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

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Litigants in Person - The Harsh Reality of Facing the Court System Alone

Post date: 1st of March 2018

Case Study: Litigants in person - facing the court system alone

Today I attend court with a mother in a case where the father is seeking a child arrangement order to have contact with their children. We first meet at the Personal Support Unit office where I am informed of the details of the case so far. The stage we are at today is the final hearing. As volunteers are not assigned to cases just individual hearings, the client expresses how exhausting it is to explain and relive emotions to a new volunteer at every hearing.


Legal aid news - January 2018

Post date: 21st of February 2018

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

David Gauke’s appointment as the Lord Chancellor: On 8 January 2018, following Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, it was announced that former solicitor, David Gauke MP, would be the new Lord Chancellor. He became the sixth Lord Chancellor in six years, and the first solicitor to be appointed to the post.


APPG on Legal Aid - 07.02.2018

Post date: 11th of February 2018

APPG on Legal Aid: Legal Aid and Inquests, New Domestic Violence Regulations and Prison Law reforms

Introduction by Andy Slaughter MP for Hammersmith, vice president of the APPG on Legal Aid.


Legal aid news - December 2017

Post date: 28th of January 2018

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


YLAL London Minutes - 10.01.2017

Post date: 17th of January 2018

On Wednesday 10 January 2017, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) hosted Penelope Gibbs, director of Transform Justice and Claire Dissington, head of the youth department at Edward Fail Bradshaw and Waterson, to discuss the topic 'What Price Criminal Justice: Is Austerity Causing Miscarriages of Justice?'


YLAL Response to BSB Consultation

Post date: 8th of January 2018


Response to the Bar Standards Board Consultation on Future Bar Training

8 January 2018


SRA Consultation Response

Post date: 20th of December 2017

On 20 December 2017, YLAL responded to the latest consultation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on its plans to introduce a Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

The consultation, 'Looking to the future: phase two of our Handbook reforms', concerns a number of issues, including the introduction of the SQE and the streamlining of the SRA’s current character and suitability requirements for solicitors. 

You can read our response to this consultation below.



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