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The Westminster Commission on Legal Aid launches new report on the sustainability of the sector

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (‘YLAL’) is pleased to note that the report of the Westminster Commission on Legal Aid’s Inquiry into the Sustainability and Recovery of the Legal Aid Sector has been published today. The report makes several recommendations to revitalise legal aid services to individuals in England and Wales.

YLAL statement on the Government proposal to remove the means test for legal aid inquests

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) is pleased to note the Government’s announcement, as part of their response to the House of Commons Justice Committee's report the Coroner Service, that it is taking forward legislation to remove the means test for applications for Exceptional Case Funding in relation to legal aid for Inquests, for both Legal Aid Certificates and Legal Help.

SQE Fact Sheet

What is the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (‘SQE’)?

Currently the most popular route to qualification is via a qualifying law degree (‘LLB’) or Graduate Diploma in Law (‘GDL’), followed by the Legal Practice Course (‘LPC’) and a two-year training contract with Professional Skills Course.

Committee Recruitment

Who we are

YLAL believes that the provision of good quality publicly funded legal help is essential to protecting the interests of the vulnerable in society and upholding the rule of law. We warmly invite applications from motivated and engaged individuals who would like to join the committee which steers our work. 

Legal Aid News: January 2021

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from January 2021.

 

YLALVirtual Events! 

In early January, YLAL held their first YLALVirtual of 2021, which considered access to justice for victims of trafficking. Hosted by One Pump Court, the event featured an expert panel discussing the importance of discretionary leave to remain (DLR), the developments and needs in supporting victims of trafficking (VOTs) and the representation of trafficking in the media.