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 11 September 2019: London meeting
- Thursday 3 October 2019: YLAL Midlands event in Birmingham 

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

London Meetings

London meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6:30pm.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 11 September 2019 at 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane. The meeting will be on the subject of "Legal Aid Lawyers v The Hostile Environment" with speakers Derek Bernardi (Camden Community Law Centre), Shu Shin Luh (Garden Court Chambers) and Jacqueline McKenzie (Beute, McKenzie and Pope). Please join us for drinks after the event, kindly provided by 39 Essex Chambers. 

Please register for free tickets on Eventbrite here. Registration does not guarantee you entry so please do arrive promptly to ensure that you get a seat! 

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

YLAL Midlands

Our next meeting in Birmingham will be a discussion on diversity in law from 6pm on Thursday 3 October at the offices of Irwin Mitchell at Imperial House, 31 Temple Street, Birmingham, B2 5DB. We have invited guest speakers to join us and will post details here shortly.

The legal sector, like many others, is beginning to understand the importance of diversity. From catering to an increasingly varied client base to building more socially-conscious legal practitioners, everyone benefits when we champion diversity and support inclusion. Whilst some work has begun and, whilst the representation of some groups has improved, there’s still a long way to go. 

So, come along to our next event to hear more about the need for diversity in the legal sector and actions already being taken. We’ll also be addressing how you can get involved! You can register on Eventbrite or Facebook.

The next YLAL Midlands events in Birmingham will be held on the following dates: Thursday 3 October, Thursday 7 November and Thursday 5 December (social). Details of these upcoming events 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


YLAL North held a summer social at Alvarium in the Northern Quarter of Manchester on Wednesday 28 August. 


The last event in Sheffield was a panel discussion reflecting on the centenary of women entering the legal profession on 24 April 2019.  Details of our next event in Sheffield will be posted here.

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


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.