Welcome to the first JLD chair update of 2018 and my first as chair of the Junior Lawyers Division committee 2018. 2018 also marks the 10th anniversary of JLD.
I would like to start by thanking outgoing committee member Charlotte Parkinson for her hard work, dedication and commitment to the JLD and representing junior lawyers. Also to Ronagh Craddock for her time on the committee and assistance with JLD consultation responses. Finally, my heartfelt thanks to 2017’s chair, Bryan Scant, who worked incredibly hard for the JLD, especially with regard to the various consultations issued during his tenure, particularly by the SRA, and his efforts at forging links with our international colleagues and promoting England and Wales as the jurisdiction of choice.
Last year was another busy year for the JLD. We responded to multiple consultations that will have implications for our members, particularly those by the SRA in relation to the proposals for a centralised assessment to qualify as a solicitor (The Solicitors Qualifying Exam - SQE). We held two career development forums in Sheffield and London aimed at trainees and junior solicitors and another two forums in Cardiff and London for our members seeking training positions. Our annual conference was also a huge success, with a keynote address from the Rt Hon Lord Justice Hickinbottom and sessions on becoming a judge, knowing your employment rights and resilience and wellbeing.
I would also like to take the opportunity to welcome the new JLD committee 2017-18. The entire committee is dedicated to representing the interests of our members and are looking forward to the year ahead.
We will continue to represent current and future junior lawyers in relation to the SRA proposals for the SQE. We are also going to continue our work in promoting mental health wellbeing and resilience in an increasingly stressful profession and would urge our members to undertake our current survey. Our work will continue to evolve over the year and you can keep up with our new projects in future editions of our newsletter or on our social media.
We want to represent your views as our members throughout our term on the committee. Please let us know your views and concerns so we can speak out on your behalf. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adele Edwin-Lamerton, the JLD chair.