Articles Archive

Below are all our previously published articles and news items - blog posts will be included here too.

There are also 2 wordpress blog sites which we previously used and for whom content is still available, although they are not currently being updated:

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Justice Select Committee Briefing

Post date: 5th of May 2020

Young Legal Aid Lawyers provided a briefing on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis upon junior legal aid lawyers. 

The Justice Select Committee heard evidence from the Ministry of Justice and legal professionals on the impact of the pandemic upon lawyers, their clients, and the Court System on Monday 4 May 2020. 

You can read live tweets of the hearing: Tweets by CommonsJustice


YLAL COVID-19 Survey 2: Impact on Members and their Clients

Post date: 2nd of May 2020

A month ago, we did a survey about how COVID-19 was affecting our members and their work. 


YLAL Meeting: Remote justice and our clients: the view from YLAL North

Post date: 29th of April 2020

On Wednesday 22 April 2020, YLAL hosted its second remote meeting, 'Remote justice and our clients: the view from YLAL North'. 

We were delighted to be joined by four expert speakers and members of YLAL North: Alice Stevens (Broudie Jackson Canter), Elizabeth Ridley (Irwin Mitchell), Yara Ali-Adib (Broudie Jackson Canter) and Hannah Costley (Burton Copeland).

The meeting was expertly chaired by Rebecca Kingi, YLAL committee member and New Zealand-qualified solicitor at ATLEU.

You can watch the meeting here: 


YLAL Meeting: Human rights and access to justice during COVID-19

Post date: 18th of April 2020

On Wednesday 8 April 2020, YLAL hosted its first virtual meeting, 'Human rights and access to justice during COVID-19'. We were joined by four expert speakers: Steve Broach (39 Essex Chambers), Steven Galliver-Andrew (Legal Sector Workers United), Jo Hynes (Public Law Project) and Bella Sankey (Detention Action).


Happy 15th birthday, YLAL!

Post date: 13th of April 2020

YLAL is 15 years old today!

COVID-19 means that our party plans are on hold, however, we would still like to celebrate 15 years of fighting for legal aid and access to justice!

Please post your #YLALMemories on Twitter! Photos, anecdotes and any other YLAL-related memories are all welcome!

We attach the minutes from our very first meeting. Hopefully we have gone above and beyond the original aims!


YLAL Committee



YLAL COVID-19 Report

Post date: 7th of April 2020

On 7 April 2020, Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) published an important report on the impact of COVID-19 on its members’ professional lives.  The report analyses survey data collected from more than 300 YLAL members between 26 March- 03 April 2020.


Coronavirus impact

Post date: 27th of March 2020

YLAL is gathering evidence as to how coronavirus is impacting our members. 

Please complete the survey now. 


YLAL made a statement about coronavirus on 20 March 2020,  calling for the government to take action to:

- Reduce the exposure of practitioners to COVID-19


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

Post date: 20th of March 2020

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


Mental health and well-being in the legal sector: YLAL Midlands event, February 2020

Post date: 16th of March 2020

On 10 February 2020, YLAL Midlands hosted an event on the challenges of working in the legal sector, with a focus on mental health and general wellbeing.

Our event began with contributions from the panel. This was chaired by YLAL Midlands and national committee member Malvika Jaganmohan, who has been vocal on Twitter about her own mental health struggles. She outlined the tension between having a frank discussion about mental health and also pursuing a career as a young legal aid lawyer.


Criminal Legal Aid Review

Post date: 12th of March 2020

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.