YLAL Meetings and Events

Coronavirus update:

Due to the unprecedented circumstances we now find ourselves in, we have taken the decision to postpone all upcoming events in person. You can find details of our previous physical meetings here

Details of our remote meetings and privacy statement are below.

Please read and share our first COVID-19 report, and our second COVID-19 report on how our practitioner members and their work have been affected. 

This page contains information about recent and upcoming YLAL meetings and events. New members are always welcome to attend our meetings, and lack of experience is no barrier, so if you're interested, we'd love for you to join us. If you've never been to a meeting before, don't worry - there's no obligation to talk, just come along. On the other hand, if you have lots to say, feel free to say it (or just say hi!) 

Upcoming meetings

Our upcoming remote meetings will take place from 6:30pm on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 13 January-  Access to Justice for Victims of Trafficking: Part One

Wednesday 13 January 2021: Access to Justice for Victims of Trafficking: Part One

The first #YLALVirtual of 2021 will be part one (of two) in a series looking at access to justice for victims of trafficking (VoT). 

Part one will focus on leave to remain applications for VoT, and the impact of immigration status on survivor recovery and risk of re-exploitation.

We are delighted to be joined by an expert panel:

- Carita Thomas, ATLEU

- Laura Duran, ECPAT

- Miranda Butler, Garden Court Chambers

- Anna Serini, Anti-Slavery International

- Rebecca Kingi, FLEX and YLAL Committee (Chair)

Free tickets are available via Eventbrite here

Thank you to One Pump Court for allowing us to use their remote facilities. 

You can check out recordings of our previous meetings on the minutes page

Our general privacy notice for remote events can be found below. 

Previous Remote Meetings

Wednesday 16 December 2020: YLAL's Magical Festive Extravaganza 

YLAL celebrated the end of 2020! We were delighted to host multi-award winning magician, mind reader, hypnotist and pick pocket, Stephen Barry, for an evening of interactive festive fun. 

Thank you to One Pump Court for allowing us to use their remote facilities. 

Wednesday 9 December 2020 YLAL Virtual: Holding the State to Account After a Death

At this #YLALVirtual, we considered the barriers faced by families and individuals in fighting for justice after a State-related death.

We were honoured to be joined by individuals with direct experience of inquests and inquiries.


  • Edward Daffarn, Grenfell United
  • Mira Hammad, Garden Court North Chambers
  • Allison Munroe QC, Garden Court Chambers
  • Dr Sara Ryan, Justice for Laughing Boy and Oxford University


  • Tara Mulcair, Birnberg Peirce Solicitors

25 November 2020 - YLAL Virtual Careers Event: How to Get Your Dream Job in Legal Aid

It's that time again: YLAL's annual careers in legal aid event! Hear from practitioners at the coalface about what life is really like as a young legal aid lawyer.

YLAL is delighted to be welcoming a fantastic panel of speakers with varied routes into the law, across many areas of practice:

  • Eleri Griffiths, One Pump Court  
  • Aqsa Hussain, No 5 Chambers
  • Siobhan Taylor-Ward, Merseyside Law Centre
  • Maria Poleo, Duncan Lewis Solicitors 

How has COVID-19 affected career prospects for aspiring legal aid lawyers? Is a career in legal aid sustainable? How can those entering the profession build their experience and stand out on application forms?

11 November 2020 - YLAL Cymru: Spotlight on Asylum and Immigration

Sut mae gweithio ym maes cyfraith lloches a mewnfudo yng Nghymru? Beth sydd angen ei wneud i sicrhau mynediad at gyfiawnder ar gyfer rhai o'n cymunedau allgaëedicaf? Pa rôl a allai ac a ddylai cyfreithwyr ei chwarae ar adeg pan mae senoffobia a chasineb tuag at geiswyr lloches yn cynyddu? All Cymru fod yn 'Genedl Noddfa'?

Ymunwch â ni am drafodaeth panel efo'r cyfreithwyr ac ymgyrchwyr sy'n gweithio yn sector lloches a mewnfudo.


  • Hilary Brown, Virgo Consultancy Services
  • Mona Bayoumi, Civitas Law
  • Hayley Morgan, Prosiect Teithio Ymlaen, TGP Cymru
  • Siân Pearce, Asylum Justice

Rhan 2 o gyfres o ddigwyddiadau YLAL Cymru sy'n rhoi sbotolau ar brofiadau ymarfer cymorth cyfreithiol a mynediad at gyfiawnder yng Nghymru.

What is it like to work in asylum and immigration law in Wales? What must be done to ensure access to justice for some of our most marginalised communities? What role can and should lawyers play in a climate of rising xenophobia and hostility to migrants and asylum seekers? Can Wales be a 'Nation of Sanctuary'?

On 11 November 2020, YLAL Cymru held a panel discussion with lawyers and campaigners working in the immigration and asylum sector.

We heard from:

  • Hilary Brown, Virgo Consultancy Services
  • Mona Bayoumi, Civitas Law
  • Hayley Morgan, Travelling Ahead Project, TGP Cymru
  • Siân Pearce, Asylum Justice

This event was Part 2 of a series of YLAL Cymru events to shine a spotlight on the realities of legal aid practice and access to justice in Wales.

Recording and minutes to follow. 

Wednesdays 21 and 28 October 2020 - Racial Diversity in the Professions: Then and Now

Over two weeks, Young Legal Aid Lawyers held two crucial events on racial diversity in the legal system. 

In the wake of the death of George Floyd in the United States, Black Lives Matter protests sprung up across the country forcing the UK to reflect on the way in which Black people are treated at the hands of police here. As we learned that Black men are 10 times more likely to be stopped and searched and Black people are more likely to be given longer sentences of imprisonment, stories from the other side – from the lawyers themselves – began to emerge. With Black barristers being mistaken for defendants in Court, Black solicitors being accused by police of interfering in arrests and only 1% of the Judiciary identifying as Black – now is the time to reflect on how the lack of racial diversity in the legal profession impacts upon the system as a whole. 

The events comprised two panel sessions on Wednesday 21 and 28 October 2020.

Panel Session 1: The Lawyers

The first event took place on Wednesday 21 October and featured a range of practitioners at different stages in their career, offering their perspectives on racial diversity. 

We were delighted to be joined by the following expert speakers:

  • Quaam Animashaun, Marketing Manager at Leigh Day
  • Dexter Dias QC, Garden Court Chambers
  • Abimbola Johnson, 25 Bedford Row
  • Lauren Mercurius-Taylor, MTC Solicitors
  • Sonali Naik QC, Garden Court Chambers
  • Mark Robinson, Criminal Defence Lawyer
  • Aneela Samrai, Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors
  • Natasha Shotunde, Garden Court Chambers
  • Christian Weaver, GCN Chambers & #TheLawIn60Seconds

The event was co-chaired by Monidipa Fouzder from the Law Society Gazette and YLAL committee member, Hafsah Hussain.

You can view the recording of the event here.

Panel Session 2: The System

Our second follow up event took place on Wednesday 28 October, where the recommendations from the first session were put to representatives of stake-holding organisations in the justice system. 

We were delighted to be joined by the following representatives:

  • Jenny Agboke, HM Courts and Tribunal Service
  • Hekim Hannan, Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division of the Law Society 
  • Esme Kemp, Immigration Law Practitioners' Association
  • Edwina Koroma, Inner Temple Outreach
  • Sam Mercer, Bar Council
  • Laurie-Anne Power, Criminal Bar Association

The event was co-chaired by Monidipa Fouzder from the Law Society Gazette and YLAL committee member, Hafsah Hussain.

We are really grateful to One Pump Court for kindly hosting both events.

You can view the recording of the event here.


Remote Meetings Privacy Statement

Unless stated otherwise above, YLAL will be hosting events on Zoom in conjunction with One Pump Court Chambers. You can read One Pump Court's privacy notice here.

We understand there have been some published concerns about Zoom, privacy and data, however, Zoom is a really effective environment to host meetings and seminars and we need to be practical and accessible. 

You can read Zoom’s privacy statement here and their official statement on EU GDPR compliance here.

If you are still concerned about privacy, you can take the following steps to protect yourself even further:

  • Do not install the application (nor any addons / plugins to web browser). 
  • Avoid using the service on professional devices (as far as possible).
  • Join the meeting via the web browser version: https://www.zoom.us/join.
  • Try to use a privacy protecting browser, such as Brave or Mozilla’s firefox.
  • Avoid turning on the camera if possible (and turn the camera off if you are not talking).

You can read our general privacy policy here