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 Response to LASPO Review

Post date: 30th of September 2018

YLAL has submitted its response to the Ministry of Justice Post-Implementation Review of Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

YLAL's submission concludes by setting out our analysis of the impact of LASPO in comparison to the stated aims of the legislation, within which our key proposals for reform are summarised.

Discouraging unnecessary and adversarial litigation at public expense


YLAL Response: Legal Aid for Inquests

Post date: 7th of September 2018

Many of YLAL's members work closely with organisations such as INQUEST, the charity that supports bereaved families. YLAL supports the following recommendations by INQUEST in relation to legal aid for inquests:

a. Automatic non-means tested funding should be provided to families for specialist legal representation immediately following a state-related death.

b. Legal aid should also include financial support for families, with reference to: travel and subsistence, overnight accommodation, and loss of earnings.


YLAL Response to LASPO Part 2 consultation

Post date: 7th of September 2018
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act Part II changed the way civil claims can be funded.
In YLAL's response to the Government's consultation, we call for an extension of Qualified One-Way Costs Shifting to Judicial Review, Actions Against the Police and Human Rights Act claims. 

Legal aid news: June and July 2018

Post date: 31st of August 2018

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

Housing Possession Court Duty (HPCD) scheme judicial review: On 23 June, the High Court handed down the judgment in Law Centres Network v The Lord Chancellor, a challenge to the new scheme which dictates how legal aid providers tender for a housing duty scheme contract. The full judgment can be found here.


Legal aid news - May 2018

Post date: 27th of June 2018

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

Criminal legal aid: The criminal bar’s action in response to changes to the way in which criminal legal aid work by advocates is remunerated under the reformed Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), which came into force on 1 April, dominated the legal aid news in May.


YLAL Midlands event: Women in Law

Post date: 18th of June 2018

You can find our live tweeting of the Women in Law event here

This event was hosted by KCH Garden Square Chambers in Nottingham on Wednesday 13 June. It focussed on the progression of women at the Bar, in the solicitors' profession and in the judiciary.

We were joined by:


Statement on CBA ballot

Post date: 14th of June 2018

On 12 June 2018, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) announced the result of the ballot of its members on whether to accept the government's offer of additional investment in the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) and bring an end to the action which began on 1 April 2018 when the reformed scheme came into operation. 51.55% voted to accept the government's offer.


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.