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 Helen Opie on 0333 577 3830 or at email@example.com
Immediate Past President
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Daniel stood as President for the Surrey Law Society 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 for them.
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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.
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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 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 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.
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.
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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.
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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.