YLAL Committee member Kat Craig and trainee at Christian Khan has commented in the free comment section of the Guardian - read about it here...
Also check out Lord Hunt's view that there is 'no crisis' in legal aid here .....
Civil contracts to be terminated....but not sure when....
29th November 2007
The party is a joint party with the HaldaneSociety of Socialist Lawyers
Minimum donation: £5
(includes a bottle of wine!)
Garden Court Chambers,
57–60 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
London WC2A 3LS.
Nearest tube: Holborn.
Thursday 6thDecember 7pm–11pm
Enjoy a night of music, comedy &politics
Download the flyer here
From the beginning, YLAL have been trying to get legal aid on the main stream agenda. After all, Gordon has put social exclusion and the protection of the most vulnerable at the core of his values: isn’t legal aid all about that. We think so and have written to Gordon to say why: read our letter here.
On the 13th September 2007, the Legal Services Commission announced the list of firms that will be able to offer sponsored training contracts. Those currently doing their LPC and who are awarded places will be able to get help with the costs of the LPC course. The Commission stated that ‘training contract grants are awarded to solicitor and not for profit organisations who are committed to legal aid work and go towards helping train the next generation of legal aid lawyers.
Developing legal aid lawyers: YLAL submissions on how to ensure the next generation of qualified, dedicated legal aid lawyers has been submitted to the Legal Services Commission and the Ministry of Justice. The paper outlines the problems faced by new lawyers entering legal aid and suggests a number of ways in which Government can help with this problem. Read the full paper here!