YLAL (Physical) Meetings and Events

Coronavirus update:

Due to the unprecedented circumstances we now find ourselves in, we have taken the decision to postpone all upcoming events in person. 

*Details of our remote meetings during COVID-19 can be found here*

Please read and share our COVID-19 report on how our members and their work have been affected. 

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!



​Please see below for details of previous events.

London Meetings

London meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6:30pm. 

Our last meeting on 'Restoring legal aid for unaccompanied and separated migrant children' was held on Wednesday 11 March 2020 at Irwin Mitchell. We were joined by Roopa Tanner (Islington Law Centre) and Ilona Pinter (formerly of The Children's Society and now of LSE) who played central roles in the legal challenge and campaign to restore legal aid for vulnerable migrant children who had been separated from their families.
 

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

YLAL Midlands

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. 

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

YLAL North

Leeds

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.

Contact YLAL Leeds on our Facebook page, or by emailing us.

 

Liverpool

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.

Manchester

Our last meeting was a practitioners' meeting, in which we shared tips, best practice and war stories. 

Sheffield

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

YLAL South West

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

YLAL Wales 

We've held three #YLALVirtual events in 2020. Find out more here.