LGBT+ lawyers

LGBT+ Lawyers Division Committee members

Chair: Luke Williams (he/him)

Luke Williams is a trans man who uses he/him pronouns. He is white with short dark hair and facial hair. He wears a blue shirt and stands in front of a brick background, smiling. Luke is a trans man and solicitor at NGA Law, the UK’s first fertility law firm. He joined the LGBT+ Lawyers Division Committee in November 2019 and became Chair in October 2021.

Vice-chair: Imogen Hamblin (she/her)

Imogen HamblinImogen identifies as a cis gender lesbian woman. She is an employment lawyer at Thrive Law and specialises in discrimination claims.

Imogen has recently joined the LGBT+ Lawyers Division Committee, building on her previous work to raise diversity and inclusion across the profession. Imogen is an ally and advocate on behalf of the trans and non-binary community.

Chris Barclay (he/him)Chris is a white man with no hair. The photo is in black and white, and he stands in front of a white background wearing a suit and tie. He is smiling.

Chris Barkley is a Senior Associate at Russell Cooke LLP and is a commercial property lawyer. Chris has a broad range of experience in development, investment, property finance and landlord and tenant work.

Chris has worked on a number of diversity initiatives during his career and was admitted as a solicitor in 2010.

Anna Casey-Woodward (they/them)

Anna is a non-binary lesbian associate at Royds Withy King. Their specialism is in tax and trusts, with experience in tax planning, trust creation and administration and estate administration.

Anna is passionate about LGBTQ+ representation and firms moving towards genuine belief in the benefits of diversity and away from tokenism and performative allyship.

Netanya Clixby (she/her)

Netanya ClixbyNetanya is an associate at Latham & Watkins in the derivatives and structured finance team. Netanya is also a co-chair and co-founder of the London Bisexual Network.

Philipp Engel (he/him)

Phillip EngelPhilipp is an associate at Milbank LLP, working in their leveraged finance/capital markets group.

Philipp has experience in acting for banks, funds, private equity sponsors, corporate borrowers and investors on a range of complex cross-border banking and finance transactions.

Bridget Garrood (she/her)

Bridget GarroodBridget practices as a consultant solicitor and as an accredited collaborative family lawyer. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1994 and as a member of the UK and Ireland LGBT Family Law Institute in 2019.

Bridget specialises in the financial, property and pension aspects of family breakdown and family formation, queer or straight, including prenuptial and post nuptial agreements; divorce; civil partnership; and cohabitation.

She has a national following as a champion of progressive LGBTQ legal reform and as an ally of trans and non-binary clients seeking specialist legal expertise.  

Scott Halliday (he/him)

Scott HallidayScott Halliday is a family law associate at Irwin Mitchell , specialising in complex children law issues and financial matters on separation. He has published on LGBT+ family law and human rights law issues.

He is recognised in leading legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as an expert in LGBT+ Family Law nationwide. Scott also has notable experience of appeal work in the High Court and Court of Appeal on family law issues. 

Sam John (he/him)Sam is a white man with dark hair. He is wearing a grey suit with a white shirt and a green tie, standing in front of a plan background.

Sam is an Associate at Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice in Cardiff. Sam specialises in all aspects of family law, including divorce and dissolution, matrimonial finances, cohabitee disputes, separation, prenuptial and cohabitation agreements, private children matters and injunctions.

Sam has provided legal advice on a pro bono basis to LGBTQ+ people in Cardiff and is passionate about creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. Sam became a member of the committee in October 2021.

Tom Ketteley (he/him)

Tom KetterleyTom is an assistant director in the appeals, litigation and admin review directorate at UK Visas & Immigration. He is also the training principal and responsible for supporting legal career pathways for staff based across the country.

Tom trained and practiced at Bates Wells Braithwaite specialising in immigration law before joining a public law litigation team at Government Legal Department. 

Kirsty Limacher (she/her)

Kirsty is a Senior Solicitor in the Private Client Team at Sherrards Solicitors LLP in St Albans and a founder of the firm’s LGBTQ+ & Allies networking group.

She is an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and joined our LGBT+ Lawyers Division Committee in March 2020. 

Paul Maddock (he/him)

Paul MaddockPaul is a senior associate at DWF, specialising in a range of commercial disputes including commercial contracts, shareholder matters, professional negligence claims and contentious trusts and probate.

Benedict Maguire (he/him)

Benedict MaguireBenedict is a trainee solicitor at Ince and sits on the firm’s Pride Panel. Having completed a seat in insurance law, he recently joined Ince’s regulatory team.

Prior to joining Ince, Benedict worked in the UK Parliament and US Senate. 

Eoghan McArdle (he/him)Eoghan (pronounced oh when) is a white man with light brown hair. He is wearing a suit with a white shirt and tie, and stands in front of a plain white background.

Eoghan is a solicitor who has been working at the Bank of England since 2013. He currently works in the Enforcement and Litigation Division, where he conducts financial services enforcement investigations.

He is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and Ireland, and as a New York attorney.

Helen Randall (she/her)

Helen RandallHelen Randall is a consultant and the former head of diversity at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, where she specialises in public sector corporate and commercial law. She is also the chair of Stonewall Housing, a specialist LGBT+ housing charity.

Laura Thomas (she/her)

Laura ThomasLaura is an Adult Social Care solicitor for Wigan Council in Greater Manchester, having completed her training contract at a local authority in 2020. She has previously worked in the personal injury and insurance sectors.

Laura is also a committee member for Manchester Law Society Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee. 

Jonathan Wheeler (he/him)

Jonathan WheelerJonathan is the managing partner of niche litigation practice Bolt Burdon Kemp which specialises in bringing compensation claims for seriously injured people. 

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