Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) are
celebrating their 10th anniversary with an event on Thursday 23 April at LSBU.
Key on the agenda will be government cuts in the legal aid budget by over £300m
per year, which YLAL say reduce the ability of ordinary people to enforce their
rights in court and undermine the rule of law.
YLAL founder Laura Janes will speak
about the achievements of the group over the last decade, before Baroness
Patricia Scotland QC - a former Attorney General - delivers the keynote
Guardian legal affairs correspondent Owen
Bowcott will then compere a panel debate on access to justice featuring Andy
Slaughter (Labour), Jenny Jones (Green Party), Geoffrey Payne (Liberal
Democrats), Martha Spurrier (Doughty Street Chambers) and others.
Andy Unger of LSBU's School of Law
and Social Sciences, said: "Access to justice in the UK has been underpinned by
what has - until recently - been an effective legal aid system which has been
damaged by these savage cuts. London South Bank University has supported YLAL
since the beginning by hosting their events because we support their values and
believe that the provision of good quality publicly funded legal help is
essential to protecting the interests of the vulnerable in society."