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:

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More legal aid cuts

Post date: 21st of April 2013

On 9 April 2013 the Ministry of Justice issued a consultation paper entitled ‘Transforming Legal Aid’. The deadline to respond is 4 June 2013.

The consultation paper announces a further round of cuts to legal aid, following closely in the wake of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) which came into force on 1 April 2013.

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Hike in BPTC fees

Post date: 14th of March 2013

YLAL was extremeley disappointed to learn that a number of providers are increasing once more the fees which they charge for the Bar Professional Training Course. The fees of £17,350 which are to be charged by a number of the London based law schools is, in our view, a huge amount of money for this one year course which would-be barristers must undertake in order to qualify, and represents an above-inflation increase on the previous years fees.

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APPG meeting - 20 March

Post date: 14th of March 2013

The next meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid will be held next Wednesday (20 March 2013) in Committee Room 9 at the House of Commons, from 4pm to 5.30pm. The subject of the meeting will be competitive tendering (BVT) for criminal legal aid contracts.

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Diversity access scheme

Post date: 5th of March 2013

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Timetable for BVT

Post date: 5th of March 2013

The Government has today announced its proposed timetable for the introduction of best value tendering in criminal legal aid. In a written statement to the House of Commons Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said:

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March meeting - venue change

Post date: 2nd of March 2013

Please note, the next London YLAL meeting will take place at 1830 on 13 March 2013 at Garden Court Chambers and not at our usual venue of Doughty Street. Details of how to get to Garden Court can be found here.

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Devolved powers for JR axed

Post date: 2nd of March 2013

The Ministry of Justice have announced that from 1 April 2013 devolved powers (which will become known as “delegated functions”) will no longer be exercisable for the majority of judicial review work. The announcement, available at http://www.justice.gov.uk/legal-aid/newslatest-updates/civil-news/jr-proceedings-funding-change, states:

Providers will need to seek prior approval for judicial review work

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Next APPG - 13 Feb 2013

Post date: 6th of February 2013

The next meeting of the All-Party Group on Legal Aid meeting will be held on Wednesday 13 February at 4pm – 5.30pm in Committee Room 9 at the House of Commons. The theme will be “Life after the legal aid cuts – social welfare law”. Speakers include Lord Low of Dalston, Lord Bach, Margie Butler (Mary Ward Legal Centre), James Sandbach (Citizens Advice), Giles Peaker (Anthony Gold Solicitors) and Patrick Torsney (creator of Ilegal.org.uk).

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Judicial Review - YLAL response

Post date: 23rd of January 2013

The government has issued a consultation paper proposing changes to judicial review procedure, responses to which must be submitted by 24 January 2013. Although initially launched with reference to planning law, there are many proposed changes that would drastically affect many aspects of public law challenges. This includes the proposal to change the time limit for “continuing breach cases” to run from the very start of the breach.
 

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LASPO regs (again)

Post date: 17th of January 2013

The Government has laid new regulations under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012. The Regulations introduce the new procedure that decision-makers will need to follow when granting legal aid to clients.  We are very concerned in particular about two key issues.

Telephone gateway

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