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

Magee review: YLAL response

Post date: 22nd of October 2009

The Ministry of Justice has announced yet another review of legal aid, the Magee review. See

YLAL includes both criminal and civil practitioners. We welcome any endeavour to protect both the civil and criminal budgets. But we continue to believe that there should be no cap. Rather, adequate access to justice for both those with civil and criminal legal problems must be available when needed and administered by a truly independent body.


YLAL responds to MOJ consultation 'Refocusing on priority cases'

Post date: 8th of October 2009

YLAL has submitted to the Ministry of Justice its response to the consultation paper 'Refocusing on priority cases'.

Response (including covering letter)



Supervision survey report published

Post date: 31st of August 2009

YLAL has published its report into the findings of its 2008-9 supervision survey, which responds to the supervision ratio proposed by the Legal Services Commission's in their 2008 consultation paper 'Civil bid rounds for 2010'.



LSC responds to civil bid consultation

Post date: 1st of July 2009

Young Legal Aid Lawyers “gutted” by LSC U-turn on supervisor ratios that may have disastrous impact on quality for clients


YLAL wins LAPG outstanding achievement award

Post date: 24th of June 2009

Young Legal Aid Lawyers was elated to receive an outstanding achievement award from LAPG at their silver jubilee Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards on 23 June 2009. The awards ceremony took place at the Cumberland Hotel near Marble Arch and was followed by a champagne reception.



'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.


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.


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.


YLAL Meetings and Events

Post date: 8th of August 2006

This page contains information about recent and upcoming YLAL meetings and events across the country. New members are always welcome to come along to our meetings. Unless stated otherwise, there is no need to confirm your attendance - just turn up. There's no obligation to talk at the meetings - just come along and observe if you've never been to a meeting before and are nervous about speaking. On the other hand if you have lots to say, feel free to come along and say it!

Our upcoming events are: