Amy Wedgwood

Membership Secretary

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

Committee Member

Christl Hughes  MBE was admitted as a solicitor in 1980  and until 2011 was in High St practice in Leicester city centre specialising in dispute resolution. During that time as she sat dictating late at night at the office she was regularly haunted by the ghost of Richard III whose bones unbeknown to her lay…

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…

Elly May

Deputy Treasurer

Elly joined the committee in 2017 as a law student. At University she set up a Women’s Network (@ULWomensNetwork) which developed into a society focused on female role models and influencers in the legal world who have led and made an impact in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology and diversity. She currently has an exciting…

Emma Kendall

Committee Member

Emma joined the committee in 2016 after having attended a number of AWSL events. Emma qualified as a solicitor in 2014. She currently works at Fieldfisher and specialises in medical negligence litigation. Emma is keen to promote women’s interests across the profession and believes that only by working together will we achieve equality and fairness.

Hannah McCrindle


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…

Hina Belitz

Committee Member

Hina Belitz is a senior solicitor author and trainer at Excello Law based at Bishopsgate in the City of London. She has specialised in employment law for over 20 years’ heading up employment law teams. Her former law firms include DLA Piper, Dentons and Pinsent Mason. For the last eleven years, Hina was managing partner…

Jessica Standley

Committee Member

Jessica trained at Slater & Gordon Lawyers 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 of general personal injury cases. Jessica joined the AWS…

Kavita Bhupal


Kavita has qualified through Cilex and is now a Chartered Legal Executive. She currently works as Legal Counsel (GCilex) and 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…

Margaret Hatwood

Vice Chair

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…

Mine Toufeq

Deputy Vice Chair

Mine Toufeq is an LPC graduate who specialised in Mergers and Acquisition, Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Law. During her undergraduate studies, she volunteered as an intern at the Bar Bro Bono Unit and Triage legal helpline to aid individuals with no means of access to legal services. Her work involved helping distressing cases such…

Nicola Wainwright

Committee Member

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…

Rachael Dunn

Committee Member

Rachael trained at Surrey County Council and qualified in 2013. She currently works as an in-house Commercial Solicitor for Transport for London. Rachael is also a mentor to LPC students at the University of Law. Rachael is keen to promote women’s interests across the profession especially the opportunities of working in-house.

Suleikha Ali

Committee Member

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

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,…