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 13 September 2017: meeting in London at Hodge Jones & Allen - details TBC

Tuesday 3 October 2017: YLAL North - working in the criminal courts and the effect of Jogee on the law of criminal enterprise at Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester.

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 event in London was a Summer Party on Wednesday 9 August. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 13 September 2017, from 6:30pm in the basement bar at Hodge Jones & Allen. We are finalising the details of this event and will update this page in due course - watch this space!

YLAL Midlands

The last YLAL Midlands event was a Summer Social in Birmingham on Friday 11 August 2017 at Cornwall Street Chambers. Our next event in the Midlands will be a careers event in Birmingham on Wednesday 18 October 2017, Becoming a legal aid lawyer. Please save the date. 

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

On Tuesday 3 October 2017, YLAL in Manchester are having an event on criminal law with Robert Stewart from Tranters Solicitors talking about life in the criminal courts as a higher court advocate and Mark George QC, head of Garden Court North Chambers, speaking about the impact of the Supreme Court case of Jogee on the law of joint enterprise. This will take place at Garden Court

Also a reminder that the Manchester Legal Walk is on Thursday 28 September.


YLAL Liverpool's last event was 22 June 2017, at Exchange Chambers. 

YLAL seeks to represent YLALs from across all sectors, however we have a disproportionate number of members from the areas of civil legal aid. We are working to redress this balance nationally. This event was to hear from criminal lawyers on their experiences within criminal legal aid, the fight they have led against cuts to it and the reasons they continue to dedicate their professional lives to the sector.

We hosted Crime and Punishment? Criminal Legal Aid after LASPO 2012, with three fantastic speakers:

Zoe Gascoyne, Criminal solicitor and Partner at Quinn Melville. Zoe is also Chair of the Criminal Law Solicitors' Association (CLSA) which represents the interests of criminal lawyers across the UK. She has many years of experience in practice representing defendants in a wide variety of cases but she also has vast experiene of campaigning for justice and for legal aid as she stood at the forefront of campaigns against the cuts to criminal legal aid.

Peter Killen, Barrister at Exchange Chambers. Peter previously worked as a solicitor advocate. In 2007 he qualified as a Higher Courts Advocate and was called to the bar in 2015. He will be able to give members insight into an alternative route to the bar. He has acted as advocate for both defence and prosecution and has appeared at the court of appeal. 

Calum Whelan, Trainee solicitor, James Murray Solicitors. Calum is an accredited police station representative and now a trainee solicitor. He gave members insight into routes into criminal legal aid and described the difficulties facing junior lawyers in the sector at the present time.

Thanks to our speakers, and to the attendees.

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

Please let us know if you can make it by emailing us ylalnorth@gmail.com or confirming you can attend on the Facebook event. There's a poster at the bottom of this page, feel free to circulate it. 


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


YLAL Sheffield recently hosted a Summer Social, on 22 June 2017. Thanks to all those who came. 

Further events will be published soon. 

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.