JLD committee members

The following people are members of the JLD Committee:

Email juniorlawyers@lawsociety.org.uk to contact the executive committee.

Find out how to join the JLD 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.

Committee members 

Manda Banerji – chair

Manda BanerjiManda studied biology at Nottingham University before completing her GDL and LPC at Nottingham Law School. After graduating, Manda started her legal career at a niche licensing firm in Nottingham where she worked as a paralegal for just over a year.

Manda then moved to a regional firm in Nottingham where she trained and later qualified as a dispute resolution solicitor in 2015. Manda now specialises in construction dispute resolution at Freeths LLP.

Manda was actively involved with the Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers Division for three years, initially sitting on the committee as marketing representative and subsequently on the JLD national committee as the representative for Nottinghamshire before being elected to the executive committee in 2017.

Manda is passionate about improving the profession for the JLD's members and is looking forward to working with the rest of the executive committee over the next two years to continue the JLD's significant policy work.

Suzanna Eames – vice chair

Suzanne EamesSuzanna 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.

Leah Caprani

Leah CapraniLeah read law with Hispanic law at UCL and spent a year of her degree studying Spanish law at Universidad Carlos III Madrid. After completing the LPC at the University of Law, Leah embarked on two solo worldwide backpacking trips before joining her current firm, Winckworth Sherwood LLP, as a law costs draftsman in 2016.

Leah now works as a paralegal within the firm's employment department and won Paralegal of the Year at the National Paralegal Awards 2019. Leah organises monthly rent arrears, family law and employment law clinics at Citizens Advice Southwark and sits on Winckworth Sherwood LLP's CSR and social committees.

Leah was previously the student representative for the JLD executive committee before being re-elected. She is the sponsorship officer for the Westminster and Holborn Law Society. Leah is passionate about lawtech and is a member of Legal Geek's Women in Lawtech group.

Leah can be contacted by Twitter or LinkedIn. 

Hannah Bignell

Hannah BignellHannah studied a three-year law degree at the University of Kent graduating in 2013 and completed her LPC LLM at the University of Law, Moorgate in 2018 before commencing her training contract at Fieldfisher LLP in London in 2018. Hannah is currently a corporate solicitor at Fieldfisher LLP.

Prior to her training contract, Hannah worked as a paralegal in the financial services regulation department at Macfarlanes LLP for two years and then at JP Morgan as a legal analyst in the futures and options department for a year.

Whilst at the University of Kent, Hannah was the founder and chair of the Kent Law Campaign Student Group, which raised over £50,000 towards building a legal advice clinic. Hannah was a Practical Law ambassador whilst at the University of Law and was on her firm's trainee social committee from September 2018 to September 2019.

Hannah currently gives ad hoc advice to pro bono clients at her firm and runs the CSR Reading Partners Scheme which involves her organising volunteers that read to children on a weekly basis at a local school. Hannah is also a mentor, particularly helping students interested in law decide on their potential career routes.

Hannah is really pleased to be elected onto the JLD executive committee and is excited to work with the rest of the team. Hannah is particularly interested in improving mental health for junior lawyers.

Hannah can be contacted on LinkedIn.

Jonathan Hodge

Jonathan HodgeJonathan is a solicitor at a boutique commercial firm in Chelmsford, having qualified at a high street firm in October 2015. As he started his career working as a researcher and speech-writer in the Houses of Parliament, it is perhaps unsurprising that upon qualification as a solicitor Jonathan chose to apply his experience to dispute resolution.

Alongside his work, Jonathan has supported many law students in their efforts to access university and the legal profession, worked pro bono for local charities and residents, and trained multiple paralegals and trainees.

For these ongoing efforts, Jonathan was named the Rising Star of the Year at the Modern Law Awards 2015, and in 2017 was Highly Commended as Junior Lawyer of the Year at both the Law Society Excellence Awards and the Solicitors’ Journal Awards.

Jonathan has obtained higher rights of audience and considers greater integration between branches of the profession to be imperative for its future.

Oliver Grech

Oliver GrechOllie is a commercial property solicitor within the real estate and projects department of Devonshires LLP in the London office. He studied law at Keele University and completed his LPC at BPP in Cambridge.

Ollie has been involved with South Essex Junior Lawyers Division for the last three years, including a position as joint chairperson for two years. He is excited to get to work with the executive committee and represent junior lawyers across England and Wales.

Charlotte Lakin Charlotte Lakin

Charlotte studied law at Brunel University, graduating in 2013. She then went onto undertake the LPC part-time at BPP whilst working, graduating in 2015.

Charlotte works in-house as a trainee solicitor for Global, the media and entertainment company. She’s Global’s first trainee and recently won the Rising Star In-House Lawyer of the Year award at the Women in Law Awards 2020.

Charlotte has a significant amount of in-house experience, having previously worked for the likes of Live Nation and the John Lewis Partnership as a paralegal. She also has private practice experience, having been seconded to CMS as a trainee and worked as a real estate paralegal for Dentons.

Charlotte is the founder of inlaw, a website which provides information to those looking to find out more about a career in-house. She set this up to help law students and junior lawyers alike. To this end, Charlotte also runs a YouTube channel on training in-house as a part of her ambition to share more about in-house opportunities.

In November 2020, Charlotte was elected to the executive committee on the 2020/21 Junior Lawyer’s Division (JLD). She previously sat on the 2017/18 JLD Executive Committee as a student representative.

Charlotte is passionate about promoting and addressing diversity and inclusion within the profession. Charlotte can be contacted on LinkedIn.

Callum Reed

Callum ReedCallum 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 Wilson

Emma WilsonEmma 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 Ali

Farah AliFarah studied law at Lancaster University and is a future trainee solicitor at DLA Piper. She is currently completing her LPC MSc at the University of Law in Manchester.

Farah enjoys creating accessible opportunities for students, having organised over 20 fundraisers as co-president of the Barnardo’s Society at university and volunteered as an ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors. Farah also has a keen interest in promoting access to justice and is a qualified adviser at Citizens Advice.

Alongside this, Farah runs her own law blog where she supports law students with navigating university life. She also regularly creates content for the Lawyer Portal and other organisations on Instagram.

Farah is committed to ensuring the JLD is an inclusive network for all members and looks forward to working with the JLD executive committee.

Amy Clowrey

Amy ClowreyAmy is a former chair of the Junior Lawyers Division who has been co-opted back onto the committee for a one-year term.

Amy qualified as a solicitor in December 2014. She initially began her working life as an intern in 2010 and subsequently became a paralegal with the same firm after graduating from the University of Huddersfield in 2012, having completed the integrated LLB Hons (Law) and master of law and practice course (LPC equivalent).

Amy thereafter completed her masters entitled the Voice of the Child in Family Proceedings - are we there yet?.

As a child abuse solicitor with Switalskis Solicitors, Amy assists survivors of historical child abuse and exploitation obtain justice for the failings of those who should have protected them.

In 2018, Amy was awarded the Rising Star of the Year Award at the Modern Law Awards

Council member profiles

Laura Uberoi (née McKoy)

Laura UberoiLaura is a real estate finance solicitor with Macfarlanes, having qualified with Farrer & Co in 2015. She was elected to the Law Society Council to represent qualified members of the JLD in July 2017 and is president of Westminster & Holborn Law Society.

Laura has law degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Melbourne and completed her LPC at Kaplan Law School. As well as private practice, Laura has spent a significant amount of time as in-house counsel on secondment, and is keen to increase engagement between all junior solicitors developing their careers regardless of whether it is in private practice, in-house or otherwise.

Before her training contract, she worked with young people in detention facilities across the UK and separately on capital punishment cases for the Texas Defender Service in the USA. Laura is passionate about social mobility and access to justice – she mentors students to encourage participation in the profession and assists with local free legal advice centres. Laura has also lectured on human rights and war crimes in the Hague and taught law across the world, including in Cambridge and Melbourne.

Laura is very keen for all members of the Law Society to get in touch with any queries or suggestions and can be contacted via email, Twitter or LinkedIn.

James Kitching

James KitchingJames studied politics and American studies at the University of Nottingham, spending a year at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He completed his GDL and LPC at Bournemouth University.

He is a corporate finance solicitor at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and spent time on secondment at LV=. He previously worked as a paralegal in wills, trusts and probate, is a former president of the South Hampshire JLD and spent three years on the JLD's executive committee.

James has an interest in all things tech, especially developments relating to lawtech and how it will impact junior lawyers.

In July 2019, James was elected on to the Law Society Council as one of the two JLD (solicitor 0-5 years' PQE) Council member representatives.

Sinéad McGrath – LPC student/trainee representative

Sinéad McGrathSinéad 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 currently 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.

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.

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