We encourage anyone interested in joining YLAL to sign up as a member of the national organisation here and get involved in our campaigns, as you can make a real difference to our work this way, no matter where you live.
However we also believe in the importance of being able to meet and communicate with members who live nearby, whether you are working, studying or just interested in legal aid. If you want to get to know like-minded, passionate legal aid lawyers both current and aspiring, discuss issues in the sector and what you can do about them locally, contact the group nearest you and check out the meetings and events page for what's on.
We currently have a potential group starting in Brighton/Sussex. If you are interested in attending events or becoming an organiser in that area, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
YLAL in London
Meetings take place in London every month. They're on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm, and currently held at Hodge Jones and Allen (180 North Gower St, NW1 2NB – nearest tube Euston). Please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility requirements by emailing email@example.com.
In our regular meetings, we often host eminent speakers on areas of publicly funded work to give you an insight into their work and what it's like to be a legal aid lawyer. We also host speakers to talk about interesting and impactful cases challenging recent changes in legal aid funding or areas of legal aid work. We hold some meetings in a workshop format, with smaller breakout groups to allow us to get your input and feedback on YLAL's current areas of work. Annually, we host a 'Welcome to Legal Aid' session, to give you an introduction to legal aid, what it's like working in the profession, and hints and tips on CVs, work experience, and progressing your career.
Our committee members in London include our co-chair Katherine Barnes, as well as Anna Jemmison, Audrey Mogan, Emily McFadden, Gift Nyoni, Heather Thomas, Ian Browne, Katie McFadden, Oliver Persey, Tara Mulcair and Verity Quaite.
YLAL Midlands is coordinated by a number of local solicitors, barristers and students, including YLAL co-chair Oliver Carter. YLAL holds meetings in Birmingham and in Nottingham, and would love to get more people involved.
YLAL has members in across the north and holds regular meetings in Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, coordinated by national committee members Siobhan Taylor-Ward and Emmeli Sundqvist (in LIverpool), Natalie Wilkins and Katy Moulton (in Manchester) and Sinead Hayes (in Sheffield). We are trying to support more meetings in Bradford/Leeds and Newcastle so let us know if you are interested in attending or organising meetings there.
We have YLAL members in Edinburgh and Glasgow who have had an informal meeting with the view to setting up a group and events in Scotland. Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in attending meetings in Scotland and also if you would be able to help organise venues, speakers etc
YLAL South West
YLAL South West is coordinated by a number of local solicitors, barristers and students and holds meetings in Bristol.
We have four members working on the development of YLAL Wales in Cardiff, following its successful launch in February 2019. Please let us know at email@example.com if you would be interested in attending meetings in Cardiff, if you would like to be put in touch with the other members there, and also if you would be able to help organise venues, speakers etc.
Other local groups?
We recognise that many YLAL members will not be able to make meetings in any of the locations above. If you would like to start a group elsewhere, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.