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YLAL North Minutes 12.05.2016Post date: 16th of May 2016
The subject of the meeting was Being a Legal Officer in a Human Rights Charity: what's involved and how to get there. We were joined by Hermione McEwen, legal officer at Freedom from Torture, to speak about her career to date and how the charity's work has been affected by cuts to legal aid.
We had a great talk with Hermione, it was a privilege to hear from someone who has had so much experience as a lawyer and judge. Thanks to all that came and especially to Katy Moulton for organising.Read more...
YLAL Meeting Minutes 11.05.2016Post date: 16th of May 2016
Attendees: Rachel, Ollie, Philip, Tara, Janine, Imogen, Frances, Daniel, Max, Oliver, Anastasia, Rosie, Aileen, Sonya, Rushika, Henry, Catriona, Richard, Nathan, Emily, Rebecca, Kate, Susanne, Claire, Gimhani, Ian, Katherine and others
1. Welcome and introduction
2. Crowdfunding justice and junior doctors' contract – Guest Speakers
CrowdJustice: Julia SalaskyRead more...
Response to Bach CommissionPost date: 16th of May 2016
This is Young Legal Aid Lawyers' submission to the call for written evidence by the Bach Commission on Access to Justice, which was set up by Lord Bach after he was asked by Jeremy Corbyn to carry out a comprehensive review of legal aid for the Labour Party, considering civil, crime, family and social welfare law.
The terms of the review are:
To set out the principles that should be at the heart of the legal aid system.
To develop a legal aid policy that is credible, principled and up to date.
Legal aid news - April 2016Post date: 9th of May 2016
Residence test: on 18 April, the Supreme Court heard the appeal by the Public Law Project in the residence test case.Read more...
YLAL Meeting Minutes 13.04.2016Post date: 2nd of May 2016
Attendees Katherine Barnes, Katie Tilet, Eirwen Pierrot, Rachel Etheridge, Francesca Allen, Aileen Redmond, Derek Bernard, Charlotte Bellamy, Susanne Seaton, Frances McCormack, Daniel Cooper, Jenny Mansell, Hannah Gomersall, Radhika Shah, Anastasia Solopova, Nishmita Bhamra, Rebecca Hacker, Peter Walker, Ornina Kassem, Tara Mulcair, Nathan Adams, Tobias Smith, Karolina Rychlicka, Oliver Carter, Rachel Francis, Henry Gaster-Evans, John Briant, Caterina Franchi, Heather Thomas, Anne Shirley Mitchell, Tom Trim, Holly Buick, Marie Monnet, Connor Johnston, Mark Webster, Onika PhRead more...
YLAL Meeting Minutes from Sheffield 13.04.2016Post date: 2nd of May 2016
Introduction to Sheffield’s first YLAL meeting of 2016!
Since the last meeting, a brief update was provided on what the Sheffield YLAL group had been up to and included the following: -
i) Human Rights Tour with British Institute of Human Rights
YLAL were invited to support the Human Rights Tour, organised by the British Institute of Human Rights. This was a tour taking place across the UK for BIHR to unravel some of the myths surrounding human rights law to members of the public.Read more...
Legal aid news - March 2016Post date: 31st of March 2016
LASPO review: YLAL co-chairs Rachel and Ollie signed this letter to The Guardian calling on the government to review the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of OffenRead more...
YLAL Meeting Minutes 09.03.2016Post date: 26th of March 2016
Attendees: Ollie, Rachel, Imogen, Aileen, Tara, Nathan, Gimhani, Max, Alicia, Amarjeet, Hannah, Regina and more
1. Welcome and introduction
2. Update on legal aid casesRead more...
LAPG Briefing on APPG on Legal Aid March 2016Post date: 26th of March 2016
This document, prepared by Legal Aid Practitioners' Group, provides a summary of the three research reports presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid in March 2016.Read more...
SRA consultation responsePost date: 4th of March 2016
YLAL has today (4 March 2016) responded to the consultation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on a proposed Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), which would serve as a common professional assessment for all intending solicitors. The stated purpose of the SRA's introduction of a standardised assessment at the point of qualification is in order to "ensure consistent high standards of entry into the profession, providing confidence to the public and employers".Read more...