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:

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Brentford & Isleworth MP visits Ealing Law Centre

Post 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: 


Hammersmith MP visits Law Centre

Post 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 2019

Post 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 Centre

Post date: 27th of June 2019

On 24 June 2019, Paul Maynard visited Fylde Law Centre

Paul is the @MoJGovUK #LegalAid Minister. 

Paul wrote about his experience for the Ministry of Justice on Medium

In this, Paul says: 


Ipswich MP visits Suffolk Law Centre

Post date: 26th of June 2019



Using the Law to Protect Refugee and Migrant Rights: YLAL Midlands event on World Refugee Day 2019

Post 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.


YLAL Response to HPCDS Survey

Post 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?


Statement on CBA vote for action- 10 June 2019

Post 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.


Parliamentary debate on legal aid for inquests - 10 April 2019

Post date: 30th of May 2019

On 10 April 2019, Parliament held a debate on the availability of legal aid for bereaved families at inquests, particularly those in which State agents are legally represented. Attached to this page is a helpful summary of the issues raised during the debate . YLAL are grateful to volunteer Freya Oldaker for preparing this summary.


Statement: Report by UN Special Rapporteur

Post date: 22nd of May 2019

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) welcomes the publication today (22 May 2019) of the final report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, following his visit to the United Kingdom in November 2018.

The UN Special Rapporteur rightly states that legal aid has been "dramatically reduced" in England and Wales since the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). The report notes that the number of cases funded by civil legal aid "declined by a staggering 82 per cent between 2010-11 and 2017-18".