BCL associate Umar Azmeh will join a panel of legal experts to discuss the UK Government’s White Paper on sentencing, in an online event from UCL on 21st October.
On 16 September, the Ministry of Justice published what it described as a ‘landmark White Paper’ that the Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland, stated was ‘the first step in a fundamental shift in our approach to sentencing, towards one that is fairer, smarter and ultimately better protects the public’. Whilst much of the pre-publication publicity focused on the proposals designed to ensure that certain violent and sexual offenders serve longer periods in custody, this wide-ranging White Paper also contains a number of measures designed to promote alternatives to custodial sentences, including a problem-solving court pilot scheme and proposals to reform community orders.
Speakers for the event include:
- Professor Andrew Ashworth (University of Oxford),
- Kate Aubrey-Johnson (Garden Court Chambers),
- Umar Azmeh (BCL Solicitors LLP),
- Phil Bowen (Centre for Justice Innovation) and
- Professor Nicola Padfield (University of Cambridge)
The event is also to be co-chaired by Professor David Ormerod QC – former Law Commissioner for criminal law in England and Wales.