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News from the JLD


On 1 November, the new committee of the Devon & Somerset JLD for 2018/2019 were appointed and would like to take this opportunity to introduce themselves.


Hannah Porter -  Co-Chair

Hannah is a solicitor at Family Law Co specialising in divorce and financial matters and joins the committee as Co-Chair.


Hannah looks forward to working closely with Co-Chair Ben Butterworth in leading the committee to continued success this year. Hannah intends to build upon the good work of last year’s committee by increasing the charitable donations of the committee and providing a range of interesting and engaging events for junior lawyer to attend; assisting them to build their networks and interact with a variety of young lawyers across the region.


Ben Butterworth - Co-Chair

Ben is a second year trainee solicitor at Michelmores LLP, currently sitting in the Transactional Real Estate team.  Ben has returned to the committee for the second year having acted as Sports Secretary last year.


In his role as Co-Chair, Ben hopes to build on the committee's previous excellent work and to support the JLD in becoming an even more inclusive forum for junior lawyers across Devon and Somerset to socialise, develop professional skills and engage with the community.


Amelia Newman - Vice Chair

Amelia is a newly qualified solicitor in the Real Estate team at Ashfords and returns to the committee for the second year following her role as Social Secretary last year.


Amelia is hoping to use her role as Vice Chair to further promote the growth of the society, strengthen its relationship with sponsors and ensure that the society remains an enjoyable and varied place for members to make new connections.



Emily Bowden - Treasurer

Emily is a second year Trainee at Ashfords LLP currently sitting in the Construction and Infrastructure team. Emily was Treasurer for the DSJLD last year and is very pleased to be Treasurer for the second year running.


Emily is keen to continue supporting the committee in hosting social, charitable and educational events which are the most rewarding for members whilst also enabling the committee and its members to raise impressive donations for charity.



Sophie Tucker - Secretary 

Sophie is a second year trainee at Ashfords LLP, currently sitting in the Property Litigation team and is new member of the DSJLD as the Secretary for the Committee.


Sophie will work closely with all members of the committee to ensure that it runs efficiently in the coming year. Sophie hopes to increase membership from firms across Devon and Somerset and assist with promoting the events and activities undertaken by JLD.


Megan Sly - Communications Secretary

Megan is a first year trainee at Foot Anstey LLP, currently sitting within the Corporate team. Megan is newly elected to the JLD committee as communications secretary.


Megan's goal for the upcoming year is to continue to develop the JLD's social media platforms, and increase interest in events through preparing the communications around them.


Grace Blackburn – National Representative


Grace is a second year trainee at Foot Anstey LLP. She is a new member of the JLD committee and is excited to begin her role at the National Representative for 2018/2019.


As the National Representative, Grace will be the voice of junior lawyers in Devon and Somerset at the national forum and hopes to improve communication and transparency between the two societies. Grace aims to provide regular updates to members on developments at a national level which will have an impact on the growth and development of junior lawyers.

Jessica ClementsSocial Secretary

Jessica is a first year Trainee at Dunn & Baker and joins the committee as Social Secretary for 2018/2019.


Jessica is looking forward to organising events not just only for JLD members but also events that will be open to DASLS members and other young professionals in the area. By running a wide range of events and working closely with other members of the committee Jessica hopes to encourage new members to join the JLD and build on relations with those already playing a supporting role.


Lydia Robinson - Education Secretary

Lydia is a first year trainee at Michelmores LLP, currently sitting in the Transactional Real Estate team.


She is a new member of the DSJLD and is excited to join as Education Representative on the committee. She is looking forward to organising relevant training sessions for junior lawyers interested in improving their knowledge, as well as informative events to encourage those considering law as a career.


Isobel Massey – Charity Representative

Isobel Massey is a second year Trainee at Ashfords LLP.  

Isobel returns to the JLD Committee as Charity Representative having served as Education Representative last year.  Isobel is a keen fundraiser and enjoys volunteering for the Wave Project, a charity that helps vulnerable young people improve their health and well-being through surf therapy.


Continuing the trend from last year, Isobel is looking forward to supporting another local charity by organising various fundraising events throughout the year.  The charity itself will be released in due course, so watch this space!  Isobel aims to work closely with the other committee members to ensure that there is a charity aspect to every JLD event.



Omar Mahboob – Sports Representative 

Omar is a newly qualified Solicitor in the Employment team at Michelmores LLP.


As the newly appointed Sports Representative of the DSJLD it is Omar’s ambition to engage and bring together junior lawyers of all levels and abilities through the medium of sport.  Omar also looks forward to collaborating with DASLS and fellow JLD committee members in growing the presence of the DSJLD through jointly coordinated events and ventures.


Holly Crook - Diversity and Equality Representative

Holly is a first year trainee at The Family Law Company. Holly is a new member of the DSJLD and joins as Diversity Representative.


Holly is looking forward to helping continue the great work of the DSJLD. Holly is also excited to look at ways in which she can assist in promoting diversity within DSJLD with a particular focus on how DSJLD can encourage and assist people from a range of backgrounds to embark on a career in law.


Rosie RidgersSomerset Representative

Rosie is a second year Trainee at Everys and will be qualifying into the Wills and Probate department in April 2019. Rosie has previously enjoyed attending a variety of JLD events, from socials and sporting events, to educational and career based events. Rosie is now looking forward to contributing to the work of the JLD Committee as Somerset Representative.


Rosie's aim for this year is to enhance the JLD presence in Somerset and increase membership in Somerset firms. Rosie would also like to improve ties between Devon and Somerset junior lawyers. Rosie hopes to provide a voice for Somerset JLD members within the committee and better opportunities for Somerset junior lawyers to benefit from what the JLD has to offer.












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