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

Last chance in the Lords...

Post date: 29th of February 2012

On the 5th March 2012 the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will reach its final stage in the House of Lords – the report stage.


Social mobility - call for action

Post date: 13th of February 2012


Human rights essay competition

Post date: 1st of February 2012

Law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and junior lawyers (current, prospective or inbetween stages) are invited to enter the Law Society's annual Graham Turnbull essay competition on human rights.

This year's essay title is: ‘In the light of the growing prison population should we look for alternatives to imprisonment?' The deadline for entries is Friday 23 March 2012.

To find out more please click here


Carers Watch blog post

Post date: 28th of January 2012

Carita Thomas has written an update on the legal aid bill for the Carers Watch blog site


Quakers Asylum & Refugee Network article

Post date: 28th of January 2012

Carita Thomas has written "Vulnerable Children will lose access to justice with cuts to legal aid" for the website of the Quakers Asylum and Refugee Network


Minimum salary at risk

Post date: 21st of January 2012

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has proposed scrapping the minimum salary for trainee solicitors. Young Legal Aid Lawyers is deeply concerned about the proposal and how it will impact on access to and social mobility within the profession.


Legal aid cuts a false economy

Post date: 14th of January 2012

Kings College have published a report Unintended Consequences: the cost of the Government’s Legal Aid Reforms, analysing the knock-on costs to the forthcoming legal aid cuts. The report argues that the Goverment has significantly overestimated the money that it will save by cutting legal aid.


Public Law Training

Post date: 10th of January 2012


What shall we do without legal aid?

Post date: 17th of December 2011

Please read this excellent speech by Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Vice-President of the Law Society, recounting the historical origins of legal aid and warning of the damage that will be caused by the forthcoming legal aid cuts.

Text available here.


International Women's Day - your help is needed!

Post date: 17th of December 2011
The International Women's Day summit will take place on 8 March 2012. In connection with the summit the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society are seeking the views of junior lawyers on issues affecting women lawyers.
Please respond by 27 December 2011 to