Amy Wedgwood

Vice-Chair

Amy joined the AWS Committee in 2015 as a trainee solicitor before qualifying into the Injury and Medical Claims department. Before commencing her training contract with Anthony Gold Solicitors she worked as Court of Protection paralegal whilst finishing her Masters in Human Rights at Queen Mary University London. She has also worked with a human…

Christl Hughes

Christl Hughes is Chair of SBA -The Solicitors’ Charity. Her other current roles include Legal Consultant and Trustee for the Gender Identity Research & Education Society, supporter of the LawCare helpline and East Midlands Area Representative on the Law Society Council Membership Committee. Her hobbies include walking and reading novels. Christl was admitted in 1980…

Margaret Hatwood

Margaret, has been a family law partner in Anthony Gold since 2009. Margaret is described as “highly regarded” and “constructive and friendly” in the Legal 500. She has specialist qualifications in high value financial provision (on divorce), cohabitation issues and domestic violence. Margaret is a collaborative lawyer. Margaret lectures on family law issues. She writes…

Gillian Fielden

Chair-Woman

Inspired to join the AWS after attending a Returners’ Course, Gillian joined AWS London Committee in 2013. Passionate about encouraging other returners to the profession, Gillian feels the events run by AWS London are an excellent way of gaining confidence to return to the workplace and networking. Gillian spent her early legal career specialising in…

Nicola Wainwright

Nicola qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence. She is currently a Partner in niche London firm Leigh Day & Co, where she practises exclusively in clinical negligence. She works solely on behalf of Claimants in claims arising from a wide range of negligence and injuries. Nicola is…

Kavita Bhupal

Secretary

Kavita currently works as a Paralegal Manager and is Head of the Legal Department for Tour operator, Red Sea Holidays. She handles over 200 litigated and non-litigated holiday sickness and Personal injury claims. She has also attended ABTA meetings on behalf of Red Sea Holidays for the personal injury claims group discussing the increase in…

Virginia Cannon

Since qualifying in 1983, Virginia spent most of her working life as an in-house commercial solicitor. Her 17 years with British Telecommunications plc included a wide variety of corporate and commercial work for the UK and international divisions, three years as Dedicated Counsel for BT Broadcast Services, and two years as BT’s International Compliance Manager. After that,…

Darlene Waithe

Darlene has been qualified for over 10 years. She has worked in public, private and voluntary sectors. Until recently she worked for Hertfordshire Constabulary, advising on PACE 1984 and all aspects of human rights. Her remit was very diverse and also encompasses litigation, employment law, freedom of information, data protection and PII. She also advised…

Jessica Standley

Jessica currently works as a Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers. She trained at the firm and qualified in 2012. She now specialises in abuse cases handling a variety of cases including claims against hospitals, schools and religious organisations. She is also working on the Savile litigation. Alongside this Jessica also deals with a number…

Coral Hill

Coral, a past Chair of AWS London, initially worked as a litigator in private practice, before moving to The University of Law (formerly The College of Law). The major part of her career has been developing distance learning materials, initially at Legal Network TV, and then overseeing design of e learning for the Graduate Diploma in Law…

Elaine O’Connor

Committee Member

Elaine is a solicitor of 2 years PQE and practices in commercial, employment and dispute resolution at Anthony Gold Solicitors. Elaine was a late qualifier to law and so can share experiences of the highs and lows of securing that all important training. A little known fact about Elaine is that she was an Irish…

Emma Kendall

Committee Member

Emma joined the committee in 2016 after having attended a number of AWSL events. Emma is a solicitor at Leigh Day specialising in clinical negligence, with a particular interest in representing bereaved families at inquests. She is keen to promote women’s interests across the profession and believes that only by working together will we achieve…

Suleikha Ali

Committee Member

Suleikha joined the committee in 2016 and works at Leigh Day.

Eunice Shang-Simpson

Editor

A former Senior Policy Advisor and Specialist Prosecutor at CPS International Division, Eunice also worked for a year as a Seconded National Expert at Eurojust in the Hague.   She is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales, a Member of the Ghana Bar and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. As well as…

Hannah McCrindle

Treasurer

Hannah first joined the AWS Committee in 2015 as an LPC student before leaving to live in Dubai for 18 months. Whilst in Dubai, Hannah secured a paralegal position with international family law specialists, Expatriate Law, before being offered a training contract in early 2017. Now back with her feet firmly on UK soil, Hannah…

Eleanor May

Committee Member

Eleanor joined the committee in 2017 as an LPC student and is currently studying at the University of Law in London. Eleanor is a strong believer in supporting the female students at the University and co-founded the ‘Women’s Network’ which aims to promote gender equality. The society has hosted networking and panel Q&A discussions for…