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:
NAO report on legal aid cutsPost date: 31st of December 2014
In November 2014, the National Audit Office (‘NAO’) published a report of their findings into the impact of the changes to legal aid made under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). You can read the full report here. The function of the NAO is to assist Parliament in holding the government to account, and ensure that the nation is spending wisely.Read more...
Lords Amendments on JR DefeatedPost date: 9th of December 2014
The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill is going through the final parliamentary stages before it becomes law. Part 4 of the Bill proposes significant changes to the judicial review procedure. The House of Lords had passed amendments to the Bill on 27 October, which campaigners and lawyers welcomed. However, on 1 December the House of Commons rejected those amendments, putting back into the Bill changes that could have a chilling effect on people’s ability to access justice.Read more...
Criminal cuts go aheadPost date: 28th of November 2014
Government response to duty contract consultation
The Government has announced its intention to press ahead with plans to dramatically reduce the number of legal aid contracts allowing criminal defence firms to represent suspects in the police station, while also cutting fees by a further 8.75%. These changes are likely to lead to the closure of many criminal defence firms, while making it ever more difficult for new and aspiring lawyers, particularly those from less well-off backgrounds, to sustain a career in this sector.Read more...
CJC bill back in the LordsPost date: 13th of November 2014
Criminal Justice and Courts Bill - Judicial Review - back to the House of Lords on 9 December 2014Read more...
Legal aid news - 11 Nov 2014Post date: 11th of November 2014
- Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, accused the government of creating an unthinkable, unconscionable and unjust situation whereby the parents of a two year old boy have to respond to a local authority’s application for their son to be adopted outside the family without legal representation because they are (just) financially ineligible for legal aid.
Justice Select CommitteePost date: 8th of November 2014
YLAL committee members Connor Johnston and Carita Thomas gave evidence to the Justice Select Committee as part of their review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Connor appeared on behalf of Garden Court Chambers to talk about housing law and Carita represented the Immigration Law Practitioners Association to discuss the impact of LASPO on her area of work.
You can watch them both give evidence here.Read more...
Ollie writes for Legal VoicePost date: 8th of November 2014
Oliver Carter, co-chair of YLAL has been writing articles for online journal Legal Voice since 2014. His latest article was 'Labour lambasts government over access to justice 'crisis' following legal aid cuts,' November 2016
LAPG conference reportPost date: 8th of November 2014
YLAL committee members Deena Blacking and Simao Paxi-Cato report back from the Legal Aid Practitioners Group conference for the online journal Legal Voice:
Legal aid news - 20 Oct 2014Post date: 20th of October 2014
- The Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) annual conference was held on 10 October 2014. The conference theme was successful strategies for the future and it featured a number of workshops, including a careers panel session arranged by YLAL and a seminar on public interest challenges, also hosted by YLAL. A report of the conference prepared by YLAL members will be on our website and the Legal Voice website in the near future.
Crime legal aid cuts: your viewPost date: 29th of September 2014
What is this all about?
The Government has announced a new consultation on cuts to criminal legal aid, specifically its plans to reduce the number of contracts that let firms do “duty solicitor” work. The Government wants to drop the number of contracts from the current figure of around 1,600 contracts to 525.Read more...