Articles Archive

Below are all our previously published articles and news items - blog posts will be included here too.

There are also 2 wordpress blog sites which we previously used and for whom content is still available, although they are not currently being updated:

View from the Gravy Train

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YLAL statement on the Government proposal to remove the means test for legal aid inquests

Post date: 14th of September 2021

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) is pleased to note the Government’s announcement, as part of their response to the House of Commons Justice Committee's report the Coroner Service, that it is taking forward legislation to remove the means test for applications for Exceptional Case Funding in relation to legal aid for Inquests, for both Legal Aid Certificates and Legal Help.


The impact of SQE on workers' rights

Post date: 9th of September 2021


This article is brought to you by James Cunningham from Legal Sector Workers United


SQE Fact Sheet

Post date: 2nd of September 2021

What is the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (‘SQE’)?

Currently the most popular route to qualification is via a qualifying law degree (‘LLB’) or Graduate Diploma in Law (‘GDL’), followed by the Legal Practice Course (‘LPC’) and a two-year training contract with Professional Skills Course.


Social Welfare Solicitors Qualification Fund

Post date: 8th of June 2021


In 2021, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (‘YLAL’) was pleased to announce the launch of a national fund which will help to improve social mobility within the legal profession, address the recruitment and retention crisis faced by the Social Welfare and Legal Aid sector and as a result improve access to justice for those who need it most.


#YLALVirtual 28 April 2021 - Protecting human rights in an age of authoritarianism

Post date: 26th of April 2021

At our #YLALVirtual on Wednesday 28 April at 6.30pm, our incredible expert panel (featuring Shami Chakrabarti, Michael Mansfield QC, Chai Patel, Katy Watts and Audrey Cherryl Mogan) discussed the issues and impact of legislative policy seen in the debates on:


Committee Recruitment

Post date: 12th of April 2021

Who we are

YLAL believes that the provision of good quality publicly funded legal help is essential to protecting the interests of the vulnerable in society and upholding the rule of law. We warmly invite applications from motivated and engaged individuals who would like to join the committee which steers our work. 


YLAL's response to the Independent Human Rights Act Review

Post date: 4th of March 2021

On 3 March 2021, YLAL submitted its response to the Independent Human Rights Act Review ('IHRAR'). 

To help inform its submission, YLAL hosted a virtual roundtable on 27 January 2021 featuring a range of junior human rights practitioners and policy professionals, and also sought input from its broad membership base.


Minutes from #YLALVirtual 27 January 2021: Roundtable on the Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR)

Post date: 16th of February 2021

On Wednesday 27 January 2021, Garden Court Chambers hosted a #YLALVirtual roundtable about the Independent Human Rights Act Review (IHRAR). The roundtable collated evidence from the legal aid frontline about the impact of the HRA on UK law as well as discussing how best to respond to the IHRAR call for evidence in order to protect our beloved HRA. Lucie Boase of Hodge Jones & Allen and Tara Mulcair of Birnberg Peirce, both YLAL Committee members, chaired the roundtable.

Roundtable participants: