Training: Understanding and influencing Welsh legislation

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EventsEvent Date: Oct 19th, 2021Time: 09.15 - 13.00

Join us for this unique session which looks at how organisations can engage effectively with law-making in Wales. 

What’s it about?

Almost everyone is affected by Welsh legislation in some way, whether it is wearing a face covering in a shop, making an appointment with your GP or renting a home. Yet the Welsh Parliament’s powers to introduce new laws are relatively new and are not widely understood.  

This session will outline the key features of Welsh legislation and help you not only to understand it but to know when and how to influence it. 

Why you should attend

This unique half-day training session will give you unparalleled insights into how Welsh laws are made, delivered by experts in the field. It will equip you with an understanding of the opportunities and constraints on the legislative process, highlight the best ways to try to influence legislation as it is considered and what can be done to enforce it. 

If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between primary and secondary legislation or wondered why the High Court gets involved in Welsh affairs then this is for you! 

The session will cover:

  • the different types of Welsh legislation
  • how laws are scutinised and passed
  • a case study of influencing legislation 
  • challenging legislation when it has been enacted. 

Draft Agenda 

1. Welcome and introductions 

2. Understanding Welsh legislation – Dr Sarah Nason, Bangor University 

This session provides an overview of the Senedd’s current legislative powers and explains the different types of Welsh legislation.

3. From Public Bill to Senedd Act – Senedd Scrutiny Support Team

This session will explain the legislative process for public bills, highlighting the different stages involved and identifying the points at which organisations might seek to influence a bill. 

4. Overlooked laws – Senedd Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee

This session will highlight the significance and potential of secondary legislation, private and members’ bills, including how organisations can propose or influence them.

5. Influencing legislation: a case study – TBC – more details soon

6. Challenging Welsh laws – Sarah Nason

7. In real life – Senedd Member TBC

An opportunity to ask a Member of the Senedd about the legislative process.


The training will be delivered online, between 9.15 am and 1.00 pm, and delivered via Zoom.  There will be time for questions and discussion with experts as well as short breaks away from the screen. The number of places is limited to ensure that you have an opportunity to contribute. 

The delegate fee is a highly-competitive £149 per person, with a 33% discount for Bevan Foundation subscribers (£99).  Please note that booking fees are payable in addition to the delegate fee. 

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The Presenters:

Sarah Nason

Sarah is Senior Lecturer in Administrative Law and Jurisprudence at the University of Bangor. Her research interests are in public law, administrative justice, devolution, comparative public law and jurisprudence (legal philosophy). Sarah is an executive committee member of Public Law Wales and a member of the UK Administrative Justice Council Academic Panel. She was a 2019 Academic Fellow at the Senedd.


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