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 30 May: Meeting in Sheffield
- Wednesday 13 June: Meeting in London
- Wednesday 13 June: 'Women in Law' meeting in Nottingham
- Friday 13 July: Summer Social in Birmingham

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

London meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Currently, they're held at Draught Orders, Hodge Jones and Allen (180 N Gower St, NW1 2NB – nearest tube Euston). Please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility requirements by emailing ylalinfo@gmail.com

Our next meeting in London will be on Wednesday 13 June 2018, from 6:30pm. 

Email ylalinfo@gmail.com if you have any questions about our London meetings.

YLAL Midlands

Our last meeting was in Nottingham with special guests HHJ Avik Mukherjee, and Alexandra Marks, former commissioner at the Judicial Appointments Commission, to discuss routes to the judiciary. We also recently launched our social mobility report in Birmingham. 

Our next meeting in the Midlands will be a special 'Women in Law' event at KCH Garden Square Chambers in Nottingham at 6pm on Wednesday 13 June, focussing on the progression of women at the Bar, in the solicitors' profession and in the judiciary. We will be joined by the following excellent speakers:

  • District Judge Pami Dhadli, judge on the Midland Circuit
  • Michelle Heeley QC, criminal barrister at No 5 Chambers
  • Faye Deverell, senior supervising solicitor at NLS Legal Advice Centre

Our speakers will talk about their backgrounds and routes into the profession, barriers and challenges facing women entering the legal profession, what women in particular bring to the profession and why we need a diverse profession, and what can be done to encourage women to work in the law and stay there. The venue is KCH Garden Square Chambers, 1 Oxford Street, Nottingham, NG1 5BH, and the poster for the event is below. We look forward to seeing you there!

We are also arranging a YLAL Midlands summer social, which we plan to hold in Birmingham on Friday 13 July. Further details to be confirmed, but please save the date!

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

YLAL North and Liverpool

On Tuesday 8 May 2018, YLAL North participated in the Sheffield Legal Walk.

Our last meetings were to launch our social mobility report, in Salford and in Sheffield. 

Our last meeting in Manchester, in conjunction with Greater Manchester Law Centre was Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice. This was an event with Lord Bach, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon, Young Legal Aid Lawyers Vice-Chair Siobhan Taylor-Ward and Joe Mensah-Dankwah of Black Solicitors Network. We discussed the current state of Legal Aid, the impact of the political changes, the challenges faced by the next generation of social welfare lawyers and our hope for the future. 

Our next meeting in Sheffield will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 30 May at the offices of Irwin Mitchell, Riverside East, S3 8DT. The meeting will focus on the current political climate concerning our collapsing criminal justice system. We have three fantastic speakers who will also discuss the ongoing strikes, as well as the difficulties they face in practice. We will hear from Dan Foster, Criminal Law Barrister at Bank House Chambers, Jo Robinson, Criminal Law Solicitor at Howells LLP and Victoria Wensley, Case Manager at University of Sheffield's Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre, who will also be sharing her experiences of working with the California Innocence Project.

Please email ylalnorth@gmail.com to register your interest or via Eventbrite here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-campaign-continues-criminal-law-in-th...

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

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

YLAL Liverpool

Our last meeting was to launch our social mobility report. 

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. 

YLAL South West

Our last meeting was to launch our social mobility report. 

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

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