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:
SRA Consultation ResponsePost date: 20th of December 2017
On 20 December 2017, YLAL responded to the latest consultation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on its plans to introduce a Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).
The consultation, 'Looking to the future: phase two of our Handbook reforms', concerns a number of issues, including the introduction of the SQE and the streamlining of the SRA’s current character and suitability requirements for solicitors.
You can read our response to this consultation below.
DV evidence requirementsPost date: 15th of December 2017
Young Legal Aid Lawyers welcomes the Government's decision to change the legal aid evidence requirements for victims of domestic violence.
The new Regulations, which will come into force on 8 January 2018, will remove the five year time limit for evidence of abuse and introduce new forms of acceptable evidence, including from social services, medical professionals and domestic violence support organisations.Read more...
Legal aid news - November 2017Post date: 5th of December 2017
Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from November 2017.Read more...
APPG on Legal Aid - 25.10.2017Post date: 2nd of November 2017
Grenfell Tower: Fire and Safety issues in social housing
Minutes of the meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Legal Aid, Wednesday 25 October 2017
Speakers: Giles Peaker (Partner, Anthony Gold), Justin Bates (Barrister, Arden Chambers), and Andrew Patterson (representing the Government’s review of building regulations and fire safety)
Parliamentarians: Karen Buck MP (Chair), Lord Jeremy Beecham, Alex Chalk MP, Emma Dent Coad MP, Andy Slaughter MPRead more...
Legal aid news - October 2017Post date: 31st of October 2017
Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from September and October 2017.
YLAL South West minutes - 12.10.2017Post date: 20th of October 2017
Our latest event, Access to Justice Under Attack: Brexit, Charlie Gard and the Rule of Law was held on 12 October 2017 at Bristol Law Society. It took the form of a panel event and was chaired by Helen Law from Matrix Chambers, who did a fantastic job of tying together the key themes arising from the four talks, which all came at the issues from a different angle but demonstrated the inherent injustices in the current system.Read more...
YLAL writes for Legal VoicePost date: 23rd of September 2017
YLAL's vice-chair Siobhan Taylor-Ward writes for YLAL's series in Legal Voice; This (young legal aid) life.
"I have been asked by the Home office to provide the client with the decision as she has been referred for safeguarding. I break the news that her claim has been refused. Her face crumples in tears. The baby in the pram beside her knows enough to place her tiny hand upon her mum’s knee.
"She tells me her baby died in Africa — it was cot death — her claim stems from this one incident and its repercussions.Read more...
YLAL writes for Solicitors JournalPost date: 23rd of September 2017
YLAL's Heather Thomas writes for the Solicitors Journal:
Heather Thomas considers how the fundamentally different disciplines of family law and criminal law can work together to help achieve better outcomes for vulnerable children
Bach Report: The Right to JusticePost date: 22nd of September 2017
Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) welcomes the final report of the Bach Commission on Access to Justice, published today (22 September 2017), as a vital contribution to the public debate about access to justice and legal aid.Read more...
YLAL London Minutes - 13.09.2017Post date: 20th of September 2017
Our London meeting on Wednesday 13 September 2017 at Hodge Jones & Allen focussed on the recent Court of Appeal judgment on legal aid for prisoners and the work of the Howard League for Penal Reform, with Simon Creighton of Bhatt Murphy and Marie Franklin of the Howard League joining us as guest speakers.Read more...