Council Members

Jason Waghorne President

After qualifying Jason worked in Loughborough, Leicester and then Market Harborough with the same firm, dealing predominantly with Company & Commercial matters, but latterly also in Commercial Property. In 2012 he began practicing in Nottingham with Sharp Young & Pearce, fulfilling a desire to work in the city which he had harboured since his days at Nottingham Law School. Following a merger in 2016 of Sharp Young & Pearce and Rothera Dowson, Jason has been working for Rothera Sharp.

In 2015 Jason was asked whether he would be interested in sitting on Council of Nottinghamshire Law Society as Honorary Secretary. Later that year he took up the position. An active member of Council since that date, Jason took up the position of President at the Society’s 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Being involved with Council has afforded Jason the opportunity to work with others whose path’s he may not otherwise have crossed, and he continues to be invigorated by the passion shown by those involved in making the Society so vibrant, proactive and prominent within the local legal community and beyond.

Philip Turton Vice President

Philip joined the Law Society Council in 2018.  A barrister at Ropewalk Chambers since 1989, he has thirty years’ experience of personal injury cases and specialises in high value personal injury actions, clinical negligence claims and industrial disease cases, including group actions. He has been cited as a Leader at the Bar in the field of personal injury work for many years.  The most recent (2019) edition of Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession says of him: “He is an extremely able advocate whose cross-examination skills can leave an opponent’s witness unsure of their own name.  His magnificent attention to detail makes him purpose-built to deal with complex disease cases.”

Philip was a Bar Standards Board appointed External Moderator for the Bar Professional Training Course (Civil Litigation) from 2010 – 2012 and, with Marc Howe, has been responsible for the curriculum and syllabus of the Bar Professional Training Course Civil Litigation module since 2014.  He has been a Guest Lecturer on Practice and Tort issues at Nottingham Trent University, the Kaplan Law School, London and the University of Darwin, Northern Territories, Australia.  He has been a voluntary adviser at the Hyson Green Law Centre since 1990 and is a member of “Advocate”, formerly the Bar Pro-Bono Unit, from whom he regularly accepts instructions.

Away from professional practice, Philip is also President of the Old Nottinghamians Society, one of many Old Nottinghamians to have been active in the Nottingham legal profession, and is kept busy by his 11 year old son.

Janine Smith Deputy Vice President

Janine was admitted as a solicitor in 1989. After a year in private practice, Janine joined CPS Nottinghamshire as a Crown Prosecutor in January 1991. Two years later she became a Senior Crown Prosecutor. In 2003, she was promoted to District Crown Prosecutor and led one of the Magistrates' Court teams. Six years later, in 2009, Janine took on responsibility for the whole of the Magistrates' Court team. After 20 years of prosecuting in Nottinghamshire, Janine moved to CPS Derbyshire as Senior District Crown Prosecutor.

Before leaving CPS Nottinghamshire, Janine was presented with the Nottinghamshire Law Society Solicitor of the Year award for 2010-11, in recognition of her work across the Criminal Justice System to increase efficiency in the Magistrates' Courts and her service on the Nottinghamshire Law Society Council.

In April 2013, Janine took responsibility for strategic direction and performance management for all Magistrates' Court matters across the East Midlands. She was appointed Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands in July 2013, a role that included acting as the Area's champion for victims and witnesses and hate crime. She became acting Chief Crown Prosecutor in October 2015 and then was formally appointed as Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands in May 2016.

Jeremy Allen Hon. Treasurer
Shama Gupta Honorary Secretary

Shama’s roots are in Nottingham and after qualifying in 1988 with a general high street practice in London, Shama worked as a property Solicitor with Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills), then became a Senior Lecturer in Law on the LPC for 10 years and is currently in the risk and compliance team at Freeths LLP.

Shama enjoys promoting the legal profession and giving back to the local legal community through her role as a long standing former member of the Nottinghamshire Law Society’s Education & Training Committee and as its Honorary Secretary since 2018, as well as being the national Law Society’s Social Mobility Ambassador since 2016 and a member of its Lawyers Disability Division since 2017.

Alan Radford Professional Purposes Committee/Consultation

Alan is a Partner at Browne Jacobson and former President of the Society. On Council, his particular interests are the interaction between the SRA and the Law Society at local and national level, the Compensation Fund and indemnity insurance rules. He assists the Council in its lobbying on these matters and responses to consultations around regulation.  When not at work, Alan attends numerous courses to play golf or watch horses

Ash Bhatia Chair Criminal Committee & Constituency Member
Andrew Sutton Bulletin Editor

Andrew is a Partner Principal in the Commercial Client Services Group at Ashton Bond Gigg, Solicitors, and regularly advises businesses across a number of sectors, and of varying sizes from the owner-managed business, to UK subsidiaries of international groups, with a particular emphasis on Information Technology and Intellectual Property matters.

Andrew is the founder, Chair and assistant coach of a fencing club in Newark on Trent, and likes to travel a little further afield than Bolton to the Macron Stadium to follow Bolton Wanderers if and whenever the opportunity arises.

Azam Zia Chair of Property Committee

After completing his law degree in Wales in 2000, Azam worked in business strategy - ultimately moving to Boston, USA, to join Harvard Law School as a director for a negotiation programme.

Azam came back to the UK to train as a lawyer, studying at Nottingham Law School and receiving his training with a top tier firm in Nottingham.

Since qualification, Azam has worked exclusively on corporate and commercial matters and now works with Chattertons Solicitors as a Senior Corporate Associate. He is recognised for his work in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and is regularly asked to provide seminars and workshops dealing with specialist topics and changes in the legal landscape that affect his clients.

Azam lives in Nottingham with his wife, who is also a Solicitor in the city.

Ben Trott Marketing & PR

In terms of marketing, Ben’s role is to advise on website development, social media, future events/courses, increasing membership, increasing advertising opportunities and increasing awareness of the benefits of the joining the society.

He is focussing on refreshing the look and feel of the society, whilst keeping in line with its professional and historical origins. Part of the role also includes looking at the way in which the society interacts with its diverse membership and the correspondence that is sent out.

Members can get in touch with Ben to discuss events, general ideas, PR or marketing opportunities for discussion at council meetings.

Daniel Harley Chair of the International Committee

Daniel is Nottinghamshire born, bred, educated and trained and now an Associate Solicitor at Actons Solicitors where he specialises in Property Disputes.

Daniel is Chair of the International Committee having joined the committee off the back of a thoroughly enjoyable twinning trip when he was newly qualified in 2008. He is living proof you do not need to be a linguistics expert to get involved with the International Committee having failed to get past anything but a basic level of German. He is determined to learn another language one day but has been saying that for nearly a decade.

The International Committee’s primary role is to facilitate, maintain and advance the twinning between the Bars of Ghent, Karlsruhe and Nottingham including arranging the hosting of our international guests as part of the twinning programme.

Heather Parker Chair Private Client Committee

Heather is a Senior Associate Solicitor at Rothera Sharp in Nottingham specialising in Wills, Probates and Trusts.  Heather qualified as a solicitor in 2005 with another Nottingham based law firm before joining Rothera Sharp in 2008.

Heather is chair of the Private Client Committee having joined the committee as a trainee.  Their role is to offer a forum to discuss issues affecting Private Client practitioners across the County and to support those practitioners.  She is passionate that the Committee will be a source of information and support for the members of the Society practising in this area of work.  

Away from the law she is a busy mum of two young children who take up all of her free time!  

Helen Fanning Chair of Education & Training Committee

Helen Fanning is Head of Compliance at Cartwright King Solicitors, and provides advice and guidance on issues such as SRA and Legal Aid Agency Compliance, Quality Standards (SQM) and various other areas across the firm.

Helen's legal career began as a secretary, moved on to a fee-earning capacity and then went on to management and administration due to her love of compliance, contracts and all things technical.

In addition to being in legal practice for 15 years, Helen is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a qualified HR Practitioner.

Outside of work Helen is a keen amateur entomologist and a Member of both the Amateur Entomologists' Society (AES) and British Arachnological Society (BAS) and can often be found hunting for arthropods with her children in the garden.

Jay Singh Chair of the NJLD

Jay is the 2019 NJLD Chair. He has previously served on the committee for 2 years as Vice Chair and Academic Sectary. In Jay’s role as chair, he will ensure the NJLD continue to support young lawyers within the region as well as provide social and networking opportunities along with maintaining the relationship between the NJLD and the NLS. 

Originally from West Yorkshire, Jay attended University in Nottingham to read Law and the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School before making the permanent move to Nottingham in 2016. Jay is now a Trainee Solicitor at Fraser Brown Solicitors having worked at the firm for 2 years as a Residential Property Paralegal and a Real Estate Paralegal. 

If you would like to get involved in the NJLD please get in touch.

Jenny Chapman Academic Member from Nottingham Law School

Jenny graduated from the University of Nottingham with an LLB (Hons), and did the Law Society Finals Course (now the LPC) at Nottingham Trent University. As a qualified solicitor Jenny specialised in personal injury claims. In 1993 Jenny joined the academic staff of Nottingham Law School. Since 2006 Jenny has been part of the Law School’s Senior Management Team and has played a key role in decision making and implementation in all aspects of strategic and operational development of the Law School. In 2012 Jenny was appointed the Law School's Deputy Dean. In this role Jenny has led on significant and successful projects to develop and enhance the student experience. Jenny has also led in the development of the Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre, which is the first publicly funded university in the UK to create a teaching law firm under the Solicitors Regulation Authority ABS regulations. Jenny oversees the management of the law firm and has responsibility for the legal practice compliance aspects of the firm.

John Campbell Civil Bar Representative

John is a commercial and property barrister practising from Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham.  Called in 2008 and having completed pupillage in London, John now has a busy and varied practice with a strong following in Nottingham and the East Midlands.

As Civil Bar Representative, John hopes to develop closer links between the local bar and solicitors’ firms and to ensure a thriving, diverse and collaborative legal profession serving the needs of the Nottinghamshire business community.

Away from the law, John is married with a young son.  He is an active member of his local Round Table raising money for charitable causes and voluntary groups and, for better or worse, holds a season ticket at Leicester City Football Club.


John Gossage In House Lawyers Representative

After qualifying John worked in private practice for 35 years starting off in family law and later moving to a mix of property and business related work. He was closely involved in the management of his old firm, and this included developing quite a lot of IT, management and QA systems related skills.

In 2011 John felt that enough was enough and moved to Purico which is a privately owned group. Their primary activities are the manufacture of food and beverage paper and automotive products. They also have a significant property portfolio as well as two care homes and two hotels. Quite a bit of his work has an international base. In-house work needs people with a broad, general experience and also a practical and commercial approach because you work very close to the coal face.

John would like to see more in-house lawyers take part in NLS activities.

Kathryn Meir International Committee

Kathryn is a Past President of Nottinghamshire Law Society and she was our fifth female President for the Presidential year 2017/2018, as well as one of the youngest.

Previously Kathryn has been Chair of the International Sub-Committee of the NLS Council coordinating the connections with the twinned bars of NLS, Ghent in Belgium and Karlsruhe in Germany.

Kathryn’s current role is as a representative of the International Sub-committee keeping Council updated on upcoming events and feeding back to the Committee the work of Council, ensuring both work in harmony.

Kathryn’s involvement with NLS began as a committee member of the former NLSS (Nottinghamshire Law Students Society) acting as national representative to the national TSG (as was), later becoming Chair of the YSG in Nottinghamshire and continued to sit on the National YSG Council as representative for Nottinghamshire. Kathryn was involved in the national working party, under the Chairship of Fiona Woolf CBE, which merged the national TSG and YSG to create the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) in 2007/2008. Kathryn also oversaw the creation of the Nottinghamshire JLD and was its first Chair in October 2008.

Kathryn trained and qualified at Ashton Bond Gigg Solicitors in Nottingham and has been a Partner since 2010. She specialises in employment law advising businesses, locally, nationally and internationally working closely with Senior Executives and HR Managers on most aspects of employment law.

In her free time Kathryn can be found practising yoga at the weekly NLS class, or otherwise running or training somewhere around Nottingham.

Laura Such NJLD Local Law Society Representative

Laura is a solicitor in the Family Law department at Cartwright King Solicitors. This will be her fourth year on the NJLD committee having been Marketing Secretary alongside Alexandra Emery for two years and now the Local Law Society Representative for a year. She is incredibly excited to be continuing in her role for the NJLD and to sit on both committees. She hopes to ensure that she is effective in liaising between the two committees and that we are working together for the benefit of the lawyers across our city.

Lauren Crow Co-Chair of the Equality & Diversity Committee
Lauren studied Law at the University of Birmingham and thereafter completed her legal qualifications at the then College of Law in York.  Lauren went on to work as a paralegal at a national firm and after two years, she moved to Nottingham after having secured a training contract at another national firm.  Lauren qualified in 2014 and has specialised in Court of Protection welfare disputes and public law matters ever since.  In September 2018, Lauren became Director and joint owner of her own firm, MJC Law.  In what was a big year for Lauren in 2018, she was also awarded the Solicitor of the Year accolade at the Nottinghamshire Annual Awards Dinner and later on in the year was crowned Junior Lawyer of the Year at the national Law Society Excellence Awards.
Through her work, Lauren has always been passionate about fighting for the underdog and now, as co-chair of the Equality and Diversity committee, is keen to do the same for underrepresented groups within the legal profession.
Laura Pinkney Past President

Laura was President for the year 2018/2019 and has been closely involved with the Society for over 10 years, initially representing the Junior Lawyers Division on Council and then going on to Chair the Education and Training Committee. She is currently the Academic Representative for Nottingham Trent University, alongside Jenny Chapman.

Laura is Head of Nottingham Law School’s, Legal Advice Centre which is a teaching law firm. The Centre is an Alternative Business Structure, fully regulated by the SRA and the first of its kind in the UK. The Centre plays a vital role in inspiring the next generation of legal professionals and provides Nottingham Law School students with unique opportunities to develop their technical and practical skills. The Centre also provides access to justice to those who are unable to afford or access much needed legal advice. The Centre works closely with local firms, advice agencies, voluntary sector organisations and schools to offer legal support to the local community. The students gain real life experience of working within a professional law firm. They have the opportunity to run their own cases, including conducting their own advocacy, under the supervision of qualified solicitors. Laura is also a member of Nottingham Law School’s Senior Management Team.

Laura was previously a partner at national law firm, Cartwright King, and has over 15 years of experience in private practice specialising in serious fraud, confiscation and restraint cases. Laura was also a member of the senior management team with operational responsibility for over 200 staff and was head of department for both crime and immigration.

Away from the office, Laura enjoys walking her “boisterous” rescue dog, Badger, and spending time with friends and family.  

Lesley Purveur Newark - Local Constituency Member

Lesley is the Local Constituency member for Newark and Sherwood and has been involved with the Nottinghamshire Law Society committee for the past 5 years. She is a Partner at Larken & Co Solicitors in Newark where she has practised for the past 10 years.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Lesley studied law at the University of Kent, followed by Guildford College of Law, and then completed her training in London before moving to Nottingham. She worked for Ashton Bond Gigg Solicitors in Nottingham for 13 years where she was a Partner specialising in civil and commercial litigation.

Lesley continues to deal with a wide range of litigation work including contract and property disputes, insolvency matters and contentious probate as well as employment law. She enjoys the variety of work which is both challenging and rewarding. She also enjoys meeting up with other members of the committee and would like to see more members supporting the Society especially those from firms outside the city centre.

Away from the office Lesley has a busy family life and is also actively involved in her village. She has a keen interest in the arts, and is a huge Wimbledon fan and supporter of the Ulster and Ireland rugby union teams.

Lisa Hardy Criminal Bar Representative

Lisa has spent the last 21 years practising criminal law. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 and worked at two different Solicitors firms before joining the Crown Prosecution Service in 2000. Whilst at CPS she gained her Higher Rights of Audience and practised as a Higher Courts Advocate for 3 years. She transferred to the Bar in July 2011 and joined 1 High Pavement Chambers. She has always loved her job, no matter where she has practised from. She hopes to continue the work of their previous Bar Rep, working positively to promote the shared best interests of both the Bar and Solicitors and maintaining the strong relationships we have locally.

She is married with two teenage children. Juggling this job with a family is tricky at the best of times, but she manages it somehow, using her love of sewing, embroidery and quilting as her “therapy”, along with walking their much loved family dog.

Marie Dancer Local Constituency Member for Broxtowe

Marie was initially called to the Bar in 1999 and then qualified as a solicitor in 2002. Marie is the Managing Partner at Richard Nelson LLP and specialises in defending healthcare professionals and teachers in fitness to practise investigations before their regulatory bodies. She is based in Nottingham, but has a nationwide client base.

Marie is also a school governor at the school where both of her children attend.

Many years ago Marie sat on the Council of Nottinghamshire Law Society as the Young Solicitors Group representative, as it was called back then. She is pleased to re-join the Council in 2019 as the Local Constituency Member for Broxtowe.

Naomi De Silva Chair of the Sports and Social Committee

Naomi De Silva is an  Associate Solicitor at Browne Jacobson LLP in the Technical Claims and Social Care Department.

Qualifying as a Solicitor in 2010, Naomi studied at the Bar and then worked as a paralegal in Prison Law from 2005 until 2009. She then worked in Prison Law and then Family Law at Cartwright King from 2009 – 2017.

Naomi is the former Chair of the Nottinghamshire Junior Lawyers Division, and these efforts lead to her being co-opted onto the NLS Committee. 

In 2013, Naomi won the NLS ‘Contribution to the Community’ award.

Having set up the Law Society’s Running Group and engaging David Mayfield as group leader/organiser, and resurrecting the legendary Notts v Derbyshire Law Society cricket match, she is always happy to hear news ideas to bring the Nottingham legal community together. 

Naomi is a keen charity fundraiser having completed things like the London Marathon for Cardiac Risk in the Young in memory of her brother and also the Ride 100 (Surrey – London) for Tommys. Look out for her annual pleas for cash!

Away from work, you can find Naomi on a hockey pitch even resorting to umpiring or with her nose in a good book.


Nigel D. White Academic Member from University of Nottingham

Professor White re-joined the School of Law at the University of Nottingham in 2009 as Chair in Public International Law. Prior to that he held the Chair of International Law at the University of Sheffield from 2005-2009, and the Chair in International Organisations at the University of Nottingham from 2000-2005. He has held an academic post in Law since 1987, and gained his doctorate from Nottingham in 1988. He gained a BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence from Oxford in 1982. He has served as Head of the School of Law at Nottingham and Dean of the Faculty of Law at Sheffield. He is currently Co-Director of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre with Professor Mary Footer. He was a member of the REF 2014 sub-panel for Law.

Ravinder Hothi Head of Relationship Management, Midlands & Southwest, the Law Society of England & Wales

Rav is the Head of Relationship Management for the areas of the Midlands and Southwest, having joined the Law Society in 2005 Rav has wide ranging experience in relationship management and the delivery of the Law Society’s engagement plan.

Rav studied Law at Manchester University prior to joining the Law Society and has also had experience working in the public sector, his current role is focused on member engagement and ensuring that the Law Society maintains and grows a presence in the Midlands and Southwest. Rav leads the team with colleagues Sarah Richards, Relationship Manager – and James Shepherd Relationship Management Executive –

Richard Nelson Broxtowe - Local Constituency Member
Simon King Mansfield - Local Constituency Member

Simon is a lifelong resident of Mansfield who joined the local firm Elliot Smith & Co as a Trainee Solicitor before qualifying and taking up a full time position with them. Thereafter Elliot Smith & Co merged with Mather’s in Chesterfield and Simon has remained for the past thirty years at the same firm. 

Simon is now a Partner and Head of the Criminal Department for Nottinghamshire and also serves on the National Committee of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association. As well as the day to day running of the Criminal Department he remains a regular in the Magistrate’s  Court and  he has a particular interest in fraud cases. He also undertakes Peer Review work for the Legal Aid Agency and regularly delivers training to practitioners in various parts of the country.

Outside of work Simon is married with five children and has had a long suffering but lifelong devotion to Mansfield Town Football Club. Simon also has a keen interest in military history, spending time with his family and travelling.

Sushma Kotecha Representative for Resolution

Sushma Kotecha is Managing Partner at Stowe Family Law in Nottingham, the UK’s largest specialist family law firm. She is a highly respected practitioner with expertise in all aspects of family law ranging from representing clients with substantial wealth involving business, trust and high-value pension assets to cases involving complex child arrangements and relocation.

Sushma is renowned for her straight forward, no-nonsense strategic approach and exceptional client service. She is a member of Resolution and an Accredited FMC Family Mediator. Sushma is recommended in The Legal 500 UK Directory.

Away from her professional practice, Sushma is a committee member of Midlands Asian Lawyers Association (MALA) and enjoys practising yoga. She is passionate about her job and inclusivity and diversity within the legal profession.

Tom Herbert Chair of the Civil Litigation Committee

Tom is a civil barrister at Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham. He has a broad practice dealing with personal injury & industrial disease cases, property & construction disputes and commercial and local government matters, including education law.

As chair of the Civil Litigation Committee, he hopes to build links between local solicitors & barristers, encourage the use of ADR and coordinate responses to Government consultations. In this latter connection, he has co-authored a Nottinghamshire Law Society position paper on ‘Jackson II’.

Before coming to the Bar, Tom studied chemistry and he maintains an interest in all things scientific. He also enjoys current affairs, food and hiking. For a number of years he has volunteered at his former primary school in Beeston, where he is now a school governor.

Tony Hill Co-Chair of the Equality & Diversity Committee

Tony is the Senior Clerk at Ropewalk Chambers, having previously worked at chambers in London.

He sits on Chambers’ Management, Equality & Diversity and Finance Committees.  He has overall responsibility for Chambers’ administration, as well as building and maintaining relationships with clients.

He was awarded Practice Manager of the Year by Nottinghamshire Law Society in 2017.

As co-chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee, he is honoured to try to give something back to both the legal and wider communities that welcomed him over 20 years ago.