Resources from Discrimination Event

Please find below Sarah Hannett's handout from the joint YLAL-DLA event on "Access to Justice for Victims of Discrimination" held in London on 14 November 2018. The handout is entitled: "Using the Equality Act 2010 in Public Law Claims".


How To... Meet With Your MP

YLAL has prepared a document for its members on How to meet with your MP, which is attached. 

Thanks to YLAL's Heather Thomas and Maia Lask. 

Litigants in Person - The Harsh Reality of Facing the Court System Alone

YLAL member Mayuri Patel, prepares a thought provoking account of volunteering for the much needed charity, Personal Support Unit.

YLAL writes for Legal Voice

YLAL's vice-chair Siobhan Taylor-Ward writes for YLAL's series in Legal Voice; This (young legal aid) life

"I have been asked by the Home office to provide the client with the decision as she has been referred for safeguarding. I break the news that her claim has been refused. Her face crumples in tears. The baby in the pram beside her knows enough to place her tiny hand upon her mum’s knee.

"She tells me her baby died in Africa — it was cot death — her claim stems from this one incident and its repercussions.

YLAL writes for Solicitors Journal

YLAL's Heather Thomas writes for the Solicitors Journal: 

Looking after looked-after children

Heather Thomas considers how the fundamentally different disciplines of family law and criminal law can work together to help achieve better outcomes for vulnerable children

You can find the article on Solicitors Journal's website.  

YLAL writes for the JusticeGap

YLAL co-chair Oliver Carter's latest article for the JusticeGap, published in May 2017 covers our pre-election debate on access to justice featuring lawyer-politician representatives of the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.

You can read the rest of Ollie's articles published on The Justice Gap through his author archive

Talks in schools

Justice Alliance Subgroup: Fat Rat Film in schools

Hopefully by now you will have seen the Fat Rat Film “Legal Aid Team” which was launched in April 2015. For anyone that hasn’t seen it, Legal Aid Team is an “animated superhero adventure film pitting three audacious lawyers against the evil justice minister, Chris Grayling”.

YLAL Statement on criminal legal aid

YLAL is concerned that the government has decided to proceed with plans to cut criminal legal aid by a further 8.75%, introduce dual contracts for Duty and Own Client work and restrict the number of Duty contracts available to 527 without any further consultation with the profession, other than an email 48 hours before the cuts were announced, asking for information to be provided within 24 hours on the impact on firms of the initial 8.75% cut. This can in no way be seen to be a proper consultation.

YLAL writes for Solicitor's Journal

YLAL now write a regular feature for Young Lawyer and Solicitor's Journal updating on government reforms to legal aid, and developments in the profession from a junior lawyer's perspective. See our recent articles here:

Provide safe passage for unaccompanied child migrants March 2017

Blind pursuit of policy (damage called by LASPO) January 2017