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:

- Thursday 30 May 2019: YLAL North 'Big News Insight Night' in Manchester

- Thursday 6 June 2019: meeting in Birmingham, details TBC

- Wednesday 12 June 2019: meeting in London, details TBC

Please see below for full details of all upcoming events.

London Meetings

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

Our last meeting, "Family Justice in a Time of Austerity", was on Wednesday 8 May 2019 at 6:30pm at 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1DD.

Details of our next meeting in London will be posted here shortly.

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, 'Brexit, human rights and access to justice' was on Thursday 9 May at Irwin Mitchell. We considered what leaving the European Union will mean for the protection of human rights and access to justice in the UK.

Our next meeting in Birmingham will be at 6pm on Thursday 6 June at Irwin Mitchell, and will focus on refugee and asylum law and supporting refugees through the legal system. Details will be posted here shortly.

Future events in Birmingham will be hosted at the Irwin Mitchell office at Imperial House, 31 Temple Street, Birmingham at 6pm on the following dates in 2019: Thursday 6 June and Thursday 4 July. Details of these events, and any other YLAL events in the Midlands, will be posted here.

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

YLAL North and Liverpool


The next YLAL North event in Manchester is our 'Big News Insight Night' at 6:30pm on Thursday 30 May 2019 at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Join us for a series of short, sharp insights into the law behind some of this year's biggest news stories.

You'll hear from:

  • 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

Please register to attend via Eventbrite. The event will take place in the ground floor lecture theatre of the John Dalton building at Manchester Metropolitan University.


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.