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

HoL debate - 11 July 2013

Post date: 9th of July 2013

On Thursday 11 July 2013, 1100, the House of Lords will be debating the “Effect of cuts in legal aid funding on the justice system in England and Wales”. The debate has been instituted by Baroness Deech. More information is available on the Parliament website here.


Demonstrate! 30 July

Post date: 6th of July 2013

The campaign against cuts to legal aid has made incredible progress. Now is the time for more pressure than ever before.

YLAL is supporting public events on 30 July, as part of a national day of action against the cuts. This will be the anniversary of the date when the law creating the modern legal aid system, the Legal Advice and Assistance Act 1949, gained Royal Assent. 

Flyers for both events and more details are below.



Legal executive update

Post date: 6th of July 2013

There have been recent changes to the "legal executive" route to qualifying as a lawyer.


Report on legal aid debate 27/6

Post date: 30th of June 2013

On Thursday 27 June 2013 the House of Commons debated the proposed cuts to legal aid contained in the recent ‘Transforming Legal Aid’ consultation paper. The transcript of the debate can be accessed here. More information about the consultation together with YLAL’s response can be accessed here.


Petition reaches 100,000!

Post date: 29th of June 2013

The Government is woefully out of step with public opinion on the right to free legal advice say campaigners.

An online petition calling for a halt to radical new plans to cut legal aid has reached 100,000 signatures. This matter should now be debated in parliament. The Government is still considering responses to a consultation on the issue but has signalled its intention to bring in legislation to implement the cuts in Autumn 2013.

Carita Thomas, from campaigning group, Young Legal Aid Lawyers said:


Write to Your MP

Post date: 23rd of June 2013

If you can't see the form below please click here to write to your mp.


Legal aid debate 27 June

Post date: 20th of June 2013

The House of Commons will debate the Government's recent proposals to "reform" legal aid on Thursday 27 June 2013 (see this page for background to the Transforming Legal Aid consultation). The debate has been secured by Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather and Labour MP David Lammy.


Response to TLA

Post date: 4th of June 2013

YLAL has sent in our response to the latest Government proposals to "reform" the legal aid system. The full response can be accessed here. Read about the background to the proposals here.  Thank you to all our members who contributed to our response. 


Latest cuts... take action

Post date: 13th of May 2013

Publicise the cuts - disseminate our one-page briefing


Legal aid cuts - town hall meeting 20 May

Post date: 10th of May 2013

Important meeting on the latest round of legal aid cuts, organised by the London School of Economics with the support of Matrix Chambers. Please attend and circulate to others who may be interested; particularly non-lawyers and "people of influence". Click here for more details or see below: