Junior Lawyers Division committee members
The following people are members of the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) committee:
- Suzanna Eames – chair
- Darja Cernobrivec – vice chair (profile coming soon)
- Priscilla Adu – LPC student/trainee representative
- Callum Reed
- Emma Wilson
- Farah Ali
- Rebekah Sutcliffe
- Daniel George Peacock
- Victoria Zinzan
- Sinéad McGrath
- Manda Banerji – ex officio chair
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact the executive committee.
The following are JLD representatives on the Law Society Council:
Every month, the Law Society Gazette publishes an article written by a member of the Junior Lawyers Division. Read the Gazette articles.
Suzanna Eames – chair
Suzanna is an associate at Farrer & Co in London, specialising in private family law with a focus on complex financial remedy cases.
Before qualifying, she graduated from the University of Cambridge and studied the BPTC at BPP University. After completing pupillage at a specialist family chambers, she completed the QLTS and requalified as a solicitor.
Suzanna is actively involved with the Westminster and Holborn Law Society, having previously been chair of their Junior Lawyers Division. During this time, she sat on the JLD national committee as the representative for Westminster and Holborn.
Suzanna is looking forward to working with the executive committee to represent junior lawyers over the upcoming year.
Priscilla Adu – LPC student/trainee representative
Priscilla is a trainee solicitor working in the education law department at IBB Law LLP.
She completed her masters' in law at BPP University which incorporated the LPC in 2019, and graduated in 2020.
Priscilla chose to stand as a student representative because she wants everyone who has a passion for the legal profession to have access to it, irrespective of their background, social standing, or the colour of their skin.
She plans to raise awareness of the issues students are currently facing with a view to incite change in the profession and improve it for the better.
She also pledges to raise awareness of alternative routes available to students seeking to qualify, whilst being transparent about her own route to qualification.
Callum studied law at the University of Exeter, completing the course in 2018. He is now studying the LPC LLM part-time at Cardiff University, alongside working at Geldards LLP as a knowledge management assistant.
Outside of work, Callum is an advocate for improving access to the profession. He is a brand ambassador for the Corporate Law Academy (a platform that helps students on their training contract journey) whilst also being an active member of Aspiring Solicitors.
Callum was appointed as the student representative for 2019/2020. He is looking forward to working with the team as he continues to ensure the profession is accessible to everyone – irrespective of their background.
Callum can be contacted via LinkedIn.
Emma graduated from University of Kent in 2010 before completing her LPC at College of Law, Moorgate.
Emma was a paralegal at Addleshaw Goddard LLP, DWF LLP and Gateley Plc in Leeds before securing her training contract with Gateley Plc. Emma qualified in September 2019 and is a corporate associate at Mills & Reeve LLP’s Leeds office.
Alongside her role on the JLD executive committee, Emma also holds a committee role in the young professionals networking group P100 Club in Leeds.
Emma is excited to work with the rest of the executive committee on raising issues affecting junior lawyers from all backgrounds.
Farah is a trainee solicitor at DLA Piper in the Manchester office. She studied law at Lancaster University and completed the LPC MSc at the University of Law.
Farah was previously elected as the JLD's student representative for 2020/2021 and now looks forward to working with the new committee in her two-year term as an Executive Committee Member.
She remains committed to ensuring that the JLD is an inclusive network for all members and has a particular interest in monitoring the implementation and accessibility of the SQE.
Farah can be contacted on LinkedIn or Twitter.
Rebekah is a trainee solicitor at Clifton Ingram LLP in Berkshire and is due to qualify in March 2022.
Prior to her training contract, Rebekah read Law at Leeds Beckett University and went on to study the LPC at the University of Sheffield.
Having graduated from the University of Sheffield, Rebekah subsequently worked as a paralegal in various disciplines including personal injury, commercial litigation, corporate and commercial before successfully securing her training contract in 2019.
Rebekah has actively been involved with the Junior Lawyers Division on a regional level for several years, and is the current chair of the Junior Lawyers Division for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire.
Alongside her JLD commitments, Rebekah also holds a committee role on the Thames Valley Young Professionals networking group in Reading, as well as acting as a mentor to law students and aspiring solicitors.
Rebekah is really excited to be working with the executive committee to represent junior lawyers over the next two years.
Rebekah can be contacted on LinkedIn.
Daniel George Peacock
Daniel graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2017 having completed his LLB, LPC and LLM.
Daniel has worked at several specialist firms in the Newcastle and Durham area since graduating, and qualified into a litigation and dispute resolution role in 2022.
Alongside his role on the executive committee, Daniel held vital positions in his local JLDs, Newcastle & North East JLD and the Sunderland Law Society, over the last 3 years.
Daniel is thrilled to have been elected to the JLD executive committee and is excited to work with the rest of the team.
He is particularly interested in increasing the engagement of local JLDs and law societies up and down the county.
Victoria is currently a trainee solicitor who will be qualifying in September 2022. Victoria studied law at Keele University before completing her LPC LLM at the University of Law in Birmingham.
Victoria has gained a vast amount of experience in property law during her training contract but now specialises in clinical negligence which is where her passion lies.
Victoria is chair of the Worcestershire Junior Lawyers Division and plays an active role in supporting junior lawyers and has a keen interest in supporting and raising awareness of lawyer’s wellbeing, mental health and avoiding burnout.
Victoria is honoured to have been elected into this role and looks forward to working with the rest of the committee over the next two years.
Sinéad studied geography at Edge Hill University before completing her GDL and part-time LPC at Liverpool John Moores University. Her interest in the energy sector led to Sinéad studying her LLM focusing on the impact Brexit is set to have on the UK's energy sector.
Sinéad worked in a high street personal injury firm whilst studying her LPC, eventually progressing to a paralegal role at a national firm specialising in financial litigation.
Sinéad is a paralegal at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP specialising in commercial real estate and has enjoyed the opportunity of a client secondment during her first year with the firm.
Sinéad was elected as student representative for the national JLD committee in 2017 and has spent two years in this role assisting the executive committee with events aimed at LPC students and graduates.
In June 2019 Sinéad was elected to the Law Society Council on behalf of LPC students and trainees for a two-year term. She looks forward to engaging with the executive committee of the JLD to ensure views are represented at Council.
Sinéad can be contacted via LinkedIn or Twitter to discuss any concerns members may have.
Manda is a senior associate at Freeths specialising in construction dispute resolution.
Manda was an executive committee member of the Junior Lawyers Division between 2017 and 2021, acting as chair in the final year of her tenure.
She is passionate about ensuring the profession is an accessible and inclusive one for all junior lawyers and that junior lawyers feel supported at every step of their career.
Manda will continue to support the executive committee in her ex-officio role as immediate past chair.
Council member profiles
Profiles coming soon
How to join the JLD committee
The JLD holds elections every year for positions on its executive committee.
There are usually six vacancies, which include the position of vice chair, LPC student representative and four 'free' seats (not specifically designated seats).
All the seats are for two years apart from the LPC student seat which is for one year.
Nominations open in September and usually close in mid-October with the new committee starting in mid-November.
Look out for information on the JLD website in September about the JLD committee elections.
The JLD Council member positions are managed through the Law Society’s governance team. Elections are not as frequent as for the JLD executive committee.
Council seat vacancies will be advertised on the Junior Lawyers pages when they arise.