YLAL Meetings and Events

This page contains information about recent and upcoming YLAL meetings and events across the country. New members are always 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!

Our upcoming events are:

  • Wednesday 11 December 2019: social in Liverpool
  • Thursday 12 December 2019: social in London
  • Thursday 6 February 2020: event in Birmingham 

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

London Meetings

London meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6:30pm. However, things are a bit different this December! 

We held an 'Access to Justice hustings' on Monday 9 December with lawyer representatives of the main political parties.  We are also holding a winter social in the beautiful MCR of Lincoln's Inn. No need to register, please come along from 6.30pm, Thursday 12 December (remember to vote first!).  YLAL will provide some wine!  

Please let us know if you have any other questions about our London meetings by emailing ylalinfo@gmail.com.

YLAL Midlands

Our last YLAL Midlands event was a Careers in Legal Aid panel event at St Ives Chambers in Birmingham, on Tuesday 26 November 2019. We were delighted to be joined by a brilliant panel of speakers including Liza Tilley of Duncan Lewis, Erika Wright of Irwin Mitchell, and Malvika Jaganmohan and Alex Pritchard-Jones, both of St Ives Chambers. Thank you to everyone who attended!

Our next event in Birmingham, which will focus on mental health and wellbeing in the legal profession, will be on Thursday 6 February 2020 at St Philips Chambers, 55 Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5LS. Full details will be posted here in due course, but for now please save the date!

You can find out more about YLAL Midlands on our Facebook page, or by emailing us

YLAL North


Our last meeting was on Tuesday 12 November 2019 and was a panel discussion on Women in Law.

We hosted four brilliant guest speakers:

  • Sarah Blackmore (Joint Head of Chambers at Spire Barristers);
  • Emma Pearmaine (Managing Director at Ridley & Hall Solicitors and President of Leeds Law Society);
  • Kara Frith (Partner and Head of Criminal Law at Ison Harrison Solicitors);
  • Semaab Shaikh (Barrister at Broadway House Chambers) 

Our speakers discussed key issues affecting women in the legal profession, followed by a short Q&A and networking. Thanks to everyone who attended! 

You can find out more about YLAL Leeds on our Facebook page, or by emailing us. 


Our next meeting will be on General Election eve (5:30pm Wednesday 11 December 2019). We will look at the manifesto pledges on access to justice at Merseyside Law Centre, 35 Bold St, L1 4DN and then have an Xmas Social at 7pm at The Crafty Chandler, Bold Street.

This will give members a chance to network, meet fellow YLALs in Liverpool, discuss the election and the pledges on justice. Afterwards we can have a drink and switch off from the daily stresses for a couple of hours. First round is on YLAL!

Book your place on Eventbrite and follow our Facebook event page here.

You can find out more about YLAL Liverpool on our Facebook page, or by emailing us.


Following our summer social in August, we will be holding an introduction to YLAL and working in legal aid - watch this space for more details! 


We were at the University of Sheffield Law Fair on 2 October 2019. Come and see us to find out more, or join us at the Great Legal Quiz.

You can find out more about YLAL North on our Facebook page, or by emailing us

YLAL South West

We held a Christmas social on 4 December 2019 - thanks to all those who came along! 

You can find out more about YLAL South West on our Facebook page, or by emailing us

YLAL Wales 

Public Law Wales and Young Legal Aid Lawyers held a joint seminar for YLAL's first event in Wales, discussing: Becoming a Public Lawyer in Wales: Social Mobility, Advice, and Perspectives on Wednesday 13 February 2019.