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

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Christmas Carols at HJA

Post date: 17th of November 2012

Hodge Jones and Allen will be hosting an evening of 'Carols in the Bar', from 6pm on Tuesday 11 December, at their offices on 180 North Gower Street, London NW1 2NB (by Euston). 

The evening will include an African Gospel Choir, mulled wine and an interview with guest Sir Mark Hedley, High Court Judge (Family Division).



APPG meeting 7 Nov

Post date: 4th of November 2012

There will be a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid on Wednesday 7 November at 4pm. The meeting will discuss the new regulations under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012.

The LASPO Act 2012 made radical changes to the provision of civil legal aid. Around 600,000 people per year will no longer have access to legal aid once the Act comes into force on 1 April 2013.


News from LAPG conference

Post date: 28th of October 2012

YLAL recently contributed to the annual conference of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group. Committee member, Simao Paxi-Cato reports back on what happened:

Lord McNally (the new Minister for Legal Aid) opened up this year’s conference by telling the audience that he wanted to maintain an open dialogue between the Government and legal aid practitioners. He explained that in the coming months the LSC would be adopting more online processes in communicating with practitioners.


Website problems

Post date: 5th of October 2012

We are currently experiencing some problems with our website. We hope to have these resolved as soon as possible and apologise in the meantime for any inconvenience.

Important details about our next London meeting on 10.10.12 and about the LAPG conference on 13.10.12 are set out in news.


YLAL response to LETR

Post date: 6th of July 2012

This week YLAL has submitted a response to the Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility paper which forms a part of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR).


Legal aid levy a regressive tax

Post date: 2nd of July 2012

On 2 July the Ministry of Justice finished their consultation on the proposed Supplementary Legal Aid Scheme (SLAS). Details of the Government's programme for legal aid reform can be found here.


APPG meeting 11 July

Post date: 23rd of June 2012

There will be a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid in Parliament on Wednesday 11 July 2012 starting at 5pm. The title of the meeting is:

"Is LASPO the end of legal aid lawyers and the end of diversity and social mobility in this part of the profession?"


LALY awards 2012

Post date: 10th of June 2012

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the LAPG Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.  YLAL is pleased to announce that our co-chair Katie Brown has been shortlisted for Young Legal Aid Solicitor of the Year.  The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday 12 June 2012 in London.  For a full list of everyone on the shortlist please see here.  We wish everyone shortlisted good luck!

For more information on the LALYs please see here


SRA decides on min salary

Post date: 20th of May 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has decided that it will not oblige firms and organisations to pay trainee solicitors anything more than the National Minimum Wage after 1 August 2014. We understand (from reports of the Board meeting) that the SRA still intends to regulate this issue because of the concern that trainee solicitors fall within the definition of an "apprentice" under the National Minimum Wage Regulations.


Essay competition to win free LPC place

Post date: 1st of May 2012

The partner magazine to the Solicitors' Journal "Young Lawyer" has teamed up with legal training provider NCLT to offer one of their readers the chance to win a free place on an LPC course of your choice, worth more than £8,000.

Here is their blurb from the website: