YLAL is 10 event & survey

YLAL is 10 years old in 2015

This year will be our 10th birthday and we would like to mark the occasion with your help.

Anniversary event

We are holding an event in central London to mark 10 years of YLAL.

PAC report on civil legal aid


The Public Accounts Committee has released a damning indictment of the Government’s cuts to civil legal aid.


Not the Global Law Summit


This year it is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The Government is organising an event to mark this occasion called the "Global Law Summit" which will draw attention to the British justice system for an international audience.

Labour plans for legal aid

On 30 January the Labour party announced three steps it would take on criminal legal aid if elected to govern this May. Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said Labour would:

How competent are you?

New entrants to the law might soon be measured in a different way to see if they are up to the job of being a solicitor. 

Legal aid news - 12 Jan 2015

· A further challenge to the government’s criminal legal aid reforms has been brought by the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association (LCCSA) and the Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA). As reported by the Law Society Gazette, the hearing will take place in the Administrative Court on 15 and 16 January. A separate challenge has also been initiated by the Law Society.

APG on legal aid: crime

The first meeting of the All Party Group on Legal Aid for 2015 will take place on Tuesday 13 January. More details are here.


NAO report on legal aid cuts

In November 2014, the National Audit Office (‘NAO’) published a report of their findings into the impact of the changes to legal aid made under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). You can read the full report here. The function of the NAO is to assist Parliament in holding the government to account, and ensure that the nation is spending wisely.

Lords Amendments on JR Defeated


The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill is going through the final parliamentary stages before it becomes law. Part 4 of the Bill proposes significant changes to the judicial review procedure. The House of Lords had passed amendments to the Bill on 27 October, which campaigners and lawyers welcomed. However, on 1 December the House of Commons rejected those amendments, putting back into the Bill changes that could have a chilling effect on people’s ability to access justice.


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