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 current upcoming events are:

- Thursday 27 September: Sheffield Social at Bloo88

- Exact date TBA in October 2018: Wales social. Please let us know if you'd like to come along: ylalinfo@gmail.com

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

London Meetings



London meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Our September meeting was held at 39 Essex Chambers (81 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1DD). Keep an eye on this page for future meetings, and where they'll be. 

Our last meeting, "When Justice Fails: Miscarriages of Justice and Criminal Appeals" was on Wednesday 12 September at 39 Essex Chambers. We were delighted to be joined by Suzanne Gower, criminal defence solicitor and Managing Director of the Centre for Criminal Appeals and Thom Dyke, a barrister at 9 Gough Square, specialising in criminal appeals. 

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. 

Our last meeting in Sheffield was on Wednesday 30 May 2018. The meeting was on the current political climate concerning our collapsing criminal justice system. We hosted three fantastic speakers who discussed the ongoing strikes, as well as the difficulties they face in practice. Our speakers included Dan Foster, Criminal Law Barrister at Bank House Chambers, Jo Robinson, Criminal Law Solicitor at Howells LLP and Victoria Wensley, Case Manager at University of Sheffield's Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre, who also shared her experiences of working with the California Innocence Project.

The next meeting in Sheffield is our annual social, taking place at 6pm on Thursday 27 September 2018 at Bloo88, 182 West Street, Sheffield, S1 4ET

The annual social gives our members an opportunity to network informally before Sheffield's regular meetings start. There will be refreshments made available on the night, but you will need to register your attendance by emailing ylalnorth@gmail.com The event will be taking place on the ground floor so is wheelchair accessible. Please see the poster attached for further reference.

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 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 South West on our Facebook page, or by emailing us