No thanks to legal aid

We have started a new series on our blog called "No Thanks to Legal Aid". We want to gather case studies of people who have not been able to get free help since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) came into force in April 2013.

Our series is inspired by the Justice Select Committee's inquiry into LASPO and its impacts.

Find out more and submit your case study here:


Legal Justice conference 15 March

"Legal Justice Together - Call for Action", Saturday 15 March 2014

YLAL winter party 24th Jan

Winter drinks - all YLAL members welcome

We are having our winter party on Friday 24 January 2014.

Meet the Minister

On 15 January 2014 the All Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid met to discuss the cuts to legal aid with Shailesh Vara MP, new Parliamentary Under-Secretary for State and Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid.

Report by Adam Cooper, YLAL member

Sign up to save legal aid

Please sign this new petition launched by Joanna Lumley and the Justice Alliance to save legal aid. The petition asks the Government:

View from the gravy train

A View From the Gravy Train is a new blog showcasing anonymous “a day in the life” stories submitted by legal aid lawyers. The purpose is to dispel the myth that legal aid lawyers are getting fat off legal aid.

Low Commission

Young Legal Aid Lawyers welcomes the publication of ‘Tackling the Advice Deficit’, a report produced by the Low Commission, which is calling for urgent reforms to ensure ordinary people can get the help they need to deal with employment, debt, housing and other social welfare law problems. The report, which was brought about in response to  widespread concern about the impact caused by the cuts to legal aid, looks at the effect of cuts in funding for social welfare law advice.

Download our mythbuster

We have produced a new mythbuster to counter Government spin about legal aid. Please download the attachment below and share widely.

You can also find the leaflet here:



Cuts - where are we now?

YLAL has produced a one-page updating guide to show where we are now with the current round of proposed legal aid cuts. You can download the leaflet below. Please distribute amongst work colleagues and friends and send to your MP to let them know that the recent Government announcement does not go far enough to save UK justice.


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