Junior Lawyers Division announces a new executive committee for 2020-21
The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is pleased to announce the results of our recent executive committee elections.
Congratulations to Suzanna Eames (vice chair), Farah Ali (student representative), Callum Reed, Charlotte Lakin and Emma Wilson for their election success. Our new executive committee is headed by Manda Banerji, incoming JLD chair.
We would like to thank all those who stood for a position and the JLD national committee for their assistance in the election process.
Outgoing chair Charlotte Parkinson says:
“Following the JLD executive handover on 7 November, I have now formally stepped down from my role as chair of the JLD and have handed over to the new chair Manda Banerji (formerly vice chair). I wish Manda and the new executive committee members every success for their year ahead.
"A huge thank you to the outgoing executive committee members, Adam Hattersley and Greg Smith (who both spent four years representing junior lawyers on the executive committee) and Mollie Ferguson (who continued to support the executive committee from Australia when she moved there earlier this year), along with all the other committee members, for their dedication throughout what has been a very different year.
"I would also like to thank our membership for engaging with the JLD committee and supporting the work we do. This input has shaped our policy work, particularly regarding the Solicitors Qualifying Examination and also in understanding the very different issues many junior lawyers faced in the pandemic across England and Wales. I wish you all the best for the future.
"Finally, a thank you to our immediate past-chair, Amy Clowrey, for her continued support this year and friendship.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed representing junior lawyers over the past five years, starting as LPC representative to then chairing the JLD this last year. It's been an exceptionally rewarding journey to support the most junior in our profession.
"We have achieved a great deal over the past 12 months, despite circumstances, which has only been possible due to the committee's consistent hard work, resilience and untiring determination. I am excited to see what the JLD achieves over the coming years on behalf of junior lawyers.”
The JLD focus for 2020-21 will include:
- access to the profession (including supporting members through the introduction the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) to qualify as a solicitor)
- supporting junior lawyers facing barriers to progression
- continuing to promote resilience and wellbeing in the profession (including supporting members through issues arising from the pandemic)
- protection of junior lawyers, including continuing to raise awareness of bullying and sexual harassment issues in the workplace
- access to justice