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Beyond the Courtroom: A Lawyer's Guide to Campaigning

ISBN13: 9781903307359
ISBN: 190330735X
Published: October 2005
Publisher: Legal Action Group
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £20.00

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Beyond the Courtroom sets out how lawyers can go beyond individual cases to influence policy as well as law, and to work in partnership with others to effect change and challenge accepted thinking at local, national and EU level. This is a unique publication specifically aimed at the 'campaigning lawyer' that provides answers to frequently asked questions, such as:

  • How can I attempt to change a Bill before it becomes an Act of Parliament?
  • How can my skills be put to best use in a campaigning organisation?
  • What steps do I need to take to raise awareness of an issue in the media?
  • How can I pursue an issue in Brussels as well as in Westminster and Whitehall?

    Beyond the Courtroom is a unique new title aimed at lawyers, campaigners, charities, pressure groups and anyone involved in an effort to bring about change in the law. It brings the constitution to life with a clear explanation of the law-making process as well as practical tips and case studies.

    This versatile handbook includes all aspects of campaigning and influencing from a lawyer's perspective, including how to make your mark in Whitehall, Westminster and Brussels. It also includes a comprehensive chapter detailing how to have your say in the media as well as:

    • Practical tips for influencing and campaigning
    • Case studies showing how lawyers have made a difference
    • Template draft parliamentary briefings, amendments to legislation and press releases
    • Clear signposts for sources of further information

Advocacy, Legal Skills and Method
Chapter 1 - key themes running through book
law and politics and the key institutions
history of campaigns and the law
where do lawyers fit in

Chapter 2 - The law in the making
How to influence draft laws and policies early on.
Navigating your way through Whitehall
how to impact on ministers, civil servants and special advisers
responding effectively to Government consultations and the role of lawyers in the civil service

Chapter 3 - How a Bill becomes an Act
Breakdown of the key stages - following a Bill through Parliament with tips on influencing civil servants, drafting amendments, getting them tabled, and how to engage parliamentarians with your key issues

Chapter 4 - Parliament: the tools and techniques
Explanation of parliamentary procedures and methods (including committees, questions, debates etc) and how to use them to influence Government policies - e.g. how to make most impact when giving evidence at Select Committees

Chapter 5 - Europe
As Europe becomes an ever greater source of UK law, tips on to how to influence Directives early on enough to make a difference
how the different institutions (Commission, Parliament and Council of Ministers) operate and who really has influence

Chapter 6 - Making your mark on the media;
The different types of media
the media's interest in the law and legal cases
how to influence the media

Chapter 7 - Working in partnership
Why work in partnership with other lawyers and organisations?
NGOs/campaigning organisations - - how they can use your skills
paid and unpaid opportunities to put your skills to use. Includes: acting pro bono
- test cases
their impact
the role they play in wider campaigns
- being a legal expert for a campaign or a charity's legal officer etc
becoming involved in policy forums and networks

1. Templates - e.g. amendment, parliamentary briefings
2. Relevant organisations and contact details
3. Useful information/ publications
4. Glossary