Judicial Review consultation

We have now submitted our response to the Government consultation, "Judicial Review: Proposals for Further Reform". For the background to the consultation see here. Our draft is available to download below.

Social mobility in legal aid event

We are holding an event on Wednesday 30th October: "Social Mobility in the Legal Aid Profession".

The event will feature a debate with a panel of guests including Lucy Scott-Moncrieff – Director of Scott-Moncrieff & Associates Ltd and Chair of the Law Society's Equality and Diversity Committee; David Johnston – CEO of the Social Mobility Foundation; Chris Topping - Partner at Broudie, Jackson & Canter, Simao Paxi-Cato - YLAL and Invictus Chambers and James Wakefield - Director of the Council of the Inns of Court. The discussion will be chaired by journalist Raphael Rowe.

Nowhere else to turn

YLAL has published a follow up study assessing the impact of legal aid cuts on MPs ability to assist their constituents. Details set out below. The full report , "Nowhere else to turn: one year on", can be downloaded here.

YLAL submissions to JCHR

YLAL has submitted evidence to the JCHR as part of their inquiry into the implications for access to justice of the Government's legal aid reforms. The submissions can be accessed via the link below.

Demonstrate! Sunday 29 Sept

The Northern Save Justice Campaign is organising a march against legal aid cuts to feed into the big TUC march at the Conservative party conference in Manchester.

This is for civil and criminal lawyers, campaigners, clients, anyone who cares about access to justice and a fairer society!

The march will take place on Sunday 29 September, starting at 11.30 am at Crown Court square in Manchester and we will then join the main TUC march.

Speakers at the rally before the march include:

Kate Green MP

Jared Fickin - Garden Court North

Legal aid cuts decision

YLAL response to Government announcement on TLA proposals

On 5 September the Government published its response to the Transforming Legal Aid Consultation. The response can be accessed here. Save for a few small concessions the Government will be pressing ahead with its proposals in full.

Westminster debate - 4 Sept

There is a Parliamentary debate on the criminal legal aid reforms and price competitive tendering taking place at 0930 on 4 September 2013. We have prepared an updated briefing for this debate. Please do contact your MP, send them a copy of the briefing, and encourage them to attend.

The briefing can be downloaded here.

Post LASPO CPD training

The Legal Aid Practitioners Group are running an evening course on legal aid post-LASPO, this Thursday 22 August 2013. Details below. There is a concessionary rate for YLAL members of £20. To book click here (and select the LAPG member option).

Meet with your MP

YLAL is encouraging all members, as well as writing to their MPs, to go and meet with them personally in order to raise awareness in Parliament of the devastating impact of the proposed changes to legal aid contained in the Transforming Legal Aid consultation.


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