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Hammersmith MP visits Law CentrePost date: 29th of June 2019
Andy Slaughter, Labour MP visited Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre on 28 June 2019.
Andy's told us why he thinks early legal advice is so important:
Legal aid news - April and May 2019Post date: 28th of June 2019
Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from April and May 2019.
Legal aid for Shamima Begum: On 16 April 2019, various newspapers reported that lawyers for Shamima Begum, the Bethnal Green schoolgirl who travelled to Syria to join ISIS at the age of 15, had been granted legal aid to challenge the Home Office’s decision to revoke her British citizenship.
B'pool N MP visits Fylde Law CentrePost date: 27th of June 2019
Paul wrote about his experience for the Ministry of Justice on Medium.
In this, Paul says:Read more...
Using the Law to Protect Refugee and Migrant Rights: YLAL Midlands event on World Refugee Day 2019Post date: 24th of June 2019
On 20 June 2019, YLAL Midlands hosted an event on the law relating to refugees and migrants and the increasing difficulties that individuals face in seeking safety or a better life in the UK. We also began discussions on building networks between lawyers, charities and community groups to empower individuals seeking to exercise their rights.Read more...
YLAL Response to HPCDS SurveyPost date: 11th of June 2019
YLAL submitted the following responses to the Ministry of Justice's survey on the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS):
Considering the scheme as a whole, are you able to give examples of what works well?Read more...
Statement on CBA vote for action- 10 June 2019Post date: 10th of June 2019
YLAL statement on the Criminal Bar Association vote to take action
“A career at the criminal bar is becoming financially unsustainable” – YLAL member
YLAL fully supports the Criminal Bar Association’s (CBA) decision to take action in relation to pay for defence and prosecution counsel.
An overwhelming number of CBA members voted for action, with 94% and 95% for defence and prosecution schemes respectively.
We stand shoulder to shoulder with our members, friends and colleagues who are taking part.Read more...
Parliamentary debate on legal aid for inquests - 10 April 2019Post date: 30th of May 2019
On 10 April 2019, Parliament held a debate on the availability of legal aid for bereaved families at inquests, particularly those in which State agents are legally represented. Attached to this page is a helpful summary of the issues raised during the debate . YLAL are grateful to volunteer Freya Oldaker for preparing this summary.Read more...
Statement: Report by UN Special RapporteurPost date: 22nd of May 2019
Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) welcomes the publication today (22 May 2019) of the final report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, following his visit to the United Kingdom in November 2018.
The UN Special Rapporteur rightly states that legal aid has been "dramatically reduced" in England and Wales since the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). The report notes that the number of cases funded by civil legal aid "declined by a staggering 82 per cent between 2010-11 and 2017-18".Read more...
Brexit, Human Rights and Access to Justice: YLAL Midlands event on 9 May 2019Post date: 21st of May 2019
On Thursday 9 May 2019, YLAL Midlands hosted an event on Brexit, Human Rights and Access to Justice at the Irwin Mitchell office in Birmingham.
YLAL co-chair Oliver Carter introduced the event and gave a presentation on key Brexit-related litigation, including the Miller, Wightman and Wilson cases, and the possible impact of leaving that leaving the European Union will have on human rights and access to justice in the UK. Ollie's slides are attached at the bottom of this page.Read more...