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 graduated from Bournemouth University in 2010 before undertaking his LPC at the College of Law in London. After completing his training contract in a high street firm in Poole, Dorset, he chose to practice family law. Bryan is a solicitor at Lester Aldridge based in their Bournemouth office where he specialises in disputes involving children and matrimonial finances.

Since the start of his training contract in 2011, Bryan has been actively involved in the Bournemouth and District JLD. Since starting as a general committee member he has undertaken most roles on the committee before being elected chair for 2015. During his time on the Bournemouth and District JLD, Bryan was the national committee representative for national committee events.

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. He is excited to be able to represent JLD members at a national level and to assist those new to the profession, both as students and trainees, as his days hunting for training contracts and looking for newly qualified jobs are very fresh in his mind!

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

Beth Forrester

Beth ForresterBeth studied Philosophy undertaking the GDL and the LPC in London.

Beth worked as a paralegal during and after her LPC, before completing her training contract at a high street firm in Brighton. Upon qualification in 2011, Beth moved to work in-house as a local authority solicitor for Kent County Council. Beth remained with Kent until late 2015 when she moved to her current role as Litigation Lawyer for Ofsted.

Beth was involved in setting up a Sussex branch of the JLD in 2010 and was group secretary for the local committee.

She was elected to the JLD national committee in 2008 as a student representative and then spent two years as an executive committee member from 2009 to November 2011. Following a break from JLD activities, Beth was elected to the Law Society Council to represent the qualified solicitor members of the JLD in June 2013.

As a council member Beth also sits on the Education and Training Committee, Council Membership Committee and is a trustee of the Law Society Charity.

Beth can be contacted on Twitter at @bethJforrester and on LinkedIn.


Matthew AllanMatthew Allan

Matthew is currently a part-time LPC student in London and works full-time as a paralegal at Anthony Gold. He completed his GDL at BPP University, London and holds a master's degree in human rights from the London School of Economics and a BScEcon (Hons) in international politics from Aberystwyth University.

He is actively involved in the promotion of human rights and student engagement as the elected communications officer of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Human Rights Lawyers Association.

Matthew was elected to the LPC student/trainee seat on the Law Society Council in June 2015 for a two-year term. He also sits as an ex-officio member of the JLD Committee. He looks forward to engaging with the JLD committee and its members to ensure that their views are well represented at Council.

Matthew can be contacted by email at matthewj.allan@gmail.com.

Kayleigh Leonie

Kayleigh LeonieKayleigh graduated from the University of Brighton in 2008 and completed her LPC at the College of Law in London.

In 2010 as a trainee solicitor, Kayleigh was involved in setting up a Sussex branch of the JLD and worked on the local committee group as its Head of Communications. Sussex JLD re-appointed Kayleigh as Head of Communications in 2011 and she was also elected as its National Representative to attend JLD National Committee meetings.

Kayleigh qualified as a solicitor in July 2012 and specialises in employment law. 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.

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


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