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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End of specialist support?

Post date: 29th of April 2012

YLAL has responded to the Legal Services Commission (LSC) consultation on the future of the Specialist Support Service. The LSC aims to end the service after the current contracts run out at the end of June 2012.


Access to profession

Post date: 27th of April 2012

 Professor Hilary Sommerlad, School of Law, University of Leicester is looking for volunteers to take part in a piece of research on the difficulties faced by aspiring, trainee and junior solicitors trying to get started in the profession. See below for details.


"Ping pong" action

Post date: 21st of April 2012

The Parliamentary process known as “ping pong” has truly begun. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill was back in the House of Commons on Tuesday night. The House of Lords had changed the LASPO Bill 11 times for the better – see our earlier post for details. On Tuesday night the Commons voted to overturn all 11 amendments.


Keep the minimum salary

Post date: 10th of April 2012

YLAL has submitted its response to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) consultation on the proposal to scrap the minimum salary requirement for trainee solicitors.


Why we must protect the shrinking legal aid safety net

Post date: 3rd of April 2012

Nadia Salam has written for The Social Issue blog on legal aid cuts and the telephone gateway in December 2011


YLAL "lawyer to watch"

Post date: 3rd of April 2012

Guardian Law has a series where readers can nominate lawyers to watch.  We are very pleased that YLAL founder Laura Janes has been named Lawyer to watch for April 2012.

The full article and the reasons why Laura was nominated can be read here:


False Economy blog on MP report

Post date: 2nd of April 2012

Nadia Salam and Katie Tiley have written for the False Economy blog about our MP report:


Urgent: days to save legal aid

Post date: 29th of March 2012

The legal aid bill has now left the Lords. It will be back in the House of Commons this coming Tuesday (17th April). There are only a few days left to save legal aid and we need you more than ever!


Impact of legal aid cuts on MPs

Post date: 13th of March 2012

“Nowhere else to turn: The impact of legal aid cuts on MPs’ ability to help their constituents”

A report setting out the findings of a study by the Young Legal Aid Lawyers, investigating the effect of the legal aid cuts on the ability of MPs to help their constituents (download from below). To be launched in Parliament at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid at 1330 on 14th March 2012.


Legal Aid Bill MP action

Post date: 4th of March 2012

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will finish its passage through the House of Lords on 27 March 2012. A number of amendments have been tabled to lessen the impact of the Bill. These include amendments: