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 Meeting Minutes 13.07.2016

Post date: 6th of August 2016

YLAL Monthly Meeting – July 2016

Attendees: Rachel, Ollie, John, Imogen, Francis, Ian, Gift, Nathan, Phil, Nina, Callum, Catriona, Karolina, Richard, Martin, Andrea, Daniel, Kate, Louise, Rachel, Maia, Matt, Mark, Anastasia, Emily, Eva, Sophie and others.

1.Welcome and introduction


Open letter to Theresa May

Post date: 20th of July 2016

Young Legal Aid Lawyers, Legal Aid Practitioners Group and Legal Action Group have sent an open letter to the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, welcoming her vision of "a country that works not for a privileged few but for every one of us" and calling on the government to review the impact of legal aid cuts on access to justice. The full letter is below:


Dear Prime Minister


Legal aid news - June 2016

Post date: 10th of July 2016

Away from the EU referendum and its political fallout, we bring you the latest news relating to legal aid and access to justice.


YLAL Meeting Minutes 08.06.2016

Post date: 5th of July 2016

Meeting in London 

1. Welcome and introduction 

2. Justice in the dock 

Jodie Blackstock, Director of Criminal Justice at JUSTICE told us about JUSTICE's In The Dock report. The report considers the use of the dock in criminal trials, and the impact of this on the defendant's right to a fair trial. 


YLAL North minutes 15.06.2016

Post date: 5th of July 2016

Since the last meeting in April, please find below a brief update on what people can get involved with/support and attend for YLAL North: -


Tribunal Fees Consultation

Post date: 5th of June 2016

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) has responded to the Ministry of Justice Consultation on Tribunal Fees in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chambers) - you can read our full response here. The consultation is available to read here.


Legal aid news - May 2016

Post date: 31st of May 2016

Exceptional Case Funding: on 20 May, the Court of Appeal overturned the judgment by the Administrative Court that the Exceptional Case Funding (ECF) scheme for civil legal aid is unlawful. The case was brought by Public Law Project on behalf of IS, a protected party by his litigation friend the Official Solicitor. Last year, the Administrative Court held that the ECF scheme is unlawful as it gives rise to an unacceptable risk that people will not be able to obtain legal aid where required by the European Convention on Human Rights or under EU law.


YLAL North Minutes 12.05.2016

Post 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.


YLAL Meeting Minutes 11.05.2016

Post 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 Salasky


Response to Bach Commission

Post 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:

  1. To set out the principles that should be at the heart of the legal aid system.

  2. To develop a legal aid policy that is credible, principled and up to date.