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

Legal aid news - April 2018

Post date: 3rd of June 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from April 2018.


The Fight for Social Justice

Post date: 17th of May 2018

YLAL recently organised, along with the Public Law Project and Justice First Fellows, its first conference on social justice and social welfare law. 

We hope that this will become an annual event, and will email our members with details of future plans. 

You can find the speeches and presentations of many of our speakers below. 


Time for Justice: Event and Briefing

Post date: 5th of May 2018
Following Early Day Motion 1111, which concerns the government's proposed Statutory Instrument (SI) on Criminal Legal Aid remuneration, a debate will take place in the House of Commons on this Tuesday 8 May 2018.  
We want all MPs to know about the crisis in the criminal justice system. 

APPG on Legal Aid - 17.04.18

Post date: 25th of April 2018

APPG on Legal Aid : Post-LASPO Litigation – Where are we now?


  • Olive Craig (Rights of Women on domestic violence evidence requirements)
  • Simon Creighton (Founding Partner, Bhatt Murphy on legal aid for prisoners)
  • Polly Brendon (Public Law Project on Exceptional Case Funding)
  • Jo Cecil (Garden Court Chambers and The Criminal Bar Association)
  • Matthew Shelly (Legal Aid Agency (MOJ), Deputy Director of Legal Aid and Court Fees Policy)



Legal aid news - March 2018

Post date: 17th of April 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from March 2018.

YLAL Social Mobility Report: On 13 March, we launched our new social mobility report – “Social Mobility in a Time of Austerity”. The report was launched online and at 6 events throughout the country in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

The report identifies three key issues with social mobility in the legal aid sector:


How To... Meet With Your MP

Post date: 15th of April 2018

YLAL has prepared a document for its members on How to meet with your MP, which is attached. 

Thanks to YLAL's Heather Thomas and Maia Lask. 


Statement on AGFS action

Post date: 29th of March 2018

YLAL statement on direct action in protest against changes to the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS)

Young Legal Aid Lawyers today (29 March 2018) issues the attached statement, in solidarity with colleagues who have made the difficult decison to take direct action in response to changes to the way in which criminal legal aid work by advocates is remunerated under the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).


Legal aid news - February 2018

Post date: 26th of March 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from February 2018.

Legal aid for prisoners: On 21 February, legal aid was reinstated for 3 key areas of prison law: pre-tariff reviews, Category A reviews and challenges to decisions regarding placements in a close supervision centres.


APPG on Legal Aid - 07.03.2018

Post date: 26th of March 2018

APPG on Legal Aid: Early Advice

Lord Low on the Low Commission

Lord Low reported on the findings of the Low Commission (reports published in January 2014 and March 2015 can be found here: that the advice deficit has widened significantly and that this is not, therefore, an issue that the government can afford to ignore. 


2017: Year in Review

Post date: 18th of March 2018

2017 was another busy year in politics, law and current affairs.  We have rounded up all of the most important stories from our regular legal aid news updates throughout 2017.