The year so far

Response to AGFS consultation

Post date: 13th of October 2018

On 12 October 2018, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) responded to the Ministry of Justice consultation on 'Amending the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme'. Our full response to the consultation is below.

We told the government that whilst we welcome the much-needed injection of additional funding into the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), we wish to make it absolutely clear that it is not enough. It is not enough to address the crisis within criminal legal aid and, more broadly, the criminal justice system as a whole.

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YLAL Response to LASPO Review

Post date: 30th of September 2018

YLAL has submitted its response to the Ministry of Justice Post-Implementation Review of Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

YLAL's submission concludes by setting out our analysis of the impact of LASPO in comparison to the stated aims of the legislation, within which our key proposals for reform are summarised.

Discouraging unnecessary and adversarial litigation at public expense

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Legal aid news: June and July 2018

Post date: 31st of August 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from June and July 2018.

Housing Possession Court Duty (HPCD) scheme judicial review: On 23 June, the High Court handed down the judgment in Law Centres Network v The Lord Chancellor, a challenge to the new scheme which dictates how legal aid providers tender for a housing duty scheme contract. The full judgment can be found here.

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Legal aid news - May 2018

Post date: 27th of June 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from May 2018.

Criminal legal aid: The criminal bar’s action in response to changes to the way in which criminal legal aid work by advocates is remunerated under the reformed Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), which came into force on 1 April, dominated the legal aid news in May.

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Statement on CBA ballot

Post date: 14th of June 2018

On 12 June 2018, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) announced the result of the ballot of its members on whether to accept the government's offer of additional investment in the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) and bring an end to the action which began on 1 April 2018 when the reformed scheme came into operation. 51.55% voted to accept the government's offer.

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Legal aid news - April 2018

Post date: 3rd of June 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from April 2018.

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The Fight for Social Justice

Post date: 17th of May 2018

YLAL recently organised, along with the Public Law Project and Justice First Fellows, its first conference on social justice and social welfare law. 

We hope that this will become an annual event, and will email our members with details of future plans. 

You can find the speeches and presentations of many of our speakers below. 

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Legal aid news - March 2018

Post date: 17th of April 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from March 2018.

YLAL Social Mobility Report: On 13 March, we launched our new social mobility report – “Social Mobility in a Time of Austerity”. The report was launched online and at 6 events throughout the country in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

The report identifies three key issues with social mobility in the legal aid sector:

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Statement on AGFS action

Post date: 29th of March 2018

YLAL statement on direct action in protest against changes to the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS)

Young Legal Aid Lawyers today (29 March 2018) issues the attached statement, in solidarity with colleagues who have made the difficult decison to take direct action in response to changes to the way in which criminal legal aid work by advocates is remunerated under the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).

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Legal aid news - February 2018

Post date: 26th of March 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from February 2018.

Legal aid for prisoners: On 21 February, legal aid was reinstated for 3 key areas of prison law: pre-tariff reviews, Category A reviews and challenges to decisions regarding placements in a close supervision centres.

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