YLAL News

COVID-19: 6 months on

On Wednesday 9 September 2020, One Pump Court Chambers hosted a #YLALVirtual meeting reflecting on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic six months on from the passage of the Coronavirus Act. The meeting explored how the pandemic has affected different areas of social welfare law and the criminal justice system since lockdown began in March. Ciara Bartlam, YLAL committee member and barrister at Garden Court North Chambers, chaired the meeting.

Regulations that threaten access to justice to be revoked


We are thrilled to report that the government has conceded that the new “fixed fees” for asylum and immigration legal aid work are unlawful. It will revoke the fixed fees regulations and put transitional measures in place to pay practitioners for the time they actually spend on cases while a proper consultation is undertaken. 

This is a hugely important win for access to justice and follows a series of important legal challenges.

Statement on the treatment of BPTC students due to sit BSB exams in August 2020

 

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) is committed to promoting the interests of new entrants to the legal profession and to increasing social mobility and diversity within the legal aid sector.

YLAL is deeply concerned about the experiences of some Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) students who are due to sit the centralised Bar Standards Board (BSB) exams in August 2020.

On 13 May 2020, the BSB announced that those requiring reasonable adjustments would be able to access Pearson VUE test centres to sit the three centralised BSB exams.