YLAL Meetings

This page contains information about recent and upcoming YLAL meetings and events across the country. Our current upcoming events are as follows:

- Saturday 3 March 2018: 'The Fight for Social Justice: Young Lawyers Making Change', joint conference with the Legal Education Foundation Justice First Fellows at BPP Waterloo - details below

- Tuesday 13 March 2018: 'Social Mobility in Legal Aid - YLAL Report 2018 Launch,' 6pm, Redmonds Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L3 5UG. Free tickets here

- Wednesday 14 March 2018: 'Social Mobility in Legal Aid - YLAL Report 2018 Launch' 6pm (refreshments from 5.30pm), Room G06/7, Lady Hale Building, Peel Campus, University of Salford. Free tickets here

- Wednesday 21 March 2018: 'The Judiciary Needs You' - YLAL Midlands event in at KCH Garden Square Chambers in Nottingham on careers in the judiciary. Free tickets here

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 on 14 March 2018, at which we will be launching our social mobility report. More details to be announced soon. 

'The Fight for Social Justice: Young Lawyers Making Change', Saturday 3 March

We are delighted to be hosting this joint conference with the Legal Education Foundation Justice First Fellows at BPP Waterloo on Saturday 3 March. The conference aims  to inform and inspire the social welfare lawyers of the future, build a network of like-minded junior lawyers, and bring together those committed to working in the areas of law traditionally funded by legal aid. The event offers: 

  • Practical advice on practising in social welfare law and legal aid and the beginnings of a network of future legal aid lawyers committed to social justice
  • Careers advice and support with a view to increasing diversity and social mobility within the profession
  • Knowledge and experience to improve responses to further threats to legal aid 

Speakers include Martha Spurrier, Dr Laura Janes, Dan Squires QC and many more. The event is organised by the Justice First Fellows (JFF) and Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL), with the kind support of the Legal Education Foundation (LEF), Public Law Project (PLP), BPP Law School and Allen and Overy. 

Tickets cost just £10 and there will be a travel reimbursement scheme up to £50 for those coming from outside London - for full details and to book your ticket, visit the PLP website here.

YLAL Midlands

Our last event in the Midlands was 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'. Legal aid practitioners from across the Midlands joined us to discuss, learn about and coordinate future action in defence of legal aid and access to justice.

Our next event is The Judiciary Needs You, a special event at KCH Garden Square Chambers in Nottingham on judicial appointments featuring two brilliant guest speakers, His Honour Judge Mukherjee and Alexandra Marks. Join us for an insight into careers in the judiciary, encouraging diversity, common barriers to appying and how these can be overcome, and what to keep in mind when considering an application to join the bench. Find out more and register to attend via our Eventbrite page here. The poster for the event is below.

For more information about YLAL Midlands or to get involved, follow YLAL Midlands on facebook and/or email ylalmidlands@gmail.com.

YLAL North

Our next event is the Greater Manchester launch of our social mobility report at (refreshments from 5.30pm), Room G06/7, Lady Hale Building, Peel Campus, University of Salford. For full details and tickets, visit eventbrite

For more information or to get involved, join the YLAL North google group, follow YLAL North on facebook and/or email ylalnorth@gmail.com


Please join us between 6-8pm on 13th March 2018 at Liverpool John Moores University, Redmond's Building for the launch of our updated report on Social Mobility in Legal Aid.
We will hear from Chris Topping, managing director and partner of Broudie Jackson Canter, The Law Society's Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2016 and Vice President of Liverpool Law Society. Our second speaker will soon be announced.
We will introduce our report and discuss the findings in an open floor discussion and question and answer session.
There will be time to network and meet new people as well as enjoy some tea and coffee or wine following the formal discussions.
We encourage all junior lawyers, students and aspiring lawyers to attend and also hope we will have more senior lawyers and educators in attendance to discuss ways in which we can work together to improve social mobility in the sector.
For more information got to our Eventbrite to reserve your FREE TICKET and sign up to our Facebook event to keep up to date with developments and ask us any questions you may have.

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 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