history. Our friends joined us for a rollercoaster ride as...
We ushered in the wintry nights with a cut glass industry-based event at the Wine Tun under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of the City. Our guests enjoyed tantalising welcome drinks, fabulous food, and quality company at our private mezzanine bar and lounge With sincere thanks to...
We welcomed 400 industry guests on board HMS President to enjoy a complimentary champagne reception on top deck with a professional chef and great DJs to party the night away. Our quieter colleagues appreciated talking under the stars with an excellent night sky view of Tower Bridge. A champagne hamper...
Our first ‘formal’ event and yet so informal; champagne aplenty, an Indian buffet, table football, open-air pool tables and big Connect Four. Old friends and new connections blended with “liquid ease”. Our non-hierarchical view manifested itself under summery blue skies as the CLFS was born. Counsel buying rounds, secretaries singing,...
A New Year, and a new dawn as we befriended the Wine Tun, under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, at our private mezzanine bar in the heart of the City. Far greater numbers enjoyed a champagne reception and superb catering with a more formal feel as we invited our...
Our first ever event! A charming get-together under a blushing autumn night. The original Philosophy Club ethos putting all invitees on one equal footing with rustic platters, a huge Koi Carp tank and yes… champagne on the house all round!! 60 very happy guests until very, very late.
The speakers were excellent and each of the topics covered were very relevant to current affairs and provided the most recent and relevant developments in the field. Very engaging and enjoyable experience. 100% score"
Amy Richards
Paralegal.Carter Thomas Solicitors
“Very well presented. Excellent speakers. Very informative. Venue spacious and comfortable. 100% score"
Abess Taqi
Solicitor. Virgo solicitors