Meet the judges

Find out more about the judges for the Excellence Awards 2020.

Team awards

Joshua Rozenberg
Joshua Rozenberg QC (Hon)

Joshua Rozenberg QC (hon) is Britain's best-known commentator on the law and is the only full-time journalist to have been appointed as Queen's Counsel honoris causa.

Joshua is also an honorary Master of the Bench (bencher) of Gray's Inn and a non-executive board member of the Law Commission.

After taking a law degree at Oxford, he trained as a solicitor and qualifed in 1976.

He writes a twice-monthly column for the Law Society Gazette and a monthly column for The Critic magazine.

His latest book, Enemies of the People?, looks at how judges make law and asks whether they can maintain public confidence while balancing conflicting interests.


Marcia Willis-Stewart
Marcia Willis Stewart QC (Hon)

Marcia Willis Stewart QC (Hon) is an award-winning civil rights lawyer and a Director of the renowned Birnberg Peirce Ltd law firm.

Marcia has championed legal aid and has represented families in challenging and high-profile cases against the state. She represented the family of Mark Duggan at his inquest and has continued to act for them in all associated matters over the past nine years.

She was the lead lawyer for the legal team acting on behalf of 77 of the 96 families of the deceased at the Hillsborough Inquests, and helped to secure justice when it was ruled that the 96 victims were unlawfully killed. Marcia currently represents many of the bereaved, survivors, and residents in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Her sterling work has been recognised with numerous awards, including Legal Aid Practitioners’ Group Public Law Solicitor of the Year 2015, joint winner of the prestigious Rule of Law award at the Halsbury Awards 2017, winner of the Football Black List 2017 Commercial Award and Legal Personality of the Year and the Solicitors Journal Awards 2017.

Marcia was made Honorary Queen’s Counsel in January 2017. She is Chair of the Synergi Collaborative Centre on severe mental illness, ethnic inequalities and multiple disadvantages. She continues to give her time to mentoring and encouraging young BAME lawyers.


Dana Denis-Smith
Dana Denis-Smith

Dana Denis-Smith is the CEO and founder of Obelisk Support, a legal services provider offering flexible legal solutions to FTSE100 and law firms with highly-skilled lawyers. Obelisk Support was listed as one of the fastest-growing businesses in Europe in 2018 by the Financial Times.

A TedX speaker, Dana regularly speaks at industry events and in the media on gender equality, entrepreneurship and legal technology. In 2019, she was recognised by the Legal 500 for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Services and in 2018, she was voted Legal Personality of the Year at the LexisNexis Awards.

In 2014, she founded the First 100 Years project to celebrate the first 100 years of women in the legal profession in the United Kingdom.


Timo Karakashev
Timo Karakashev, Founder & CEO, Cosmonauts

Timo is a dedicated, forward-thinking entrepreneur who believes hard work and sacrifice are vital to growth and positive change both in the world and in business. His team's success is based on a marriage of creativity and efficiency.

As the Founder & CEO of Cosmonauts Ltd a multi-service agency that delivers Market Research, Business Development, Sales Support & Events (Physical and Virtual) Production to global clients. To add to this Timo is also CEO the IP tech company Pekama, a Director of Ruby Datum (Virtual Data Rooms) and a mentor for The School of Law and Business Management at the Queen Mary University of London.

John Edwards
John Edwards, Client Relationship Manager, Recognising Excellence Ltd

John Edwards focuses on continuous business improvement and total quality management, acting as a 'hands on' quality professional and team leader. 

He started working life with the Royal Engineers, following on with a highly successful career in manufacturing both in the UK & overseas. He has expertise in compliance, risk & quality management and was a Lexcel contract manager for 20+ years leading a team of 30 Legal Sector Specialists.

He is married and lives in Worcestershire. Edwards is also a keen gardener and pursues many country life activities.


Sarah Chambers
Sarah Chambers, Chair, Legal Services Consumer Panel

Sarah Chambers is an expert in regulation, competition and consumer policy, with leadership experience at Board level.

She was formerly Chief Executive of PostComm (2004-2008) and has wide-ranging experience as a senior civil servant in various roles. Sarah was Director of Consumer & Competition Policy, Department of BIS – 2008-2011, and Director of Renewable Energy Deployment, DECC – 2011-2013.

Until recently, Sarah was a Non-Executive Director and Panel Member of the Competition and Markets Authority, member of the CAA Consumer Panel and of the Qualifications Committee of the Bars Standards Board.

She currently holds a number of other public appointments, consultancy and trustee roles – including Commissioner of the Electoral Commission, Judicial Appointments Commission Panellist, Pensions Regulator Determinations Panel Member, and Chair of the Applications Panel of Renewable Energy Consumer code.


I Stephanie Boyce
I. Stephanie Boyce, Deputy Vice President, The Law Society

Stephanie was admitted as a solicitor in 2002 and has a wealth of experience in corporate governance, regulatory frameworks and professional regulation.  

She holds a Master of Laws in public law and global governance from King’s College, University of London. She is also a Council member of the Law Society of England and Wales representing the Women Lawyers Division, she is the Past Honorary Secretary of the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society and a solicitor member of the Joint Tribunal Service.

Stephanie is a former member of the Law Society's Council Membership Committee, a former member of the Law Society’s Regulatory Affairs Board, an ex-officio committee member of the Women Lawyers Division and former Chair of the Conduct Committee. She also holds a number of statutory appointments with her local authority.


Richard McKenna
Richard McKenna, Director and Co-founder, Inclusive Employers

Richard McKenna is Managing Director and co-founder of Inclusive Employers, the UK’s first membership organisation for employers committed to workplace inclusion.

Inclusive Employers provides organisations with practical inclusion support through membership, learning and consultancy as well as the Inclusive Employers Standard accreditation scheme.

Other roles have included Chair of the Prime Minister’s Champion Group for Dementia Friendly Employers, trustee of The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme and Chair of The African Palliative Care Association (UK).

In 2013 Richard created National Inclusion Week, the annual campaign to encourage greater workplace inclusion. In 2019, over 2500 organisations took part in activities across the globe, with an estimated employee reach of five million colleagues and a global commitment to making inclusion an everyday reality. 


James Iveson
James Iveson, Senior Legal Counsel, N Brown Group Plc

James trained at Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester before qualifying as a Commercial & IT Associate in 2012.

At Addleshaw Goddard, James completed in-house secondments at The Co-operative Group and William Hill Online (Gibraltar). These experiences provided James with an excellent foundation for a career in-house and James made his first move in-house in 2015.

In 2016 James joined N Brown Group Plc as Legal Counsel, advising on a variety of legal matters, focussing on business-critical IT and commercial contracts. In 2019 James became Senior Legal Counsel at N Brown Group and is the key business partner between Legal and IT.


Naomi Bentley-Lawson
Naomi Bentley-Lawson, Senior Solicitor, Young People’s Legal Service, Warwickshire County Council

Naomi qualified in 2006 in private practice but now has over 12 years’ experience working in local authorities for safeguarding of children.

Naomi won SLG Young Solicitor of the Year in March 2011 and later that year won Solicitor of the Year (In-house) at the Law Society Excellence Awards. She is currently a Senior Solicitor in the Young People’s Legal Service (YPLS) at Warwickshire County Council, leading on their external work and also advising the Council as a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. YPLS won the Excellence In-house Award in 2019.


James Palmer
James Palmer, Chair and Senior Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

James Palmer is the Chair and Senior Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, he joined the firm as a trainee in 1986 and became partner in 1994.

He is one of the UK’s leading corporate solicitors, and has worked on mergers and acquisitions, hostile takeovers, regulatory investigations and business crises with numerous global companies. He advises on Brexit and is chair of Reform, a think tank working to make public services better and smarter. 


Nick Emmerson
Nicholas Emmerson, Partner, Gateley Plc

Nicholas Emerson sits on the Law Society Board and represents Leeds on the Law Society Council.  He is the current President of Leeds Law Society.

Nicholas trained in London and practiced in Tokyo for five years before returning to London.  He later practiced in Leeds, Hong Kong, Shanghai and London again. He then returned home to Yorkshire and was a partner at Gateley Plc in Leeds when it became the first English law firm to list in 2015.

Nicholas also speaks Japanese and is qualified to practice law in England and Wales, the State of California, Hong Kong and Ireland.


Amy Bell
Amy Bell, Director, Teal Compliance

Amy Bell is a Compliance Consultant with many years’ experience working with law firms and launched Amy Bell Compliance in 2017 and Teal Compliance in January 2018.

Teal provide support to law firms to help staff understand compliance and how to apply risk management principles to improve client service and efficiencies.

Amy is a member and former Chair of the Law Society's Money Laundering Task Force which represents Solicitors to Government and in Europe. She wrote the Law Society's Anti-Bribery Toolkit, Anti Money Laundering courses, and co-wrote the 4th edition of Solicitors and Money Laundering.


Sophie Gould
Sophie Gould, Head of Learning & Development, F-LEX Legal

Sophie Gould is Head of Learning & Development at F-LEX Legal - an award winning legal tech startup helping law firms and organisations manage a flexible work force and supporting lawyers to make smarter life/work choices. 

Sophie trained as a lawyer in the City and worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. As part of her portfolio career Sophie runs various L&D/networking forums for in-house lawyers and mentors junior lawyers. She also works with schools and organisations to promote social mobility within the legal profession, working with The Social Mobility Business Partnership and Aspiring Solicitors. 

Outside of work she is happily married with three sons and enjoys morning walks along the beach with her two dogs.


David Gilroy
David Gilroy, Managing Director, Conscious Solutions

David Gilroy is the Managing Director at Conscious Solutions, the UK’s leading provider of websites & digital marketing to law firms.

He is one of the company’s founders & has personally worked with over 300 law firms on digital marketing strategies, website design, email marketing, lead conversion, social media, SEO, PPC and CRM. He’s an engaging and challenging presenter at legal marketing & in-house seminars all over the UK & internationally.


Rishi Dastidar
Rishi Dastidar, Head of Brand, Brandpie

Rishi Dastidar has a dual career as a copywriter and as a poet, having written for a wide number of different brands including O2, EDF Energy, Skoda, EY, Barclays and Spotify.

Currently Head of Brand Language at independent branding consultancy Brandpie, in 2018 he served as a jury member for the D&AD Awards, and is also a long-standing member of 26, the organisation for creative writers in advertising and design.

His poetry has been published by Financial Times, New Scientist and London’s Southbank Centre amongst many others. He also serves as chair of the London-based writer development organisation Spread The Word.


Michael Culver
Michael Culver, Partner and Head of Private Client, Bolt Burdon Solicitors

Michael Culver is the chairman of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), a Partner and head of Private Client at Bolt Burdon Solicitors in Islington.

Michael is a Court of Protection Panel Deputy, a Fully Accredited Member of SFE, a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), a full member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), a Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) and a member of the Association of Tax Technicians (ATT).

Patricia Wass
Patricia Wass, Consultant, Enable Law

Patricia Wass has over 35 years' experience working as a Solicitor dealing with all aspects of Private Client law. 

Patricia is a Consultant in the Mental Capacity Team at Enable Law (part of the Foot Anstey group). She is a Past Chair of the Law Society Private Client Section and is also the immediate Past Worldwide Chair of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

She has acted as a Panel Deputy for the Office of the Public Guardian. Patricia lectures regularly and contributes articles to legal journals. She is named as a 'Top Ranked' Leader in her Field by Chambers UK Legal Directory.


Natalie Byrom
Natalie Byrom, Director of Research and Learning, The Legal Education Foundation

Dr Natalie Byrom is Director of Research at The Legal Education Foundation where she leads work on their Smarter Justice programme. In 2020, the Foundation announced the development of a new strategic initiative, the UK Access to Justice Lab, which aims to improve the evidence base for what works in assisting individuals understand and use the law, and address gaps in research about the outcomes people secure in relation to their legal problems.

Dr Byrom is part of the BBC𠊎xpert Women Network and her writing has been featured in the national and legal press.She sits on the Administrative Justice Council and has been seconded to the UK government as Expert Advisor on Open Data and Academic Engagement.

Her final report to government set out a series of recommendations for the ways in which the data architecture underpinning online court projects should be developed to ensure that access to justice is upheld and enhanced. Most recently, she led a rapid consultation for the Civil Justice Council which aimed to explore the impact of COVID-19 on the Civil Justice System.

Ruth Daniel
Ruth Daniel, Chief Executive, Access to Justice Foundation

Ruth Daniel is the Chief Executive of the Access to Justice Foundation, a grant making charity which aims to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable in society.

She works closely with the advice and pro bono sectors to help provide access to legal advice for those who need it but cannot afford it.


Caroline Sheppard
Caroline Sheppard OBE, Chief Adjudicator, Penalty Traffic Tribunal

A barrister by background, Caroline Sheppard has since been instrumental in driving the user-centric approach to dispute resolution that typifies the TPT’s operations.

Caroline is a digital champion, taking a leading role in the development of the TPT’s award-winning online appeals management system. She was awarded an OBE in the summer of 2017, having received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the parking and traffic industry.

She is a Member of the Administrative Justice Council, and in 2016 became a member of the Council of ‘Justice’, the all-party law reform and human rights organisation.

She is also a member of the management committee of the Public Chairs Forum. Caroline recently stepped down as Chair of the Directors of the Whitefield Multi-Academy Trust, the largest special educational needs provider in Europe, specialising in education for children and students with autism and visual impairment, a position she held for many years.


Mary Kyle, Head of Financial and Professional Services Technology, City of London Corporation

Marcus Hayes
Marcus Hayes MBE, Managing Director, Mason Hayes

Marcus Hayes heads up award-winning law firm, Mason Hayes.

Marcus was shortlisted for the 2013, 2015 and 2019 Law Society Solicitor of the Year award. In 2015, he was highly commended in the same category. Marcus won the A1 National Legal Award for the UK’s best telecoms litigator. He is rated as one of the notable practitioners for dispute resolution in the North West in Chambers.

In 2009 he established his own charity, The Mason Hayes Charitable Trust. The Trust has helped to widen access to careers in the law. Its work was shortlisted in the Widening Participation category at The Times 2013 Higher Education Awards. In 2019, Marcus was awarded an MBE for his services to the law and to legal education.


Parvien Akhtar
Parvien Akthar, Director, Bright Legal Solicitors

Parvien Akhtar completed her training in London and qualified as a Solicitor in December 1998.

Parvien is the founding Director of Bright Legal Solicitors a firm specialising in litigation in Leicester and is a committee member of the Law Society’s Small Firm’s Division and chair of the training and education sub-committee at the Leicestershire Law Society.


Kiran Radhakrishnan
Kiran Radhakrishnan Head of Newcastle Hub, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Kiran is head of the Newcastle Hub at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. He is a corporate lawyer who qualified in 2014.
Rachael Heenan
Rachael Heenan, Senior Partner, Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Rachael Heenan is Senior Partner at Capsticks Solicitors LLP who are the leading specialists in the healthcare, housing and regulatory sectors.

As well as leading the firm, she works with clients in the health and social care, regulatory and housing sectors on employment and governance issues as well as wider business strategy and communications. Her practice includes handling high profile executive cases, major national organisational change, GDPR, TUPE, and complex medical issues.


Mary Kaye
Mary Kaye, Partner and Head of Family, Shakespeare Martineau

Mary Kaye heads the Family Team at Shakespeare Martineau’s Birmingham office and is a highly respected family law practitioner who joined Shakespeare Martineau as a Partner in 2006.

Mary specialises in all aspects of family law with particular expertise in international family law. Mary also specialises in children work and has been a member of The Children Panel for over 15 years.

Mary has extensive experience in representing clients in the Family Court and is one of the few family lawyers in Birmingham who almost exclusively undertakes her own advocacy. Mary was president of the Law Society from 2012 to 2013. Mary is currently Representative for Birmingham & District for The Law Society and sits on the Council of Birmingham Law Society.


Roger Bull
Roger Bull, Managing Partner, Burges Salmon

Since 2018 Roger Bull has been the Managing Partner of Burges Salmon and is the first person to hold this role after training at the firm in 1995. 

Roger became a partner since 2003 and was Head of the firm’s Employment Unit between 2011-2018, specialising in major restructuring, executive severance, discrimination and internal investigations. In his current role as Managing Partner, Roger is a Board Member and chairs the firm’s Departmental and Business Services committees.

He is passionate about social mobility and was a trustee for 10 years at We The Curious (Bristol’s wonderful science centre). Personal interests include financing his two teenage daughters’ fashion habits, walking and running.


Individual awards

Helen Mountfield
Helen Mountfield QC, Barrister, Matrix Chambers

Helen Mountfield QC is a barrister at Matrix Chambers in London, well known for her work in constitutional and public law, equality law and human rights.  

She has appeared in over 20 cases in the Supreme Court, including the Miller case on Article 50, and a number of cases establishing important equality principles. Helen sits as a judge in several jurisdictions, including as a justice of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, and as a deputy High Court judge, and is an experienced mediator.   

She is also the Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford, renowned for its sector-leading work in broadening participation in elite higher education and advocacy for social and intellectual diversity.


Sanchita Hosali
Sanchita Hosali, Director, British Institute of Human Rights

Sanchita Hosali is a recognised expert in human rights and equality law, policy and practice, with twenty years of working both in the UK and internationally.

As Director at BIHR Sanchita provides strategic leadership and management, overseeing operations, with a lead role in policy and campaigning. Sanchita regularly provides commentary on human rights issues in the UK, focusing on the impact of the law for people in their everyday lives.

She is involved in a number of leadership mentoring schemes to increase the legal literacy of public officials across the UK. She has presented evidence to devolved assemblies and Westminster parliaments, European Committees and Commissioners, and at various UN forums.


Amy Clowrey
Amy Clowrey, Associate Solicitor, Switalskis

Amy Clowrey is the Immediate Part Chair of the Junior Lawyers Division (“JLD”) and an Associate Solicitor with Switalskis child abuse team representing victims of historical abuse.

Amy is also a committee member of the Huddersfield Law Society Twinning with Uganda Group and in 2017 delivered training to Ugandan lawyers. Last year Amy spoke at the American Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division conference on issues affecting junior lawyers.

She has also held posts with the Leeds JLD and the Huddersfield and Halifax JLD. In 2018, Amy was awarded the Rising Star of the Year Award at the Modern Law Awards.


Charlotte Parkinson
Charlotte Parkinson, Chair, Junior Lawyers Division, The Law Society

Charlotte is the current chair of the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society, representing the interests of junior lawyers in the legal profession.

This is Charlotte's fifth year as a member of the JLD's executive committee. Outside of the JLD, Charlotte is an Associate in the Litigation team at Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds.


Andrew Harris
Andy Harris, Partner, Hazlewoods
Andy Harris is a Partner in the Legal Team at specialist accountancy firm Hazlewoods and has worked very closely with law firms for over 20 years. 

Andy regularly contributes articles to the legal press, lectures nationally on the SRA Accounts Rules and other compliance issues and is lead author of the Law Society’s LMS Financial Benchmarking Survey.  He is also a committee member of the ICAEW’s Solicitors Advisory Group and a former director of the Institute of Legal Finance and Management.
Nadia Biles-Davies
Nadia Biles Davies, Chief Operating Officer, Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Nadia Biles Davies is Sharpe Pritchard’s Chief Operating Officer, where she works with the senior leadership team to put into effect strategic people, operations and marketing initiatives to meet the key aims of the business.

Nadia ensures the effective and efficient alignment of all core functions including HR, teams, business support and client service as well as internal and external communications, policies and process.

Following a successful career as a practising solicitor and law firm partner, Nadia uses her understanding of lawyers and law firms in practice to work with both legal and non legal teams to drive operational excellence.

She has a track record of success in driving business growth and success together with award winning strategic marketing initiatives. Along the way, she has also completed the CIPD diploma in human resource management.
Nadia is also the Vice Chair of The Law Society’s Law Management Committee


Anu Kaura
Anu Kaura, Head of Legal, Malhotra Group plc

Anu Kaura is the head of the Legal department at the Malhotra Group, and sits as the Vice Chair of the Law Society In-House Division.

She is also a member of the Newcastle Law Society. Anu views all these engagements as achievements not just for herself, but also as permitting her to represent the interests of in-house lawyers so that the North East locality receives the utmost support.

She has spent over 16 years dealing with private, union and legal aid funded work prior to joining Malhotra Group PLC in 2017, where she has broadened my spectrum to advise on a vast array of specialisms.


Chris Fox
Chris Fox, Chief Legal Officer, Kambi Group plc

Chris Fox is the Chief Legal Officer for Kambi Group plc and is responsible for the Legal, Regulatory and Compliance functions.

His team is comprised of 15 lawyers and legal professionals and provides strategic support to all areas of the business.  Since joining Kambi, Chris has also led on a number of change management programmes to stream-line legal processes, resulting in improved efficiency, cost savings and reduced risk. 

Chris previously worked as a strategy consultant and lawyer at Accenture plc, Eversheds LLP and Vodafone Group plc.


Kayleigh Leonie
Kayleigh Leonie, Senior Solicitor, Macfarlanes LLP

Kayleigh Leonie is a solicitor specialising in employment law at Macfarlanes and a trustee of LawCare, a charity which supports good mental health and wellbeing in the legal community.

Kayleigh is passionate about positive mental health in the legal profession and has undertaken research, written articles and published best practice guidance on this topic on behalf of the Law Society. Kayleigh regularly speaks at events and holds roundtables for employers to share best practice.

Kayleigh also sits on the Law Society’s Employment Law Committee and was awarded highly commended at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards 2019 in the Solicitor of the Year category.


Prisca Wharton
Prisca Wharton, Real Estate Group Associate, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Prisca Victoria Wharton is an associate in the Real Estate Group at CMS.

Prisca specialises in real estate asset management for pension funds and multinational corporations and has also played a key role in multiple development projects and regeneration schemes as well as advised financial institutions on the financing of developments around the country.

She also previously sat on the Law Society Council representing trainee solicitors and LPC students and spent one year as sponsorship director for the Manchester Trainee Solicitors’ Group.  

Prisca studied German with Italian at Warwick University and then enrolled on the GDL. She undertook an LLM in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, also at Warwick University.


Glynis Wright
Glynis Wright, Founder, Glynis Wright & Co

Glynis Wright is the founder of Glynis Wright & Co, after becoming a lawyer in her early 40’s.

Within 5 years of qualifying as a Solicitor, she set up her own firm specialising in family law. The firm grew rapidly and now employs 18 staff in total. The firm has won multiple legal and business awards and is now a leading provider of family law services in the Midlands.

Glynis Wright & Co were the 2018 winners of Law Firm of the Year (Small) in the Law Society Excellence Awards. Glynis is the President of the Leicestershire Law Society for 2019/2020 having served on the Executive Committee of the Law Society for the past five years.


Rachel Roche
Rachel Roche, Founder, Roche Legal

Rachel Roche is an experienced private client solicitor and the recipient of the inaugural Law Society’s Sole Practitioner of the Year award.

She founded Roche Legal in 2014, a niche practice specialising in Wills and Probate, Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection and Missing Persons’ Law. This was followed by the firm’s sister site, an online service for Wills and LPAs. 

Rachel has a keen interest in cross border estates, solving worrying legal problems for her elderly and vulnerable clients, and using technology to make things as easy as possible for her clients and team.


Fiona Woolf
Dame Fiona Woolf DBE

Fiona Woolf is an energy and infrastructure lawyer with CMS Cameron McKenna who has advised over 28 governments and the World Bank on energy reforms and infrastructure, culminating in a CBE in 2002 for her contribution to the UK knowledge economy and invisible earnings.

She was President of the Law Society of England and Wales in 2006/7 and was Lord Mayor of London in 2013/14 during which she promoted the UK-based services sector, diversity and inclusion and the sustainable, low-carbon economy which she continues to promote through her honorary presidency of the Aldersgate Group.

She is also a Trustee of the Science Museum Group. Her DBE is for services to law, diversity and inclusion and the City of London.


Heidi Sandy, Chair, Women Lawyers Division, The Law Society
Biography to be completed shortly.
Sara Chandler
Sara Chandler, Chair, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee, The Law Society

Sara Chandler is a solicitor in London South Bank University’s Legal Advice Clinic, a Council Member of the Law Society, past President of the Westminster & Holborn Law Society, and past President of the South London Law Society.

She worked 15 years in Law Centres, 5 years in legal aid firms and 9 years at the University of Law before joining LSBU in 2012.

In 2016 Sara was made Honorary QC for her work in human rights, pro bono and clinical legal education. She is Chair of the Law Society’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and in 2017 was the first female President of the European Bars Federation (FBE).