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 13 November 2019: meeting in London
  • Tuesday 19 November 2019: careers event in Birmingham (provisional date)

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

London Meetings

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

Our last meeting was on Wednesday 9 October 2019, on the subject of "An Introduction to Legal Aid" with speakers Michael Etienne (No5 Chambers), Anna Jemmison (Hodge Jones & Allen) and Rowan Smith (Leigh Day), at Irwin Mitchell, 40 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1N 2PZ.

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

YLAL Midlands

Our next YLAL Midlands event is provisionally scheduled for Tuesday 19 November 2019, and will be a panel discussion on careers in legal aid. We have invited guest speakers practising in different areas of publicly funded work. Further details will be confirmed and posted here shortly.

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

YLAL North and Liverpool


We held the inaugural event for YLAL Leeds at BPP Leeds on 8 October 2019, with an introduction to legal aid, YLAL and a social afterwards.


Our next meeting will be an introduction to legal aid; more information coming soon! 

Keep an eye on this page for announcements of future meetings and events. 

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

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.