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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YLAL COVID-19 Student Report - June 2020

Post date: 17th of June 2020


On 18 June 2020, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) published its report on the impact of COVID-19 on law students. Students make up a sizeable proportion of YLAL’s membership and one of YLAL’s main focus areas is to encourage individuals to consider a career in legal aid. The report considers survey responses collected between 20 April and 5 May 2020. We received 138 responses from YLAL members who are students.


Criminal Legal Aid Review: A Response to the Accelerated Package of Measures Amending the Criminal Legal Aid Fee Schemes

Post date: 17th of June 2020

YLAL has engaged with the Ministry of Justice ('MoJ') Criminal Legal Aid Review ('CLAR') throughout the consultation process and has now responded to the consultation on the Accelerated Areas for criminal legal aid review.

You can read our response below.



Legal aid news: May 2020

Post date: 15th of June 2020

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from May 2020.

Legal aid funding during Covid-19: On 4 May 2020, the Ministry of Justice (‘MoJ’) announced new government funding of £5.4 million to support the legal advice sector during the pandemic. Law Centres have seen an increase in demand for advice on social welfare issues, so this funding is aimed at mitigating the increase in costs of providing remote services.


New rules threaten access to justice for asylum seekers and migrants

Post date: 14th of June 2020

Take Action to Protect Access to Justice for Asylum Seekers and Migrants

New legal aid rules will decimate access to justice for asylum seekers and migrants. These rules must be stopped. Please support YLAL's campaign against these rules and ask your MP to support a fatal motion in Parliament. 

What is the issue?

YLAL member and Garden Court North pupil barrister Christian Weaver created this helpful explainer: 


YLAL South West: Taking Care of Your Wellbeing During COVID-19

Post date: 30th of May 2020

On Wednesday 27 May 2020, YLAL South West hosted a virtual meeting on wellbeing during COVID-19. The meeting was chaired by Emma Trevett (YLAL committee member, paralegal at Irwin Mitchell LLP and volunteer at Bristol Law Centre). The meeting began by discussing the key findings from YLAL’s second COVID-19 report.


Career Changer Scholarship announced by University of Law

Post date: 27th of May 2020

The University of Law have announced that it is launching a Career Changer scholarship which will provide up to 10 full fee scholarships and 300 individual awards to support those whose job security has been impacted by COVID-19 and wish to re-train in law.

The scholarships will provide applicants with an opportunity to study a number of the University of Law's courses, including GDL or MA Law, LPC, BPC or LLM.

Entry criteria


Second YLAL COVID-19 Report

Post date: 25th of May 2020

On 25 May 2020, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) published its second report on the impact of COVID-19 on its members’ professional lives. This report considers survey responses collected between 2 May 2020 and 13 May 2020. We received 104 responses from those practitioners who would be eligible to be YLAL members. This report provides an update on YLAL’s previous COVID-19 report, which was published on 7 April 2020. 


COVID-19: magistrates' court risk assessments

Post date: 23rd of May 2020

Since lockdown began, only urgent hearings have taken place in magistrates' courts across the country - for example, bail applications. 

However, some magistrates' court hearings such are trials are now recommencing in various courts across the country.

As junior lawyers, YLAL members working in crime are likely to be practising in magistrates' courts and YLAL is concerned about the safety of its members.


YLAL Midlands: Immigration Detention & Refugee Rights during COVID-19

Post date: 19th of May 2020

On 7 May 2020, YLAL Midlands held a virtual meeting on Immigration Detention and Refugee Rights During COVID-19

We were delighted to be joined by Dr Chelvan from No 5 Chambers, Ali Bandegani from Garden Court Chambers and Philip Armitage of Duncan Lewis. 

The meeting was organised by YLAL committee members, Malvika Jaganmohan and Sam Coe, and hosted by The 36 Group.

You can view it in full here




Legal aid news: April 2020

Post date: 16th of May 2020

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from April 2020.