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 14 November 2018, 6:30pm: 'Access to Justice for Victims of Discrimination', in conjunction with the Discrimination Law Association, 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. Our next London meeting, "Access to Justice for Victims of Discrimination", in conjunction with the Discrimination Law Association, is on Wednesday 14 November at 6:30-8:00pm at 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1DD (nearest tube - Chancery Lane). 

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is conducting an inquiry into whether legal aid for discrimination cases provides effective access to justice for victims of discrimination. Two expert speakers will discuss the inquiry as well as barriers to, and opportunities for, using the Equality Act 2010 in judicial review and County Court claims. We are delighted to be joined by the Discrimination Law Association and two expert speakers - Sarah Hannett (barrister at Matrix Chambers) and Louise Whitfield (Partner at Deighton Pierce Glynn). 

We look 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 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 last meeting in Manchester was on Thursday 23 August 2018. We discussed the LASPO review and how members can get involved in our response to the consultation. 

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

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 in Bristol was on 25 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