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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Mental health and well-being in the legal sector: YLAL Midlands event, February 2020

Post date: 16th of March 2020

On 10 February 2020, YLAL Midlands hosted an event on the challenges of working in the legal sector, with a focus on mental health and general wellbeing.

Our event began with contributions from the panel. This was chaired by YLAL Midlands and national committee member Malvika Jaganmohan, who has been vocal on Twitter about her own mental health struggles. She outlined the tension between having a frank discussion about mental health and also pursuing a career as a young legal aid lawyer.


Criminal Legal Aid Review

Post date: 12th of March 2020

YLAL is participating in the Ministry of Justice's Criminal Legal Aid Review ('CLAR'). 

Part of this involves us attending consultation and focus group meetings, as well as us feeding into any consultation documents. 

As the most junior in the profession, YLAL members are the criminal practitioners most likely to be impacted by the restriction of access to the profession and stagnation of wages which have been caused by the swingeing cuts to criminal legal aid implemented by the Ministry of Justice.


Wellbeing and Selfcare YLAL Liverpool 19/2/20

Post date: 3rd of March 2020

On 19th Feb 2020 YLAL Liverpool met in a cosy library at The Quaker Meeting house lit by fairy lights to discuss wellbreing and self care for those working in the sector.

Siobhan Taylor-Ward opened the meeting by giving some information about the resources available to lawyers, findings of the Social Mobility survey and JLD's wellbeing survey and also a bit about her experiences and how she has managed stress and pressure in the workplace.


YLAL response to SQE Survey

Post date: 17th of February 2020

On 16 February 2020, YLAL responded to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's Survey about the Solicitors Qualifying Exam ('SQE'). 

SQE will be the new way for people to qualify as solicitors. It will be in place from 2021. 

YLAL has been engaging throughout the SRA's Training for Tomorrow project.  You can view all of YLAL's previous responses about SQE. 


Briefing for MPs on Early Legal Advice

Post date: 30th of January 2020

Ahead of the APPG on Legal Aid meeting on Monday 3rd February, YLAL, with the APPG on Legal Aid, Justice Alliance and More United, has put produced a briefing on the importance of properly funded comprehensive early legal advice.

We encourage YLAL members to email this briefing to their MPs as well as linking to this page from their social media accounts.



YLAL Committee member Malvika speaks to BBC News

Post date: 25th of January 2020

Malvika Jaganmohan, YLAL Committee member and family law barrister at St Ives Chambers spoke to BBC News on 27 December 2019. 

She spoke about access to justice in the family courts, legal aid funding not being available, and people having to represent themselves (litigants in person). 


Video credit: BBC News


Legal aid news: November 2019

Post date: 5th of January 2020

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news for November 2019.

General Election: In the run up to the General Election, which took place on 12 December 2019, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) launched the #3Pledges4Justice campaign. We asked members to Tweet the parliamentary candidates in their constituency to show their support for 3 key pledges for a fair justice system:


Legal aid news: October 2019

Post date: 5th of January 2020

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from October 2019.

Legal aid cuts as a false economy:


Legal aid news: August and September 2019

Post date: 5th of January 2020

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from August – September 2019.

University students to fill a gap in access to justice:

The University of Bristol’s law clinic has launched an initiative seeking to address the gap in legal representation at inquests for bereaved families. Believed to be the first student led clinic with a focus on inquests the team will be supervised by Sumayyah Malna, an inquest solicitor.


HPCDS Consultation Response

Post date: 3rd of January 2020


Response to the Ministry of Justice’s consultation on the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS)

3 January 2020

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