The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has proposed scrapping the minimum salary for trainee solicitors. Young Legal Aid Lawyers is deeply concerned about the proposal and how it will impact on access to and social mobility within the profession.
Unequal before the law publishes the findings of an independent Commission of Inquiry into legal aid, organised by the Young Legal Aid Lawyers and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. The Commission was led by Diana Holland, assistant general secretary of the trade union Unite, Evan Harris, former Liberal Democrat MP and the Reverend Professor Nicholas Sagovsky, until recently the canon of Westminster Abbey: three non-partisan and independent-minded experts, each with a long track record of promoting social justice in their communities.
The second reading of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will take place in the House of Commons on 29th June 2011. Please ask your MP to attend. Their contact details can be found here.
YLAL have prepared a briefing for members to send to their MPs. This can be downloaded here.
Between July and August 2011 the Government carried out an extremely limited consultation on cutting the fees which are paid to Law Firms and Not for Profits for carrying out legal aid work. The consultation ended on 10th August 2011.
YLAL has prepared a briefing for the Legal Aid Bill report stage debates due to take place in the House of Commons from the 31st October.
The briefing is available here.
Justice for All have also produced an excellent briefing in relation to legal aid for welfare benefits cases which can be found on their website: