Articles Archive

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:

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Consultation on Children Cases in the Family Court

Post date: 29th of September 2019

In Autumn 2018 the President of the Family Division invited Mr Justice Keehan (public law) and Mr Justice Cobb (private law), to lead two cross-professional Working Groups, to look at practices and processes in these two areas. On 29 September 2019, YLAL responded to the Interim Reports on public and private law. 

You can read our responses to this consultation below.



MP for Lewisham West and Penge visits Lewisham Southwark Law Centre

Post date: 26th of September 2019

On 19 September 2019, Ellie Reeves MP visited Lewisham Southwark Law Centre. 



Ellie said, of her visit: 

Great to spend yesterday morning with Lewisham Southwark Law Centre as part of the #TakeYourMPtoWork campaign.
The team do fantastic legal aid work and we discussed the range of casework issues Lewisham residents are facing.




Solicitors Qualifying Examination

Post date: 7th of September 2019

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has been consultating on its new Solicitors Qualifying Examination ('SQE'). 

SQE will be the new way for people to qualify as solicitors. It will be introduced by Autumn 2021. 


Legal aid news: July 2019

Post date: 4th of September 2019

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from July 2019.

Celebrating 70 years of legal aid: On 30 July 1949  the Legal Aid and Advice Act received royal assent, creating the legal aid scheme. The 30 July 2019 therefore saw the 70th anniversary of this important step in the campaign for access to justice. In order to celebrate and highlight the significance of this milestone, the Justice Alliance organised a large gathering outside the Ministry of Justice.


SRA Consultation Response

Post date: 30th of August 2019

On 30 August 2019, YLAL responded to the consultation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on the pilot for Part 1 of the Solicitor's Qualifying Exam (SQE).

You can read our response to this consultation below.



Chesterfield MP visits Law Centre

Post date: 18th of August 2019

Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield visited Derbyshire Law Centre on 6 August 2019. 

Toby said about his visit: 


Ealing MP visits Law Centre

Post date: 18th of August 2019

Rupa Huq MP for Ealing Central and Acton visited Ealing Law Centre on 9 August 2019: 



The morning was spent discussing legal aid.

Ealing Law Centre said:


Legal aid news - June 2019

Post date: 7th of August 2019

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from June 2019.


Kemptown MP visits Brighton Advice Centre

Post date: 3rd of August 2019

Lloyd Russell Moyle, MP for Kemptown & Peacehaven, visited Brighton Advice Centre on 1 August 2019. 

You can read about Lloyd's visit on Andy Winter's blog - Andy is Chief Executive of Brighton Housing Trust. 

Lloyd said about his visit: 


Stretford & Urmston MP visits GMLC

Post date: 3rd of August 2019

On 31 July 2019, Kate Green MP visited Greater Manchester Law Centre to learn more about early legal advice. 

Kate said of her visit: 

Informative and useful morning visiting @gmlawcentre as part of #takeyourmptowork campaign to learn about effect of legal aid cuts and priorities for advice work.