The first seminar in the series will guide attendees through all the required steps for applying for and preparing for an oral hearing. It is intended for new practitioners and those who would like an in-depth refresher on how to identify and deal with issues when preparing their client’s cases.

Trainers will include speakers from No5 Barristers’ Chambers and SL5 Legal. The event will be opened by Philip Rule KC.

Topics will include:

  • The Parole Board Rules and Guidance issued by the Parole Board.
  • Accessing parole dossiers.
  • The content of parole dossiers.
  • Preparing representations.
  • Applying for an oral hearing/ a decision on the papers.
  • Obtaining expert evidence.
  • The tests for release.
  • The new power to detain.
  • Dealing with allegations.
  • Dealing with non-disclosure applications.
  • Making stakeholder applications.
  • Dealing with vulnerable clients, including neurodiverse clients and those with a history of mental illness.
  • A short case study for discussion.