YLAL Meetings

This page contains information about recent and upcoming YLAL meetings and events across the country. Our current upcoming events are as follows:

- Wednesday 14 February 2018: 'Deaths in State Care: Access to Justice and Inquests', meeting in London at Hodge Jones & Allen - details below

- Saturday 3 March 2018: 'The Fight for Social Justice: Young Lawyers Making Change', joint conference with the Legal Education Foundation Justice First Fellows at BPP Waterloo - details below

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

New members are 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!

London Meetings

We hold meetings in London at 6:30pm on the second Wednesday of every month.

Our next meeting, Deaths in State Care: Access to Justice and Inquestswill be at Hodge Jones & Allen on Wednesday 14 February 2018 from 6:30pm. Join us to hear about access to justice for families of people who have died in state care - whether in police or prison custody, immigration detention, mental health or social care settings or where there is other state involvement - as well as the process of seeking truth, justice and accountability through the inquest process.

We are delighted to be joined for this meeting by the following guest speakers:

  • Anita Sharma, caseworker at INQUEST, the charity which provides expertise on state related deaths and their investigation.
  • Cyrilia Davies Knight, solicitor at Hudgell Solicitors who was on the legal team representing the Hillsborough families and the family of Mark Duggan
  • Stephanie Lightfoot-Bennett from the United Families and Friends Campaign, a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody.

The poster for the event is attached below, we have set up a Facebook event here and the full address for the venue is: Draught Orders bar, Hodge Jones & Allen, 180 North Gower Street, London, NW1 2NB.

'The Fight for Social Justice: Young Lawyers Making Change', Saturday 3 March

We are delighted to be hosting this joint conference with the Legal Education Foundation Justice First Fellows at BPP Waterloo on Saturday 3 March. The conference aims  to inform and inspire the social welfare lawyers of the future, build a network of like-minded junior lawyers, and bring together those committed to working in the areas of law traditionally funded by legal aid. The event offers: 

  • Practical advice on practising in social welfare law and legal aid and the beginnings of a network of future legal aid lawyers committed to social justice
  • Careers advice and support with a view to increasing diversity and social mobility within the profession
  • Knowledge and experience to improve responses to further threats to legal aid 

Speakers include Martha Spurrier, Dr Laura Janes, Dan Squires QC and many more. The event is organised by the Justice First Fellows (JFF) and Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL), with the kind support of the Legal Education Foundation (LEF), Public Law Project (PLP), BPP Law School and Allen and Overy. 

Tickets cost just £10 and there will be a travel reimbursement scheme up to £50 for those coming from outside London - for full details and to book your ticket, visit the PLP website here.

YLAL Midlands

Our last event in the Midlands was Defending Legal Aid, a roundtable discussion on recent cuts to criminal legal aid, the upcoming government review of LASPO and the final report of the Bach Commission, 'The Right to Justice'. Legal aid practitioners from across the Midlands joined us to discuss, learn about and coordinate future action in defence of legal aid and access to justice.

For more information about YLAL Midlands or to get involved, follow YLAL Midlands on facebook and/or email ylalmidlands@gmail.com.

YLAL North

On Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 6pm, YLAL Sheffield hosted the 'Great Legal Quiz' at Revolution.  The event was to raise funds for the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust, who support local advice agencies and charities. 

For more information or to get involved, join the YLAL North google group, follow YLAL North on facebook and/or email ylalnorth@gmail.com


Our last event was in November and was sponsored by Liverpool University Law Clinic. It was a Welcome to Legal Aid session, for anyone just starting out in Legal Aid, thinking about a change to Legal Aid work or anyone studying who just wanted to know more about what Legal Aid is about. 

For more information, follow YLAL Liverpool on facebook and/or email liverpoolylal@gmail.com

YLAL South West

Our last event, Access to Justice Under Attack: Brexit, Charlie Gard and the Rule of Law was held at Bristol Law Society. It took the form of a panel event and featured a number of expert practitioners: Sian Pearce (Avon & Bristol Law Centre), Emma Sutton (No5 Chambers), Mark Whitcombe (Old Square Chambers), Lydia Andrews (WSP Solicitors) and Helen Law (Matrix Chambers). Minutes can be found here

For more information about YLAL South West or to get involved, follow YLAL South West on Facebook and/or email ylalsouthwest@gmail.com