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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DV evidence requirements

Post date: 15th of December 2017

Young Legal Aid Lawyers welcomes the Government's decision to change the legal aid evidence requirements for victims of domestic violence.

The new Regulations, which will come into force on 8 January 2018, will remove the five year time limit for evidence of abuse and introduce new forms of acceptable evidence, including from social services, medical professionals and domestic violence support organisations.


Legal aid news - November 2017

Post date: 5th of December 2017

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from November 2017.


APPG on Legal Aid - 25.10.2017

Post date: 2nd of November 2017

Grenfell Tower: Fire and Safety issues in social housing

Minutes of the meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Legal Aid, Wednesday 25 October 2017

Speakers: Giles Peaker (Partner, Anthony Gold), Justin Bates (Barrister, Arden Chambers), and Andrew Patterson (representing the Government’s review of building regulations and fire safety)

Parliamentarians: Karen Buck MP (Chair), Lord Jeremy Beecham, Alex Chalk MP, Emma Dent Coad MP, Andy Slaughter MP


Legal aid news - October 2017

Post date: 31st of October 2017

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from September and October 2017.


YLAL South West minutes - 12.10.2017

Post date: 20th of October 2017

Our latest event, Access to Justice Under Attack: Brexit, Charlie Gard and the Rule of Law was held on 12 October 2017 at Bristol Law Society. It took the form of a panel event and was chaired by Helen Law from Matrix Chambers, who did a fantastic job of tying together the key themes arising from the four talks, which all came at the issues from a different angle but demonstrated the inherent injustices in the current system.


YLAL writes for Legal Voice

Post date: 23rd of September 2017

YLAL's vice-chair Siobhan Taylor-Ward writes for YLAL's series in Legal Voice; This (young legal aid) life

"I have been asked by the Home office to provide the client with the decision as she has been referred for safeguarding. I break the news that her claim has been refused. Her face crumples in tears. The baby in the pram beside her knows enough to place her tiny hand upon her mum’s knee.

"She tells me her baby died in Africa — it was cot death — her claim stems from this one incident and its repercussions.


YLAL writes for Solicitors Journal

Post date: 23rd of September 2017

YLAL's Heather Thomas writes for the Solicitors Journal: 

Looking after looked-after children

Heather Thomas considers how the fundamentally different disciplines of family law and criminal law can work together to help achieve better outcomes for vulnerable children

You can find the article on Solicitors Journal's website.  

Bach Report: The Right to Justice

Post date: 22nd of September 2017

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) welcomes the final report of the Bach Commission on Access to Justice, published today (22 September 2017), as a vital contribution to the public debate about access to justice and legal aid.


YLAL London Minutes - 13.09.2017

Post date: 20th of September 2017

Our London meeting on Wednesday 13 September 2017 at Hodge Jones & Allen focussed on the recent Court of Appeal judgment on legal aid for prisoners and the work of the Howard League for Penal Reform, with Simon Creighton of Bhatt Murphy and Marie Franklin of the Howard League joining us as guest speakers.


Legal aid news - August 2017

Post date: 31st of August 2017

Welcome to our summer update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from July and August 2017.