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:

- 23 July 2019: London meeting in July in conjunction with Hodge Jones & Allen LGBT network - "HJA LGBT+ x YLAL: Challenges of being LGBT+ in the criminal justice system"

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

London Meetings

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

The next YLAL meeting in London  will be on 23 July 2019 (not the usual date) due to a clash with the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards on Wednesday 10 July 2019. 

The meeting, "HJA LGBT+ x YLAL: Challenges of being LGBT+ in the criminal justice system" will be held at Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ, between 6pm and 8pm. 

The meeting will comprise of a panel discussion on the challenges of being LGBT+ in the criminal justice system + Sir Henry Brooke Essay Prize Giving + the YLAL Summer Party!

LGBT+ people face a variety of unique disadvantages: the detention of trans women in male prisons, the disproportionate use of abuse and solitary confinement against LGBT+ youth in detention, traumatising strip searches, and health inequalities faced by LGBT+ people in prison.

The tragic death of Vikki Thomson, who died on 13 November 2015 at HMP Leeds, highlighted the detrimental effects of sending transgender women to prisons. Vikki, a transgender woman, was sent to a male prison where she experienced multiple incidents of sexual harassment, transphobic abuse and bullying. We will discuss the prevalence of transphobia and homophobia in the criminal justice system, current government policies, and practical solutions.

The panel will consist of:

- Michelle Brewer - Garden Court Chambers

- Dr Sarah Lamble – Birkbeck University and Bent Bars Project

- Stuart Withers - No 5 Chambers

The event will start at 6pm where there will be a prize-giving for YLAL's Sir Henry Brooke Essay Prize immediately before the panel discussion commences. Afterwards, please join us for drinks in Garden Court's marquee to celebrate summer and Pride!

You must sign up for this event using Eventbrite

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

YLAL Midlands

Our last meeting in Birmingham, 'Using the Law to Protect Refugee and Migrant Rights', was on Thursday 20 June at Irwin Mitchell. The event focussed on refugee and asylum law and how lawyers, charities and NGOs can work together to support refugees through the legal system. 

We were joined by Ahmed Aydeed, director of public law at Duncan Lewis, Charlotte Rodriguez, refugee and migrant support practitioner at The Children's Society, and Sian Drinkwater, community organiser at Migrants Organise.

You can find minutes of the meeting here

Future YLAL Midlands events will be posted here in due course.

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

YLAL North and Liverpool


The last YLAL North event in Manchester was our 'Big News Insight Night' on Thursday 30 May 2019. We heard a series of short, sharp insights into the law behind some of this year's biggest news stories.

With thanks to:

  • Richard Brigden (Garden Court North) on Protest Law and the Climate Crisis
  • Rebecca Filletti (Garden Court North) on Coercive Control
  • Rosalind Burgin (Greater Manchester Law Centre) on Homelessness and the Section 21 campaign
  • Aarif Abraham (Garden Court North) on Human Rights and Europe
  • Jonathan Holt (Garden Court North) on Shamima Begum and the Special Immigration Appeals Commission


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.