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

Demonstrate! Sunday 29 Sept

Post date: 17th of September 2013

The Northern Save Justice Campaign is organising a march against legal aid cuts to feed into the big TUC march at the Conservative party conference in Manchester.

This is for civil and criminal lawyers, campaigners, clients, anyone who cares about access to justice and a fairer society!

The march will take place on Sunday 29 September, starting at 11.30 am at Crown Court square in Manchester and we will then join the main TUC march.

Speakers at the rally before the march include:

Kate Green MP

Jared Fickin - Garden Court North


Attack on judicial review

Post date: 8th of September 2013

A new consultation on Judicial Review


Legal aid cuts decision

Post date: 5th of September 2013

YLAL response to Government announcement on TLA proposals

On 5 September the Government published its response to the Transforming Legal Aid Consultation. The response can be accessed here. Save for a few small concessions the Government will be pressing ahead with its proposals in full.


Westminster debate - 4 Sept

Post date: 30th of August 2013

There is a Parliamentary debate on the criminal legal aid reforms and price competitive tendering taking place at 0930 on 4 September 2013. We have prepared an updated briefing for this debate. Please do contact your MP, send them a copy of the briefing, and encourage them to attend.

The briefing can be downloaded here.


Post LASPO CPD training

Post date: 20th of August 2013

The Legal Aid Practitioners Group are running an evening course on legal aid post-LASPO, this Thursday 22 August 2013. Details below. There is a concessionary rate for YLAL members of £20. To book click here (and select the LAPG member option).


Meet with your MP

Post date: 18th of August 2013

YLAL is encouraging all members, as well as writing to their MPs, to go and meet with them personally in order to raise awareness in Parliament of the devastating impact of the proposed changes to legal aid contained in the Transforming Legal Aid consultation.


Leaflets about legal aid cuts

Post date: 2nd of August 2013

YLAL has produced two leaflets to highlight the impact of new legal aid cuts proposed by the Government in the consultation paper, Transforming Legal Aid. More information and our views on the proposals can be accessed here.

The "leaflet for MPs" is to give to your MP at a surgery or email them when you are writing with your concerns about the proposals.


LASPO regs debate

Post date: 22nd of July 2013
On 17 July 2013 Lord Bach moved a motion of "regret" against the legal aid regulations laid before parliament seeking to reduce eligibility for legal aid on the basis of capital in their house (the Civil Legal Aid (Financial Resources and Payment for Services) R

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.