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Katherine Barnes (co-chair and treasurer) is a barrister specialising in public law at Francis Taylor Building. She has a particular interest in education, community care and social security, as well as planning and environmental law. 



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23 MAY 2018


The Fight for Social Justice

YLAL recently organised, along with the Public Law Project and Justice First Fellows, its first conference on social justice and social welfare law. 

We hope that this will become an annual event, and will email our members with details of future plans. 

You can find the speeches and presentations of many of our speakers below. 

Legal aid news - March 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from March 2018.

YLAL Social Mobility Report: On 13 March, we launched our new social mobility report – “Social Mobility in a Time of Austerity”. The report was launched online and at 6 events throughout the country in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

The report identifies three key issues with social mobility in the legal aid sector:

Statement on AGFS action

YLAL statement on direct action in protest against changes to the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS)

Young Legal Aid Lawyers today (29 March 2018) issues the attached statement, in solidarity with colleagues who have made the difficult decison to take direct action in response to changes to the way in which criminal legal aid work by advocates is remunerated under the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).

Legal aid news - February 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from February 2018.

Legal aid for prisoners: On 21 February, legal aid was reinstated for 3 key areas of prison law: pre-tariff reviews, Category A reviews and challenges to decisions regarding placements in a close supervision centres.

2017: Year in Review

2017 was another busy year in politics, law and current affairs.  We have rounded up all of the most important stories from our regular legal aid news updates throughout 2017.


YLAL Social Mobility Report 2018

Young Legal Aid Lawyers Launch New Social Mobility Report

Legal aid news - January 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from January 2018.

David Gauke’s appointment as the Lord Chancellor: On 8 January 2018, following Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, it was announced that former solicitor, David Gauke MP, would be the new Lord Chancellor. He became the sixth Lord Chancellor in six years, and the first solicitor to be appointed to the post.

Legal aid news - December 2017

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from December 2017.


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