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 27 September 2017: YLAL North 'Protest law' meeting in Sheffield to hear about criminal defence work representing activists at Irwn Mitchell LLP. Please see the poster for further details.

Tuesday 3 October 2017: YLAL North - working in the criminal courts and the effect of Jogee on the law of criminal enterprise at Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester.

- Wednesday 11 October 2017: Meeting in London, on the Unison employment tribunal fees case

Thursday 12 October 2017: YLAL South West: Access to Justice Under Attack: Brexit, Charlie Gard and the Rule of Law at Bristol Law Society. We'll be joined by a brilliant panel of practitioners to explore the individual's ability to challenge state interference. Sign up via Facebook or Eventbrite

- Wednesday 18 October 2017: YLAL Midlands Becoming a legal aid lawyer careers event at the University of Law in Birmingham.

- Wednesday 25 October 2017: YLAL North 'Advocacy from a Judicial Perspective & Insight into a Judicial Career' at St John's Buildings Chambers in Sheffield. Please see the poster for further details.

- Wednesday 8 November 2017: YLAL North are hosting the 'Great Legal Quiz' at The Showroom, Sheffield. Details to follow.

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

We hold meetings in London on the second Wednesday of every month. 

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 11 October 2017. It will be on UNISON employment tribunal fees case, which was recently decided by the Supreme Court, with further details and speakers to be confirmed. 

YLAL Midlands

Our next event in the Midlands will be a careers event in Birmingham on Wednesday 18 October 2017, Becoming a legal aid lawyer. Join us for a special event on careers in legal aid featuring expert speakers from the solicitors' profession, the bar and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

YLAL co-chair Oliver Carter will begin by presenting an introduction to legal aid from the post-war welfare state to the present day, before our expert panel, featuring senior and junior legal aid lawyers, provide you with their insights into working in legal aid and advice on starting and progressing your career as a solicitor, barrister or legal executive. The panel speakers are TBC and the poster for the event is below.

Please register to attend via Eventbrite

For more information about YLAL Midlands or to get involved, follow YLAL Midlands on facebook and/or email ylalmidlands@gmail.com.

YLAL North

For more information or to get involved, join the YLAL North google group, follow YLAL North on facebook and/or email ylalnorth@gmail.com

On Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 6 pm, YLAL in Sheffield is holding a meeting with Chartered Legal Executive Advocate Helen White from Howells Solicitors, talking about her work representing anti fracking activists and tree protestors. The venue is Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Riverside East, 2 Millsands, S3 8DT. Entrance is free and anyone interested is welcome. We would be grateful if you could email ylalnorth@gmail.com to let us know if you can attend.

On Tuesday 3 October 2017, YLAL in Manchester are having an event on criminal law with Robert Stewart from Tranters Solicitors talking about life in the criminal courts as a higher court advocate and Mark George QC, head of Garden Court North Chambers, speaking about the impact of the Supreme Court case of Jogee on the law of joint enterprise. Please let us know you are coming on Eventbrite, our YLAL North facebook event or by emailing ylalnorth@gmail.com so we have an idea of numbers for refreshments. 

Also a reminder that the Manchester Legal Walk (starting at 5pm) and the Greater Manchester Law Centre Annual General Meeting (discussion starting at 7pm) are on Thursday 28 September.

On Wednesday 25 October 2017, YLAL in Sheffield are having an event on advocacy and an overview of a career in the judiciary. His Honour Judge Robinson and District Judge Kelly will be delivering what will be a very interesting and insightful talk on how to be an effective advocate, as well as an overview of a career in the judiciary. For those who are interested, please sign up to register your attendance by emailing ylalnorth@gmail.com

On Wednesday 8 November 2017, YLAL Sheffield will be hosting the 'Great Legal Quiz' at The Showroom. Details to follow shortly.


YLAL Liverpool's last event was 22 June 2017, at Exchange Chambers. 

YLAL seeks to represent YLALs from across all sectors, however we have a disproportionate number of members from the areas of civil legal aid. We are working to redress this balance nationally. This event was to hear from criminal lawyers on their experiences within criminal legal aid, the fight they have led against cuts to it and the reasons they continue to dedicate their professional lives to the sector.

We hosted Crime and Punishment? Criminal Legal Aid after LASPO 2012, with three fantastic speakers:

Zoe Gascoyne, Criminal solicitor and Partner at Quinn Melville. Zoe is also Chair of the Criminal Law Solicitors' Association (CLSA) which represents the interests of criminal lawyers across the UK. She has many years of experience in practice representing defendants in a wide variety of cases but she also has vast experiene of campaigning for justice and for legal aid as she stood at the forefront of campaigns against the cuts to criminal legal aid.

Peter Killen, Barrister at Exchange Chambers. Peter previously worked as a solicitor advocate. In 2007 he qualified as a Higher Courts Advocate and was called to the bar in 2015. He will be able to give members insight into an alternative route to the bar. He has acted as advocate for both defence and prosecution and has appeared at the court of appeal. 

Calum Whelan, Trainee solicitor, James Murray Solicitors. Calum is an accredited police station representative and now a trainee solicitor. He gave members insight into routes into criminal legal aid and described the difficulties facing junior lawyers in the sector at the present time.

Thanks to our speakers, and to the attendees.

For more information, follow YLAL Liverpool on facebook and/or email liverpoolylal@gmail.com

Please let us know if you can make it by emailing us ylalnorth@gmail.com or confirming you can attend on the Facebook event. There's a poster at the bottom of this page, feel free to circulate it. 


YLAL members Ronagh Craddock and Rachel Barnes are organising an introduction to legal aid meeting at Northumbria University. More details will be provided here and on the YLAL North facebook page and google group.

YLAL South West

Our next event will take place on Thursday 12 October 2017. It will be Access to Justice Under Attack: Brexit, Charlie Gard and the Rule of Law at Bristol Law Society. More information will be posted here soon. 

Details of future meetings of YLAL South West will be posted here. For more information or to get involved, follow YLAL South West on Facebook and/or email YLALsouthwest@gmail.com.