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 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.


SRA Consultation Response

Post date: 7th of August 2017

On 26 July 2017, YLAL responded to the latest consultation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on its proposal to introduce a Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The consultation, 'A new route to qualification: New Regulations', concerned the regulation of the SQE and the recognition of qualified lawyers under the SQE scheme.


APPG on Legal Aid - 12.07.2017

Post date: 25th of July 2017

Report of the inaugural APPG meeting of the new Parliament – 12.07.2017

From Grenfell Tower to unrepresented children to the collapse in legal aid providers, LASPO impedes access to justice

“Where is the Rule of Law when Parliament denies justice to those who can least afford it?”


Legal aid and Charlie Gard

Post date: 25th of July 2017

Legal aid and Charlie Gard: Statement by Young Legal Aid Lawyers, 25 July 2017

Following the conclusion of the case concerning Charlie Gard and comments made in the final judgment by Mr Justice Francis on 24 July 2017, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) has issued the attached statement concerning the financial means test for civil legal aid.

Please contact us at with any queries in relation to this statement.


Legal aid news - June 2017

Post date: 4th of July 2017

Welcome to a bumper edition of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from May and June 2017.