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Elizabeth started her working life as a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. She has been managing and developing charities in the mental health sector for over 15 years, and joined LawCare as Chief Executive in 2014.
Anna is responsible for the day-to-day running of the LawCare office. She is LawCare’s longest serving member of staff, and joined us in 1998 after working as a legal secretary for a sole practitioner.
Mary has been a teacher and a solicitor, as well as Manager of the Law Society's South West Regional Office. Mary has been with LawCare since 2008. She recently qualified as a therapeutic counsellor and is a full member of the BACP.
Coordinator, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Trish McLellan practised as a solicitor in England for a number of years, latterly specialising in family law, prior to moving to Edinburgh. She joined LawCare in 2005, since when she has worked across our various support channels, undertaken requisite training to inform our work, engaged with key stakeholders and developed and delivered extensive training sessions. She is also the team lead on our research study Life in the Law.
Gemma joined LawCare in January 2018 having worked in communications for charities including Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the British Dupuytren's Society, and NHS England.
Alexandra Marks qualified as a solicitor in 1983, and was a partner at Linklaters (1990-2003). She now sits as a Deputy High Court Judge, Recorder and First Tier Tribunal Judge.
Our chair Andrew is a Solicitor and Notary Public. He was President of the Law Society of England and Wales from 2014/2015. Andrew is a Consultant with Heppenstalls, Solicitors, in Hampshire. He is also Chair of Spurgeons Childrens Charity and Co-Director of ‘Restored’, a charity making a stand against issues of gender based violence.
Bronwen is a solicitor and compliance expert who specialises in helping firms and ABSs with all aspects of applying to be authorised and licensed by the SRA.
Claire is currently a Senior Associate – FCILEx, specialising in Cat PI and Occupational Health. Claire advocates for a proactive and coordinated approach to managing wellbeing, and has contributed to driving the employee wellbeing agenda at a local, divisional and global level.
Having studied the LLB at the University of Aberdeen, Heather has worked in Judicial training and in marketing before taking up a post at the Law Society of Scotland, where she has worked for the for the last 12 years leading the Careers and Outreach Team. Heather has established a number of national projects for the current and future members of the Scottish legal profession such as a mentoring project for trainees and solicitors. Heather has been involved in the development of a charity to support young people facing financial disadvantage – the Lawscot Foundation - and now leads this charity, along with focusing on social mobility, diversity and wellbeing within the profession.
Helen Whiteman is Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. She was previously CEO of CILEx Regulation having also served as COO and head of corporate affairs at CILEx Regulation and director of member services at LawNet.
Iain is a partner in a large London firm where he is head of litigation and dispute resolution.
John Guerin is a partner at BLM in Belfast where he specialises in defence litigation for insurance companies, employment law, and professional disciplinary and regulatory work. He is Senior Vice President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.
Kayleigh is solicitor specialising in employment law. Kayleigh has undertaken research, written articles and published best practice guidance for employers on supporting the wellbeing of their employees on behalf of The Law Society of England and Wales.
A solicitor since 2009, Lucinda specialises in regulatory law and knowledge management. She is also a researcher in occupational health psychology, specifically focusing on the legal sector. An accredited Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS), Lucinda is working towards becoming dual qualified as a chartered psychologist via her doctoral research on well-being in the legal profession.
Paul qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse in 1991, was called to the English Bar in 2000 and is now a Scottish Solicitor. He is currently the Legal Manager (Conveyancing & Commercial) with The Highland Council. Paul also teaches Mental Health on a part-time basis with the University of the Highland & Islands.
Ryan is a second-year trainee solicitor at Thorntons Law, one of the largest full-service law firms in Scotland. He is also Chair of Who Cares? Scotland, a charity which provides advocacy, connection and campaigning for people who have experienced the care system as children.
At the heart of LawCare’s work is our network of over 100 volunteers. These are people from across the legal community who want to help others: some have overcome their own problems, while others have transitioned from law to the helping professions. Some of our volunteers are trained to take calls on the Helpline, and others offer ongoing one-to-one support.
Belfast Volunteer Training 2019
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