YLAL writes for the JusticeGap

YLAL co-chair Oliver Carter's latest article for the JusticeGap, published in May 2017 covers our pre-election debate on access to justice featuring lawyer-politician representatives of the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.

You can read the rest of Ollie's articles published on The Justice Gap through his author archive

Talks in schools

Justice Alliance Subgroup: Fat Rat Film in schools

Hopefully by now you will have seen the Fat Rat Film “Legal Aid Team” which was launched in April 2015. For anyone that hasn’t seen it, Legal Aid Team is an “animated superhero adventure film pitting three audacious lawyers against the evil justice minister, Chris Grayling”.

YLAL Statement on criminal legal aid

YLAL is concerned that the government has decided to proceed with plans to cut criminal legal aid by a further 8.75%, introduce dual contracts for Duty and Own Client work and restrict the number of Duty contracts available to 527 without any further consultation with the profession, other than an email 48 hours before the cuts were announced, asking for information to be provided within 24 hours on the impact on firms of the initial 8.75% cut. This can in no way be seen to be a proper consultation.

YLAL writes for Solicitor's Journal

YLAL now write a regular feature for Young Lawyer and Solicitor's Journal updating on government reforms to legal aid, and developments in the profession from a junior lawyer's perspective. See our recent articles here:

Provide safe passage for unaccompanied child migrants March 2017

Blind pursuit of policy (damage called by LASPO) January 2017

Ollie writes for Legal Voice

Oliver Carter, co-chair of YLAL has been writing articles for online journal Legal Voice since 2014. His latest article was 'Labour lambasts government over access to justice 'crisis' following legal aid cuts,' November 2016

All his posts can be found here


LAPG conference report

YLAL committee members Deena Blacking and Simao Paxi-Cato report back from the Legal Aid Practitioners Group conference for the online journal Legal Voice:



View from the gravy train

A View From the Gravy Train is a new blog showcasing anonymous “a day in the life” stories submitted by legal aid lawyers. The purpose is to dispel the myth that legal aid lawyers are getting fat off legal aid.