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:

- Thursday 6 December 2018, 6pm: Social in Liverpool, more details below. 

- Wednesday 12 December 2018, 6pm: Social in Birmingham, more details below.

- Wednesday 12 December 2018, 6:30pm: Social in London, more details below.

- Wednesday 12 December 2018, 6pm: Social in Manchester, more details below.

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

London Meetings



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

Our next meeting in London will be a social on Wednesday 12 December 2018, from 6:30pm at Cittie of Yorke pub, 22 High Holborn, WC1V 6BN (nearest tube – Holborn). Further details on the poster below - we look forward to seeing lots of you there!

Our last London meeting, "Access to Justice for Victims of Discrimination", in conjunction with the Discrimination Law Association, on Wednesday 14 November. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is conducting an inquiry into whether legal aid for discrimination cases provides effective access to justice for victims of discrimination. We were joined by the Discrimination Law Association and two expert speakers - Sarah Hannett (barrister at Matrix Chambers) and Louise Whitfield (Partner at Deighton Pierce Glynn). They discussed the inquiry as well as barriers to, and opportunities for, using the Equality Act 2010 in judicial review and County Court claims. 

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

YLAL Midlands

Our next event in the Midlands is our festive social, from 6pm on Wednesday 12 December 2018 at Revolucion de Cuba in Birmingham (8 Temple Street, B2 5BN). Join us to meet and catch up with aspiring and junior legal aid lawyers from the Midlands. You can let us know you're coming via the Facebook event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Future events in the Midlands are being planned and details 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

All members are welcome to join us at the Koffee Pot at 84-86 Oldham Street (Northern Quarter) in Manchester, M4 1LE at 6pm on Wednesday 12 December for an informal chat and chance to meet other members. 2 national committee members (1 barrister and 1 pupil) will be around to answer questions about getting involved with YLAL and using our services and we would also like your ideas on events we could organise next year.

We are offering free drinks to the first 10 people who arrive! Koffee Pot has a full café service as well as happy hour cocktails, wine and craft beers.

There's no formal booking but it would help if you let us know if you're interested in coming (so we can reserve a big enough space!) by RSVPing on the facebook event or to ylalnorth@gmail.com

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

YLAL Liverpool

We'll be having a Christmas get together on Thursday 6 December 2018 at 6pm at the Pen Factory (13 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BQ). 

If you are interested in working in legal aid work, come and have a chat with our members who are paralegals, trainee solicitors and solicitors practising in a variety of legal aid work including housing, family, prison and mental health; and find out what it is really like.

The first 10 people will get a free drink, so arrive early! 

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 on 25 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