Update: We will be re-starting meetings in person shortly - we hope to see you there!
This page contains information about recent and upcoming YLAL meetings and events across the country. New members are always welcome to attend our meetings, and lack of experience is no barrier, so if you're interested, we'd love for you to join us. 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!
Do remember that COVID-19 still affects several of us. If possible, do test yourself with Lateral Flow Tests on the day of the event. If you are positive, we ask that you don't attend the event.
Our first meeting back will be 'in-person' only while we work on faciliating hybrid meetings in the future.
Please see below for details of previous events.
Our next London meeting, the first in two years(!), will be held at Garden Court Chambers at 6:30pm Wednesday 6 April on the topic of 'Human Rights and Refugee Resettlement'. We are delighted to be joined by an expert panel of speakers: Connor Johnston and Sonali Naik QC from Garden Court Chambers, Kama Petruczenko from Refugee Council and Aneela Samrai from YLAL Committee/Hodge Jones & Allen (chair). Tickets are free and available here.
Please let us know if you have any other questions about our London meetings by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our last event in Birmingham, on mental health and wellbeing, was on Monday 10 February 2020 at Cornwall Street Barristers.
Thanks to all those who joined us for a discussion about tackling stigma in the legal profession, looking after your mental health & building an inclusive workplace. We were excited to be joined by District Judge Helen Conway, a judge at Liverpool County Court and mental health advocate, as well as Franck Magennis, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers and head of legal at Legal Sector Workers United (LSWU), a union seeking to improve working conditions and employment rights within the sector. Thank you also to Manoj Koeri for taking all the attendees through a seated yoga session to round things off.
Our last meeting in Leeds was on Monday 10 February 2020, and was about Litigants in Person (LIPs).
Through a roundtable discussion format we explored key issues to deal with LIPs such as:
1. The effect that LIPs (and the rise of LIPs) have on the effectiveness and efficiency of the justice system;
2. The rise of McKenzie Friends and issues surrounding this;
3. What more can be done to support LIPs in and out the courtroom;
4. What can be done to support LIPs in getting access to early legal advice - campaigning for access to this and raising awarness of this issue.
Our last meeting was on Wednesday 19 February 2020.
This was a meeting to focus on Mental Health within the profession and what help and support is available to support wellbeing. Legal Aid Lawyers represent the most vulnerable and traumatised people in society. This can leave them at risk of vicarious trauma as they deal with the traumatic experiences of their clients and also through the day to day stress of heavy caseloads and navigating extremely reduced services. We talked about the support and resources available for those working in this area and allow discussion about best practice, and the event gave us a chance to offload in a safe space to others in similar situations.
You can find out more about YLAL Liverpool on our Facebook page, or by emailing us.
Our last meeting was a practitioners' meeting, in which we shared tips, best practice and war stories.
YLAL South West
We've held three #YLALVirtual events in 2020. Find out more here.