Lawyers of the year 2016

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 is a solicitor and advocate at GT Stewart, and a new member of the LCCSA committee. In January he succesfully appealed to the High Court a DJ decision to refuse a bail application (story here) In November he became the LCCSA Law Reform officer.

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 is a great lawyer and lovely person,left private practice to join the CPS this year. see you in Court!

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

Felicity Gerry QC (lead counsel in Supreme Court case on Joint Enterprise-R v JOGEE)  A special mention for all who campaigned hard to end the injustice of Joint Enterprise cases, including the JENGbA campaign and Just For Kids law. See this blog by Greg Stewart for commentary on the JOGEE case.

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

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 leaves to become a freelance consultant – you can teach him by email dgodden1979@hotmail.co.uk or call/text 07752870536. Daniel is on the committee for LCCSA, and featured on the BBC documentary “Employable Me”.  Good luck Daniel!

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. Charmaine organised the LCCSA team which completed the London Legal Walk for charity (info and sponsorship here)

Sandra Paul A leading criminal lawyer at Kingsley Napley , congratulations to outstanding lawyer Sandra Paul who has been promoted to partnership at KN! Sandra trained at HJA,  building up an excellent reputation for both litigation and higher court advocacy. 

Eva Roszykiewicz. Eva (currently paralegal at GT Stewart) travelled to France in June to do a Volunteer stint with Care 4 Calais. There are vulnerable refugees camped in appalling conditions on our doorstep. Read more or better still (donate and support) via this link.

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. Also moving with them as consultants are Solicitor Advocates Dan O’Callaghan, (a regular at Highbury Court) Anna Turnbull-Walker (mental health specialist) Bridget Irving (HCA) and Janice Arenstein (still running Central Bookings). More detail on this excellent team here. 

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! 

Joy Merriam Joy has been a committee member of both CLSA and LCCSA for 15 years and for the last 7 years has been the nominated Criminal Law representative on the Law Society Council, a person she now relinquishes having been elected the area rep for North East London. In addition, Joy has been accredited as a Lead Facilitator for Vulnerable Witness training and is Chair of the Society’s Advocacy Group.

Alexis Fallon Congratulations to Fallon Alexis on her wedding last week. It was a wonderful wedding, with a lot of dancing! Fallon is a great dancer, and a brilliant barrister. 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.

Greg Powell. Congratulations Greg on becoming President of the LCCSA! (Elected at AGM November 2016)

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