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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YLAL Meeting: Human rights and access to justice during COVID-19

Post date: 18th of April 2020

On Wednesday 8 April 2020, YLAL hosted its first virtual meeting, 'Human rights and access to justice during COVID-19'. We were joined by four expert speakers: Steve Broach (39 Essex Chambers), Steven Galliver-Andrew (Legal Sector Workers United), Jo Hynes (Public Law Project) and Bella Sankey (Detention Action).


Happy 15th birthday, YLAL!

Post date: 13th of April 2020

YLAL is 15 years old today!

COVID-19 means that our party plans are on hold, however, we would still like to celebrate 15 years of fighting for legal aid and access to justice!

Please post your #YLALMemories on Twitter! Photos, anecdotes and any other YLAL-related memories are all welcome!

We attach the minutes from our very first meeting. Hopefully we have gone above and beyond the original aims!


YLAL Committee



YLAL COVID-19 Report

Post date: 7th of April 2020

On 7 April 2020, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) published an important report on the impact of COVID-19 on its members’ professional lives.  The report analyses survey data collected from more than 300 YLAL members between 26 March- 03 April 2020.


Coronavirus impact

Post date: 27th of March 2020

YLAL is gathering evidence as to how coronavirus is impacting our members. 

Please complete the survey now. 


YLAL made a statement about coronavirus on 20 March 2020,  calling for the government to take action to:

- Reduce the exposure of practitioners to COVID-19


COVID-19: Immediate action needed to protect junior legal aid lawyers

Post date: 20th of March 2020

20 March 2020

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) calls on the Government, chambers and law firms across the country to immediately:

- Reduce the exposure of practitioners to COVID-19

- Put support measures in place to protect our members from the effect of loss of earnings and reduced job security

- Protect our members from increased pressure to work through ill-health


Mental health and well-being in the legal sector: YLAL Midlands event, February 2020

Post date: 16th of March 2020

On 10 February 2020, YLAL Midlands hosted an event on the challenges of working in the legal sector, with a focus on mental health and general wellbeing.

Our event began with contributions from the panel. This was chaired by YLAL Midlands and national committee member Malvika Jaganmohan, who has been vocal on Twitter about her own mental health struggles. She outlined the tension between having a frank discussion about mental health and also pursuing a career as a young legal aid lawyer.


Criminal Legal Aid Review

Post date: 12th of March 2020

YLAL is participating in the Ministry of Justice's Criminal Legal Aid Review ('CLAR'). 

Part of this involves us attending consultation and focus group meetings, as well as us feeding into any consultation documents. 

As the most junior in the profession, YLAL members are the criminal practitioners most likely to be impacted by the restriction of access to the profession and stagnation of wages which have been caused by the swingeing cuts to criminal legal aid implemented by the Ministry of Justice.


Wellbeing and Selfcare YLAL Liverpool 19/2/20

Post date: 3rd of March 2020

On 19th Feb 2020 YLAL Liverpool met in a cosy library at The Quaker Meeting house lit by fairy lights to discuss wellbreing and self care for those working in the sector.

Siobhan Taylor-Ward opened the meeting by giving some information about the resources available to lawyers, findings of the Social Mobility survey and JLD's wellbeing survey and also a bit about her experiences and how she has managed stress and pressure in the workplace.


YLAL response to SQE Survey

Post date: 17th of February 2020

On 16 February 2020, YLAL responded to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's Survey about the Solicitors Qualifying Exam ('SQE'). 

SQE will be the new way for people to qualify as solicitors. It will be in place from 2021. 

YLAL has been engaging throughout the SRA's Training for Tomorrow project.  You can view all of YLAL's previous responses about SQE. 


Briefing for MPs on Early Legal Advice

Post date: 30th of January 2020

Ahead of the APPG on Legal Aid meeting on Monday 3rd February, YLAL, with the APPG on Legal Aid, Justice Alliance and More United, has put produced a briefing on the importance of properly funded comprehensive early legal advice.

We encourage YLAL members to email this briefing to their MPs as well as linking to this page from their social media accounts.