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Natalie Byrom

About me

I am currently undertaking a PhD in law based at the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at Warwick Law School. My PhD is funded through the ESRC Collaborative Studentship scheme and as such represents a partnership between Warwick Law School and the Law Centres Network.

I graduated from Trinity College, University of Cambridge in 2008 and worked for the NHS before returning to study for an LLM in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Warwick. Since then I have worked as a Research Assistant for the UK Centre for Legal Education, Warwick Medical School and on the Legal Education and Training Review. I have also taught on a number of courses within the Law Department and at Warwick Business School including: Critical Issues in Law and Management, Legal Theory, Medical Law and Tort Law.

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Research Impact and Public Engagement Awards 2014: Winner

These awards recognise researchers for the time, hard work and consideration they put into engaging the public with the benefits of their research, and to recognise the myriad ways in which all staff and students at the University engage with local communities and businesses to improve people’s lives – in the region, in the UK and globally. For more information click here.

The Judging Panel were highly impressed with your achievements at this relatively early stage in your career, in particular the potential for international impact through your work with Monash and that your work has already begun to influence public debate in this area.

Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduate Research students 2013-2014: Commended

The Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduate Research students (WATEPGR) gives students and staff the opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellent teaching by postgraduate research students.

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About my research

Exploring the impact of the cuts to civil legal aid mandated by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 ("LASPO") on vulnerable individuals and groups.

My PhD research is concerned with mapping the impact of cuts to civil legal aid on vulnerable groups using Law Centres and their clients as a case study. The aim of this research is to provide a robust evidence base for the impact of the cuts that can be used by others to campaign for change. I am also keen to explore the different structures for the delivery of legal advice that emerge as a result of the cuts, and to evaluate their efficacy in enabling individuals to access justice.

Supervisor: Dr James Harrison, School of Law

Funding: Economic and Social Research Council

Evaluating alternative models of legal service delivery: evaluating the impact of embedded legal advice on families with complex needs and the professionals who support them

Project evaluating the impact of embedding a specialist legal advisor in Coventry City Council's Troubled Families team. Phase one of the project aims to explore and evaluate the impact of embedded legal advice on the ability of Troubled Families key workers to meet their targets. Phase two will seek to capture the benefits of embedded legal advice for the families served by the Troubled Families team. Funded by The Baring Foundation and Coventry Law Centre

State of the Sector Report- Research in Partnership with ilegal

In partnership with ilegal - the UK's largest online forum for providers of civil legal aid - I have worked to develop a survey to capture the impact of the cuts to civil legal aid on the retention and development of expertise within the civil law sector. This piece of work has received coverage in Legal Voice , The Law Society Gazette, the Solicitors Journal and the Guardian. To access the full report, please click here, and to read more about the report's impact, click here.

Access to Justice: A Comparative Analysis of the Cuts to the Civil and Criminal Legal Aid Systems in England, Wales and Victoria

With Jackie Hodgson, James Harrison and Asher Flynn Funded by: Warwick-Monash, This project will provide a comparative analysis of the impact of cuts to the civil and criminal legal-aid systems operating in England, Wales and Victoria, Project Start Date: 01/07/2013 Project End Date: 01/06/2014. For more information please see the project website here.

Natalie Byrom

Natalie Byrom

School of Law

Email:N dot L dot Byrom at warwick dot ac dot uk