Annual Legal Wales Conference took place on 10th October 2014.

10 October in Bangor saw the annual Legal Wales Conference, well-attended by lawyers, judges and law academics in Wales. Keith Bush gave the welcome address and a ‘first’ this year was a presentation by law students from Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea, coordinated and introduced by the Observatory with sponsorship from the Law Society’s Wales Office. The session, entitled ‘Children, Young People and Access to Justice’ considered the legal and human rights issues in relation to access to child and adolescent mental health services, accommodation needs of children in gypsy and traveller communities and access to play and recreational facilities. The students’ contributions were warmly received by a distinguished audience and after discussion a number of members of the audience expressed interest in the Observatory’s ongoing work towards a pan-Wales free children and young people’s legal advice and representation service in which all the Welsh law schools could participate.

‘The Observatory is now working with its partners in Wales to procure funding to support development of this service, and a consultation is in process, including with those who expressed interest at our Legal Wales session. For information contact Jane Williams jane.m.williams@swansea.ac.uk