Our conference is for young and aspiring social welfare lawyers practising legal aid law. This is the third year of our conference and we are planning to bring together speakers from across a host of different areas of traditionally publicly funded work, all using the law to effect positive social change.

Due to the current circumstances, we have now decided that the conference will be hosted virtually, rather than face-to-face, this year. So it's become a festival of events, over two weeks, rather than a one-day conference. 

We very much hope to see you all in person next year!

Our conference is titled ‘Young Lawyers Making Change’ and it is a joint venture between Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL), the Public Law Project (PLP) and the Justice First Fellowship (JFF).



The Justice First Fellowship exists to provide training opportunities to the social welfare lawyers of the future. The scheme was established by The Legal Education Foundation (LEF) in 2014, to support the next generation of students committed to public interest and social justice issues who want to pursue a career in social welfare law.  The Fellowship provides pupillages, training contracts and CILEx qualifying employed placements for aspiring lawyers seeking to pursue careers in social welfare law.

Public Law Project (PLP) is a national legal charity, which aims to improve access to public law remedies for those whose access to justice is restricted by poverty or some other form of disadvantage.  PLP has three main objectives; to increase the accountability of public decision-makers, enhance the quality of public decision-making, and to improve access to justice.

Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) was formed in 2005 to represent the voice of junior lawyers committed to practising in those areas of law, both criminal and civil, which have traditionally been publicly funded.  YLAL’s membership of almost 3000 includes students, paralegals, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and qualified junior lawyers, throughout England and Wales. YLAL campaigns for a sustainable legal aid system which provides good quality legal help to those who otherwise could not afford it, to increase social mobility and diversity within the sector and to promote the interests of new entrants to the legal aid profession.





This conference couldn't happen without a lot of hard work behind the scenes from our lovely organisers.

We have representatives from Public Law Project, Justice First Fellows on behalf of The Legal Education Foundation, and committee members of Young Legal Aid Lawyers. 

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Ash Kinsella

Our thanks to Ash for the graphics for our festival - and particularly that he adapted to such a changing brief as a result of COVID!


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