YLAL’s committee steers and coordinates YLAL’s work. Committee members have responsibilities for YLAL’s communications, mentoring scheme, jobs page, blogs, press, and more.

Interested in joining us? Have a look at our Committee Recruitment page for any opportunities, and to learn more about what we’re looking for from applicants.

Maryam Shah is co-chair of the YLAL committee. She is a BPC student at the Inns of Court College of Advocacy. She has an interest in human rights and employment and discrimination law.

Isaac Abraham is co-chair of the YLAL Committee. He is a trainee solicitor in the Immigration department at Wilson Solicitors.

James McGowan is co-chair of the YLAL Committee. has worked in politics for the past 6 years, focusing mainly on housing, access to justice and social security. He’s currently re-training as a barrister and doing a mix of voluntary legal work.

Ciara Bartlam is a barrister at Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester.

Harriet Bland is a solicitor at the Centre for Women’s Justice.

Beau Chan is a recent law graduate working at Ashtons Legal. They are an aspiring legal aid lawyer set on building a career in Public Law that will tend to every aspect of a healthy community, particularly in Employment Law.

Hafsah Hussain is a pupil barrister at Park Square Barristers in Leeds. She has a particular interest in access to justice, social mobility and diversity in the legal profession.

Hansa Hussain is a trainee solicitor at ABR solicitors, a criminal defence firm based in Leeds and is due to qualify in January 2022.

Paige Jones is a pupil barrister at 5 Essex Court chambers practicing in civil and police law. She is a former YLAL co-chair.

Betty McCann is a paralegal in the Actions Against the Police team at Deighton Pierce Glynn.

Katie McFadden is a solicitor working in criminal defence at Hodge, Jones & Allen Solicitors in London. She has a particular interest in representing those who are vulnerable due to age or mental health issues. Katie leads on YLAL’s crime work and contributes to YLAL’s social mobility work. Katie is a former co-chair of YLAL.

Ollie Persey is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers and former YLAL co-chair.

Nasreen Shah is a barrister at Great James Street Chambers, specialising in crime, family and extradition. She is a founder and director of Her Bar, a new company set to support and promote women at the Bar.

Sunny Singh is a final-year Law student at the London School of Economics. She has a keen interest in criminal law and human rights.

Ayesha Sohanpal is a law student at University College London. Ayesha manages our Mentoring scheme and is part of our Membership Support team.

Emma Trevett is a solicitor at Lawstop specialising in community care and education. Emma helps to organise YLAL meetings in Bristol.