Attendees Katherine Barnes, Katie Tilet, Eirwen Pierrot, Rachel Etheridge, Francesca Allen, Aileen Redmond, Derek Bernard, Charlotte Bellamy, Susanne Seaton, Frances McCormack, Daniel Cooper, Jenny Mansell, Hannah Gomersall, Radhika Shah, Anastasia Solopova, Nishmita Bhamra, Rebecca Hacker, Peter Walker, Ornina Kassem, Tara Mulcair, Nathan Adams, Tobias Smith, Karolina Rychlicka, Oliver Carter, Rachel Francis, Henry Gaster-Evans, John Briant, Caterina Franchi, Heather Thomas, Anne Shirley Mitchell, Tom Trim, Holly Buick, Marie Monnet, Connor Johnston, Mark Webster, Onika Ph
Introduction to Sheffield’s first YLAL meeting of 2016!
Since the last meeting, a brief update was provided on what the Sheffield YLAL group had been up to and included the following: -
i) Human Rights Tour with British Institute of Human Rights
YLAL were invited to support the Human Rights Tour, organised by the British Institute of Human Rights. This was a tour taking place across the UK for BIHR to unravel some of the myths surrounding human rights law to members of the public.
Attendees: Ollie, Rachel, Imogen, Aileen, Tara, Nathan, Gimhani, Max, Alicia, Amarjeet, Hannah, Regina and more
1. Welcome and introduction
2. Update on legal aid cases
This document, prepared by Legal Aid Practitioners' Group, provides a summary of the three research reports presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid in March 2016.
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: