YLAL's committee steers and coordinates YLAL's work. Committee members have responsibilities for YLAL's communications, mentoring scheme, jobs page, blogs, press, and more.
Interested in joining us? Have a look at our Committee Recruitment page for any opportunities, and to learn more about what we're looking for from applicants.



Paige Jones is co-chair of the YLAL Committee. She is an employment and discrimination paralegal at Leigh Day Solicitors and is a future pupil barrister at 5 Essex Court Chambers.



Kaya Kannan is co-chair of the YLAL Committee. She is a Programme officer (policy, grants and partnerships) at Southall Black Sisters. She has a background in public law, human rights and criminal justice. 





Ciara Bartlam is a barrister at Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester.





Harriet Bland is a solicitor in the Civil Liberties department at GT Stewart Solicitors, working on inquests and actions against the police and prison service.



Samuel Coe is a criminal and family law barrister at KCH Garden Square in Nottingham. He jointly coordinates our meetings in the Midlands. 




Rebecca Dooley is a Trainee Solicitor and Justice First Fellow at Bhatt Murphy.




Hafsah Hussain is a research assistant to a barrister and work in Crime. She is also a Contributor at Human Rights Pulse and undertakes youth and community work with the Leeds Muslim Youth Forum. She was Called to the Bar in 2019. 




Hansa Hussain is a trainee solicitor at ABR solicitors, a criminal defence firm based in Leeds and is due to qualify in January 2022.




Aaqib Javed is a Justice First Fellow and pupil barrister at Spire Barristers, specialising in family and court of protection law. He is in our Membership Support team. 




Chloe Lee is a family barrister at Spire Barristers in Leeds. Chloe manages Legal Aid News and is part of our Membership Support team.




Betty McCann is a paralegal at Irwin Mitchell in Bristol in their Public Law and Human Rights team.





Emma McClure is a solicitor specialising in prison, mental health and public law.



Emily McFadden is an abuse solicitor at Bolt Burdon Kemp. She is responsible for YLAL's website and membership administration, alongside contributing to its consultation responses and the Young Lawyers Making Change Festival. 



Katie McFadden is a solicitor working in criminal defence at Hodge, Jones & Allen Solicitors in London. She has a particular interest in representing those who are vulnerable due to age or mental health issues. Katie leads on YLAL's crime work and contributes to YLAL's social mobility work. Katie is a former co-chair of YLAL. 





James Ortiz is a criminal defence paralegal at IBB Law LLP, in London. He was called to the Bar in 2021.





Ollie Persey is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers and former YLAL co-chair. 





Aneela Samrai is a Solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors, in London and helps co-ordinate YLAL's parliamentary engagement activities.




Nasreen Shah is a barrister at Great James Street Chambers, specialising in crime, family and extradition. She is a founder and director of Her Bar, a new company set to support and promote women at the Bar.




Natalie Shotter is a Legal Executive specialising in Prison Law, Criminal Appeals and Public Law.




Sunny Singh is a 2nd-year student at London School of Economics. She has a keen interest in criminal rights and environmental law.




Ayesha Sohanpal is a 3rd year LLB student at University College London. Ayesha manages our Mentoring scheme and is part of our Membership Support team.



Siobhan Taylor-Ward is a solicitor at Vauxhall Law Centre working in benefits, housing and public law and former Justice First Fellow. She is joint co-ordinator of YLAL Liverpool and the Social Mobility sub-group, and sits on the Access to Justice Committee for Liverpool Law Society. She formerly co-chaired YLAL.





Emma Trevett is a solicitor at Lawstop specialising in community care and education. Emma helps to organise YLAL meetings in Bristol.





Crash Wigley is a pupil barrister at Civitas. They co-ordinate the work of YLAL Cymru.