In March, Rachel Fisher, Solicitor at our Bristol Stowe Family Law office, as part of her role as chair organised a Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) NQ regional skills forum, aimed at trainees and junior solicitors looking to develop their careers. The event was a great success with topics from negligence risks faced by law firms, financial planning for lawyers and the benefits of getting involved with your local law society.
Founded in 2008 for junior lawyers across England and Wales, the JLD is a division of the Law Society with over 70,000 members. With an independent voice, the JLD provides advice and guidance for all its members on matters affecting trainees and junior solicitors.
There is an opportunity to attend CPD events along with social and networking events. At the recent, and the eleventh of its kind, annual JLD Conference, keynote speaker Baroness Hale spoke on many key issues affecting the sector including the importance of equality on all fronts and the impact of the gender pay gap.
Speaking about the importance of CDP and external accreditations, Julian Hawkhead, Senior Partner at Stowe Family Law, Leeds said:
“We support all the work undertaken by The Law Society to support the industries trainees and junior lawyers. Along with their on-going commitment to maintaining the excellence of competence and knowledge in the industry through the Family Law Accreditation. Here at Stowe, we understand the reassurance this accreditation brings to our clients and work towards all of our lawyers excelling these standards.”
The JLD also represents junior lawyers through campaigning and lobbying on issues affecting the sector, responding to consultations and pastoral support and guidance.
Membership is free and automatic for LPC students, LPC graduates (including those working as paralegals), trainee solicitors, and solicitors with up to five years post qualification experience.
Rachel Fisher works from our Bristol office and has a wealth of experience in helping people navigate the process of divorce with support and reassurance throughout. She frequently advises on agreement through meditation while also being involved with unmarried couples and children’s law. Read more of Rachel Fisher’s profile