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

Thanks 2 Legal Aid

Keep the minimum salary

Post date: 10th of April 2012

YLAL has submitted its response to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) consultation on the proposal to scrap the minimum salary requirement for trainee solicitors.


Why we must protect the shrinking legal aid safety net

Post date: 3rd of April 2012

Nadia Salam has written for The Social Issue blog on legal aid cuts and the telephone gateway in December 2011


YLAL "lawyer to watch"

Post date: 3rd of April 2012

Guardian Law has a series where readers can nominate lawyers to watch.  We are very pleased that YLAL founder Laura Janes has been named Lawyer to watch for April 2012.

The full article and the reasons why Laura was nominated can be read here:


False Economy blog on MP report

Post date: 2nd of April 2012

Nadia Salam and Katie Tiley have written for the False Economy blog about our MP report:


Urgent: days to save legal aid

Post date: 29th of March 2012

The legal aid bill has now left the Lords. It will be back in the House of Commons this coming Tuesday (17th April). There are only a few days left to save legal aid and we need you more than ever!


Impact of legal aid cuts on MPs

Post date: 13th of March 2012

“Nowhere else to turn: The impact of legal aid cuts on MPs’ ability to help their constituents”

A report setting out the findings of a study by the Young Legal Aid Lawyers, investigating the effect of the legal aid cuts on the ability of MPs to help their constituents (download from below). To be launched in Parliament at a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid at 1330 on 14th March 2012.


Legal Aid Bill MP action

Post date: 4th of March 2012

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will finish its passage through the House of Lords on 27 March 2012. A number of amendments have been tabled to lessen the impact of the Bill. These include amendments:


Last chance in the Lords...

Post date: 29th of February 2012

On the 5th March 2012 the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will reach its final stage in the House of Lords – the report stage.


Social mobility - call for action

Post date: 13th of February 2012


Human rights essay competition

Post date: 1st of February 2012

Law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and junior lawyers (current, prospective or inbetween stages) are invited to enter the Law Society's annual Graham Turnbull essay competition on human rights.

This year's essay title is: ‘In the light of the growing prison population should we look for alternatives to imprisonment?' The deadline for entries is Friday 23 March 2012.

To find out more please click here