The Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association was formed in 2002 with a view to promoting better representation for those persons seeking to appeal their convictions and sentences. The Association organises a conference most years to discuss legal issues relevant to appeals and is a member of the court user group at the Royal Courts of Justice. The last conference was held on 21st April 2012 at the Methodist Centre in Euston where the speakers included Henry Blaxland QC, Ed Fitzgerald QC, Dr Adrian Grounds, Professor John Spencer, Tim Owen QC and Steven Bird.


Our members undertake appellate work both under the various legal aid schemes which are available and on a privately funded basis for advice on appeals against conviction, sentence and applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. CALA does not guarantee the quality of work of any of its members but those choosing to be a member of CALA show by that membership a commitment to appellate work.


To join CALA please complete and return the application form which can be downloaded here

CALA members are given a discount for the forthcoming Criminal Law Review Conference to be held on 7th December 2012. For more details see our News page.

In addition Oxford University Press offer special discounts to CALA members. To see what is available and to access the OUP dedicated CALA members page click here



Anyone can register to be a user of this site which will give limited access to discussion forums. However, those wishing to register as members will be given full access to the site and will also qualify for reduced price entry to the conference which attracts CPD points for both solicitors and barristers. Membership runs from January to December