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:

- Wednesday 10 October 2018, 6:30pm: Introduction to Legal Aid event in London

- Thursday 25 October 2018, 6:00pm: 'Crime and Justice: a 360 View' in Bristol

- Exact date TBA in October 2018: Wales social. Please let us know if you'd like to come along: ylalinfo@gmail.com

- 1 November 2018, 6pm: Great Legal Quiz in Sheffied. Please see poster for details and register your attendance at ylalnorth@gmail.com

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 London meeting, "An Introduction to Legal Aid" is on Wednesday 10 October at 6:30-8:00pm at UCL, Bentham House, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens, London, WC1H 0EG. The meeting will be a fantastic opportunity for those considering a career in social justice to develop their understanding of working in legal aid. Further details can be found on the poster below, we look forward to seeing lots of you there!

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

YLAL Midlands

Our last event was 'YLAL Needs YOU: Help us respond to the LASPO Review', at 6pm on Wednesday 1 August at Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham. The meeting was an opportunity for members to contribute to YLAL's response to the government review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).

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

Our last meeting in Manchester was on Thursday 23 August 2018. We discussed the LASPO review and how members can get involved in our response to the consultation. 

Our last speaker meeting in Sheffield was on Wednesday 30 May 2018. 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.

The next meeting in Sheffield is our annual involvement with the Great Legal Quiz, taking place at 6pm on Thursday 1 November 2018 at the Hidden Bar at Revolution, Fitzwilliam Street, The Plaza, Sheffield, S1 4JL YLAL will again be raising 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. The quiz is kindly sponsored by CRA Consulting.

As we are raising funds for the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust, there is a £5 charge to enter per person. There will be refreshments made available on the night, but you will need to register your attendance by emailing ylalnorth@gmail.com Please see the poster attached for further reference.

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

The Secret Barrister's 'Stories of the Law & How It's Broken' topped the bestseller lists for much of the summer and brought home to many the devastating impact of the cuts to Legal Aid on our criminal justice system. It's also sparked criminal law as a topic of interest to those in practice and those just starting their studies. Young Legal Aid Lawyers South West invite you to hear from a range of criminal law specialists. The speakers will include:
• Lesley Ness, Crown Prosecution Service
• Steve George, Bobbetts Mackan
• Joshua Purser, Cornwall Street Barristers
• Mehrannisa Sadiq, Avon & Somerset Police
We will provide opportunity for informal networking and refreshments during the evening. The event is free to attend but you will need to register for a ticket via EventBrite

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