CLSA Conference 3rd November 2023 at The Grand Hotel, York

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Conference 10:00 to 16:00
AGM 12:45 to 13:15


Book your place here – CLSA members £75 +VAT – Non members £150 +VAT

Delegates attending the CLSA conference can obtain a discount of 10% on the published B&B rate at the Grand, York. Details on how to claim the discount will be in your confirmation email when you book your conference place.

After a hugely successful Conference in London last year, I am delighted to announce that the Conference will take place this year on 3rd November 2023 in York at the beautiful Grand Hotel, York.

Conference is your opportunity to debate the ongoing challenges facing our profession, learn about new products and services, and socialise with your fellow delegates. This year we are hosting a drinks reception at the Rooftop bar, Sora, at the Malmaison, York, next to the conference venue. We have also secured discounted rates for members at the Grand York. This will be your chance to meet with committee members.

There is so much going on affecting the profession at the moment, ranging from the impact of the pandemic, court backlogs, legal action against the government, changes in legal aid and of course new contracts. We will be announcing speakers shortly. CBA and LCCSA members are welcome at the event.

This year we are looking at a more practical conference, focussed on how we can survive in the continued collapse of the Criminal Justice System. We are in a generational challenge to save Legal Aid and save access to justice against a backdrop of ever falling numbers of solicitors, firms, and barristers, and so it is only right that we get together and have our say, discuss current events and work together to put legal aid on a sustainable footing. Only together can we achieve this.

As with our last in-person conference, as well as a line-up of amazing speakers we will be hosting an open Q & A Panel.

Please give us your support and book your place(s) today.

Confirmed speakers

• Richard Atkinson – Vice President elect of The Law Society

• Daniel Bonich – CLSA Chair

• Dr Madeleine Forsyth – Vet Law – Expert Witness – Dangerous Dogs

• Dr Kirsty McDougal – Assistant Professor of Phonetics Voice Identification

• His Honour Judge Jeremy Richardson KC – The Crown Court – Past, Present and Future

• Dr David Schudel – Keith Borer Consultants, New Forensic Science Regulator Code of Practice

• Clive Smith – Criminal Barrister- Digital Disclosure and GDPR

• Her Honour Judge Deborah Taylor – Chair, Criminal Legal Aid Advisory Board

• Dr James Thornton – Criminal Justice in Austerity: Legal Aid, Prosecution and the Future of Criminal Legal Practice

LEAP Legal Software

We are delighted to have secured sponsorship for the event from LEAP, The Legal Practice Productivity Solution. Through their innovative technology and commitment to ongoing development LEAP support criminal lawyers across the UK. A cloud-based platform, LEAP occupies a unique position in the legal software market as it includes traditional practice management and legal accounting attributes, document assembly and management, as well as many of the traditional legal publishing assets all in one solution.

Developed for small to medium sized law firms LEAP’s powerful features allow criminal lawyers to manage matters more efficiently and able to work from anywhere, at any time and from any device. LEAP provides access to its unique productivity tools, seamless integrations and up-to-date legal content, as well ‘real-time’ information whether in or away from the office. Visit for more information. LEAP are proud to be sponsoring this year’s CLSA Conference.

The Exhibition Zone at the CLSA Conference is your opportunity to learn about products and services for criminal lawyers – and to catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Exhibitors secured to date include:

• LEAP Legal Software

• Keith Borer Forensic Consultants

•Forensic Defence

…news of more exhibitors to follow.


The Grand, York is an iconic destination combining timeless elegance and contemporary luxury. Nestled in the heart of York, one of England’s most historic and vibrant cities, the hotel offers an unrivalled experience for city breakers. With its stunning architecture and the team’s dedication to providing true Yorkshire hospitality.




The Grand offers a luxury gateway for guests to immerse themselves in the rich history and vibrant culture of York. The hotel’s central location allows guests to easily explore the city’s iconic landmarks, charming streets, and cultural attractions.





One of the standout features of the hotel is its exceptional dining options. From the Michelin recognised restaurant Legacy, where guests can savour a modern British and Yorkshire-inspired tasting menu, to The Rise Restaurant, Terrace & Bar, awarded with an AA Rosette, where indulgent afternoon teas and gourmet dishes take centre stage.





The hotel boasts 207 magnificent bedrooms, from elegantly appointed rooms to opulent suites, each meticulously designed.






The hotel also includes a fitness centre, a tranquil spa offering rejuvenating treatments, and a dedicated concierge team.







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