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Qualifying in 1996 in a South London legal aid practice, Mary-Ann is now a partner and head of the DWF LLP (London) family law department. By day, she is an experienced family lawyer dealing with a variety of matters, including cases of high value and complexity, often with a foreign jurisdiction element. She is particularly experienced in dealing with high net-worth individuals in the insurance, property and banking industries. She is married and has a 17 year old daughter.
Mary-Ann is a member of both the Law Society’s specialist Family Law Panel and Resolution. She is also a former chairman of the Young Solicitors Group of England and Wales, a member of the City of London Law Society, and a Liverymen in the Worshipful Company of Solicitors. She was the first winner of the Law Society’s Outstanding Contribution to Pro Bono Services Award in 1998.
Leah is a solicitor in the corporate and banking team at DWF, and specialises in banking law. She read law at the University of Nottingham and completed the LPC at the University of Law. She is a keen advocate for the promotion of equal rights for women, and as well as her role in the Division, she sits on her firm’s diversity committee.
Heidi is a solicitor in the commercial litigation department at Mourant Ozannes, an offshore law firm. Heidi trained and worked at a commercial firm in Leeds before moving to Mourant Ozannes in April 2014. She has a broad range of experience in relation to negligence claims and commercial, contractual and trust disputes. She was chair of the National Junior Lawyers Division in 2010.
Sarah, Christina and Stephanie represent the Women Lawyers Division on the Law Society Council.
Sarah became a solicitor in 1996, after a career in investment banking and a first degree in Business Administration (International Business). Her legal experience covers all genres of firms from the high street to global city practices, and in 2004, she set up Austins in Chiswick, a niche private client firm, covering tax planning, property, probate, wills and debt. She has been a member of the Law Society’s Equality and Diversity Committee since 2010, and a member of the Legal Affairs and Policy Board since 2013. In 2014, she was appointed as the chair of the Lexcel Panel.
Christina qualified as a solicitor in 1991. She is a higher rights advocate, a mediator, collaborative lawyer and children panel specialist. She is currently director of client services for Cripps, a top 100 law firm. Prior to joining Cripps, she was the director of policy at the Co-operative legal Services. Christina was acknowledged for her management expertise in the annual “Hot 100” list by the Lawyer Magazine in 2012 and received the Lawyer of the Year title in the Modern Lawyer awards. She is a member of the Regulatory Affairs Board, former chair of the Family Law Committee, and member and chair of the Legal Affairs and Policy Board. She was chief assessor of the Children Panel between 2009-2012.
Stephanie currently works In-house with a non-ministerial government department advising on legislative interpretation, public, administrative, commercial and civil litigation law. She has a wealth of experience in corporate governance, regulatory frameworks and professional regulation, and holds a Master of Laws in public law and global governance (merit) from Kings College, University of London. She is the past Honorary Secretary of the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society, a solicitor member of the Joint Tribunal Service, a member of the Scrutiny, Performance and Review Committee, and a former member of the Law Society’s Council Membership Committee for Holborn and Westminster.