Committee Members

Our Management Committee is currently comprised of 3 Officers and 8 Committee Members who meet 4 times each year. They stand for election at the Society's AGM in November each year. We also have four Sub-Committees: Quo Vadis Strategy Group, Finance, Social and Conveyancing & Land Law.

If you would like to know more about the work of the Management Committee and Sub-Committees please contact our Chief Executive Sue Seakens on 01344 860830 or at sueseakens@surreylawsociety.org.uk

Mark Gough

Mark Gough
President 2016-2017
01372 230786
mark@markgoughlaw.com

Mark became President of the Society  at the AGM on 24th November 2016. He joined the Committee in 2013. After many years in the gas industry, Mark qualified as a Solicitor in 2004 having trained at Downs. He was a founding partner at Cuff & Gough LLP in Banstead and now practices in employment law and dispute resolution with a focus on the SME sector. He also advises and is involved with many 3rd sector organisations. He is a trustee of Surrey Law Centre and Sutton Mental Health Foundation and has a particular interest in the provision of legal services to the social welfare sector. In his weaker moments he will admit to a (financially) unhealthy relationship with a Series 3 Land Rover.

2016 President Daniel Church

Daniel Church
Immediate Past President
01483 752700
daniel.church@TWMSolicitors.com

Daniel is the Immediate Past President of the Society having stood as President for 2015-2016. Daniel is a Private Client Solicitor at TWM Solicitors in Guildford. Having qualified in March 2011, he specialises in Wills, Probate, Trust Administration and Lasting Powers of Attorney. In his spare time Daniel enjoys playing as much sport as possible, including football, tennis, cricket, golf and cycling. Aside from sport he enjoys D.I.Y, fishing, skiing and film. Daniel played an active role in fundraising for TWMs charity of the year, Surrey Air Ambulance, and helped to raise over 35,000 pounds for them.

Kieran Bowe

Kieran Bowe
Honorary Secretary
020 8541 2041
kieran.bowe@russell-cooke.co.uk

Kieran is the Honorary Secretary of the Surrey Law Society having completed his year as President for 2012-2013. He qualified in July 2006, and is now a solicitor in the Private Client department of Russell-Cooke LLP in Kingston upon Thames where he specialises in all aspects of private client work. Kieran is a STEP Committee member (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and Student Liaison Officer for STEP Surrey Branch. Kieran studied at the University of Durham and completed his LPC at the College of Law in Guilford. Before qualifying as a solicitor Kieran was employed by BP, working within their in-house legal department. Prior to a career in law, Kieran was employed as a consultant in Frankfurt and London.

Nick Ball

Nick Ball
Honorary Treasurer
020 8549 5186
nick.ball@howell-jones.com

As Treasurer Nick chairs the Finance Sub Committee and oversees the financial management of the Society. Nick was a co-opted committee member of the Society, before being formally elected to the board at the AGM in November 2012. He is a company and commercial solicitor at Howell Jones Solicitors in Surrey and London. Nick qualified in 2010 having completed a law degree at Kingston University and the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in Guildford. Before qualifying, Nick was a paralegal at a firm in Sussex and he also worked for one of the world’s largest banks.

James Scozzi

James Scozzi
Vice President
020 3440 5506
jscozzi@elitelawsolicitors.co.uk

James started his professional career as a Costs Draftsman in 2001 firstly for a well-known national law firm and thereafter for HM Law Costs Draftsmen. He subsequently qualified as a Solicitor and worked for McMillan Williams (MW) as the Head of the Costs Department and subsequently as Head of Revenue Generation. Whilst at MW James was responsible for supervising costs aspects relating to all fee earners practicing in the areas of personal injury, clinical negligence, family, civil and professional negligence. James was also part of the management team that dealt with MW’s expansion from a small high street practice to a practice employing over 250 staff over 16 branches. James is currently the Managing Partner of Elite Law Solicitors, a firm of solicitors that specialises in legal costs.

Marek Bednarczyk

Marek Bednarczyk
Committee Member
01483 887704
msb@hartbrown.co.uk

Marek Bednarczyk has been a committee member since 2000 and was President of the Society in 2013-2014. He is a partner with Hart Brown Solicitors and specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence. He is currently a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Panels and the AvMA Panel. He has worked in the past for many years on the Legal Services Commission Funding Review Committee (formerly the Appeals Committee). He qualified as a solicitor in 1991.

Victoria Clarke

Victoria Clarke
Deputy Vice President
01372 571126 
Victoria.Clarke@stowefamilylaw.co.uk  

Victoria joined the committee in 2016, having been a liaison between the Surrey Law Society and Young Surrey Lawyers since 2015. She qualified in 2015, having studied the GDL and LPC at the College of Law in Guildford and completing her training with TWM Solicitors in Surrey. She now works as a Family Solicitor for Stowe Family Law LLP. Victoria is the Surrey Representative for the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society, and she is also the Press Officer for the Surrey branch of Resolution. Before qualifying, Victoria worked as a paralegal in the Dispute Resolution department of Stevens & Bolton. Outside of work, Victoria enjoys technology and working with computers, as well as being a member of Normandy Parish Council.

Win Cummins

Win Cummins
Committee Member
01344 860830 (via SLS Administration Office)
admin@surreylawsociety.org.uk

Win Cummins was admitted as a solicitor in 1980. A Property lawyer she has worked both “in house” for 2 large property developers and the BBC, and private practice. She left Nabarro Nathanson and joined Mackrell Turner Garrett in 2000 and became a partner in 2001. She recently retired as head of the Real Estate Practice Group with Mackrell International one of the oldest international legal associations. As Chair of our Conveyancing & Land Law Committee Win also
Chairs the annual Conference in October each year.

Gloria McDermott

Gloria McDermott
Committee Member
01344 860830 (via SLS Administration Office)
gloria.mcdermott@virginmedia.com

Gloria McDermott is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and also a Commissioner for Oaths, who was admitted in 1994. Gloria has 24 years experience as a Property Lawyer acting in various areas of Property Law. This includes Landlord and Tenant, Contract Law, Auction Sales, Acquisitions and Disposal of sites, plot sales for Developers and Option Agreements. She is also experienced in dealing with Shared Equity, Leases for Life and Shared Ownership. Lease extensions and experience in Matrimonial Conveyance with regard to property distribution.

Julie Rowe

Julie Rowe
Committee Member
020 8541 2023
julie.rowe@russell-cooke.co.uk

Julie qualified in 2008 and is a Solicitor in the Private Client department of Russell-Cooke in Kingston upon Thames. Julie is also a member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners. Prior to qualification Julie worked in bilingual roles for Shell Oil and also in private banking for one of the largest French banks in London. Outside of work she is a keen supporter of Harlequins Rugby Club.

Gerard Sanders

Gerard Sanders
Committee Member
01483 887704
gts@hartbrown.co.uk

Gerard qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and, since 1995, he has practised exclusively in the fields of claimant personal injury and clinical negligence work. He is a member of the Law Society's personal injury panel and he was appointed as a partner at Hart Brown in July 2017. Gerard joined the SLS Committee in 2017.

Ian Wilkinson

Ian Wilkinson
Committee Member
01483 300905
ian@castlepartnership.co.uk

Ian joined the Committee in 2014. He qualified as a solicitor in 1995 having trained at Hart Brown before setting up TCP with former colleagues in 2001. Ian specialises in criminal defence work both legally aided and private and represents clients in both the magistrates and crown court. He also undertakes licensing work. Outside of work his main interests are of a sporting variety (now mainly confined to watching) and has an unfortunate passion for Derby County .

Mumtaz Hussain

Mumtaz Hussain
Committee Member
Tel: 07983 488 351
mumtaz@thelegalconsultant.org.uk
www.thelegalconsultant.org.uk

Having qualified as a solicitor in 1992, Mumtaz started her legal career as a civil litigator at Manchester firm Jack Thornley Solicitors. She moved to the then Surrey firm Parabis Law in 2001, where she stayed until 2007, when she opened her own firm, Mackenzie Hope & Company. Mumtaz closed that firm and moved to Pannone LLP’s Connect2Law team, working with a portfolio of law firms assisting in matters such as legal practice development, client procurement and sustainable business growth. Headhunted in 2013 by Willis Towers Watson Mumtaz relocated to London in 2014 to join a team providing regulatory and compliance support to solicitors around the UK. She now runs her own Surrey consultancy, The Legal Consultant, providing business support and SRA regulatory and compliance guidance to solicitors nationwide.
Mumtaz is also a radio broadcaster and presents a weekly show on Brooklands Radio in Weybridge. She is a keen cook, and she has travelled extensively. Mumtaz is a mother of two and is married and lives in Surrey.

Sushila Abraham

Sushila Abraham
The Law Society of England & Wales - Surrey Council Member
020 8390 0044
office@sabrahamsolicitors.co.uk

Sushila Abraham is a Past President of the Surrey Law Society standing as President in 2014-2015. She is a Sole Practitioner in Surbiton and has a general practice but her main area of expertise is Family Law. She is a Past Chairman of the Sole Practitioners Group (2009-2010) an Executive Committee Member and is the Conference Organiser for the Group together and was elected as a Council Member for Surrey alongside re-elected Council Member - John Perry (see profile) in July 2015. Sushila has a passion for cooking in her spare time.

John Perry

John Perry
The Law Society of England & Wales - Surrey Council Member
020 8549 7444
john.perry@palmerssolicitors.co.uk

John is a high street general practitioner and a partner at Palmers Solicitors in Kingston upon Thames. He has 30 years service to local law societies, being in turn Secretary and President of both the former Mid Surrey Law Society and the Surrey Law Society. John first became President of Surrey Law Society in 1996-1997 and then again in 2008-2009. He is currently one of Surrey's two Council Members at The Law Society of England & Wales, together with Sushila Abraham. He is the present Social Secretary, former Law Society Intervention Agent. John gets involved in most things to do with Kingston and Law in Surrey as well as singing in seven London choirs and playing cricket for Teddington.