Eunice Shang-Simpson

Committee Member

Eunice joined the committee in 2017.

Suleikha Ali

Committee Member

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

Emma Kendall

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

Elaine O’Connor

Committee Member

Elaine joined the committee in 2017 and works at Anthony Gold.

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…

Jessica Standley

Immediate past-chair

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…

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…

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,…

Linda Davies


Linda was a claimant personal injury lawyer in a previous life. She has been a member of the AWS for over 20 years and a committee member for over 10 years. Linda says she has been to some great events in that time and met some fabulous women and really enjoys being a member. She…

Kavita Bhupal


Kavita currently works in the Personal Injury department as a Litigation Executive in one of the UK’s largest consumer law firm, Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK LLP. She handles her own caseload of Employers Liability and Public/Occupier Liability Fast-track Portal cases. Kavita recently joined the AWS Committee in February 2015. She is passionate about campaigning…

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…

Gillian Fielden


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…

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…

Angela Hogan


Angela is Chair of the AWS.  Since 2016 she has worked at the University of Cambridge advising on medical research collaborations.  After working in local government in London for a number of years and leading Bexley Council’s Legal Services, Angela moved to head up the legal service at The University of Bedfordshire in 2011, a…

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…

Amy Wedgwood


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…