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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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.


YLAL London Minutes - 14.06.2017

Post date: 4th of July 2017

Carol Storer, the director of Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG), joined us as a guest speaker to discuss what happens next for legal aid, following this month’s election. Ollie introduced Carol, noting that we had expected this meeting to be about the implications of a significant Conservative majority government. However, we now have a hung Parliament with a minority Conservative government, and a strengthened Labour party which is the most pro-access to justice in recent memory.

Carol covered a number of topics on upcoming challenges and opportunities, including:


YLAL writes for the JusticeGap

Post date: 25th of May 2017

YLAL co-chair Oliver Carter's latest article for the JusticeGap, published in May 2017 covers our pre-election debate on access to justice featuring lawyer-politician representatives of the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.

You can read the rest of Ollie's articles published on The Justice Gap through his author archive


General Election Event 2017 minutes

Post date: 16th of May 2017

On Wednesday 10 May 2017, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) held a pre-general election debate at Garden Court Chambers in London on Access to Justice After the Election, with representatives of the main political parties setting out their respective policies on legal aid and access to justice.

The panel consisted of:


Universal Credit Consultation

Post date: 16th of May 2017

On 11 May 2017, YLAL responded to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Consultation on Legal Aid Financial Eligibility and Universal Credit. The MoJ states that it is consulting on the impact of changes to the benefits system - specifically the introduction of Universal Credit to replace a number of previous benefits - on financial eligibility for legal aid.


General Election 2017

Post date: 3rd of May 2017

Email to prospective MPs: General Election 2017

Ask your prospective parliamentary candidates to protect the most vulnerable in society by supporting legal aid and access to justice.


Legal aid news - April 2017

Post date: 2nd of May 2017

After an Easter break, welcome to a bumper edition of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from March and April 2017.


APPG on Legal Aid - 17.1.2017

Post date: 20th of April 2017

On 17 January 2017, The All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) on Legal aid, on Pro Bono and on Public Legal Education came together for the first time to host a conversation with Sir Oliver Heald QC, the Minister of State for Courts and Justice. YLAL jointly co-ordinates the APPG on Legal Aid with the Legal Aid Practitioners Group.

At the joint meeting, the Minister kicked off the meeting with a speech laying out the MoJ’s current priorities in this area:

1. Reform of the courts;