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…

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…

Lydia Gu

Lydia joined the AWSL committee in 2021 as a newly qualified solicitor. She moved to London to study mathematics at UCL before deciding her real passion was law and qualifying as a solicitor in London. Lydia has previously worked for medium and large global corporation and law firms in both the UK and China. Followed…

Margaret Hatwood

Vice Chair

Margaret was a family law partner in Anthony Gold from 2009 until she retired from professional life in 2018.  Margaret has had a keen interest in women’s rights since she was 13. This was a significant factor in her deciding to become a lawyer.  She joined the AWS London’s committee in January 2011 and was…

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.

Renee Wright

Renee is an Associate Solicitor at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, based in their London office. She advises on catastrophic personal injury claims, and has a specialist interest in high value brain and spinal injuries, as well as amputation claims. Renée was admitted as a solicitor in March 2017 and has over eight years’ litigation experience…

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,…