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:

- 14 August 2019: London meeting 

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

London Meetings

London meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6:30pm.

The next YLAL meeting in London will be on Wednesday 14 August 2019 at Irwin Mitchell, Holborn. The meeting will be on the topic,  "A Fair Wage for Legal Aid: Organising for Legal Sector Workers' Rights', with speakers Nat Whalley,  Executive Director of Organise, and Zachary Whyte, Co-Founder of Legal Sector Workers Unite (LSWU) branch of the United Voices of the World Union and trainee solicitor at Hodge Jones& Allen.

If you would like to attend, please register for a free ticket here

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

YLAL Midlands

Our last meeting in Birmingham, 'Using the Law to Protect Refugee and Migrant Rights', was on Thursday 20 June at Irwin Mitchell. The event focussed on refugee and asylum law and how lawyers, charities and NGOs can work together to support refugees through the legal system. 

We were joined by Ahmed Aydeed, director of public law at Duncan Lewis, Charlotte Rodriguez, refugee and migrant support practitioner at The Children's Society, and Sian Drinkwater, community organiser at Migrants Organise.

You can find minutes of the meeting here

Future YLAL Midlands events will be posted here in due course.

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

YLAL North and Liverpool


The last YLAL North event in Manchester was our 'Big News Insight Night' on Thursday 30 May 2019. We heard a series of short, sharp insights into the law behind some of this year's biggest news stories.

With thanks to:

  • Richard Brigden (Garden Court North) on Protest Law and the Climate Crisis
  • Rebecca Filletti (Garden Court North) on Coercive Control
  • Rosalind Burgin (Greater Manchester Law Centre) on Homelessness and the Section 21 campaign
  • Aarif Abraham (Garden Court North) on Human Rights and Europe
  • Jonathan Holt (Garden Court North) on Shamima Begum and the Special Immigration Appeals Commission


The last event in Sheffield was a panel discussion reflecting on the centenary of women entering the legal profession on 24 April 2019.  Details of our next event in Sheffield will be posted here.

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.