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 21 March 2018: YLAL Midlands event, The Judiciary Needs You: Join YLAL Midlands in Nottingham for a special event on judicial appointments featuring experienced speakers from the judiciary, HHJ Mukherjee, also a Diversity and Community Relations Judge and a Judicial Mentor and deputy High Court Judge, recorder and CCRC commissioner Alexandra Marks, also a former Judical Appointments Commission (JAC) commissioner. Free tickets available here.

- Friday 20 April 2018: Greater Manchester Law Centre, in partnership with YLAL, Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice: Join Lord Bach, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon MP, and Young Legal Aid Lawyers Vice-Chair Siobhán Taylor-Ward from 6 - 8pm at the University of Law, 2 New York Street, Manchester to discuss 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. Free tickets available here

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

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

Our last meeting on 14 March 2018 launched YLAL's new social mobility report: "Young Legal Aid Lawyers: Social Mobility in a Time of Austerity" with a keynote speech from Amanda Weston QC of Garden Court Chambers and a discussion on the report's key findings. 

YLAL Midlands

Our next event in the Midlands is in Nottingham on 21 March 2018. The Judiciary Needs You is a special event at KCH Garden Square Chambers in Nottingham on judicial appointments featuring two brilliant guest speakers, His Honour Judge Mukherjee and Alexandra Marks. Join us for an insight into careers in the judiciary, encouraging diversity, common barriers to appying and how these can be overcome, and what to keep in mind when considering an application to join the bench. Find out more and register to attend via our Eventbrite page here. The poster for the event is below.

Our last event in Birmingham was the launch of YLAL's new social mobility report at Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

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

YLAL North and YLAL Liverpool

Our next event is in conjunction with the Greater Manchester Law Centre on Friday 20 April in Manchester. Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice: An event by the Greater Manchester Law Centre with Lord Bach, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon, and Young Legal Aid Lawyers Vice-Chair Siobhán Taylor-Ward.

Friday 20th April 2018, 18:00-20:00. With thanks to the University of Law for their venue just off Piccadilly Gardens: 2 New York St, Manchester M1 4HJ.

Everyone welcome: lawyers, campaigners, students, and everyone else interested in access to justice.

Find the facebook event here.

Lord William Bach was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice, and he was elected the Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner in 2016. Crucially, he chaired the Bach Commission, which published its report on Legal Aid and access to justice in Autumn 2017. With an impressive and expert team of commissioners and extensive engagement with people’s experiences, the final report proposed a statutory right to justice and other systemic reforms. This work is of particular importance because of the impending Governmental review of Legal Aid cuts.

Richard Burgon is the Member of Parliament for Leeds East. He is also the Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor. He recently declared a ‘battle to reverse Legal Aid cuts’. In response to the Bach Commission’s Report he stated that he is “excited by the idea in the report of a new, legally enforceable right to justice to match our rights to healthcare and education”.

Siobhán Taylor-Ward is Vice-Chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) and Justice First Fellow at GMLC. YLAL is a group of lawyers who are committed to practising in those areas of law, both criminal and civil, that have traditionally been publicly funded. They campaign for a sustainable legal aid system which provides good quality legal help to those who could not otherwise afford to pay for it and fight to increase social mobility and diversity within the legal aid sector. Siobhán is also a tireless campaigner for access to justice, having worked on the Hillsborough inquest and the Orgreave Justice campaign.

If you are a barrister who has held a practising certificate for less than three years, you can claim CPD for attending this event. More information available here.

Please contact development@gmlaw.org.uk for any questions.


Our last three events were on 13 and 14 March 2018 in Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, for the launch of our social mobility report.


For more information or to get involved follow YLAL North on facebookYLAL Liverpool on facebook and/or email ylalnorth@gmail.com or liverpoolylal@gmail.com. We have a mailing list you can request to be added to via email which provides information about our and other relevant legal events in the North.

YLAL South West

Our last event in Bristol was on 13 March 2018, to launch our social mobility report

For more information about YLAL South West or to get involved, follow YLAL South West on Facebook and/or email ylalsouthwest@gmail.com