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.
Q&A with Dr Jess Guth on the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)
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.
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.
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.
On 3 March 2021, YLAL submitted its response to the Independent Human Rights Act Review ('IHRAR').
To help inform its submission, YLAL hosted a virtual roundtable on 27 January 2021 featuring a range of junior human rights practitioners and policy professionals, and also sought input from its broad membership base.
On 25 January 2021, YLAL submitted its response to the Ministry of Justice Criminal Legal Aid Review ('CLAR')'s consultation on remuneration for pre-charge engagement.
YLAL is grateful to the following who gave up their time to volunteer and assist with this consultation response: Bartholomew Dalton, Katie McFadden, Maria Fowler and Queenie Sit.
Welcome to our update of the latest legal aid and access to justice news from January 2021.
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.