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H&F law conference on advising in hostile environment to tackle Universal Credit and Brexit issues

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Image captionH&F Foodbank Chief Executive Daphine Aikens will deliver a keynote speech at the conference

The Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre is hosting a day-long conference for advisers at Hammersmith Town Hall on Wednesday 27 March to update frontline workers about key issues.

The conference – called Advising in a Hostile Environment – also features an hour-long early-evening drinks reception, with the opportunity to network with the experts, fellow delegates and local councillors.

Cllr Stephen Cowan
Image caption: Cllr Stephen Cowan will introduce the event

Introduced by Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, the busy programme includes such topics as Universal Credit, austerity, the implications of Brexit and legal aid. Tony Martin of the law centre will close the event.

Sponsored by H&F Council and the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, the conference includes keynote speeches by Lord Bach of Lutterworth, the Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner; Phil Storey of Hammersmith & Fulham CAB; H&F Foodbank Chief Executive Daphine Aikens; and Dr Sam Royston from The Children’s Society.

Free entry to volunteers

The event is free to volunteers and students. Or £10 for employees. Numbers are limited to 150 and advance booking is essential. Lunch is provided.

In the afternoon there will be workshops covering access to justice, EU applications following Brexit, housing suitability, and Universal Credit… and how to challenge decisions.

“This conference brings together experts from the fields which make headlines every day in these challenging times, and we’re proud to be supporting it and making the Town Hall available for delegates,” said Cllr Cowan.

“There has never been a greater call for advisers to be up-to-date with the latest information, and fully briefed on how to help those residents of the borough in the greatest need.”

As well as the speakers and workshops during the day, a host of organisations are staffing information stalls to keep attenders up to date on their work.

The Advice Conference runs from 9.30am to 5pm on Wednesday 27 March at Hammersmith Town Hall in King Street. Book conference places (and stalls) at hflaw.org.uk.

Advising in a Hostile Environment conference programme
Image caption: Advising in a Hostile Environment conference programme

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