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 14 February 2018: meeting in London at Hodge Jones & Allen - 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 at 6:30pm on the second Wednesday of every month.

Our last meeting,What price criminal justice: is austerity causing miscarriages of justice?was at Hodge Jones & Allen on Wednesday 10 January 2018 from 6:30pm. The meeting considered the impact of cuts to the Crown Prosecution Service, police and legal aid budgets on the criminal justice system in light of the collapse of the Liam Allan and Isaac Itiary rape trials due to belated disclosure of vital exculpatory evidence. We were delighted that Claire Dissington, Head of the Youth Department at Edward Fail Bradshaw & Waterson, and Penelope Gibbs, Director of Transform Justice, joined us to discuss these issues. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 14 February from 6:30pm at Hodge Jones & Allen - details will be posted here shortly. The full address for the venue is: Draught Orders bar, Hodge Jones & Allen, 180 North Gower Street, London, NW1 2NB.

YLAL Midlands

Our last event in the Midlands was Defending Legal Aid, a roundtable discussion on recent cuts to criminal legal aid, the upcoming government review of LASPO and the final report of the Bach Commission, 'The Right to Justice'. Legal aid practitioners from across the Midlands joined us to discuss, learn about and coordinate future action in defence of legal aid and access to justice.

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

YLAL North

On Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 6pm, YLAL Sheffield hosted the 'Great Legal Quiz' at Revolution.  The event was to raise funds for the Yorkshire Legal Support Trust, who support local advice agencies and charities. 

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 last event was in November and was sponsored by Liverpool University Law Clinic. It was a Welcome to Legal Aid session, for anyone just starting out in Legal Aid, thinking about a change to Legal Aid work or anyone studying who just wanted to know more about what Legal Aid is about. 

For more information, follow YLAL Liverpool on facebook and/or email liverpoolylal@gmail.com

YLAL South West

Our last event, Access to Justice Under Attack: Brexit, Charlie Gard and the Rule of Law was held at Bristol Law Society. It took the form of a panel event and featured a number of expert practitioners: Sian Pearce (Avon & Bristol Law Centre), Emma Sutton (No5 Chambers), Mark Whitcombe (Old Square Chambers), Lydia Andrews (WSP Solicitors) and Helen Law (Matrix Chambers). Minutes can be found here

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