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The Youth Justice Legal Centre Summit 2021 is brought to you by the Youth Justice Legal Centre,
part of Just for Kids Law


Laura Cooper
Co-Head of the Youth Justice Legal Centre

Laura is a specialist youth justice lawyer who has been at the Youth Justice Legal Centre since 2015, becoming co-head in 2019. She has practised as a solicitor advocate since 2011, and has experience of representing children at the police station, youth court and Crown Court.

Laura oversees the YJLC national advice line for lawyers, YOTs, families, children, and other professionals which provides accurate and expert knowledge on youth justice law and practice. Laura regularly presents at events on youth justice issues, feeds into the broader youth justice policy work of the charity, and writes legal updates and best practice legal guides for the YJLC website. Laura wrote the latest State of Children’s Rights Report for Children’s Rights Alliance for England on children and policing.


Katya Moran
Co-Head of the Youth Justice Legal Centre

Katya is a specialist youth justice lawyer with 14 years’ experience representing children in criminal proceedings. Having spent many years working for legal aid firms as a duty solicitor, she maintains a busy independent practice representing children in the police station and in the youth court. Having worked with Just for Kids Law when they were first getting started in 2005, she was thrilled to return in 2017 and to become co-head of the Youth Justice Legal Centre in 2019. Katya oversees the development of YJLC’s interactive legal training programme, writes best practice legal guides on youth justice issues and regularly delivers lectures and training on youth justice.


Augusta Itua
Youth Justice Lawyer


Lily Bayrock
Events and Projects Officer


Yasmin Perez
Communications Officer



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