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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Legal Aid News: October 2020

Post 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 Whiteand Natasha Shotunde have been mistaken for the defendant in court and have spoken out against racism in English courts


Legal Aid News: September 2020

Post 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 students

Post 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.


Submission to the Justice Committee Inquiry on the Future of Legal Aid

Post 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 Law

Post 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”).


COVID Safety In Magistrates’ Courts

Post 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.