Below are all our previously published articles and news items - blog posts will be included here too.
There are also 2 wordpress blog sites which we previously used and for whom content is still available, although they are not currently being updated:
#YLALVirtual Careers Event 25 November 2020: How to Get Your Dream Job in Legal AidPost date: 1st of December 2020 Read more...
Legal Aid News: October 2020Post date: 22nd of November 2020
Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from October 2020
Black Legal Professionals Experiences of Racism in English Courts:
Barristers, Alexandra Wilson (author of In Black and White) and Natasha Shotunde have been mistaken for the defendant in court and have spoken out against racism in English courts.Read more...
Racial Diversity in the Professions: Then and Now. Session 2: The SystemPost date: 14th of November 2020 Read more...
Legal Aid News: September 2020Post date: 9th of November 2020
Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from September 2020
The impact of COVID-19 on studentsPost date: 8th of November 2020
We are grateful to YLAL member, Rachel Kelly, for writing this original content piece.
COVID-19 has had a severe impact on life as we know it. This article will explore the effect on students. From bar exams crisis to the cancellation of placements and postponement of legal careers, COVID-19 has had drastic consequences on the access to the legal profession.Read more...
Submission to the Justice Committee Inquiry on the Future of Legal AidPost date: 3rd of November 2020
The Justice Committee is conducting an Inquiry into the future of legal aid and launched a consultation on 7 September 2020 with the following terms of reference:
How LASPO has affected access to justice views on the post-implementation review and the criminal legal aid review;
The role of the Legal Aid Agency;
Recruitment and retention problems among legal aid professionals;
YLAL Submission to the Independent Review of Administrative LawPost date: 26th of October 2020
On 31 July 2020, the Government established the Independent Review of Administrative Law (“the Review”), consisting of a panel of six practitioners and academics, and published its Terms of Reference (“the TOR”).Read more...
Racial Diversity in the Professions: Then and Now. Session 1: the LawyersPost date: 23rd of October 2020 Read more...
COVID Safety In Magistrates’ CourtsPost date: 19th of October 2020
It has been reported that defence practitioners today staged a walk out of Bristol Magistrates' Court over unsafe working conditions, including a lack of social distancing, COVID compliant meeting rooms, and inadequate ventilation. The lack of risk assessments and wifi in the cells area has also been criticised.
Does Judicial Diversity Matter?Post date: 12th of October 2020
We are grateful to Amany for this piece, who is a YLAL member and currently undertaking work experience to save up for her upcoming Bar course.
On 17 September 2020, the Ministry of Justice published its most recent statistics on the diversity of the judiciary. The findings are unambiguous and dispiriting; our judiciary is predominantly white, male and middle class.Read more...