Junior Lawyers Division

JLD local groups: Midlands

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Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society

Region: West Midlands
Catchment area:  Birmingham and West Midlands

BTSS is an organisation made up of over 400 junior lawyers and law students from across Birmingham and the West Midlands. Originally an off-shoot of the Birmingham Law Society, BTSS has been operating for 173 years and remains as active as ever.

BTSS takes responsibility for providing members with networking and social opportunities, in addition to facilitating training to enhance professional skills.

Each month BTSS hosts a range of social, sporting, cultural and charitable events with the aim of bringing young lawyers together and raising their profile across the city and beyond. BTSS is proud to be able to present members with a breadth of opportunities, access and support to build a diverse range of professional and social networks that will serve them well as they seek to establish themselves in a flourishing and competitive legal market.

BTSS members can develop and cultivate contacts within both the legal and wider professional communities in the Midlands, forging links with the Birmingham Law Society and BSG, Junior Lawyers Division, Birmingham Futures, RCIS and BCASS, to name a few.

BTSS is also keen to undertake corporate social responsibility efforts so that members may make a positive and lasting impact in the local community. Last but not least, it wants members to enjoy more social and informal networking opportunities to meet like-minded young professionals who are finding their way in the profession in the same manner. It regularly arranges exciting and varied events to celebrate and reward members for successes and achievements throughout the year.

BTSS members benefit from:

  • a varied range of social, sporting, cultural and charitable events that they can attend for free or at nominal cost
  • exclusive invitations to careers events held by legal recruitment firms
  • a fortnightly newsletter with details of upcoming events and developments in the Birmingham Legal and Business sector
  • access to various professional networks throughout the region through invitations to social and professional events they can attend together
  • press releases from local businesses that may be of interest personally and professionally
  • subsidised ticket prices for BTSS flagship events

See BTSS on:

Membership fee: Trainee solicitors - £50, Newly qualified solicitors - £35, Paralegals / students - £25.
Contact:  Katy Boyce (chair) - Katy.Boyce@higgsandsons.co.uk
Email:
enquiries@btss.co.uk
Website: http://www.btss.co.uk
Membership:
Students, Trainees, NQs, Solicitors

Derby Junior Lawyers

Region: Derbyshire
Catchment area:  Derbyshire and surrounding area

The group organises events throughout the year for members in order to provide social, networking and training opportunities for junior lawyers in Derby and the surrounding area. The group is part of the Derby and District Law Society and through that organisation seeks to represent the concerns and issues of young lawyers to the profession generally.

The group does not currently have a membership scheme, although one is expected in the next 1-2 months. Once running membership will be available to the above.

The committee consists of:-

  • President,
  • Vice President,
  • Treasurer,
  • Membership Secretary,
  • 2x Events Secretary, and
  • 2x Marketing and Social Media Secretary

It is intended to include a JLD representative shortly.

Communication is primarily through a mailing list, although the group is accessible via our active Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Our next election due September 2018.

To be confirmed - however until the membership scheme launches, anyone interested should register their interest by emailing derbyjuniorlawyers@outlook.com in order to be added to the mailing list, and join our social media groups in order to be kept up to date.

President:  Natalie Yeung
Membership secretary:  James Newton
Telephone number: 01332 378353 
Email: derbyjuniorlawyers@outlook.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DerbyJLawyers/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DerbyJLawyers
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4997949
Membership: Legal assistants, paralegals, trainee solicitors, legal executives, patent and trade mark attorneys and qualified solicitors with up to five years of post-qualification experience. Law students not also fulfilling any of the above criteria will be eligible for associate membership

Herefordshire Junior Lawyers Division

Region: West Midlands
Catchment area:  Herefordshire

Herefordshire Junior Lawyers Division is a growing JLD based out of Hereford and covering the surrounding area. We arrange a variety of events for our members, including CPD events and socials. Our aim is to help Junior Lawyers in Herefordshire connect and to provide a support network, which is especially important in our county.

The Herefordshire Junior Lawyers Division works closely with the Herefordshire Breconshire and Radnorshire Incorporated Law Society (HBRILS), and members of our committee regularly attend Directors Meetings for HBRILS.

We communicate mostly by email, however are looking into setting up social media accounts in the near future. To be added to our mailing list, please contact Louise Price, our secretary: lprice@hcrlaw.com.

Elections are in September.

Christopher Finch – Chair
Katherine Marriott-Lodge – Vice Chair
Jo Meek – Treasurer
Kayleigh Hunter  – Social Secretary
George Carter – National JLD representative
Louise Price – Secretary

Membership: Students, Trainees, NQs, Solicitors
Membership fee: Free
Email:
CFinch@hcrlaw.com, GCarter@gabbs.biz, LPrice@hcrlaw.com

Leicestershire Junior Lawyers Division

Region: Leicestershire
Catchment area:  Leicestershire and Rutland

Leicestershire Junior Lawyers Division (LJLD) forms a part of the National Junior Lawyers Division and represents young lawyers of all backgrounds from students through to those with 5 years PQE.

LJLD was founded in January 2008 as a result of the amalgamation of Leicestershire Young Solicitors Group and Leicestershire Trainee Solicitors Group. It helps junior members of the profession to network, socialise and share all kinds of experiences with other individuals at similar stages of their careers.

We hold regular events for our members including networking drinks, social events such as cocktail making, and careers talks from local recruiters.

More information about LJLD is available on its website. You can also follow LJLD on Twitter (@leicesterjld ) or find us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Elections for new Committee members are held in December each year, with the formal handover taking place in January.

All members are encouraged to apply for vacant positons, so sign up and get involved!

We hold two flagship events each year – a charity quiz around April in aid of a local cause, and our legendary Annual Ball towards the end of November.

We are always on the look out for sponsors for these and other events. If you would be interested in a sponsorship package please contact Kathryn Harvey – Kathryn.Harvey@shma.co.uk

President: Kathryn Harvey

Vice president to be confirmed 

National Rep: Nisha Gorania

Membeship of the LJLD is free.

Membership is open to:

  • Undergraduate students
  • LPC, BPTC, GDL and CILEx students
  • Paralegals
  • Trainee Solicitors/Legal Executives
  • Pupil Barristers
  • Solicitors, Barristers and Legal Executives (up to 5 years PQE)

More information about LJLD is available on our website. You can also follow LJLD on Twitter @leicesterjld or find us on Facebook and LinkedIn .

Contact details

Email :membership@ljld.co.uk (for all membership enquiries)

Website : http://www.ljld.co.uk/

Facebook : https//www.facebook.com/groups/27818857184?fref=ts

Twitter : https://twitter.com/LeicesterJLD (@LeicesterJLD)

LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=3797120

 

Lincolnshire Junior Lawyers Division

Region: Lincolnshire
Catchment area:  Lincolnshire

The Lincolnshire JLD creates opportunities for networking and socialising for its members by way of a varied calendar of events. We aim to support and promote the interests of junior lawyers and develop relationships across the legal community.

Our social calendar begins each year with an event in September to welcome new trainee solicitors to the area. We also hold an annual boat trip every summer in Lincoln.

Solicitors (1-5 years PQE), FCILEx (1-5 years fellowship), trainee solicitors, trainee legal executives, and paralegals are all eligible for membership of the Lincolnshire JLD.

We send out regular emails to our members to keep them informed about our events.

If you are interested in joining or attending one of our events, please contact the Lincolnshire JLD Committee, via the vice president to the committee, Victoria Lyon at victoria.lyon@langleys.com .

Membership fee: Free
Contact: Hester Mills (president), Victoria Lyon (vice president)
Email: hester.mills@langleys.com , victoria.lyon@langleys.com
Membership: Trainees, NQs, Solicitors

Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers Division

Region: Nottinghamshire

There are many benefits to being a member of Nottinghamshire JLD. The group represents the interests of recently qualified solicitors, trainees and LPC students. We organise a wide range of events for our members throughout the year.

These include:

  • A programme of social events and drinks evenings
  • The Hammond Cup (an annual advocacy competition)
  • Seminars on careers advice
  • Training on soft skills, including how to network and manage stress
  • Work experience in Karlsruhe, Germany or Ghent, Belgium
  • The annual JLD Ball

Many of our events run in conjunction with other local groups, including the RICS Matrics (surveyors) and NCASS (accountants), in order to create stronger relationships and networking opportunities with other professionals.

Above all, being part of the NJLD gives you a great opportunity to meet new people, including lawyers and other young professionals. You can make new friends and develop future contacts who may help you in your future career. As a member of the NJLD, you also get the advantage of meeting people who are either at the same stage in their career or have recently been in it and can therefore help give you advice and guidance.

There are also other benefits to joining the NJLD, which we have secured for our members. These include discounts with local businesses and non-accredited CPD points for most of the seminars which the NJLD organises.

Follow NJLD on Twitter: @NottinghamJLD
Follow NJLD on Facebook: search ‘NJLD’
Connect with us on LinkedIn: search ‘Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers Division’

Membership fee: membership fee is £20 for solicitors/trainees and paralegals and there is a reduced membership fee of £15 for student members 
Contact:  Rick Thomas (Chair) Mark Benton (Membership Secretary)
Email:
rick.thomas@shoosmiths.co.uk , mark.benton@cartwrightking.co.uk
Membership: Students, Trainees, Solicitors

Shropshire Junior Lawyers Division

Region: Shropshire

The Shropshire JLD is run by four committee members, and junior lawyers in Shropshire are encouraged to become members of the group to benefit from networking and social events, as well as educational talks and workshops. Membership to the Group is free and you can be added to the mailing list by emailing us. 

The committee members:

Sarah Sharpe (Chair – as of October 2015) – joined October 2014
Emma Cooper (Committee member – joined September 2015)
Manisha Najran (Committee member) – joined September 2015
Hannah Lowe
Rachael Stokes

Contact: Sarah Sharpe (Chair)
Email:
sarah.sharpe@clarkeslaw.co.uk
liz.farrell@lblaw.co.uk
manisha.najran@pcblaw.co.uk
emmamarycooper@yahoo.co.uk
Membership: Students, Trainees, NQs, Solicitors

Warwickshire JLD

Region: Warwickshire
Catchment area:  Coventry and Warwickshire including Rugby

The Warwickshire Junior Lawyers Division provides support to young lawyers within Coventry and Warwickshire. We aim to advance and promote legal training, professional and personal skills by way of holding seminars and workshops. We also hold social events to encourage and maintain good relations between members. The group is part of the Warwickshire Law Society.

The group hosts educational events and seminars as well as social activities. All events are aimed at improving relations between young lawyers and to offer support for their careers.

More information about the WLS Young Lawyers is available on our website at www.wlsyounglawyers.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @WLS_YLG or join our group on LinkedIn (search Warwickshire Law Society Young Lawyers Group).

Anyone wishing to join can contact us at info@wlsyounglawyers.co.uk or alternatively via our website.

Membership is free and open to paralegals, trainee solicitors, solicitors up to 7 years’ PQE, trainee legal executives and legal executives up to 5 years’ PQE.

Contact:  Laura Stuart (chair), Patrick McCallum (vice chair), Hannah Bates (Immediate Past Chair), Sarabjit Nijjar (National Rep)
Telephone number: 01788 557571 
Email:
Warkjld@gmail.com
Website:  https://warwickshirejld.wordpress.com/
Facebook:  Warwickshire Junior Lawyers Division
Twitter:  @WarkJLD
LinkedIn:  Warwickshire Junior Lawyers Division Group

Membership:  Trainee Solicitors, Paralegals, Trainee Legal Executives, Solicitors (Up to 7 years NQ) and Legal Executives (Up to 5 years NQ)

Wolverhampton and Black Country Junior Lawyers Division

Region: West Midlands
Catchment area:  Wolverhampton and the Black Country

There are many benefits to becoming a member of the Wolverhampton and Black Country JLD including:

  • discounted admission to JLD events
  • free admission to a range of JLD events
  • networking opportunities
  • free CPD points
  • unlimited support from your local and national JLD group
  • social events and CPD accredited seminars
  • part of Wolverhampton Law Society

The membership year runs 1 October to 31 September and group elections are held in September.

Twitter - search for @wolvesjld

LinkedIn - search for Wolverhampton and Black Country JLD

Membership fee: Membership year runs 1 October to 31 September and the fee is currently £20 per year
Contact: Amy Robinson (Chair)
Telephone number: 01902 578010
Email: a.robinson@fbcmb.co.uk
Membership: Students, Trainees, NQs, Solicitors

Worcestershire Junior Lawyers Division

Region: Worcestershire
Catchment area: Worcestershire

The WJLD was formed to support the interests of solicitors (1-5 years PQE), FCILEx (1-5 years fellowship), trainee solicitors, trainee legal executives, and paralegals across Worcestershire.

Our aim is simple – to create opportunities to network and socialise with other legal professionals and members of the local business community. We aim to support and promote the interests of junior lawyers and develop relationships across the legal community. We also work closely with the Worcestershire Law Society.

We run a variety of different events throughout the year. These vary from seminars with chambers, informative nights, social drinks evenings and a quiz!

There are 10 positions on the WJLD committee. The elections happen in November each year.

James Osborne – Chair: josborne@hcrlaw.com , 01905 744998
Hailey Nip – Vice Chair: hnip@hcrlaw.com
Lara Wilkinson – Treasurer: lwilkinson@russell-law.co.uk
Laura Williams – Social Secretary (charities): lwilliams@hcrlaw.com
Charlotte Perry – Social Secretary – cperry@thursfields.co.uk
Rachel Wheeler – National JLD representative: rwheeler@hcrlaw.com
Hannah Ayers – Social Secretary: hayers@hcrlaw.com
Priya Ohri – Social Secretary: pohri@thursfields.co.uk
Honor Giles – Secretary: hgiles@hcrlaw.com
Nerys Thomas – PR representative: nthomas@hcrlaw.com
Ellie Day – Social Secretary – ellie.day@mfgsolicitors.com

Membership : Solicitors (1-5 years PQE), FCILEx (1-5 years fellowship), trainee solicitors, trainee legal executives, and paralegals

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