Committee Members

Our Management Committee is currently comprised of 5 Officers and 6 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

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Mumtaz Hussain

Mumtaz is the President of the Surrey Law Society, having joined the committee in 2016. A civil litigation solicitor and former sole practitioner, Mumtaz spent the first 12 years of her career working exclusively on the client-facing side of delivering legal services. In recent years she has focused on expanding and developing her career to include operational skills; client procurement and retention and client account relationship management, by pivoting to the Business Development side of the legal sector. Mumtaz has spent much of her life in Surrey and is deeply committed to ensuring the voice of the diverse legal community in Surrey is represented robustly.

Victoria Clark
Victoria Clarke
Honorary Treasurer
01372 571126;

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.

Kieran Bowe
Kieran Bowe
Honorary Secretary
020 8541 2041;

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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Maddie Beresford
Vice President
01483 752742;

Madeleine joined the committee in September 2018.  Madeleine qualified as a solicitor in August 2016 at TWM Solicitors, having also completed her training there at various offices across Surrey. Prior to qualification, Madeleine completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminology at the University of Southampton and went on to the University of Law to study the GDL and LPC. In her spare time, she enjoys travel and sport.

Nick Ball Nick Ball
Committee Member & Immediate Past President
020 8549 518601483 752700;

Nick was previously Treasurer for the Society for 6 years, prior to taking up the Presidency in 2019. 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 TWM Solicitors in Surrey. 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.

Karen Grimm
Karen Grimm

Committee Member
Tel: 01276 401 689;

Karen was born in South Africa but spent her early years in what was then West Germany returning to an apartheid South Africa to complete her secondary and tertiary education. When she was 18 years old Karen voted for the very first time at a referendum about whether people of colour should have the right to vote in what was then an apartheid South Africa. The Bill of Human Rights was not yet a reality in South Africa and Nelson Mandela was still incarcerated and Karen is proud to have been able to make a difference and to help shape the future of so many South Africans and indeed change history. Karen qualified as a lawyer in 1998 specialising in residential property work and re-qualified as a solicitor in 2004.  Karen specialises in providing a personal and tailor-made service to her clients and in particular elderly and vulnerable clients and is a full professional member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and Regional Director of SFE for Surrey.  She is a lso a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and  Dementia Friend.   Outside of work Karen enjoys catching up with family and friends, going for long walks in the English country side, music, world foods and travel.

Claudene Howell
Claudene Howell
Committee Member
Tel: 020 8949 9500;

Claudene is a Family Law Solicitor at Pearson Hards LLP.  She joined Pearson Hards in March 2019 after completing her training at another reputable firm with offices in Surrey and Hampshire. Claudene studied Law at London South bank University where she attained a First Class honours degree. She then went on to achieve a distinction on the Legal Practice Course.  Claudene joined the committee in 2021.  Outside of work Claudene enjoys socialising with her friends, keeping fit and embarking on adventures with her children.

Maralyn Hutchinson
Committee Member
Tel: 020 8977 6633;

Maralyn is a partner in the firm of Kagan Moss & Co and she also sits on the Society's Conveyancing & Land Law Sub-Committee. She is also a fully accredited member of specialist organisation Solicitors for the Elderly.

Gerard Sanders
Gerard Sanders
Committee Member
01483 887704;

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.

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James Scozzi
Committee Member
020 3440 5506;

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.

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Sushila Abraham
The Law Society of England & Wales - Surrey Council Member
020 8390 0044;

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.  She 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.

Alastair Logan
Alastair Logan OBE, LL.B
The Law Society of England & Wales - Surrey Council Member

Alastair is a retired solicitor who practised as a sole practitioner on the high street for 33 years and then as a Consultant for 6 years. His work encompassed the usual mix of work in a general practice but he specialised in family law and human rights. His work in human rights included over 100 applications to the ECHR to remedy denials of human rights to prisoners; many applications for Judicial Review, miscarriages of justice cases and pro bono work for domestic violence charities, CAB and for those denied legal aid. He trained as a mediator in the US in 1965. He acted for the Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven. He is now an Adviser with the CAB. He was a Board Member of the Legal Complaints Board. He sits on the Human Rights Committee of The Law Society. He became a Council Member for the Surrey Constituency in July 2019.