July 3, 2018 @ 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Matrix Chambers
Griffin Building
London WC1R 5LN

Reform of the Parole Board:

Open Justice and Rehabilitation


5.45pm Tuesday 3rd July 2018 (Registration from 5.30pm)

Matrix Chambers, Griffin Building, London WC1R 5LN

The Ministry of Justice is consulting as to substantial reform of the current parole system. Prior to the closure of that consultation period on 27 July 2018, the Human Rights Lawyers Association is proud to present a panel discussion with leading figures in this field providing valuable insight into the key topics.



Professor Nick Hardwick, former Chair of the Parole Board

Formerly HM Chief Inspector of Prisons from 2010-2016, and previously chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Whilst in post at the Parole Board from March 2016-March 2018 Nick Hardwick had called for greater openness to the parole process, and overseen steps to address systemic delay problems. He left the Board following the ‘Worboys’ challenge to the parole board panel’s release decision.  

Phillippa Kaufmann QC, Matrix Chambers

A leading silk in prisoners’ rights matters and human rights cases, she represented one of the victims bringing the ‘Worboys’ judicial review challenge; and acted before the Supreme Court in the same victim’s claim brought against the police under Article 3 of the ECHR for failure to conduct an effective investigation. In 2017 she represented the claimants before the Court of Appeal in a successful challenge to the legality of the removal of certain areas of prison law from the scope of legal aid.

Dr. Laura Janes, Legal Director at the Howard League for Penal Reform

Laura Janes is an award winning solicitor with higher rights and a professional doctorate in Youth Justice. Laura is also Chair of the Legal Action Group. In practice she often represents vulnerable young people in custody, and those serving life sentences. She has been published extensively on topics including children and the parole process. The Howard League is a national charity working for less crime, safer communities, and fewer people in prison.


The Ministry of Justice has placed reform of the Parole Board on the agenda, and in particular proposes new provision for challenges to parole decisions. The speakers will explore the potentially competing interests of transparency, openness, accountability and rehabilitation, and the continued independence of the Board, and its willingness and ability to release prisoners where the statutory conditions are met.

This event will consider the changes to the parole board system that are implemented by the change to rule 25 and practical implications of the new Parole Board (Amendment) Rules 2018 (S.I. 2018/541), as well as predictions for the wider reform, including the system of reconsideration of decisions proposed by the consultation.


To register your place at this free event, please contact administrator@hrla.org.uk


The HRLA is grateful in particular to the support of Matrix Chambers who are hosting this event and are kindly providing a short reception to follow the event at which refreshments will be provided.