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 13 February 2019, 5.15pm: our first meeting in CARDIFF! The topic is 'Becoming a Public Lawyer in Wales' and Rhodri Williams QC, trainee solicitor Eleri Griffiths and YLAL representative Alannah Lewis will be speaking. More details below

- Wednesday 13 February 2019, 6pm: meeting in Liverpool on mental wellbeing with guest speaker immigration solicitor Helene Santamera. More details below.

- Wednesday 13 February 2019, 6:30pm: meeting in London on wellbeing, more details below.

- Wednesday 13 February 2019, 6pm: meeting in Manchester on wellbeing and self-care, with yoga teacher and stress management coach! More details below

- Saturday 16 March 2019: 'The Fight For Social Justice: Young Lawyers Making Change' - joint conference with Public Law Project and the Justice First Fellows. Details and tickets on the PLP website.

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

The Fight For Social Justice: Young Lawyers Making Change

We are delighted to be hosting our second joint conference with Public Law Project and the Legal Education Foundation's Justice First Fellows on Saturday 16 March 2019 at BPP Waterloo in London. We have a very exciting programme lined up to inform and inspire the social welfare lawyers of the future!

Tickets for the conference cost just £10 and there is a travel reimbursement scheme (up to £50) for those travelling from outside London. For all details of the conference and to book your ticket, please visit the Public Law Project website.

We hope to see you there!

London Meetings

London meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.

Our next meeting, 'Love Thyself: Self-care and wellbeing for YLALs' will be on Wednesday 13 February 2019, from 6:30pm at Irwin Mitchell, 40 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1N 2PZ (nearest tube: Chancery Lane or Farringdon). Further information on the poster below. 

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

YLAL Midlands

Our last event in the Midlands was a festive social in December 2018. 

Members in Birmingham are meeting at 6pm on Monday 18 February 2019 at The Old Contemptibles pub at 176 Edmund Street in Birmingham to plan future YLAL Midlands events. Please join us if you would like to help to plan YLAL Midlands events!

Future events in Birmingham will be hosted at the Irwin Mitchell office at Imperial House, 31 Temple Street, Birmingham at 6pm on the following dates in 2019: Tuesday 19 March, Tuesday 9 April, Thursday 9 May, Thursday 6 June and Thursday 4 July. Details of these events, and any other YLAL events in the Midlands, will be posted here shortly.

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

YLAL North and Liverpool


Valentine's Day might be around the corner, but why not show yourself some love this February? Join YLAL North at University of Law, Manchester (The University of Law - Manchester, 2 New York Street, Manchester, M1 4HJ) on 13 February 2019 at 6:00pm for a discussion on wellbeing and self care. 

We are delighted to be joined by the following expert speakers: 

  • Yvonne Healing, Barrister at 18 St John Street Chambers: Yvonne has vast experience in the conduct of care proceedings, appearing in the Family Courts and Family Division of the High Court. She regularly deals with complex and high profile cases involving serious criminal offences, terrorism, modern slavery and non accidental injuries. She is also a qualified mediator and an experienced practitioner and teacher of meditation and yoga.

  • Kate Thorpe, Therapist and Stress Management Coach: Following a career as a solicitor, Kate has delivered workshops and presentations on Stress Management Strategy to clients in the UK, USA, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She helps individuals and organisations to improve wellbeing, productivity and resilience through bespoke therapy, live workshops and her "Beat Stress for Life" coaching programme.

Find out more, and book on Eventbrite. 


The last event in Sheffield was our annual involvement with the Great Legal Quiz, on Thursday 1 November 2018. YLAL raised funds for the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust as part of the national Great Legal Quiz. All money raised will go to front line legal advice charities who deliver help and support to vulnerable people in desperate need of specialist advice.

Keep an eye on this page for announcements of future meetings and events. 

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


Our next event in Liverpool is on Wednesday 13 February 2019, from 6:00pm, and it will focus on Mental Health within the profession and what help and support is available to support wellbeing. Legal Aid Lawyers represent the most vulnerable and traumatised people in society. This can leave them at risk of vicarious trauma as they deal with the traumatic experiences of their clients and also through the day to day stress of heavy caseloads and navigating extremely reduced services. This event will highlight support and resources available for those working in this area and allow discussion about best practice.

In addition we are delighted to host Helene Santamera, a immigration and asylum lawyer with the Immigration Advice Service who will talk to us about her experience of dealing with poor mental health at work, what did and didn't work for her and her work in general working with immigration and asylum clients.

Join us in the Cellar Bar at the Casa (29 Hope Street, L1 9BQ Liverpool) from 6pm. 

Find out more, and register to attend on Facebook. 

Keep an eye on this page for announcements of future meetings and events. 

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

YLAL South West

Our last meeting in Bristol was in October 2018, and focussed on criminal law and the devastating impact of the cuts to legal aid on our criminal justice system.

Keep an eye on this page for announcements of future meetings and events. 

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 invites you to the launch of Young Legal Aid Lawyers in Wales and a seminar discussing: Becoming a Public Lawyer in Wales: Social Mobility, Advice, and Perspectives. 

Our speakers will be Rhodri Williams QC (Barrister at 30 Park Place Chambers and Treasurer of the Wales and Chester Circuit), Eleri Griffiths (Trainee Solicitor at Watkins and Gunn), and Alannah Lewis (Young Legal Aid Lawyers and student at Open University Wales). 

The event takes place in Room 1.29, School of Law and Politics (Law Building, Museum Ave, Cardiff, CF10 3AX).

We hope to see you at our first meeting! 

Find out more on Facebook and RSVP there or on eventbrite. Posters in English and Welsh are available below.