15 Sep 2022
Trauma-informed Legal Practice: Better Outcomes for Clients, a Better Day’s Work for Solicitors and Barristers
||15 Sep 2022
||16:30 - 18:00
WHAT: On Thursday 15 September the Human Rights Centre at the
School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast will host a hybrid conference,
‘Trauma-informed Legal Practice: Better Outcomes for Clients, a Better Day’s
Work for Solicitors and Barristers’.
will be opened by the first Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland Dame Siobhan
Keegan, and will include Melissa Rutherford from Trauma Informed Lawyers
Network Scotland, and an expert panel of local speakers.
years, justice sector organisations including social workers, police and
prisons have begun using trauma informed practice to help vulnerable people
change how their story turns out. At today’s event, the legal profession will
look at the different ways that trauma informed practice can revolutionise
their legal work.
with people living through extraordinary circumstances, and often see the worst
of human behaviour. Having dealt with traumatised clients using common sense
for generations, science now allows lawyers to understand more precisely the
serious impacts that current or unresolved childhood traumas can have on
clients’ health and ability to function. Firms and counsel can use these
insights in very practical ways to shape their service-delivery model and
client interactions, so as to better help their clients. They can resist
re-traumatisation of clients and remove unintended obstacles to them being able
to receive their services effectively.
At a time when
court delays, spiralling costs and post-pandemic pressures put the justice
system in the news for all the wrong reasons, this event will provide lawyers
and the community with an opportunity to think about how doing things
differently can give better outcomes for their clients and reduce the emotional
toll on legal professionals themselves.
will provide practical briefings on the basics of the trauma informed approach
and what it means in family, criminal, legacy and general practice.
WHERE: Hybrid (in-person and online). Moot Court Room, School of
Law, Queen’s University Belfast on Thursday 15 September at 4.30pm.
via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trauma-informed-legal-practice-better-outcomes-for-clients-tickets-386930929827
Media enquiries to Zara McBrearty at
Queen’s Communications Office on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and Mob: 07795676858.