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Women Lawyers Division Committee members

The Women Lawyers Division (WLD) committee works to promote inclusion in the legal profession and celebrate the achievements of women solicitors. Details of the committee members are shown below.

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Chair: Heidi Sandy

Heidi SandyHeidi is chair of the Women Lawyers Division committee and a solicitor at law firm Mourant Ozannes. 

Sarah Austin

Sarah AustinSarah is a WLD committee member and a Law Society Council member representing women and the principal solicitor of her own firm, Austins Solicitors.

She is a member of the Judicial Appointments Commission Advisory Group and an independent person for Buckinghamshire Council and Milton Keynes Council.

Laura Barrell

Laura BarrellLaura is a WLD committee member and a commercial solicitor at Veale Wasbrough Vizards at their Watford office. She has a particular interest in dealing with consumer law issues for businesses.

I. Stephanie Boyce

Stephanie BoyceStephanie is president of the Law Society and a Law Society Council member representing women solicitors. She has a wealth of experience in corporate governance, regulatory frameworks and professional regulation.

Chantal Davies

Chantal DaviesChantal is a solicitor, professor of law, equality and diversity, and director of the Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity in the law school at the University of Chester.

She previously practised with Eversheds and headed up a legal enforcement unit at the Equal Opportunities Commission before moving into academia.

She has held a number of board positions providing expertise on equality, diversity and inclusion both locally and nationally.

Her research around gender equality and the use of positive action to address disadvantage and underrepresentation (with the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Young Women's Trust) has fed into the development of national policy and guidance in this area.

Chantal is widely published and regularly presents on equality-related issues.

Suzanne Gallagher

Suzanne GallagherSuzanne is a WLD committee member and a final seat trainee in the commercial litigation team at Devonshires Solicitors.

Stephanie Hartopp

Stephanie HartoppStephanie is a local government solicitor specialising in childcare law. She established and chairs her workplace women's staff network, which promotes equality, diversity and inclusion within local government.

Before qualifying as a solicitor, she worked in the violence against women and girls charity sector, supporting vulnerable clients and advocating for policy and legislative change.

In her spare time, Stephanie volunteers for a local charity supporting women at risk of sexual exploitation.

Amandeep Khasriya

Amandeep KhasriyaAmandeep is a senior associate in the major trauma team at Moore Barlow working exclusively for claimants in high-value, catastrophic personal injury and fatal accident cases.

As well as being the founder of Women Back to Law, Amandeep is a committee member at the Law Society Women Lawyers Division and is co-opted to the Law Society's Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

She has worked on many projects promoting gender diversity, which include speaking at their menopause resource launch event, researching into the impact of COVID-19 on women and ethnic groups, and presenting to Open University students on gender equality in the profession.

She co-founded Moore Barlow's Women in Leadership group and their Diversity and Inclusion committee. She was a keynote speaker at the Diverse Law Legal conference on gender equality in 2020 and has recently been recognised as a top 100 Future Leader in the INvole HERoes Women Role Model List 2020.

Kate Langley

Kate LangleyKate is a WLD committee member and a senior associate in RPC's white collar crime and compliance team.

Kate is a professional ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors, a social enterprise aimed at increasing diversity in the legal profession.

Lucy Lewis

Lucy LewisLucy is a partner at Lewis Silkin and head of Lewis Silkin’s office in Cardiff. Lucy represents diversity and inclusion and CSR and sustainability on the firm’s strategy board. Lucy is an employment lawyer.

Alex Loydon

Alex LoydonAlexandra is private client director at St. James’s Place Wealth Management. She has a wealth of experience in advising clients and manages the company’s private client division.

Neha Lugg

Neha LuggNeha is a knowledge lawyer in the employment, pensions and immigration team at Freeths.

She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and has recently provided input into the Women and Equalities Commission call for evidence on menopause and the workplace, which explores the extent of discrimination faced by those experiencing menopause while at work.

Neha frequently delivers training to clients on equality, diversity and inclusion issues, with a recent focus on the challenges organisations face around maintaining an inclusive culture as they implement a hybrid working model.

Neha has also recently authored an e-learning course on creating inclusive workplaces.

Margaret Obi

Margaret ObiMargaret is an independent legal consultant. She specialises in advising on serious fraud and international crime.

She is also an independent reviewer, legal assessor and chair for various bodies. In 2018, she was appointed as a deputy High Court judge.

Emma Sutcliffe

Emma SutcliffeEmma is a partner in the disputes team at Simmons & Simmons LLP in London. She is the co-chair and founding member of the firm's women's network and a senior lead on the firm's gender balance committee.

Ariel White-Tsimikalis

Ariel White-TsimikalisAriel is a partner at Goodwin Procter.

She specialises in equity capital markets and has considerable experience advising issuers (and their boards), investment banks and controlling shareholders on initial public offerings (IPOs) and secondary offerings; general public company advisory matters; and corporate governance (in particular, the 'G' and 'S' aspects of ESG (environmental, social and governance) matters).

As one of only a handful of black female partners in London’s Top 20 law firms, she is a passionate advocate and mentor for women and black lawyers.

Elizabeth Turner

Elizabeth LangleyLiz is a WLD committee member and in-house head of legal and compliance at Sophian Limited in Harrogate.

Liz has over 18 years of post-qualification experience and has spent seven years teaching property law to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Niresha Umaichelvam

Niresha UmaichelvamNiresha is part of the WLD committee and a highly motivated and passionate community care and human rights solicitor at GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates, based in their central London office.

Niresha is committed to striving for equality and raising awareness through campaigning on issues affecting women, with experience of advocating and lobbying through both her legal and non-legal practice.

She has a particular interest in campaigning for issues affecting women within underrepresented and cultural contexts, driven by a desire of effecting change on a daily basis.

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