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Meet the Committee

Oliver Haddock

Chair

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Olly is a commercial litigation solicitor at RadcliffesLeBrasseur.

Olly loves networking and public speaking, having hosted a number of professional events and appeared on industry podcasts such as Legally Speaking, More From Law and the Legal Cheek podcast.

As well Chairing the LYLG, Olly is also the founder and Chair of the London Young professionals Network. The LYPN is a cross-industry network of networks uniting the London branches of a number of major industry bodies including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. 

Amber Parslow

Co-Vice Chair

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Amber joined the LYLG committee in February 2019 after attending events as a member and became Co-Vice Chair in December 2019.

Amber is a Future Trainee at Baker McKenzie, commencing in 2022. Amber graduated from Cardiff University in 2017 with a First Class Honours in Law and Criminology. 

Amber is particularly passionate about social mobility in the legal profession and is an active member in BakerOpportunity – Baker McKenzie’s diversity focus group.

Anita Hodea 

Co-Vice Chair

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Anita joined LYLG in May 2019 and became Co-Vice Chair in December 2019.

Anita is currently a trainee at Dechert LLP. 

Anita read Law and also completed her LLM in International Law and International Relations at the University of Bristol. 

She is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion in the legal profession and beyond.

Mike Gorski

Treasurer and JLD National Committee Representative

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Mike is a Trainee at Santander UK plc, having completed seat in Capital Markets and Commercial Contracts (Payments, Innovation and Operations) .

He studied International Law at undergrad and completed his LPC (although there was a small break there to tour across Europe) before joining Berwin Leighton Paisner’s banking and insolvency team. Mike has subsequently moved to Santander, where he spent two years prior to commencing his training contract working in both Business and Wealth Management Divisions.

Outside of work, Mike enjoys going to theatre and gigs, “debating” politics, any outdoor activities and planning his next skiing trip.

 

Nicola Rubbert

Immediate Past Chair 

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Nicola joined the Committee in April 2014. Nicola enjoys welcoming new members, getting to know members and sponsors, co-ordinating and hosting events and chairing the Committee.

Nicola is the in house solicitor for Nimax Theatres in the West End. Prior to joining Nimax, Nicola was a Trainee Solicitor and then an Associate at Fujioka Law in Moorgate and then went onto become Partner at Jamieson Alexander in Blackfriars. Nicola read Law at Swansea University and attended The University of Law in Guildford for the Legal Practice Course.

In her spare time, Nicola enjoys going to the theatre, live music, dancing, yoga, Pilates, spinning, outdoor fitness classes, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, climbing, socialising with friends and travel. 

 

Elizabeth Russell

Diversity and Inclusion Officer

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Elizabeth is an Associate solicitor in the Property Litigation department at Teacher Stern LLP. She joined the Executive Committee in January 2020.

Elizabeth read Law with Journalism and graduated with First Class Honours before completing the LPC at the University of Law with a Distinction. She trained at a firm in Hertfordshire and qualified as a solicitor in April 2018.

She was the Joint Chair of Herts JLD and nominated for the Hertfordshire Law Society Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession”. She received a special mention from the judges as runner-up. 

In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys running and hiking. In April, she will be trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu raising money for charity.

Leah Aschettino

Charity Officer

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Leah is an Associate at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and joined the Committee in 2018 when she made the move from Cambridgeshire to London.

Leah takes on the role of the Committee’s Secretary and is also the Charity Representative. The Committee is a proud sponsor of South West Law Centres and LawWorks and Leah is tasked with arranging the charitable elements of events organised the Committee.

Leah read Law at Nottingham Trent University and went on to train at Greenwoods GRM. Leah qualified in 2017 into the Employment Department where she acted solely for employers. Leah now works at Slater and Gordon where she represents employees on a wide range of diverse matters.

In her spare time, Leah enjoys exploring the restaurant scene in London, reading, travel and socialising with friends.

 

Ruchir Maharaj

Sponsorship Officer

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Ruchir is a future trainee at DLA Piper LLP and has completed a Secondment at ITV plc.

Ruchir has an LL.M. in Corporate Law and a Law with Business LL.B. The future of legal practice is of interest to him, having been selected as one of four to attend the global ‘LawWithoutWalls’ programme and attending Harvard Law School and Miami Law School as part of the programme.

He has since engaged in several innovation focussed initiatives, including the global conference JD Horizons.

As a South African national, he is also passionate about diversity and has been involved with organisations like Aspiring Solicitors and Generation Success for a number of years.

He likes to throw himself out of his comfort zone – recently learning Bulgarian, going to Thailand to practice muay thai, and starting a YouTube channel.

Alexandra Lima

Communications Officer

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Alexandra is a trainee solicitor at Darlingtons LLP. She joined the firm in September 2019 and will be qualifying in 2021. Outside of work, Alexandra has collaborated with TheLex100, The University of Law and The Lawyer Portal, as well as being published by LawCareers.Net and LexisNexis in the past year.

Alexandra studied Law LLB on an Academic Scholarship at the University of Kent and went on to complete her LPC and Masters in Law, Business and Management at the University of Law Moorgate Campus. During her undergraduate degree Alexandra worked on her second language, Spanish, as well as being involved in the University Athletics and Skiing teams.

Alexandra joined the LYLG team as an ambassador in July 2019 and has worked on social media management and event promotion. She now has been elected to the Executive Committee as Communications Officer and will be responsible for running a new team of ambassadors, as well as building connections with legal press and other organisations.

In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys practicing yoga and going to cafes as well as travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Daisy Batchen

Executive Committee Member

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Daisy is a second-year trainee solicitor at a City firm, and is due to qualify in August 2021. Daisy’s practice has a focus on commercial litigation, with an interest in reputation management issues.

Daisy joined the LYLG Committee in 2020.

Daisy studied Modern Languages at the University of Nottingham before commencing the Law Conversion course in 2015.

Outside of work, Daisy is passionate about music and the arts.

Calum Doherty 

Membership Officer

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Calum joined the committee in September 2019 and forms part of the Membership team. Calum is a third seat corporate trainee at Thrings LLP and has completed seats in litigation and real estate.

In his spare time Calum enjoys visiting new restaurants in London, fitness training, running and playing golf and tennis.

Harriet Beswick

Executive Committee Member

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Harriet joined the LYLG committee in June 2019 after attending events as a member.

Harriet joined Cripps Pemberton Greenish as a trainee solicitor in September 2019. Before starting her training contract and after graduating from the University of Bristol, Harriet worked full time as a Commercial Real Estate paralegal whilst studying the LPC part time at the weekend.

 

In her spare time, Harriet enjoys going to London’s wide array of boutique gym classes, trying out new brunch spots, listening to podcasts and socialising with friends.

Sophie Warren

Regional Officer

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Sophie is a Law with French Law graduate currently working as a Real Estate Litigation paralegal at Eversheds Sutherland. During her studies, Sophie embarked on a year abroad in Bordeaux and went on to complete the LPC part-time. Outside of law, Sophie manages the social media account ‘LegallyRun’ and is a keen advocate of balancing fitness alongside a high-pressured legal career. Alongside running, Sophie partakes in numerous pro-bono and charity fundraising initiatives both at work and independently.

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