2013 Committee


Name: Sundip Meghani
Position: President
Firm and Role: Solicitor and Leicester City Councillor
Email: President@ljld.co.uk
Sundip is President of the LJLD. Sundip has previously held the posts of Vice President, Social Media & Website Officer, and National JLD representative. He trained as a corporate fraud and regulatory solicitor and has previously worked at Cartwright King and Richard Nelson LLP. Sundip serves as a Labour and Co-operative Councillor on Leicester City Council and also sits on the Midlands Asian Lawyers Association committee.
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Name: Hannah Carter
Position: Vice President and Secretary
Firm and Role: Trainee Solicitor at Spearing Waite LLP
Email: VP@ljld.co.uk
Hannah is the Vice President of the LJLD and supports Sundip in his role leading the committee. Hannah studied English Literature at the University of East Anglia in Norwich before returning to Leicester to study the GDL and LPC at De Montfort University. Hannah is now a trainee solicitor at Spearing Waite LLP. In her spare time, Hannah’s main interest is music and playing the saxophone. She also enjoys running and going to the gym.
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Name: Andrew Tomlinson
Position: Treasurer
Firm and Role: Solicitor at Weightmans LLP
Email: treasurer@ljld.co.uk
Andrew is a solicitor at Weightmans LLP, specialising in Employment Law. He originally trained as a barrister but cross-qualified at Weightmans two years ago.Outside of the law, Andrew is a keen music fan and is usually happiest at a gig of some sort.


Name: Tom Lathom
Position: Publicity Officer
Firm and Role: Solicitor at Josiah Hincks
Email: publicity@ljld.co.uk
Tom specialises in Litigation and studied at the University of York and later completed his MSc at the University of 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: Iwan Williams
Position: Local Law Society Representative
Firm and Role: Solicitor at Harvey Ingram Shakespeares
Email: lawsoc@ljld.co.uk
Iwan is a solicitor in the Trusts and Probate team at Harvey Ingram LLP. Iwan grew up in North Wales, studied law at Durham University and completed the LPC at the College of Law, Chester. Having moved to Leicester in 2010, he has been hugely impressed by the excellent opportunities for education, socialising and networking offered by the LJLD. He is delighted to have been elected as the Local Law Society Representative for LJLD this year, and is looking forward to ensuring that the group’s voice is properly represented at Leicestershire Law Society meetings.In his spare time, Iwan is ‘sports mad’ and a Liverpool FC season ticket holder. He also enjoys travelling and socialising.
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Name: Natasha Sond
Position: National and Welfare Officer
Firm and Role: Solicitor at Thaliwal Bridge
Email: national@ljld.co.uk / welfare@ljld.co.uk
Natasha is a Solicitor at Thaliwal Bridge Solicitors, specialising in Mental Health Law. She has always had a passion for this area of law and worked as a mental health support worker on psychiatric wards in Leicester whilst completing her LPC at DeMontfort University. She achieved a black belt in Wado-Ryu Karate at 18 years of age and continues to train at a local martial arts class in Leicester.
Natasha has previously held the position of Events Officer: a suitable role given her experience in helping to coordinate various charity events over the last few years.


Name: Joanna Carty
Position: Membership Secretary
Firm and Role: Solicitor at Weightmans LLP
Email: membership@ljld.co.uk

Joanna is a solicitor specialising in police malfeasance at Weightmans LLP. Joanna started as a paralegal at Weightmans LLP before securing a training contract and qualifying at the same firm. Outside of work Joanna is a huge animal lover, enjoys socialising with friends and family and is rekindling her interest in travel. Joanna is looking forward to a trip in the USA later this year to visit Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Hollywood.


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Name: Rebecca Gunn
Position: Events Officer
Firm and Role: Solicitor at Edwards, Hands and Lewis
Email: events@ljld.co.uk
After completing my LLB Degree at De Montfort University, I joined an Events Company as an Events Manager. I organised sporting hospitality events including Grand Prix and Horseracing Events with my main event being Royal Ascot were I managed the weeks’ events for over 1000 guests per day. Towards the end of my career as an Events Manager, I decided to pick up my legal career and began my LPC part time, again at De Montfort and I secured a Paralegal position at EHL. I was very fortunate to sign my Training contract the day after I received my exam results and I am glad to say ( although it still seems surreal) I have qualified as a Solicitor!


Name: Tom Charnley
Position: Events Officer
Firm and Role: Trainee Solicitor at Spearing Wait
Email: events@ljld.co.uk
 I studied law at the University of Liverpool, and completed my LPC at the College of Law in Chester. Having completed my education in the North West, I returned to the Midlands to become a trainee solicitor at Spearing Waite, where I have just completed my first seat. My main interests evolve around sport, mainly rugby, but I also enjoy visiting the cinema, eating out and going to the gym.
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Name: Gail Whyte
Position: Events Officer
Firm and Role: Solicitor at Gateley
Email: events@ljld.co.uk
I’ve lived and worked in this area for over 8 years now, moving here when my husband was posted to the area (he’s in the RAF).  I studied part-time at DMU and went on to do the LPC in Leicester.  It’s now my adopted home town! I love football, Kilmarnock being my team but I clearly now follow Leicester City.  In my spare time I enjoy going to the football, reading, going to the cinema, drinking cocktails and walking my two crazy Labradors.
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Name: Mandy Loyal
Position: Social Media and Website
Firm and Role: Paralegal at Thaliwal Bridge
Email: website@ljld.co.uk
I studied my LLB at Nottingham Trent University, going on to do my LPC part time at the College of Law Bloomsbury. I have being working at Thaliwal Bridge as a Paralegal specialising in Mental Health Law. I have a keen interest in travelling the world and keeping fit.
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Name: Kirsty Bates
Position: Academic Officer
Firm and Role: Student
Email: academic@ljld.co.uk
I am a second year undergraduate studying Law at the University of Leicester. I am mature student who came back to study law after spending nine months living in the Netherlands. In my spare time I enjoy travelling as I find different cultures and languages interesting and also enjoy music, films and the theatre. I am a keen sports fan, supporting both Leicester Tigers and Leicester City FC and I love attending sports events, although I can get rather carried away. I do have one strange claim however; I can solve a Rubik’s cube!
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