The Legal Mind Podcast: LGBTQ+ Solicitors Network

In this Pride Month special, solicitors Sam John of Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice; Kirsty Limacher of Nexa Law Limited and Sherlock Legal Consulting Ltd; and Laura Thomas of NHS Wales SSP, are in conversation with Helen Randall of Trowers & Hamlins LLP to discuss all about their roles in people-based practice (family law, wills and probate, and Court of Protection respectively) and its interface with mental health.

All are committee members of the Law Society's LGBTQ+ Solicitors Network and they also thoughtfully consider upon how their sexuality has impacted them in their work- both the pros and cons.

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Helen Randall (she/her)

Helen Randall is a consultant and the former Head of Diversity at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, where she specialises in public procurement and public sector contracts.

She is also the chair of Stonewall Housing, a specialist LGBT+ housing charity, and works part time in the Bank of England's Legal Directorate. She is a member of The Law Society’s LGBTQ Lawyers’ Network and has published articles and advised on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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Sam John (he/him)

Sam John is a Director at Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice in Cardiff. Sam specialises in all aspects of family law, including divorce and dissolution, matrimonial finances, cohabitee disputes, separation, prenuptial and cohabitation agreements, private children matters and injunctions.

Sam is a member of the Law Society’s LGBTQ+ Solicitors Network and Cardiff & District Law Society’s LGBTQ+ Subcommittee. Sam often carries out pro bono work for the LGBTQ+ Law Clinic in Cardiff. Sam is passionate about creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.

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Kirsty Limacher (she/her)

Kirsty Limacher is a consultant solicitor with nexa law, specialising in private client matters, and the director of Sherlock Legal Consulting Ltd, a company she established in 2022 to provide a safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies to access advice on wills, lasting powers of attorney, estate administration and other private client matters.

Kirsty is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly and joined the LGBTQ+ Solicitors Network committee in March 2020.  She is also a Trustee of Ask for Clive, an LGBTQ+ inclusion charity that partners with venues to promote inclusion and create welcoming environments for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Laura Thomas (she/her)

Laura Thomas is an openly gay solicitor working for NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership in the Complex Patient Team. She also has a background in Local Government and has worked in Social Care/Court of Protection matters since qualified.

Laura is the Vice Chair of the Law Society's LGBTQ+ Solicitors Network and sits on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Advisory Panel.

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