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 24 April 2019: "Legal Aid: Question Time!" meeting in London at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 65 Fleet Street London EC4Y 1HT

- Wednesday 24 April 2019: meeting in Sheffield, Irwin Mitchell, Riverside East, 2 Millsands, Sheffield S3 8DT

- Thursday 9 May 2019: meeting in Birmingham, details TBC

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

London Meetings

London meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month, with the exception of April 2019 (see below).

Our last meeting, 'YLAL Campaign Bootcamp: Fighting for Legal Aid after the LASPO Review'  was on Wednesday 13 March from 6:30pm at  Roberts Building 110, UCL, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE.

Our next meeting in London, "Legal Aid: Question Time", in conjunction with APPG on Legal Aid and Justice Alliance, will be on Wednesday 24 April at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 65 Fleet Street London EC4Y 1HT. 

We are delighted to be joined by the following speakers:

- Lucy Frazer QC MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice and Minister for Legal Aid

- Bob Neill MP, Chair of the House of Commons' Justice Select Committee

- Sue James, Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre and Justice Alliance

- Stephanie Lightfoot-Bennett, United Families and Friends

- Audrey Cheryl Mogan, Garden Court Chambers and Young Legal Aid Lawyers

Further details on the poster below, we look forward to seeing you there!

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 Birmingham was on Tuesday 19 March from 6pm at Irwin Mitchell, Imperial House, 31 Temple Street, Birmingham, B3 1UD. We discussed the recent review of the LASPO cuts to legal aid and what action can be taken to campaign for access to justice. 

Our next event in Birmingham will be on Thursday 9 May at Irwin Mitchell. Details will be posted here shortly.

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: 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


YLAL North met 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. 


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.

The next event is taking place on Wednesday 24 April, 6pm- 8pm at Irwin Mitchell, Riverside East, 2 Millsands, Sheffield, S3 8DT.  YLAL Sheffield are hosting a panel discussion reflecting on the centenary of women entering the legal profession. It will focus on the progression women have made and considering how far barriers have been broken down for women in the legal profession. We have Dr Lucy Brown, Teaching Associate in Modern British History at the University of Sheffield as our keynote speaker. We also have four fantastic panel speakers including District Judge Siobhan Kelly, Jay Bhayani, Solicitor and Managing Director at Bhayani HR & Employment Law, Elizabeth Mottershaw, Barrister at Garden Court North Chambers and Helen White, Chartered Legal Executive Advocate at Howells LLP.

Please register to attend either by email to ylalnorth@gmail.com or on our Eventbrite page here www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ylal-sheffield-women-in-law-a-reflection-on-the-centenary-of-women-entering-the-legal-profession-tickets-60002812026?aff=ebdssbdestsearch 

You can find more details of the event with the attached poster.

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


Our last event in Liverpool was on Wednesday 13 February 2019, focussing on mental health within the profession and what help and support is available to support wellbeing.

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 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.