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 current upcoming events are:

- Wednesday 11 July: Meeting in London 
- Tuesday 17 July: Bookclub in London
- Friday 13 July: Summer Social in Birmingham

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

London Meetings

London meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Currently, they're held at Draught Orders, Hodge Jones and Allen (180 North Gower St, NW1 2NB – nearest tube Euston). Please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility requirements by emailing ylalinfo@gmail.com

Our last meeting in London, Litigating for Justice: Law Centres Network v Lord Chancellor was on Wednesday 13 June 2018, from 6:30pm. We discussed the Law Centres Network's recent judicial review of the changes to the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme and the Scheme's impact on access to justice. We were joined by Polly Brendon, a solicitor at the Public Law Project who represented Law Centres Network, and Sue James, a housing solicitor at Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre and Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) outstanding achievement award winner.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 11 July 2018. Further details to follow soon. 

Special event: YLAL x Young Fabiens Network Bookclub: The Secret Barrister 

YLAL and the Young Fabians Law Network are delighted to announce their first crossover event: a one-off book club discussing Stories of the Law and How It's Broken, the Secret Barrister's compelling indictment of how our criminal justice system is in chaos. 

The event, on Tuesday 17 July 2018 from 7pm, will be chaired by former Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Robin Murray, who was personally recommend to us by The Secret Barrister. Robin has a lifetime of experience with criminal law and is a Partner at Tuckers Solicitors, where he specialises in criminal defence law. He has also been awarded for his work by the Kent Law Society, and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association. You can follow him on Twitter

Robin will talk about his career and the challenges facing the criminal justice system, before the floor is opened up to a discussion about the book. We recommend reading it beforehand, but if you don't get the chance, here are some reviews summing up the main issues:

The event will take place in Draught Orders, the bar at HJA (180 North Gower St, NW1 2NB – nearest tube Euston), where drinks will be available. 

Please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility requirements. 

The evening is free and open to all. We look forward to seeing you there!

Email ylalinfo@gmail.com if you have any questions about our London meetings.

YLAL Midlands

Our last meeting in the Midlands was a special 'Women in Law' event at KCH Garden Square Chambers in Nottingham on Wednesday 13 June, focussed on the progression of women at the Bar, in the solicitors' profession and in the judiciary. We were joined by:

  • District Judge Pami Dhadli, judge on the Midland Circuit
  • Michelle Heeley QC, criminal barrister at No 5 Chambers
  • Faye Deverell, senior supervising solicitor at NLS Legal Advice Centre

Our next event will be a YLAL Midlands summer social in Birmingham on Friday 13 July. Further details to be confirmed, but please save the date!

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

YLAL North and Liverpool

On Tuesday 8 May 2018, YLAL North participated in the Sheffield Legal Walk.

Our last meetings were to launch our social mobility report, in Salford and in Sheffield. 

Our last meeting in Manchester, in conjunction with Greater Manchester Law Centre was Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice. This was an event with Lord Bach, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon, Young Legal Aid Lawyers Vice-Chair Siobhan Taylor-Ward and Joe Mensah-Dankwah of Black Solicitors Network. We discussed the current state of Legal Aid, the impact of the political changes, the challenges faced by the next generation of social welfare lawyers and our hope for the future. 

Our last meeting in Sheffield was on Wednesday 30 May. The meeting was on the current political climate concerning our collapsing criminal justice system. We hosted three fantastic speakers who discussed the ongoing strikes, as well as the difficulties they face in practice. Our speakers included Dan Foster, Criminal Law Barrister at Bank House Chambers, Jo Robinson, Criminal Law Solicitor at Howells LLP and Victoria Wensley, Case Manager at University of Sheffield's Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre, who also shared her experiences of working with the California Innocence Project.

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

YLAL Liverpool

Our last meeting was to launch our social mobility report. 

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 was to launch our social mobility report. 

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