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 26 April 2017: Miscarriages of Justice discussions with YLAL Sheffield, from 6.30pm.

- Thursday 4 May 2017: Refugees in Europe: crisis and assistance, Garden Court North Chambers, Manchester, 6pm

- Wednesday 10 May 2017: event in London - details TBC.

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 last meeting was Wednesday 12 April 2017, in the downstairs bar at Hodge Jones & Allen at 6:30pm. The subject of the meeting was 'Legal Aid Update: Where Are We Now?', and we spoke about the latest developments in criminal and civil legal aid as well as providing an update on the progress of preparing our Social Mobility Report.

Our next meeting in London will be on Wednesday 10 May 2017. We are currently finalising details of the meeting and will post them here shortly.

YLAL Midlands

The last YLAL Midlands event was an open discussion on the subject of Social Mobility & Diversity in the Legal Profession, with thanks to Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham for hosting us. Attendees' thoughts, comments and ideas will contribute to our updated Social Mobility report. Details of the next YLAL Midlands event will be posted here in due course.

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

Our next event is at Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester and features two of its barristers, Lucy Mair and Vijay Jagadesham who will discuss the political underpinnings of the Mediterranean refugee crisis and report back from their experience providing legal assistance in the humanitarian crisis of Greece’s refugee camps. We'll be starting at 6pm although if you finish work early please do come over for refreshments from 5.30pm.


YLAL Liverpool's last event was a Social Mobility discussion, an evening for members to share their views on social mobility in the legal aid sector. We had an informal discussion which will contribute to our updated Social Mobility Report.
For more information, follow YLAL Liverpool on facebook and/or email liverpoolylal@gmail.com.


We met on Thursday 7 December 2016 at Lost in Tokyo in Manchester's Northern Quarter for drinks and a festive catch up. John Nicholson and Mark Schwenk of Kenworthy's Chambers joined us to provide an update on the fantastic progress made with the Greater Manchester Law Centre this year and to discuss future opportunities to get involved with the centre. Many YLAL North members attended the launch of GMLC on Saturday 11 February 2017: thanks to all who came! 


YLAL members Ronagh Craddock and Rachel Barnes are organising an introduction to legal aid meeting at Northumbria University which is likely to take place in April 2017. More details will be provided here and on the YLAL North facebook page and google group.


On Wednesday 26 April 2017, at 6.30pm YLAL Sheffield will be hosting our next meeting which will cover 'Miscarriages of Justice: Discussions with Counsel and volunteer led organisations'. We have four great speakers for this event including Mark George QC and Matthew Stanbury from Garden Court North Chambers, as well as Douglas Scott of the Miscarriages of Justice Review Centre and Victoria Wensley of the Miscarriages of Justice Awareness Society at the University of Sheffield.

The meeting will be hosted at the Irwin Mitchell offices in Sheffield. For more information please see the poster below or email ylalnorth@gmail.com.

YLAL South West

YLAL South West's last meeting was a panel event on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at the University of Law, Bristol. A summary can be found on the Minutes page

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.