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

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APPG on Legal Aid - 17.04.18

Post date: 25th of April 2018

APPG on Legal Aid : Post-LASPO Litigation – Where are we now?


  • Olive Craig (Rights of Women on domestic violence evidence requirements)
  • Simon Creighton (Founding Partner, Bhatt Murphy on legal aid for prisoners)
  • Polly Brendon (Public Law Project on Exceptional Case Funding)
  • Jo Cecil (Garden Court Chambers and The Criminal Bar Association)
  • Matthew Shelly (Legal Aid Agency (MOJ), Deputy Director of Legal Aid and Court Fees Policy)



Legal aid news - March 2018

Post date: 17th of April 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from March 2018.

YLAL Social Mobility Report: On 13 March, we launched our new social mobility report – “Social Mobility in a Time of Austerity”. The report was launched online and at 6 events throughout the country in Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

The report identifies three key issues with social mobility in the legal aid sector:


How To... Meet With Your MP

Post date: 15th of April 2018

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. 


Statement on AGFS action

Post date: 29th of March 2018

YLAL statement on direct action in protest against changes to the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS)

Young Legal Aid Lawyers today (29 March 2018) issues the attached statement, in solidarity with colleagues who have made the difficult decison to take direct action in response to changes to the way in which criminal legal aid work by advocates is remunerated under the Advocates' Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS).


Legal aid news - February 2018

Post date: 26th of March 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from February 2018.

Legal aid for prisoners: On 21 February, legal aid was reinstated for 3 key areas of prison law: pre-tariff reviews, Category A reviews and challenges to decisions regarding placements in a close supervision centres.


APPG on Legal Aid - 07.03.2018

Post date: 26th of March 2018

APPG on Legal Aid: Early Advice

Lord Low on the Low Commission

Lord Low reported on the findings of the Low Commission (reports published in January 2014 and March 2015 can be found here: that the advice deficit has widened significantly and that this is not, therefore, an issue that the government can afford to ignore. 


2017: Year in Review

Post date: 18th of March 2018

2017 was another busy year in politics, law and current affairs.  We have rounded up all of the most important stories from our regular legal aid news updates throughout 2017.



YLAL Social Mobility Report 2018

Post date: 12th of March 2018


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

Post date: 1st of March 2018

Case Study: Litigants in person - facing the court system alone

Today I attend court with a mother in a case where the father is seeking a child arrangement order to have contact with their children. We first meet at the Personal Support Unit office where I am informed of the details of the case so far. The stage we are at today is the final hearing. As volunteers are not assigned to cases just individual hearings, the client expresses how exhausting it is to explain and relive emotions to a new volunteer at every hearing.


Legal aid news - January 2018

Post date: 21st of February 2018

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from January 2018.

David Gauke’s appointment as the Lord Chancellor: On 8 January 2018, following Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, it was announced that former solicitor, David Gauke MP, would be the new Lord Chancellor. He became the sixth Lord Chancellor in six years, and the first solicitor to be appointed to the post.