YLAL Meetings

This page contains information about recent and upcoming YLAL meetings and events across the country. Our current upcoming events are as follows:

- Wednesday 14 June 2017: 'After the Election: What Next for Legal Aid?', London meeting at Hodge Jones & Allen
- Thursday 22 June 2017: YLAL Liverpool event, furhter details TBC
- Thursday 29 June 2017: YLAL Midlands event in Birmingham, details TBC

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

New members are welcome to come along to our meetings. Unless stated otherwise, there is no need to confirm your attendance - just turn up. There's no obligation to talk at the meetings - just come along and observe if you've never been to a meeting before and are nervous about speaking. On the other hand if you have lots to say, feel free to come along and say it!

London Meetings

We hold meetings in London on the second Wednesday of every month. 

For our last meeting in London, we hosted 'Access to Justice After the Election: Panel Debate' with speakers representing each of the main political parties: Mark Trafford QC (Society of Conservative Lawyers), Catherine Atkinson (Society of Labour Lawyers), Alistair Webster QC (Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association), and Charley Pattison (Green Party Justice spokesperson). You can see the minutes on our website here.

Our next meeting, 'After the Election: What Next for Legal Aid?', will be on 14 June 2017 from 6:30pm at Hodge Jones & Allen. As it falls in the week following the general election, we will be considering the outcome of the election and the possible consequences for access to justice and legal aid - what happens next and what can we do? We are delighted to be joined by Carol Storer, director of Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG), who will provide her expert insights as a campaigner and representative of legal aid lawyers young, old and in-between.

The meeting will be held in the Basement Bar at Hodge Jones & Allen, 180 North Gower Street, Kings Cross, London, NW1 2NB. The poster for the event is at the bottom of this page. We look forward to seeing you there!

YLAL Midlands

YLAL co-chair Ollie spoke at the Human Rights and Social Justice Careers Evening at the University of Law in Birmingham on Tuesday 23 May. The next YLAL Midlands event will be in Birmingham on Thursday 29 June - we are currently finalising the details, but save the date!

For more information about YLAL Midlands or to get involved, follow YLAL Midlands on facebook and/or email ylalmidlands@gmail.com.

YLAL North

For more information or to get involved, join the YLAL North google group, follow YLAL North on facebook and/or email ylalnorth@gmail.com

We will be speaking at the Lawyers Against Poverty networking event at Apotheca, Manchester on 12 June 2017.


YLAL Liverpool's next event will be on 22 June 2017. More details TBC: But please save the date!
For more information, follow YLAL Liverpool on facebook and/or email liverpoolylal@gmail.com.


Our last event was at Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester and featured two of its barristers, Lucy Mair and Vijay Jagadesham who discussed the political underpinnings of the Mediterranean refugee crisis and reported back from their experience providing legal assistance in the humanitarian crisis of Greece’s refugee camps. 


YLAL members Ronagh Craddock and Rachel Barnes are organising an introduction to legal aid meeting at Northumbria University which is likely to take place in May 2017. More details will be provided here and on the YLAL North facebook page and google group.


We held our last event on Wednesday 26 April 2017; Miscarriages of Justice: Discussions with Counsel and volunteer led organisations. We had four great speakers for this event including Mark George QC and Matthew Stanbury from Garden Court North Chambers, as well as Douglas Scott of the Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre and Victoria Wensley of the Miscarriages of Justice Awareness Society at the University of Sheffield.

Sheffield Legal Walk

We took part in the Sheffield Legal Walk in aid of the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust on Monday 15 May.

The Yorkshire Legal Support Trust is a local arm of The Access to Justice Foundation; a grant making charity, which raises and distributes funds to support free legal advice services and access to justice for all.

Thanks to those who joined us to walk the 10km walk around Sheffield in aid of a great charity.

YLAL South West

YLAL South West's last meeting was a panel event on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at the University of Law, Bristol. A summary can be found on the Minutes page

Details of future meetings of YLAL South West will be posted here. For more information or to get involved, follow YLAL South West on Facebook and/or email YLALsouthwest@gmail.com.