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 29 November 2017: YLAL Midlands Defending Legal Aid roundtable discussion at Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham.

- Wednesday 13 December 2017: Winter social in London - venue TBC.

- Thursday 14 December 2017: YLAL Midlands Christmas drinks in Birmingham - venue 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 at 6:30pm on the second Wednesday of every month.

Our next meeting will be a winter social on Wednesday 13 December - the venue is to be confirmed so watch this space!

YLAL Midlands

Our next event in the Midlands will be Defending Legal Aid, a roundtable discussion on recent cuts to criminal legal aid, the upcoming government review of LASPO and the final report of the Bach Commission, 'The Right to Justice'. The event will be at 6pm on Wednesday 29 November at Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham. We invite legal aid practitioners from across the Midlands to join us to discuss, learn about and coordinate future action in defence of legal aid and access to justice.

Please register to attend via Eventbrite. The poster for the event is below and we have also set up a Facebook event here so that you can invite people to join us.

We will also be having Christmas drinks in Birmingham on Thursday 14 December. We hope to confirm the venue shortly - watch this space!

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

On Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 6pm, YLAL Sheffield hosted the 'Great Legal Quiz' at Revolution.  The event was to raise funds for the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust, who support local advice agencies and charities. 


Our last session was in November and was sponsored by Liverpool University Law Clinic. It was a Welcome to Legal Aid session, for anyone just starting out in Legal Aid, thinking about a change to Legal Aid work or anyone studying who just wanted to know more about what Legal Aid is about. 

For more information, follow YLAL Liverpool on facebook and/or email liverpoolylal@gmail.com

YLAL South West

Our last event, Access to Justice Under Attack: Brexit, Charlie Gard and the Rule of Law was held on 12 October 2017 at Bristol Law Society. It took the form of a panel event and featured a number of expert practitioners: Sian Pearce (Avon & Bristol Law Centre), Emma Sutton (No5 Chambers), Mark Whitcombe (Old Square Chambers), Lydia Andrews (WSP Solicitors) and Helen Law (Matrix Chambers). Minutes can be found here

For more information about YLAL South West or to get involved, follow YLAL South West on Facebook and/or email ylalsouthwest@gmail.com