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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.

Oliver Carter (co-chair) is a solicitor in the public law and human rights team at Irwin Mitchell. Ollie regularly writes for The Justice Gap, Legal Voice and other publications about access to justice and public law.

Legal aid news - June 2017

Welcome to a bumper edition of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from May and June 2017.

Universal Credit Consultation

On 11 May 2017, YLAL responded to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Consultation on Legal Aid Financial Eligibility and Universal Credit. The MoJ states that it is consulting on the impact of changes to the benefits system - specifically the introduction of Universal Credit to replace a number of previous benefits - on financial eligibility for legal aid.

General Election 2017

Email to prospective MPs: General Election 2017

Ask your prospective parliamentary candidates to protect the most vulnerable in society by supporting legal aid and access to justice.

Legal aid news - April 2017

After an Easter break, welcome to a bumper edition of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from March and April 2017.

Response to LGFS Consultation

On 24 March 2017, YLAL responded to the Ministry of Justice Consultation on the Litigators’ Graduated Fee Scheme (LGFS) and Court Appointees. Our full response to the consultation is attached below.

The LGFS is the scheme through which criminal defence solicitors are paid for publicly funded work carried out in the Crown Court. The consultation proposes the following reforms to Crown Court work:

Response to HPCDS consultation

On 16 March 2017, YLAL responded to the Ministry of Justice Consultation on the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme: Commissioning Sustainable Services. Our full consultation response is attached to this page.

Legal aid news - February 2017

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

Response to AGFS Consultation

On 2 March 2017, YLAL responded to the consultation by the Ministry of Justice on Reforming the Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), the scheme through which criminal defence advocates are paid for publicly funded work carried out in the Crown Court. Our full response to the consultation is attached to this page below.

Response to BSB consultation

In January 2017, YLAL responded to the consultation by the Bar Standards Board on the Future Training of the Bar: Future Routes to Authorisation. This follows a previous consultation which closed in October 2015, to which YLAL also responded. You can find our response to the previous consultation here.

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