Having qualified with First Class Honours in European, International and Comparative Law at Sheffield University, Charles began his life as a qualified Solicitor working in the commercial field.
Later he concentrated on private client work, becoming a Partner at Bell & Buxton Solicitors in 2010, and has built up a reputation for drafting Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. In addition, he oversees the formation and administration of estates and trusts, including charities, and provides tax planning advice in relation to all of these areas of client care and private client work. His background enables him to bring a commercial understanding to matters of individuals in business when they are making a Will or when going through the probate and administration process. His interest in European and International Law allows him to provide initial advice where an international dimension is involved.
In September 2014 Charles qualified as a Notary Public and has established a flourishing notarial practice in Sheffield, dealing with company and private individuals documents for overseas matters ranging from the purchase and sale of foreign property, foreign probates, certification of various documents for use abroad and the Hague Convention apostille.
An active member of the Sheffield and District Law Society for many years Charles was until recently the Treasurer of the Society before serving as Vice President for the year 2016 – 2017. Charles was elected President of the Society at the AGM in April 2017
Paul qualified with an LLB (Hons) from The University of Sheffield in 2001.
Since qualifying, he has worked exclusively in the field of Employment Law. He began his career at Howells LLP, where he completed his training contract. He moved to a national firm based on Leeds for a few years before moving back to Sheffield to work as an in-house Employment Lawyer for the Council. He is currently Service Manager for Civil Litigation, managing a team of lawyers and paralegals who deal with all aspects of litigation work for the Council, although he still maintains an Employment Law case-load.
Paul has a keen interest in Discrimination Law and helps run an Equality and Inclusion Network, which seeks to promote diversity and tackle equality issues within the Council.
Paul is currently the Vice President of the Sheffield and District Law Society.
Rianne Wilcockson-Coope is a solicitor in the Wills and Private Client Department of MKB Solicitors LLP. Rianne specialises in Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Estate Planning Administration.
Rianne has been involved with the Sheffield and District Law Society over 5 years, starting her legal career working in the offices at the Sheffield and District Law Society. Rianne is therefore aware of the challenges that face the Sheffield and District Law Society in the years to come.
Rianne later successfully obtained a Training Contract with MKB Solicitors LLP and is now a Qualified Solicitor with them.
Rianne is passionate about ensuring the local Legal Community is represented nationally and also ensuring the young aspiring Solicitors are given the support they need to begin a career in the profession.
Liz has been part of Sheffield & District Law Society since 2009. As office manager, Liz supports the Presidents during their year in office and oversees the day to day running of the Society from our office on Campo Lane.
She is the first point of contact for companies or individuals who are looking to get involved with the Society, and would be happy to discuss the opportunities that are available if you or your business would like to work with us. If you’re a member who would like to become part of our committee Liz can also provide more information, so please contact her.
A highly experienced clinical negligence solicitor, Natalie qualified in 2011 after cross qualification from the Bar. Natalie is a Solicitor for regional firm Switalskis.
She has a special interest and acts in cases relating to birth injury and cases relating to secondary victims and complex injuries. Natalie is passionate about the care provided to vulnerable and detained patients in the NHS and vulnerable patients in residential homes
Natalie is a Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Law Society Advocacy Section. She holds Higher Rights of Audience in both Civil and Criminal.
Natalie is the current Vice President of the Yorkshire Union of Law Societies, a Committee Member of the Yorkshire Lawyers Support Trust, and a Committee Member of the South Yorkshire Medico Legal Society.
Natalie is a Trustee for Sheffield Mencap and Gateway, an Ambassador for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and a volunteer baker for Free Cakes for Kids Sheffield. In her spare time Natalie is a coach at Sheffield Running Club.
A former principal lecturer and programme leader for law at Sheffield University, Lesley Lomax has been a member of the Sheffield and District Law Society Committee for the last four years. She recently took over the editorship of the Society’s magazine, The Legal, and would welcome expressions of interest and articles from potential contributors. Lesley keeps herself busy in her retirement by also fulfilling her duties as the Membership Secretary of the South Yorkshire Medico-Legal Society and judging mooting competitions.
Jess joined Bell & Buxton as a Trainee Solicitor in September 2016. She is a Sheffield native and achieved her Law degree (LLB) at Sheffield Hallam University, followed by a Masters degree (LLM) in International Law and the Legal Practice Course at the University of Sheffield.
Prior to joining Bell & Buxton, Jess worked in business development and also as a Paralegal at Nabarro for two years. Throughout her degrees she also did legal work experience at Kennedys, Hill Dickinson and several other legal organisations.
Jess is the founder of a charity called Project Sulangan, which provides and improves education for children in the Philippines. She manages the day to day running of the charity, including fundraising, planning events and also goes out to the Philippines to begin and develop projects.
Jess is the Social Secretary for the Sheffield and District Law Society and in her spare time she is a keen distance runner. She regularly takes part in marathons and half-marathons to raise money for Project Sulangan and various other charities.
A Solicitor with over a decade of experience working in Family Law, Abbie has worked for Howells LLP since 2012 and for Raleys Solicitors before that from 2003. Abbie’s legal expertise lies in financial issues arising from divorce and children matters. Abbie also manages the Barnsley Office of Howells.
Being a member of the South Yorkshire Resolution Committee, an association for Family Lawyers seeking to promote excellent practise and a conciliatory approach, sees Abbie involved in training and organising events. Abbie is also a Resolution Accredited Specialist in her area of law.
Abbie’s experience in Family Law and life experience, having two young children, inform her approach to work and clients. Abbie is the Barnsley representative on the Law Society Committee.
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Having left University in 2013, Hollie is one of the youngest members of the committee. She moved straight into a role in Residential Conveyancing, before moving into Personal Injury at hlw Keeble Hawson, where she has been working for the last two years. Hollie is due to start her Training Contract at hlw Keeble Hawson in September. Last year, Hollie was the President of the Sheffield JLD and has worked to successfully establish and build ties with the Sheffield and District Law Society.
Hollie is currently chairing our Member Benefits sub-committee and is working to provide Law Society members with an enhanced membership benefits package.
Having trained in litigation, private client and property areas Misba settled in commercial property upon qualification in March 2016. She joined the Sheffield Law Society in March 2013 after serving as the Education Representative for the Sheffield Junior Lawyers’ Division. She has worked extensively with local education establishments to build links regionally and worked closely with both societies.
Misba currently heads up our Training and Education Committee. She is keen to develop a programme of training that will meet the needs of local solicitors as well maintaining links with young lawyers. Misba is also a member of the Legal Magazine committee, overseeing the publication of our quarter journal.
Lucy graduated from King’s College London with a BA in Geography in 2013, cross qualifying into law and gaining a distinction on the LPC in 2015. She is currently a fourth seat trainee solicitor at DLA Piper’s Sheffield office, sitting in the Litigation Department. In October 2016 she was shortlisted as a finalist for “Trainee of the Year” at the Yorkshire Legal Awards.
Lucy has been involved in a broad range of pro bono activities across the region, and is currently a Mosaic Mentor as part of DLA Piper’s Break into Law programme, assisting pupils at a South Yorkshire secondary school to realise their future potential. Lucy also has involvement with National Disability Charity NDCS, helping young deaf people secure disability living allowance.
Lucy is the immediate past President of the Sheffield Junior Lawyers Division and is currently the Sheffield Representative for this committee year.
Rachel Baldwin is a Higher Court Advocate and a Criminal Duty Solicitor. She is a familiar face in the Crown and Magistrates Courts of South Yorkshire and the North.
As well as being a skilled Criminal Defence Solicitor she is also Head of the Prison Law department at Cartwright King and a Prison Law Supervisor with many years experience, who specialises in Parole Hearings and Adjudications. Rachel is a skilled advocate with a high success rate in contested tribunals.
She has recently been ranked in the Legal 500 as a recommended lawyer.
Claire graduated from the University of Oxford in 2015, having also spent a year in Paris studying French and European law. She completed her combined LPC and MSc in Law, Business and Finance at the University of Law, graduating with a distinction.
She is currently a trainee solicitor at DLA Piper’s Sheffield office, sitting in the Litigation department.
Claire has been involved in a broad range of pro bono activities across the region, and is currently a Mentor at a local secondary school as part of the Mosaic programme run by the Prince’s Trust. Claire volunteers with the National Deaf Children’s Society, representing young people and their families during appeal processes.
Claire is President of the Sheffield Junior Lawyers Division. Her focus is to represent the interests of members up to five years PQE and promote links between the JLD and the Sheffield and District Law Society.