Junior Lawyers' DIVISION


News from the JLD


On 7 November 2019, the new committee of the Devon & Somerset JLD for 2019/20 were appointed and would like to take this opportunity to introduce themselves.


Jessica Clements - Chair

Jessica is a second year trainee at Dunn & Baker solicitors, currently sitting in the Dispute Resolution department. Jess has returned to the committee for the second year having acted as Social Secretary last year.


In her role as chair, Jess looks forward to another successful year with the committee supporting the JLD to become a larger networking group as well as increasing our charitable donation for the year and continuing to provide a number of interesting and engaging events to help junior lawyers connect across the two counties.


Holly Crook - Vice Chair

Holly is a second year trainee at The Family Law Company. Holly is a returning member of the JLD committee but this year has taken on the role as vice chair. 


Holly is looking forward to helping continue the great work of the DSJLD. Holly is also is hoping to use her role as Vice Chair to further promote the growth of the society, strengthen its relationship with sponsors. Holly will look to build upon her work as last years as diversity officer and ensure that the society remains an enjoyable and varied place for members to make new connections.


Emily Dyas - Secretary and Treasurer


Emily is a solicitor at Foot Anstey LLP in Exeter, specialising in commercial real estate. She joins the committee as both secretary and treasurer.


Emily is looking forward to supporting the committee in their ambitious plans for a busy calendar and to facilitate their fundraising goals for this year's nominated charity. Emily's goal is to promote membership and assist with the various social, educational and sporting events run by the JLD across Devon and Somerset.


If you have any queries about membership, either as an individual or group membership by a firm of solicitors, please direct your queries to Emily.


Cess Parrenas - Communications Secretary and National Representative



Cess is aiming to effectively liaise and market DSJLD on a wider scale in addition to improving the current inter-departmental communications. The goal is to get more junior lawyers and fee earners’ involvement across Devon and Somerset. By being active in various forms of social media, information will be more available and easily accessible.



Cess is aiming to ensure proper representation from the organisations inter-departments (from Diversity, Sports, Education, Socials) to the macro scheme across Devon and Somerset. She will look into and identify what issues are being faces by junior lawyers and fee earners and make sure these issues are heard in the national sphere. She will help strengthen the national JLD and open avenues for communications with the international bar of junior lawyers and fee earners.


Emily Lakeman - Social Secretary

Emily is a paralegal at Ashfords LLP and joins the committee as Social Secretary for 2018/2019.


Emily is looking forward to encouraging young professionals to participate in the JLD’s events. Her responsibilities will largely consist of organising a wide range of events not only for JLD members, but also events that will be open to DASLS members and other young professionals in the area.


Kimberly May - Education Secretary

Kimberley is a paralegal at The Family Law Company.


Kimberley is a new member of the DSJLD and is excited to join as Education Representative.  Having started her role at The Family Law Company as an office Junior and having progressed to paralegal, Kim is keen to ensure informative events are held to encourage those considering law as a career, alongside organising relevant training sessions for those who are looking to further develop their knowledge. 


Bethany Edmunds - Charity Representative

Bethany is a newly qualified solicitor working in-house at Devon County Council in the childcare team. She has recently moved to Exeter and is excited to be a new member of the DSJLD committee.


As Charity Representative, Bethany is looking forward to getting involved with the social and sports events to raise as much money and awareness as possible for our chosen charity.


Josh O’Neill - Sports Representative

Josh is a Trainee Solicitor at Tozers LLP in the Litigation & Employment team.


As the newly appointed Sports Representative, Josh’s ambition is to put forward an exciting and diverse programme of sporting events and activities which will appeal to all members, irrespective of their sporting and physical ability. The aim this year will be to increase participation across all events and to organise a Netball tournament to compliment our traditionally popular Football tournament and JLD v DASLS rounder’s match.”


Andra Hotomega - Diversity and Equality Representative

Andra is a first year trainee solicitor at Michelmores LLP, currently sitting in the Transactional Real Estate team. She has been an advocate for human rights, equality and diversity for many years and has presented her research projects focusing on gender equality at Paris Peace Forum in 2019.


In her role as Diversity Representative, Andra hopes to raise awareness of diversity issues in schools as well as in other public institutions and private companies. She also aims to achieve more cohesion in the local community through informal cultural events, such as food tastings.


Omar Mahboob - Somerset Representative

Omar is a Solicitor at Michelmores LLP, specialising in Employment Law.


Omar was the Sports Representative on the DSJLD last year and is very pleased to continue his involvement with the committee in the capacity of Somerset Representative.

Omar's ambition for the coming year is to enhance the JLD's profile at County level and improve the ties between the junior lawyers of Devon and Somerset.












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