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The future of criminal legal aid

Tue, 13/01/2015 - 08:30

A meeting on the future of criminal legal aid took place on the 13th January 2015.


Access to justice for children and young people

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 08:30

The APG Legal Aid meeting on access to justice for children and young people was held on 16th October 2014. This meeting was also our Annual General Meeting.

Cuts to legal aid in recent years have been made across the board with no exceptions for young people. Further changes to legal rules for judicial review also make no exceptions.  Yet the evidence is mounting that young people are particularly affected by issues relating to access to justice. This session will present evidence of the impact of cut backs so far and brief members on aspects of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, currently about to reach report stage, that will have a further effect on young people.

Research by Just for Kids Law commissioned by the Children's Commissioner is available here:

The Guardian has reported the research here:

A briefing by Just Rights on the impact of interventions in judicial review cases on young people is available here:

Speakers included representatives from the Office of the Children's Commissioner, JustRights, Just for Kids Law, The Howard League for Penal Reform, Coram Children's Legal Centre, Children's Rights Alliance England and Youth Access.


Assisting constituents following LASPO

Wed, 03/09/2014 - 08:30

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the challenges faced by advice providers, including MPs through their surgeries and casework, following LASPO 2012.


Judicial Review - proposals to amend legal aid and cost rules

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 08:30

This meeting focused on the Government's proposals to amend legal aid for judicial reviews. For a report of the meeting, please see YLAL's website:

Prison and Criminal Legal Aid - briefing

Tue, 11/02/2014 - 08:30

This meeting took the form of a “breakfast briefing” aimed at MPs and Lords. It was well-attended and an excellent way of engaging directly with Parliamentarians.


Transforming Legal Aid - Next Steps in relation to criminal legal aid

Wed, 15/01/2014 - 16:30

The new Legal Aid Minister, Shailesh Vara MP, spoke about the ongoing changes and attempted to answer the audience’s concerns.


Government proposals for the future of legal aid

Tue, 29/10/2013 - 16:30

Lord McNally, having just left the role of legal aid Minister, spoke about the Government’s latest proposals and invited comments from the audience.


Emerging findings from the Low Commission

Tue, 03/09/2013 - 16:30

This meeting provided a valuable opportunity for an update from the Low Commission on the Future of Advice and Legal Support. The meeting was addressed by Lord Low of Dalston, who set out the Commission’s main findings so far and sought the views of the audience on the Commission’s provisional proposals.


‘Transforming Legal Aid’ consultation

Wed, 15/05/2013 - 16:30

This meeting was again addressed by a panel of experts: Laura Janes (consultant solicitor at Scott-Moncrieff and Associates LLP and at the Howard League for Penal Reform), Tim Owen QC (barrister, Matrix Chambers), Michael Fordham QC (barrister, Blackstone Chambers), Alison Harvey (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association), and Lord Beecham. A highlight of this meeting was the contribution made by Anne Hall, mother of Daniel Roque Hall, a disabled former prisoner who had been assisted by legal aid to secure his appropriate treatment and eventually release. This was a valuable opportunity for the audience and Parliamentarians present to hear directly about the positive effects of legal aid from the client’s point of view. 


Crime competitive tendering

Wed, 20/03/2013 - 16:30

Dr Elizabeth Gibby, Deputy Director responsible for Legal Aid and Legal Services Policy at the Ministry of Justice, attended to discuss the Government’s proposals for changes to the delivery of criminal legal aid services. She was joined by a panel of expert speakers: Stephen Hockman QC (Head of Chambers at Six Pump Court and former Chair of the Bar Council), Richard Miller (Head of Legal Aid at the Law Society), Greg Powell (Managing Partner of Powell Spencer and Partners Solicitors and Executive Officer of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association), and Robin Murray (Senior Partner at Robin Murray and Co Solicitors and Vice-Chair of the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association).



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