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COVID-19: Immediate action needed to protect junior legal aid lawyers

20 March 2020

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) calls on the Government, chambers and law firms across the country to immediately:

- Reduce the exposure of practitioners to COVID-19

- Put support measures in place to protect our members from the effect of loss of earnings and reduced job security

- Protect our members from increased pressure to work through ill-health

Criminal Legal Aid Review

YLAL is participating in the Ministry of Justice's Criminal Legal Aid Review ('CLAR'). 

Part of this involves us attending consultation and focus group meetings, as well as us feeding into any consultation documents. 

As the most junior in the profession, YLAL members are the criminal practitioners most likely to be impacted by the restriction of access to the profession and stagnation of wages which have been caused by the swingeing cuts to criminal legal aid implemented by the Ministry of Justice.

Legal aid news: November 2019

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news for November 2019.

General Election: In the run up to the General Election, which took place on 12 December 2019, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) launched the #3Pledges4Justice campaign. We asked members to Tweet the parliamentary candidates in their constituency to show their support for 3 key pledges for a fair justice system:

Legal aid news: August and September 2019

Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from August – September 2019.

University students to fill a gap in access to justice:

The University of Bristol’s law clinic has launched an initiative seeking to address the gap in legal representation at inquests for bereaved families. Believed to be the first student led clinic with a focus on inquests the team will be supervised by Sumayyah Malna, an inquest solicitor.