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The 2016/2017 CJLD Committee has just been appointed. Please bear with us while we update this page with details of the new committee members.


President: Jasper Lewis

Jasper is the President of the Cambridge Junior Lawyers Division. He currently works as a Litigation Assistant in their Cambridge office.


Vice President/Secretary: Hannah Lewis


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Hannah is a first year Trainee Solicitor at Mills & Reeve and the CJLD Vice President/Secretary. She is responsible for the general administration of the Committee, including membership. Hannah can be the first port of call for information about the social calendar, membership or other queries. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys netball, escape games and trips to the theatre.


Treasurer: Chris Claxton-Shirley


Chris is a first year trainee at Tees Law and will be handling the purse strings and ensuring that sufficient funds are in place for the busy social calendar. Chris hopes to maintain the solid financial footing left by last year’s treasurer.


Social Secretary: Susannah George


Susannah is a first year trainee at Kennedys and is thrilled to be one of this year’s Social Secretaries. She is keen to build on the success of last year’s committee by organising a full social calendar for 2016/17. Susannah is eager to introduce some new and exciting social events whilst bringing back some of the popular ones from last year.


Social Secretary: Samantha Freeman


Samantha works in the Clinical Negligence department of Kennedys. Samantha is a keen footballer in her spare time and hopes to bring young lawyers in the area together for sporting activities.


Social Secretary: Alexandra Thornton-Reid


Social Secretary: Danni Belbin

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Danni is a first year trainee at Mills & Reeve and excited to be a social secretary on this year’s committee. She cannot wait to start organising events for the CJLD social calendar and is eager to carry on the great work of last year’s social committee. She hopes to bring together junior and aspiring lawyers through fun, relaxed and enjoyable networking events.


Social Secretary: Kate Smith

Kate is a first year trainee at Ashtons Legal and is one of this year’s social secretaries. She is looking forward to continuing the success of junior lawyer events in Cambridge by ensuring a full social calendar.

Social Secretary: Alex Waples


Alex is a second year trainee at Tees Law and one of the six social secretaries who organise the events throughout the year. Alex is local to the Cambridgeshire area and is keen to start organising events. He is looking forward to building on the events from last year and strengthening our relationship links within the city.


Publicity Representative: Emma Earnshaw

Emma is a first year Trainee at Irwin Mitchell and is one of this year’s Publicity Representatives. Emma’s role is to work with Matt to share details of CJLD events on social media, update the CJLD website and write various articles on behalf of the CJLD. Emma is particularly keen to get involved in writing for various legal outlets and would encourage anyone with queries in relation to this or the CJLD generally to get in touch:


Publicity Representative: Matt Hasler


Matt is the CJLD’s other Publicity Representative, and is a second year Trainee Solicitor at Tees Law. He works closely with Emma to publicise CJLD events, and foster links with solicitors, trainees, legal professionals and students in the area. You are welcome to contact him at:


Education Representative: Kerenza Kerslake


Kerenza is a Litigation Assistant with Kennedys and will begin her LPC later this year. Having enjoyed her time studying Law at University Kerenza is excited to be this year’s Education Representative and looks forward to developing the new role.


JLD Representative: James Brown

James is the current National JLD Representative and a newly qualified Solicitor with Kennedys. James is responsible for liaising with other regional JLD representatives in London and feeding back any relevant and exciting news from the National JLD committee to the members in Cambridge. James is looking forward to receiving any questions or queries regarding the National JLD and how its decisions can affect you as a student, paralegal, trainee, NQ or solicitor.