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#YLALVirtual 28 April 2021 - Protecting human rights in an age of authoritarianism

At our #YLALVirtual on Wednesday 28 April at 6.30pm, our incredible expert panel (featuring Shami Chakrabarti, Michael Mansfield QC, Chai Patel, Katy Watts and Audrey Cherryl Mogan) discussed the issues and impact of legislative policy seen in the debates on:

 

  • the genocide amendment to the Trade Bill;
  • the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act 2021;
  • the Government's New Plan for Immigration; and
  • the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Some of our excellent YLAL volunteers also produced fact sheets on each of the items (combined reading time approx. 20 minutes). We are grateful to Luned Jewell, Anuya Pai, Wing S. Ng and Samantha Orenstein for their work on these. In addition, the team at Liberty has kindly allowed us to share its briefing on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill before second reading in the House of Commons (March 2021) which goes into additional detail.

We are grateful to Garden Court Chambers for hosting the event.

COVID-19: 6 months on

On Wednesday 9 September 2020, One Pump Court Chambers hosted a #YLALVirtual meeting reflecting on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic six months on from the passage of the Coronavirus Act. The meeting explored how the pandemic has affected different areas of social welfare law and the criminal justice system since lockdown began in March. Ciara Bartlam, YLAL committee member and barrister at Garden Court North Chambers, chaired the meeting.

 

YLAL Leeds: Legal Aid and Domestic Violence

 

On 22nd July 2020, YLAL Leeds hosted the virtual event 'Legal Aid and Domestic Violence'. Aaqib Javed, YLAL committee member and future pupil barrister at Spire Barristers, began by introducing the event and the four panellists. He outlined the event’s main focus, domestic violence, and the three main topics to be discussed: the Ministry of Justice Inquiry, the Domestic Abuse Bill, and the important issue of legal aid and access to justice..

 

YLAL Student Takeover: Resilience in a Legal Aid Career

On 8 July 2020, YLAL hosted a 'Student Takeover' event. The event featured a panel of students and practitioners. The practitioners discussed their legal aid careers and resilience in the face of challenges. 

The meeting was chaired by Hafsah Hussain, a recent BPTC graduate, and featured a panel consisting of current students posing questions to legal professionals.