Child Abuse Lawyer Amy Clowrey was elected Chair of the Junior Lawyers Division of The Law Society on 10th November 2018. An important post, Amy will be influential in shaping policy and securing rights for the next generation of lawyers in the UK.
Here is what Amy had to say about this vital work:
“The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is a division of The Law Society – although we have an independent voice – and is responsible for representing junior lawyers i.e. LPC students up to 5 years qualified. We represent over 70,000 junior lawyers in England and Wales.
Most of our work is behind the scenes, campaigning and lobbying on issues affecting junior lawyers, including responding to consultations that affect our members or the profession as a whole. In addition, we organise regional and London-based training and social/networking events, build upon relations with bar organisations in other jurisdictions and generally offer guidance and support for members.
My focus for the next 12 months:
- Access to the profession. Particularly in light of SRA proposals for a centralised assessment to qualify as a solicitor (due to commence 2021). I will also be concentrating on promoting diversity and inclusion – being from a low socio-economic background myself, this is high on my agenda, and next year marks 100 years of women in law.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing – this has been on the JLD agenda for a few years and our hard work is beginning to be recognised both nationally and internationally. We will be continuing to push this.
- Access to justice – this is very broad, ranging from court reforms to legal aid.”
David Greenwood, Director and Head of the Child Abuse Department said: “Switalskis’ Directors are proud to support Amy in her work with the JLD. Her focus and diligence are sure to improve the outlook for new solicitors and junior lawyers.”