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 March 2019, 6:30pm: meeting in London on campaigning after the LASPO review, more details below.

- Saturday 16 March 2019: 'The Fight For Social Justice: Young Lawyers Making Change' - joint conference with Public Law Project and the Justice First Fellows. Details and tickets on the PLP website.

- Tuesday 19 March 2019, 6pm: meeting in Birmingham on the LASPO review.

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

The Fight For Social Justice: Young Lawyers Making Change

We are delighted to be hosting our second joint conference with Public Law Project and the Legal Education Foundation's Justice First Fellows on Saturday 16 March 2019 at BPP Waterloo in London. We have a very exciting programme lined up to inform and inspire the social welfare lawyers of the future!

Tickets for the conference cost just £10 and there is a travel reimbursement scheme (up to £50) for those travelling from outside London. For all details of the conference and to book your ticket, please visit the Public Law Project website.

We hope to see you there!

London Meetings



London meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month.

Our next meeting, 'YLAL Campaign Bootcamp: Fighting for Legal Aid after the LASPO Review'  is on Wednesday 13 March from 6:30pm at  Roberts Building 110, UCL, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE.

Join us to help shape YLAL's campaigning priorites following the publication of the LASPO review and to develop your campaigning skills through a series of interactive breakout sessions.

Further details on the poster below, we're looking forward to seeing lots of you there!

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

YLAL Midlands

Our next event in Birmingham will be on Tuesday 19 March from 6pm at Irwin Mitchell, Imperial House, 31 Temple Street, Birmingham, B3 1UD. We will be discussing the recent review of the LASPO cuts to legal aid and what action can be taken to campaign for access to justice. 

Almost six years after LASPO came into force, the Ministry of Justice published its post-implementation review of the Act and 'legal support action plan' in February 2019.

This meeting will discuss the outcome of the review and start to think about the next steps YLAL should take in campaigning for justice. We are also delighted to be joined for this meeting by Linden Thomas, vice-president of Birmingham Law Society. Please see the poster below for full details.

Let us know if you can join us via Facebook or Eventbrite. We look forward to seeing you there!

Future events in Birmingham will be hosted at the Irwin Mitchell office at Imperial House, 31 Temple Street, Birmingham at 6pm on the following dates in 2019: Tuesday 19 March, Tuesday 9 April, Thursday 9 May, Thursday 6 June and Thursday 4 July. Details of these events, and any other YLAL 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 and Liverpool

Manchester

YLAL North met at University of Law, Manchester (The University of Law - Manchester, 2 New York Street, Manchester, M1 4HJ) on 13 February 2019 at 6:00pm for a discussion on wellbeing and self care. 

Sheffield

The last event in Sheffield was our annual involvement with the Great Legal Quiz, on Thursday 1 November 2018. YLAL raised funds for the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust as part of the national Great Legal Quiz. All money raised will go to front line legal advice charities who deliver help and support to vulnerable people in desperate need of specialist advice.

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

Liverpool

Our last event in Liverpool was on Wednesday 13 February 2019, focussing on mental health within the profession and what help and support is available to support wellbeing.

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 in Bristol was in October 2018, and focussed on criminal law and the devastating impact of the cuts to legal aid on our criminal justice system.

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

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.