YLAL has today (4 March 2016) responded to the consultation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on a proposed Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), which would serve as a common professional assessment for all intending solicitors. The stated purpose of the SRA's introduction of a standardised assessment at the point of qualification is in order to "ensure consistent high standards of entry into the profession, providing confidence to the public and employers".
Attendees: Oliver, Rachel, Katie, Anna, Clementine, Nishmita, Emily, Susanne, Kate, Henry, Clyde, Sam, Francesca, Nathan, Rosie, Ornina and more.
Our co-chairs Rachel and Ollie welcomed everyone and introduced the meeting.
2. Criminal legal aid
Attendees: Aine Kervick, Rosie Campbell, Sam Elliott, Frances McCormack, Tara Mulcair, Nathan Scott, John Briant, Ornina Kassem, Richard Bottomly, Gimhani Eriyagolla, Louise Eardley, Kate Smith, Phil Armitage, Rachel Francis, Oliver Carter, Helen Jackson, Anastasia Solopova, Subashini Nathan, Maia Cohen-Lask
Rachel welcomed everyone to the meeting. She gave a brief introduction to YLAL, our campaigning efforts, sub groups and YLAL outside of London. Everyone introduced themselves.
Criminal Legal Aid
The Young Legal Aid Lawyers response to the Bar Standards Board Consultation on the Future of Training for the Bar: Academic, Vocational and Professional Stages of Training is available to download below.
On Wednesday 11 November 2015, we hosted a special 'Introduction to Legal Aid' event at Garden Court Chambers in London. We were delighted to see a packed room of about 55 people, mostly students attending their first YLAL event or meeting. The PowerPoint presentation delivered at the event by our co-chairs, Ollie and Rachel, is attached below.
Shortly after he was elected as leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn asked Lord Bach to carry out a comprehensive review of legal aid, considering civil, crime, family and social welfare law. Lord Bach will be assisted in carrying out the review by Karl Turner MP. The terms of the review are as follows:
All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid – 22 October 2015
On 22 October 2015 there was a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Legal Aid, which this month focused on the outcome of the criminal legal aid tender and the impact of family legal aid cuts on victims of domestic abuse.
Young Legal Aid Lawyers – Minutes of Meeting on 14 October 2015
Rachel Francis, Oliver Carter, Rebecca Cross, Frances McCormack, Kate McFadden, Emily McFadden, Catherine Shannon, Kate Macleod, Philip Armitage, Emily Thornton, Christabel McCooey, Richard Bottomley, Kate Smith, Suzanne Seaton, Tara Mulcair, Derek Bernardi, Gimhani Eriyagolla, Heather Thomas