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 current upcoming events are:

- Thursday 23 August: Meeting in Manchester
- Wednesday 12 September: Meeting in  London

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

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 North 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 is on Wednesday 12 September - more details to follow.  

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

YLAL Midlands

Our last event was 'YLAL Needs YOU: Help us respond to the LASPO Review', at 6pm on Wednesday 1 August at Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham. The meeting was an opportunity for members to contribute to YLAL's response to the government review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).

Future events in the Midlands are being planned and details will be posted here shortly.

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

YLAL North and Liverpool

Our next meeting in Manchester will be on the evening of Thursday 23 August where we will be discussing the LASPO review and how members can get involved in our response to the consultation. This is due at the end of September so we urgently need your help! Exact time and venue to follow.

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 last meeting in Sheffield was on Wednesday 30 May. The meeting was on the current political climate concerning our collapsing criminal justice system. We hosted three fantastic speakers who discussed the ongoing strikes, as well as the difficulties they face in practice. Our speakers included 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 also shared her experiences of working with the California Innocence Project.

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