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Junior Lawyers Division

JLD committee members

The following people are members of the JLD Committee:

Please email juniorlawyers@lawsociety.org.uk to contact the executive committee.

The following are JLD representatives on the Law Society Council:


Bryan Scant - committee chair

bryan scantBryan Scant is a family solicitor at Coffin Mew Solicitors based on the south coast. Bryan specialises in private family work with a particular interest in disputes involving children.

Since the start of his training contract in 2011, Bryan was actively involved in the Bournemouth and District JLD, chairing the group in 2015. During his time on the Bournemouth and District JLD, Bryan was the national committee representative for national committee events. In 2014 Bryan stood for a position on the national Junior Lawyers Division executive committee before standing for the position of vice chair for the 2016 committee year and now chairs the division.

Bryan has a keen interest in the proposed closures of courts across England and the implications that this will have on both clients and practitioners as well as the proposed extension to the court opening hours. In addition, Bryan has been heavily involved in the JLD’s work around the proposed changes to qualification as a solicitor in England and Wales, regularly commenting on the proposals in legal media.

Bryan can be contacted at bryanscant@outlook.com


Adele Edwin-Lamerton - committee vice chair

Adele EdwinAdele studied at the University of Westminster, graduating in 2002 with an LLB (Hons) degree in law. She spent six months working as a paralegal before joining renowned legal publisher LexisNexis Butterworths and then moving on to Sweet & Maxwell. She completed her LPC on a part-time basis between 2007-2009 at the (as it was then known) College Of Law and spent a year travelling and working in Australia before joining Slater & Gordon as a trainee in their Manchester office in September 2012. Adele qualified in September 2014 and is a solicitor at Pattinson & Brewer.

Adele was an active member of the Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group and it was during her training contract that she became involved with attending JLD events. She is a Social Mobility Ambassador for The Law Society and has recently been appointed to their Education and Training Committee.

Adele looks forward to representing members' interests and furthering her experience of mentoring those trying to gain access to the profession.


Ronagh Craddock

ronagh craddock 100x100Ronagh studied a four-year exempting degree programme at the University of Northumbria, combining the LLB and LPC.

Ronagh worked as a paralegal in family law for three years before commencing her training contract with Ben Hoare Bell LLP in Newcastle in 2016. Her training contract is part of the Justice First Fellowship scheme funded by the Legal Education Foundation. Ronagh is running a project to increase access to justice as part of her training contract.

Ronagh is committed to advancing access to justice and human rights. She is also a committee member for the Young Legal Aid Lawyers.

Outside of law Ronagh has experience of working on climate change and international development. She has attended two UN climate change conferences and represented UK youth as part of the government’s official delegation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit in 2015.


James Kitching

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James studied Politics and American Studies at the University of Nottingham; which included spending a year at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, studying Politics and History. He completed his GDL and LPC at Bournemouth University.

He is a corporate solicitor at Coffin Mew LLP having previously trained at the firm.

James is currently a member of the committees for the South Hampshire JLD and HILS (Hampshire Incorporated Law Society).

James can be contacted via Twitter or LinkedIn.


Amy Clowrey

amy clowrey 100x100Amy is currently the sponsorship officer for Leeds Junior Lawyers Division and a committee member of the Huddersfield Law Society, Twinning with Uganda Group. She was previously the vice-chair of the Halifax and Huddersfield Junior Lawyers Division.

Amy qualified as a solicitor with Benjamin Roberts Solicitors in December 2014, after completing seats in personal injury, wills and probate and child care during her training contract.

Amy initially began her working life as a paralegal after graduating from the University of Huddersfield in 2012, having completed the integrated LLB Hons (Law) and Master of Law and Practice course (LPC equivalent). Amy thereafter completed her full Masters, also completed at the University of Huddersfield, entitled, 'The Voice of the Child in Family Proceedings - are we there yet?.'

Amy now works for Switalskis Solicitors specialising in seeking compensation for victims of child abuse. She is also a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers.


Rick Thomas

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Rick studied Computer Science before undertaking the GDL and LPC at Nottingham Law School. Following graduation Rick completed his training contract with Shoosmiths, where he later qualified as a corporate solicitor.

Since initiating his studies on the LPC Rick has been actively involved with the Nottinghamshire JLD where he’s sat on the committee for the last three years, most recently as Chair.

Coupling his active lifestyle and desire to improve the lives of others, Rick has partaken numerous endurance races and assault courses to raise money for Winston’s Wish, a charity that supports bereaved children, and Ash Lea School, a local school that assists children with specific learning needs. Rick also established a negotiation competition with Nottingham Law School and LEX which sees the winners awarded work experience with local law firms – an example of his passion to increase access to the industry.

Rick can be contacted via email or on LinkedIn


Charlotte Parkinson

Charlotte ParkinsonCharlotte studied the Masters of Law and Practice at the University of Huddersfield, a four-year exempting degree combining the LLB and LPC. Following graduation in 2013, she worked as a paralegal for three years before starting her training contract at LCF Law.

Charlotte joined the JLD executive committee as student representative in 2014 and was then elected to a two year seat in 2015. Now into her third year on the committee, she will continue to address key issues for the most junior members of our profession including the SRA’s proposals for a new central examination, the wellbeing of junior lawyers and continuing to promote the recommended minimum salary for trainee solicitors.

Charlotte can be contacted via twitter or on LinkedIn.


Adam Hattersley

Adam Hattersley 100x100Following the completion of his law degree, Adam graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2010 before going on to achieve a distinction in his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Manchester.

Adam previously was a Paralegal in Manchester at DWF LLP and BLM before starting his training contract with McHale & Co Solicitors in August 2014. During his training contract, Adam spent time in the Commercial and Property Litigation department as well as the Property team.

Upon qualifying as a solicitor in September 2016, Adam now works as a Commercial Finance solicitor at Fieldfisher LLP's Manchester office.

Adam currently sits as Manchester's JLD's National Representative and has recently been elected to sit on the JLD's National Executive Committee for the next two years.

Previously Adam was an active member of the Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group holding the roles of the social secretary and small firm secretary since 2014.

Adam is looking forward to representing the interests of junior lawyers at a national level and increasing engagement between national and local JLD groups.


Greg Smith - student representative

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Greg graduated from the University of Warwick in 2004 with a BSc in psychology. He then spent over a decade working for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, most recently as an Analyst in the Policy Unit. He co-authored the final report of the independent Commission on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care (chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp), which has been credited with changing government policy.

Whilst at the RCPsych Greg competed an MA in History and Politics, an LLM in Law and Political Justice (with distinction) and his GDL all on a part-time basis. He is currently completing the LPC/LLM at the University of Law's Bloomsbury centre, and will take up a training contract with Hempsons Solicitors in September 2017.

Greg is a keen writer and has been published in The Guardian, The Independent and The Lancet. He hopes to use his experience of developing, analysing and communicating policy to promote the interests and objectives of the JLD and the broader Law Society.

Greg can be contacted via gregoryjgsmith@me.com.


Council member profiles

Kayleigh Leonie

kayleigh leonie 100x100Kayleigh qualified as a solicitor in July 2012 and is an Associate at Trowers & Hamlins LLP in the City specialising in employment law.

Kayleigh was involved in setting up a Sussex branch of the JLD whilst she was a trainee solicitor in Brighton in 2010. Kayleigh was elected as Sussex JLD's National Representative to attend JLD National Committee meetings.

In November 2013 Kayleigh was appointed to the JLD Executive Committee. Kayleigh was elected to her current position on the Law Society Council to represent qualified solicitor members of the JLD in July 2015.

Kayleigh was appointed to the Law Society's Employment Law Committee in September 2016.

In 2017 Kayleigh prepared a survey to gather information on the resilience and wellbeing of junior lawyers in England and Wales, a topic she is extremely passionate about. Kayleigh compiled a summary of the findings into a report, chaired a webinar on stress in the legal profession for Mental Health Awareness Week and is currently working on a number of projects for the JLD focusing on this topic.  

Kayleigh can be contacted on Twitter at @KayleighLeonie and on LinkedIn.

Laura McKoy

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Laura is a Banking Solicitor with Farrer & Co LLP (where she qualified in September 2015) and was elected to the Law Society Council to represent qualified members of the Junior Lawyers Division in July 2017. She also sits on the International Committee of the City of Westminster & Holborn Law Society.

Laura has Law Degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Melbourne and completed her LPC at Kaplan Law School. As well as private practice, Laura has spent a significant amount of time as in-house counsel on secondment, and is keen to increase engagement between all junior solicitors developing their careers regardless of whether it is in private practice, in-house or otherwise. Before her training contract, she worked with young people in detention facilities across the UK and separately on capital punishment cases for the Texas Defender Service in the USA. Laura is passionate about social mobility and access to justice – she mentors students to encourage participation in the profession and assists with local free legal advice centres. Laura has also lectured on human rights and war crimes in The Hague and taught Law across the world, including in Cambridge and Melbourne.

Laura is very keen for all members of the Law Society to get in touch with any queries or suggestions and can be contacted via email, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Prisca Wharton

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Prisca is currently a trainee solicitor at Blunts Solicitors. Having studied German with Italian at the University of Warwick, which included a year abroad in Austria, Prisca went on to study the GDL at BPP Manchester. She then did a Master of Laws in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation at the University of Warwick.

Prisca is completing her LPC whilst working as a trainee solicitor and started her training contract in September 2016. She was elected to the LPC student/trainee seat on the Law Society Council in June 2017 for a two-year term. She also sits as an ex-officio member of the JLD Committee and is Sponsorship Director for the Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group.

She looks forward to engaging with the JLD committee and its members to ensure that their views are well represented at Council.

She will passionately represent the interests of trainees and students alike on issues such as the minimum trainee salary, alternative routes into the profession and clarity on the new qualifying solicitors’ examination for all junior lawyers.

She believes that the JLD must work with the profession to find the best solutions to the wellbeing of junior lawyers who may be struggling to cope with the pressure. Part of this issue may be the worry of being kept on by a firm upon qualification and it is important that this issue is prioritised so that junior lawyers know their options as early on as possible.

Something which she personally holds to be a priority is social mobility within the legal profession. She believes that it is important to look at issues such as unpaid legal internships which can only be afforded by some students and put the poorer students at a disadvantage when it comes to their CVs and job applications.

As part of her pro bono work she helps out in local schools and helps pupils to see that a career in law is something they can pursue and attain, regardless of their background.

Prisca can be contacted by email email or Linkedin.

About the Junior Lawyers Division

Your Junior Lawyers Division is dedicated to meeting the needs of all LPC students, LPC graduates (including those working as paralegals), trainee solicitors, and solicitors with up to five years post qualification experience.

See our 2016/17 Engagement Programme.

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