A Guide to Peer Review – Crime Webinar – CLSA & LCCSA

2 July 2020

A Guide to Peer Review – Crime Webinar – CLSA & LCCSA

Thursday 9 July 2020 – 4:30pm – 5:30pm     A Guide to Peer Review – Crime

This free 60-minutes webinar will assist firms in understanding the Legal Aid Agency’s approach to Peer Review in the Crime category and will provide an invaluable insight into the way that Peer Reviewers conduct the audit. 

Key Content

  • An overview of the PR process
  • Why the LAA are stepping up Peer Reviews
  • The scoring system
  • What Peer Reviewers look for
  • Examples of good practice
  • Examples of poor practice
  • Specimen client care letters, proformas and forms
  • Tips and pitfalls to avoid

Why you should view the webinar

Influenced by the knowledge, skills and experience of ex-Senior Peer Reviewers we aim for providers to be in the best position possible by increasing their knowledge in relation to the PR audit process.  By the end of this webinar, delegates will be better informed and more able to get the best possible PR grading.


This webinar is being run by Geoff Bell and he will now be joined by Philip Whittaker. 

  • Geoff Bell

Geoff trained and qualified as a magistrates’ court clerk before joining Stevens Solicitors in Stoke on Trent in 1989.  He became the Senior/Managing Partner in 2001 and the practice has grown to become one of the largest criminal defence practices in the country.

Geoff was appointed as a Peer Reviewer in crime in 2004 and thereafter was appointed a senior panel member, reviewing and validating the work of other peer reviewers and actively involved in peer reviewer training. During his 12 years as a peer reviewer, he has carried out and validated very many reports.

  • Philip Whittaker

Philip qualified as a solicitor in 1972. He has chaired several Law Society, Legal Aid Agency and Criminal Injury Compensation Board Groups.

Philip answered Professor Avrom Sherr’s first advert for crime Peer Reviewers and he was an active Peer Reviewer between 2005 and 2014. In 2007 he was appointed by Professor Sherr as his Consultant for Crime Peer Review in England and Wales and he remains in post.


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