2011 Committee

The Committee would like to thank our outgoing president Rik Pancholi for his tireless efforts over the past few years and wish him and Mrs Pancholi all the best for their new life in Singapore. Our thanks also go to LPC Representative Jenna Bata and wish her the best in her move to Dubai.

Name: James Popplewell
Position: President
Firm and Role: Solicitor at Harvey Ingram LLP
Email: president@ljld.co.uk
James is a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team at Harvey Ingram LLP, specialising in Professional Negligence and Contentious Probate. He was formerly events co-ordinator and Vice-President of the LJLD, before taking up the mantle of President this summer.In his spare time, he is the captain of his local cricket team and enjoys long distance running. He is also a keen supporter of Tottenham Hotspurs FC.
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Name: Sundip Meghani
Position: Vice President & National JLD Representative
Firm and Role: Councillor at Leicester City Council
Email: national@ljld.co.uk
Sundip is the National Representative for the LJLD and sits on the national committee, relaying information back to the committee and membership on matters of policy.He trained with Cartwright King solicitors at their Nottingham office. Sundip is now a Labour Councillor on Leicester City Council and involved with a number of other organisations, including the Leicestershire Police Authority.
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Name: Emma Ali
Position: Secretary & Treasurer
Firm and Role: Legal Executive at Harvey Ingram LLP
Email: secretary@ljld.co.uk
Emma is currently working as a fee earner in the Commercial Property department at Harvey Ingram LLP. Emma joined the LJLD committee in 2008 as part of the events Sub-Committee before moving to the joint Treasurer and Secretary role in January 2010.Emma is a keen runner and participates in as many organised runs as is humanly possible.
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Name: Marta Tomlinson
Position: Events Officer
Firm and Role: Trainee Solicitor at Howes Percival LLP
Email: events@ljld.co.uk
Marta is currently a final seat trainee solicitor at Howes Percival LLP. She joined the LJLD committee in 2010 as Events Officer and has continued in this role during 2011. Since joining the LJLD Marta has planned, organised and implemented a number of events for the group as well as introducing LJLD inter-professional networking events in order to promote the fostering of business relations between different groups in Leicester, including RICs Matrix and LENCASS.Marta is an active member of her local gym and has a passion for Asian cooking.
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Name: Kirstie Berry
Position: Events Officer
Firm and Role: Paralegal at Affinity Law
Email: berry.kirstie@gmail.com
Kirstie recently finished her degree and LPC here in Leicester and starts her training contract in September this year with Affinity Law, where she has been working as a paralegal for the last 18 months.Kirstie’s role on the LJLD committee fits perfectly with her organisational skills and love of meeting new people. In her spare time, Kirstie enjoys keeping fit, especially taking long walks and going running.


Name: Kim Daphu
Position: Events Officer
Firm and Role: Paralegal at Weightmans Solicitors
Email: Kim.Daphu@Weightmans.com
Kim is currently working as a paralegal in the Commercial Insurance department at Weightmans LLP and is due to start her training contract there in September 2011.This is Kim’s first year on the LJLD and she is really enjoying getting to grips with her role as events officer. Outside her duties, Kim is in training for a 5k marathon.


Name: Tom Lathom
Position: Publicity Officer
Firm and Role: Trainee Solicitor at Bray & Bray
Email: publicity@ljld.co.uk
Tom is a trainee solicitor with Bray and Bray Solicitors in Leicester.In his spare time, Tom enjoys watching Leicester City play, where he is a season ticket holder, and also hosts an evening talk radio show in Market Harborough.
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Name: Samuel McGinty
Position: Social Media & Website Officer
Firm and Role: Solicitor at North West Leicestershire Disctrict Council
Email: website@ljld.co.uk
Sam is a Newly Qualified Solicitor at North West Leicestershire District Council in Coalville. Sam trained at Howes Percival in Leicester and Northampton and is an alumni of both of Leicester’s universities. He works closely with De Montfort University, helping with their law clinic and giving careers guidance to post-graduate students. Sam operates our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn sites as well as administering our website.Outside of work and the LJLD, Sam enjoys cooking, weekends away and swimming.
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Name: Philippa Crane
Position: Local Law Society Representative
Firm and Role: Trainee Solicitor at Crane and Walton
Email: lawsoc@ljld.co.uk
Philippa joined the LJLD committee in 2011 as the Leicester Law Society Representative. She is currently training in the civil litigation department at Crane & Walton, having completed her first six months training in commercial property.In her spare time, Philippa enjoys horse riding, cycling and going to the theatre.


Name: Hannah Carter
Position: Student Representative
Firm and Role: Legal Practice Course Student at De Montfort University
Email: student@ljld.co.uk
Hannah has just finished her GDL at De Montfort University, having spent three years studying English Literature in Norwich, but she is enjoying being back in Leicester as a student.Hannah’s main interest is music and in her spare time she plays the clarinet and saxophone.
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