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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The COVID-19 pandemic; a scapegoat for the imminent collapse of the CJS

Post date: 29th of July 2020

This piece was written by YLAL member Pietra Asprou, who has recently completed the BPTC and is a paralegal at LexisNexis UK.  


Young Lawyers Making Change Festival 2020

Post date: 24th of July 2020

YLAL was pleased to bring you, along with our partners Public Law Project and Justice First Fellows, our Young Lawyers Making Change Festival 2020.

We had a jam-packed two-week schedule of panels and talks, online from August 10th-21st.


Statement on the treatment of BPTC students due to sit BSB exams in August 2020

Post date: 23rd of July 2020


Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) is committed to promoting the interests of new entrants to the legal profession and to increasing social mobility and diversity within the legal aid sector.

YLAL is deeply concerned about the experiences of some Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) students who are due to sit the centralised Bar Standards Board (BSB) exams in August 2020.

On 13 May 2020, the BSB announced that those requiring reasonable adjustments would be able to access Pearson VUE test centres to sit the three centralised BSB exams.


YLAL Student Takeover: Resilience in a Legal Aid Career

Post date: 15th of July 2020

On 8 July 2020, YLAL hosted a 'Student Takeover' event. The event featured a panel of students and practitioners. The practitioners discussed their legal aid careers and resilience in the face of challenges. 

The meeting was chaired by Hafsah Hussain, a recent BPTC graduate, and featured a panel consisting of current students posing questions to legal professionals. 


Karl Turner MP's report on Coronavirus and the Criminal Justice System

Post date: 8th of July 2020

YLAL welcomes the Shadow Minister for Legal Aid Karl Turner MP’s recent report Coronavirus and the Criminal Justice System – Saving Access to Justice. The report can be read here.


Legal aid news: June 2020

Post date: 6th of July 2020

Welcome to our update of the legal aid and access to justice news from June 2020.



YLAL Virtual: ‘Question time with Parliament’

Post date: 6th of July 2020

On Wednesday 10th June 2020, YLAL hosted a ‘Question Time with Parliament’ #YLALVirtual event which took the form of a question and answer session.


YLAL Wales: Access to Justice and Legal Advice Deserts in Wales

Post date: 6th of July 2020


YLAL Cymru hosted this virtual event on Wednesday 24 June 2020. The event was chaired by law student and YLAL member Crash Wigley, who introduced the panel of speakers who spoke on the impact of advice deserts in Wales. It was particularly prevalent that the lack of legal advice is affecting vulnerable individuals such as those with disabilities, the homeless and ethnic minority communities, and is exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19. 



In Defence of Jury Trials - Joint Statement

Post date: 30th of June 2020

"The principle that a person who is facing a life-changing judgment, and risks losing their freedom, has the right to have their case heard and judged by people representative of their community – of different ages, ethnicities and professional and educational backgrounds – is a fundamental aspect of the criminal justice system in England & Wales."



A sector at breaking point: Justice denied for victims of trafficking

Post date: 21st of June 2020

A new report by Young Legal Aid Lawyers (‘YLAL’), “A Sector at Breaking Point: Justice Denied for Victims of Trafficking”, confirms that there is a market failure in the asylum and immigration legal aid sector, with victims of trafficking often unable to access legally aided asylum and immigration advice and representation.