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:

- Tuesday 17 July: Book club in London with Young Fabians Network
- Wednesday 25 July: Meeting in London
- Wednesday 1 August: Meeting 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*. Currently, they're held at Draught Orders, Hodge Jones and Allen (180 North Gower St, NW1 2NB – nearest tube Euston). Please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility requirements by emailing ylalinfo@gmail.com

*Please note that due to the World Cup semi-final, our July 2018 meeting in London has been re-arranged for Wednesday 25 July - further details below.

Our last meeting in London, Litigating for Justice: Law Centres Network v Lord Chancellor was on Wednesday 13 June 2018, from 6:30pm. We discussed the Law Centres Network's recent judicial review of the changes to the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme and the Scheme's impact on access to justice. We were joined by Polly Brendon, a solicitor at the Public Law Project who represented Law Centres Network, and Sue James, a housing solicitor at Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre and Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) outstanding achievement award winner.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 25 July 2018.  It'll be focussed on the Government's current review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. We want members' views to inform our response, so please do join us - if you're a law student, you still have a lot to contribute towards the future of access to justice! 

Please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility requirements by emailing ylalinfo@gmail.com

Special event: YLAL x Young Fabians Network Bookclub: The Secret Barrister 

YLAL and the Young Fabians Law Network are delighted to announce their first crossover event: a one-off book club discussing Stories of the Law and How It's Broken, the Secret Barrister's compelling indictment of how our criminal justice system is in chaos. 

The event, on Tuesday 17 July 2018 from 7pm, will be chaired by former Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Robin Murray, who was personally recommend to us by The Secret Barrister. Robin has a lifetime of experience with criminal law and is a Partner at Tuckers Solicitors, where he specialises in criminal defence law. He has also been awarded for his work by the Kent Law Society, and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association. You can follow him on Twitter

Robin will talk about his career and the challenges facing the criminal justice system, before the floor is opened up to a discussion about the book. We recommend reading it beforehand, but if you don't get the chance, here are some reviews summing up the main issues:

The event will take place in Draught Orders, the bar at HJA (180 North Gower St, NW1 2NB – nearest tube Euston), where drinks will be available. 

Please let us know in advance if you have any accessibility requirements. 

The evening is free and open to all. We look forward to seeing you there!

Email ylalinfo@gmail.com if you have any questions about our London meetings.

YLAL Midlands

Our last event was the YLAL Midlands Summer Social in Birmingham on Friday 13 July.

Our next event is 'YLAL Needs YOU: Help us respond to the LASPO Review', at 6pm on Wednesday 1 August at Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham. Join us to contribute to YLAL's response to the government review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). This is a vital opportunity for us to try to influence the government to recognise the problems post-LASPO and find solutions to the crisis in access to justice.

Whether you are a student, paralegal, trainee, pupil or qualified junior lawyer, we want to hear your views on how YLAL should respond to the LASPO review. The poster for the event is at the bottom of this page.

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

YLAL North and Liverpool

On Tuesday 8 May 2018, YLAL North participated in the Sheffield Legal Walk.

Our last meetings were to launch our social mobility report, in Salford and in Sheffield. 

Our last meeting in Manchester, in conjunction with Greater Manchester Law Centre was Legal Aid and the Future of Free Access to Justice. This was an event with Lord Bach, Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon, Young Legal Aid Lawyers Vice-Chair Siobhan Taylor-Ward and Joe Mensah-Dankwah of Black Solicitors Network. We discussed 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. 

Our last meeting in Sheffield was on Wednesday 30 May. 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.

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