YLAL Meetings and Events

This page contains information about recent and upcoming YLAL meetings and events across the country. New members are always 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!

Our upcoming events are:

  • Wednesday 4 December 2019: social in Bristol
  • Monday, 9 December 2019: access to justice hustings in London
  • Wednesday 11 December 2019: social in Liverpool
  • Thursday 12 December 2019: social in London 

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

London Meetings

London meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6:30pm. However, things are a bit different this December! 

We will be holding an 'Access to Justice hustings' on Monday 9 December with lawyer representatives of the main political parties. The hustings will be at 6.15pm, City, University of London, 4 Gray's Inn Place, England, WC1R 5DX. Please register for a ticket here

We will also be holding a winter social in the beautiful MCR of Lincoln's Inn. No need to register, please come along from 6.30pm, Thursday 12 December (remember to vote first!).  YLAL will provide some wine!  

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

YLAL Midlands

Our last YLAL Midlands event was a Careers in Legal Aid panel event at St Ives Chambers in Birmingham, on Tuesday 26 November 2019. We were delighted to be joined by a brilliant panel of speakers including Liza Tilley of Duncan Lewis, Erika Wright of Irwin Mitchell, and Malvika Jaganmohan and Alex Pritchard-Jones, both of St Ives Chambers. Thank you to everyone who attended!

Details of future events in the Midlands will be posted here shortly. You can find out more about YLAL Midlands on our Facebook page, or by emailing us

YLAL North


Our last meeting was on Tuesday 12 November 2019 and was a panel discussion on Women in Law.

We hosted four brilliant guest speakers:

  • Sarah Blackmore (Joint Head of Chambers at Spire Barristers);
  • Emma Pearmaine (Managing Director at Ridley & Hall Solicitors and President of Leeds Law Society);
  • Kara Frith (Partner and Head of Criminal Law at Ison Harrison Solicitors);
  • Semaab Shaikh (Barrister at Broadway House Chambers) 

Our speakers discussed key issues affecting women in the legal profession, followed by a short Q&A and networking. Thanks to everyone who attended! 

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


Our next meeting will be on General Election eve (5:30pm Wednesday 11 December 2019). We will look at the manifesto pledges on access to justice at Merseyside Law Centre, 35 Bold St, L1 4DN and then have an Xmas Social at 7pm at The Crafty Chandler, Bold Street.

This will give members a chance to network, meet fellow YLALs in Liverpool, discuss the election and the pledges on justice. Afterwards we can have a drink and switch off from the daily stresses for a couple of hours. First round is on YLAL!

Book your place on Eventbrite and follow our Facebook event page here.

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


Following our summer social in August, we will be holding an introduction to YLAL and working in legal aid - watch this space for more details! 


We were at the University of Sheffield Law Fair on 2 October 2019. Come and see us to find out more, or join us at the Great Legal Quiz.

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

YLAL South West

We are holding our Christmas Social this year at the Golden Guinea on Guinea Street on Wednesday 4 December 2019 from 6.30-8.30pm. This is a chance to have a drink and network with other young legal aid lawyers in the South West. We look forward to seeing you there and catching up! Please register your interest via the Eventbrite

Our last event was at St Johns Chambers on 9 October 2019 for our Insight into Inquests event. We were delighted to be joined by specialist speakers 

  • Marcus Coates-Walker, St John's Chambers
  • Hollie Wheeler, Irwin Mitchell 

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

YLAL Wales 

Public Law Wales and Young Legal Aid Lawyers held a joint seminar for YLAL's first event in Wales, discussing: Becoming a Public Lawyer in Wales: Social Mobility, Advice, and Perspectives on Wednesday 13 February 2019. 


Our December meeting will be a social, on Wednesday 11 December 2019 - check here for more information in coming weeks.