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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YLAL North minutes 01.11.2016

Post date: 5th of November 2016

On 1 November, YLAL North groups in Manchester and Sheffield heard from Lawyers Against Poverty about their exerience of the refugee crisis in Jordan. 

In June 2016, three solicitors embarked on a fact-finding mission to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan as part of a Lawyers Against Poverty project.

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Justice Denied: TUC report

Post date: 5th of November 2016

TUC Report finds women and children have been disproportionately affected by the devastating impact of LASPO, by Emma Fitzsimons

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Cuts That Hurt: Amnesty report

Post date: 5th of November 2016

Amnesty International say legal aid cuts have created two-tier justice that leaves the poorest and most vulnerable out in the cold, by Emma Fitzsimons

Amnesty International has released a blistering attack on the Government’s legal aid reforms, which has led to the creation of a two-tier justice system that is increasingly closed to the most vulnerable and those in need of protection.

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Legal aid news - October 2016

Post date: 1st of November 2016

Here's our round-up of all the latest legal aid news from October, featuring important reports by Amnesty and the TUC, crowdfunding for access to justice and much more.

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YLAL Minutes 12.10.2016

Post date: 14th of October 2016

At our last London meeting we heard from Mike McColgan from the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign about the need for a public, transparent, inquiry into the actions of the police against miners at Orgreave in June 1984. This is important to get truth and justice for the miners and families of those involved in the incident, to hold the state accountable in an open forum, to make sure that justice is done.

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LAPG Conference, 7 October

Post date: 11th of October 2016

Legal aid lawyers from across the country gathered in Leeds on Friday 7 October for the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) annual conference. After an introduction by LAPG co-chair Nicola Mackintosh QC, the keynote speech was delivered by Liberty director Martha Spurrier on ‘human rights and unifying values’. Martha spoke about the impact of legal aid cuts as well as the ongoing scandal of indefinite immigration detention.

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Legal aid news - September 2016

Post date: 4th of October 2016

After a brief summer break, YLAL's legal aid news is back to update you on all the latest developments in the world of access to justice during August and September 2016.

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YLAL North (Liverpool): Minutes 22.09.2016

Post date: 4th of October 2016

Making a Murderer, in the UK?

22nd Sept 2016

Chris Topping – Director of JC Group and civil rights, actions against the police and Inquests solicitor. Chris is also Chair of the Access to Justice Committee at Liverpool Law Society.

·         Lord McNally: “A plea to all the lawyers – those coming up and those already there. You have got to accept that bandying about access to justice, it’s really quite fraudulent.”

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Politeia Legal Aid Event

Post date: 21st of September 2016

On 14 September 2016, instead of holding a regular monthly meeting in London, we decided to attend an event held by the think tank Politeia on 'Legal Aid: Its Role in an Effective Justice System', featuring the former Minister for Legal Aid, Shailesh Vara MP. YLAL member Henry Gaster-Evans attended the talk and kindly provided this report.

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Legal aid news - July 2016

Post date: 15th of August 2016

We bring you the latest news in the world of legal aid and access to justice, with this update covering July and the beginning of August. 

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