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Carshalton & Wallington MP visits SW London Law CentrePost date: 6th of July 2019
Tom Brake MP, local MP for Carshalton & Wallington visited South West London Law Centres on 5 July 2019.
Whilst there, he observed the free employment law advice clinic at the Law Centre. He also spoke to staff about legal advice deserts, the importance of early legal advice, and the changes to legal aid brought about by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.Read more...
YLAL Response to Labour Party’s 2019 National Policy Forum ConsultationPost date: 30th of June 2019
YLAL was invited to respond to the Labour Party’s '2019 National Policy Forum Consultation'. The purpose of the consultation is to seek 'views on how best to rebuild the criminal justice system so that at every stage effective action is taken to prevent further offending and provide real opportunities for rehabilitation'.
Many of the consultation questions are out of scope of YLAL's institutional expertise. However, YLAL has produced a response addressing the most relevant questions to our members.Read more...
Brentford & Isleworth MP visits Ealing Law CentrePost date: 29th of June 2019
On 28 June 2019, Ruth Cadbury MP visited Ealing Law Centre. Ruth is Labour MP Brentford & Isleworth (including Hounslow Osterley & Chiswick).
The wonderful staff and volunteers at Ealing spoke to Ruth about a recent good outcome for one of Ruth’s disabled constituents following casework from Ealing Law Centre's immigration team, as well as telling her about issues from the #LegalAidFrontline.
Ruth said about her visit:Read more...
Hammersmith MP visits Law CentrePost date: 29th of June 2019
Andy Slaughter, Labour MP visited Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre on 28 June 2019.
Andy's told us why he thinks early legal advice is so important:
Legal aid news - April and May 2019Post date: 28th of June 2019
Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from April and May 2019.
Legal aid for Shamima Begum: On 16 April 2019, various newspapers reported that lawyers for Shamima Begum, the Bethnal Green schoolgirl who travelled to Syria to join ISIS at the age of 15, had been granted legal aid to challenge the Home Office’s decision to revoke her British citizenship.
B'pool N MP visits Fylde Law CentrePost date: 27th of June 2019
Paul wrote about his experience for the Ministry of Justice on Medium.
In this, Paul says:Read more...
Using the Law to Protect Refugee and Migrant Rights: YLAL Midlands event on World Refugee Day 2019Post date: 24th of June 2019
On 20 June 2019, YLAL Midlands hosted an event on the law relating to refugees and migrants and the increasing difficulties that individuals face in seeking safety or a better life in the UK. We also began discussions on building networks between lawyers, charities and community groups to empower individuals seeking to exercise their rights.Read more...
YLAL Response to HPCDS SurveyPost date: 11th of June 2019
YLAL submitted the following responses to the Ministry of Justice's survey on the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS):
Considering the scheme as a whole, are you able to give examples of what works well?Read more...
Statement on CBA vote for action- 10 June 2019Post date: 10th of June 2019
YLAL statement on the Criminal Bar Association vote to take action
“A career at the criminal bar is becoming financially unsustainable” – YLAL member
YLAL fully supports the Criminal Bar Association’s (CBA) decision to take action in relation to pay for defence and prosecution counsel.
An overwhelming number of CBA members voted for action, with 94% and 95% for defence and prosecution schemes respectively.
We stand shoulder to shoulder with our members, friends and colleagues who are taking part.Read more...