Lawyers of the month -previous winners

Matt Foot Matt, a founder member of the Justice Alliance, was an organiser of the JA January event “Voices for Justice”. Matt is in the criminal team at Birnberg Peirce and is a great campaigning solicitor who fights relentlessly for justice. Fighting for legal aid is a family tradition (reported in the Guardian here) Matt wrote this blog about the Michael Foot Memorial in Plymouth, after it was despoiled with fascist graffiti. Matt, like his late great-Uncle Michael, has impeccable football taste being an Argyle fan

Leigh Webber was a solicitor and advocate at GT Stewart, and a member of the LCCSA committee, later becoming their Law Reform officer. He has subsequently joined the CPS fraud team.

Ed Jones is at HJA, and in January successfully represented somebody fighting extradition over a tragic scuba-diving death (as revealed in the Guardian here)

Demi Utay Demi has subsequently left private practice to join the CPS.

Theresa Hendrickx and Beverley Hockley  In February Theresa and Bev set up the Association of Freelance Solicitors -Theresa can be contacted by texting 07949243949. Bev’s blog against breaking the link here

Reggie Decardi-Nelson Reggie served his last day as Legal Adviser in March 2016 Based at Highbury, he started at Haringey court (Lordship Lane) 13 years ago. He has now taken up a position at the Court of Appeal Office.

Colette Kelly. Colette has joined the partnership at Shearman Bowen and Co. Colette qualified as a solicitor in 1996 , and  was previously a senior associate at Russell-Cooke and a partner at Sternberg Reed. Congratulations Colette!

Daniel Godden Daniel was at HJA for 12 years, and built up a speciality in white collar crime. He left to become a freelance consultant, then later a founding partner at Berkeley Law. Daniel is on the committee for LCCSA, and featured on the BBC documentary “Employable Me”.

Anna Morris and the Hillsborough Lawyers Birnberg Peirce & Partners took the lead, advising 74 of the families of deceased at the Inquiry. Barristers acting for the families included Anna Morris (who blogged about the experience here )

Charmaine Japaul Charmaine is a solicitor and HCA with McClartys. She serves on the LCCSA committee and organised the LCCSA team which completed the London Legal Walk

Sandra Paul A leading criminal lawyer at Kingsley Napley , Sandra Paul was quickly promoted to the KN partnership. Sandra successfully completed her trained at HJA, building up an excellent reputation for both litigation and higher court advocacy.

Eva Roszykiewicz. Eva (solicitor with GT Stewart) did a Volunteer stint with Care 4 Calais helping vulnerable refugees.

Rick Shearman and Mark Bowen Rick and Mark set up Shearman Bowen 15 years ago, and the firm celebrates that landmark this month (July 2016) Congratulations!

Pip Evans, Claire Bissett and team

I was one of many sad to see the closure of Evans Bissett solicitors. Happily, for those who don’t already know, both Pip and Claire have found a new home at Aitken Harter.

Luke Gregory  Luke has been doing outstanding work in the regulatory team led by Nicola Hill at Kingsley Napley, and has now secured a training contract at KN. Congratulations Luke!

Fallon Alexis Fallon is counsel at QEB Hollis Whiteman

Francis Fitzgibbon Francis has taken over from mark Fenhalls at Chair of CBA. He is an excellent appointment, and the LCCSA looks forward to working closely with him . Writing in defence of  human rights, FFQC said that lawyers “don’t ask to be loved, but without respect for the law our country will become nastier, poorer, and more brutish”.

Tony Meisels  Tony stood down from the LCCSA Committee at the AGM on November 7th after many years of service and in particular in recent years with distinction as Law Reform Officer. A great lawyer and a great guy, Tony is at Lewis Nedas solicitors.

Greg Powell. Congratulations Greg on being re-elected as President of the LCCSA! (Elected at AGM November 2016)

Raymond Shaw A former LCCSA President, and founding partner at SGK , Ray was awarded an honorary Life Member award of the Association, for his past and ongoing service to the Association

Mark Cotter QC. (January 2017)

Congratulations to Mark Cotter (5, St Andrews Hill) on taking silk this month. A great barrister and a good friend, I met Mark when we were both working at EFBW, and sent Mark his first brief after he was called to the bar. He was the last man standing on my stag weekend, and attended LCCSA Conferences in Madrid and Ghent (pictured below)


Well done Mark on your deserved appointment -and good luck!

Charlotte Watts

Charlotte was the inspiration for and organiser of the event “the Lammy Review- a conversation”. An outstanding advocate and tenacious fighter for justice, Charlotte is counsel at 2 Hare Court.

Diana Payne

Diana is a partner at Blackfords solicitors. She is also training officer for the LCCSA, responsible for delivering a wide range of talks, lectures and events for members. Her report for the last year as delivered at the AGM can be seen here.