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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'Legal aid in the twenty first century' by Omar Khan

Post date: 8th of April 2009

Click HERE to read an article that explains the current state of legal aid and its implications for those trying to enter the profession. This article was written by Omar Khan for the College of Law's magazine.

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Quick, Dirty but Important: YLAL's Research into unmet legal need at Court

Post date: 3rd of August 2008


Concerned by anecdotal evidence from its members about increasing numbers of litigants in person struggling in the County and Magistrates’ courts, and frustrated by the lack of any research into the impact on clients of the first tranche of the most recent changes to legal aid, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) has conducted its own study of court users.


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YLAL Survey on Paralegals in legal aid: a growing and unhealthy dependency?

Post date: 5th of March 2008

Paralegals are being exploited and underpaid, according to a survey of members conducted by Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL). Respondents also raised concerns about lack of training, poor working conditions, uncertain career progression and the implications of Lord Carter’s proposed pyramid model.

YLAL has called on the Law Society and the Legal Services Commission to take firm action to ensure that the sustainability of legal aid is not jeopardised as legal aid firms become more reliant on the use of paralegals to survive.

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