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:

View from the Gravy Train

Thanks 2 Legal Aid

Legal aid news - February 2016

Post date: 29th of February 2016

Domestic violence evidence criteria: the Court of Appeal ruled that the regulation setting out the evidence criteria for victims of domestic violence applying for legal aid was invalid, insofar as it required evidence of domestic violence within a 24 month period before the application for legal aid and does not cater for victims of financial abuse.


YLAL Meeting Minutes 10.02.2016

Post date: 22nd of February 2016

Attendees: Oliver, Rachel, Katie, Anna, Clementine, Nishmita, Emily, Susanne, Kate, Henry, Clyde, Sam, Francesca, Nathan, Rosie, Ornina and more.

1. Welcome

Our co-chairs Rachel and Ollie welcomed everyone and introduced the meeting.

2. Criminal legal aid


Legal aid news - January 2016

Post date: 1st of February 2016

January 2016 was a busy month in the legal aid world - here is our round-up of the latest legal aid news.


YLAL Meeting Minutes 13.01.2016

Post date: 25th of January 2016

Attendees: Aine Kervick, Rosie Campbell, Sam Elliott, Frances McCormack, Tara Mulcair, Nathan Scott, John Briant, Ornina Kassem, Richard Bottomly, Gimhani Eriyagolla, Louise Eardley, Kate Smith, Phil Armitage, Rachel Francis, Oliver Carter, Helen Jackson, Anastasia Solopova, Subashini Nathan, Maia Cohen-Lask


Rachel welcomed everyone to the meeting. She gave a brief introduction to YLAL, our campaigning efforts, sub groups and YLAL outside of London. Everyone introduced themselves.

Criminal Legal Aid


Criminal Legal Aid - Update

Post date: 8th of January 2016

Criminal Legal Aid Contracts - An Update - January 2016

In October 2015, the Legal Aid Agency considered all the tenders that had been submitted for criminal legal aid duty contracts.


Legal Aid Mythbuster - updated

Post date: 5th of January 2016

Legal Aid Mythbuster

We have produced a new and updated Legal Aid Mythbuster to correct common misconceptions and 'myths' about legal aid (which are often promoted by the government).

The Mythbuster addresses misleading spin about the cost of legal aid, the pay of legal aid lawyers, judicial review and comparisons between the legal aid system in England and Wales and other countries.


Law Care

Post date: 22nd of December 2015

Law Care is a registered charity who provide support for the legal profession to cope with the demands of a legal career. More information can be found on their website here:


Response to BSB consultation

Post date: 8th of December 2015

The Young Legal Aid Lawyers response to the Bar Standards Board Consultation on the Future of Training for the Bar: Academic, Vocational and Professional Stages of Training is available to download below.


Gove scraps criminal courts charge

Post date: 8th of December 2015

Michael Gove scraps criminal courts charge - update by YLAL member Katie Tiley

The Justice Secretary Michael Gove announced last week that the controversial criminal courts charge, which has led to the resignations of dozens of magistrates, will be abolished from 24 December 2015.


Residence test appeal judgment

Post date: 29th of November 2015

The Court of Appeal ruled this week that the proposed residence test for civil legal aid is not unlawful, overturning the a judgment by the High Court last year that the secondary legislation implementing the test was ultra vires and unjustifiably discriminatory. The judgment is available here.