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Legal aid lawyers: Defiant and optimistic, as always

Heather Thomas and Oliver Carter recap the latest gathering of legal aid practitioners where human rights was high on the agenda

27 October 2015

On 9 October 2015, the Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) once again joined the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) for their annual conference in Birmingham, this year called: 'Legal Aid: The Future'. In spite of the severe cuts to public funding implemented under the coalition government, the mood of the assembled legal aid lawyers remained defiant and optimistic.

YLAL runs two seminars at every conference, one of which offers advice and information to aspiring entrants to the legal aid profession (who are, literally, the future of legal aid), while the other considers an issue of contemporaneous significance. This year, we focused on how the law can be used to protect access to justice and human rights, of particular importance in light of the government's imminent plan to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and replace it with an as yet unpublished British Bill of Rights.

YLAL founder, Dr ...

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