Executive Committee Members
Tahira has been a practicing solicitor for 20 years. She set up as a sole practitioner after being made redundant in 2010. She has found the SPG to be an extremely helpful point of contact on so many issues which are affecting the whole profession whilst paying particular attention to the needs of Sole Practitioners. Tahira understands that being a sole practitioner can be a lonely experience but networking with like-minded individuals makes all the difference. She is glad that there is an independent body outside of the Law Society that is working hard to look after its members interests. Tahira is based in Bury, Greater Manchester where she lives with her family. She has lots of interests outside of the law including politics. Tahira was previously an LEA school governor and has stood as a candidate in the local elections and is passionate about civic duty and putting something back into the community. It is a lot to juggle with but Tahira is proud of the work of the SPG because she believes in better representation for Sole Practitioners!
Penny has been a SP specialising in family law for 20 years, working with her husband Mike a Forensic Accountant on divorce cases involving business and complex asset and income tracing and Inheritance Act disputes. She won Worcestershire Family Lawyer of the Year award in 2014 and was nominated for the National Family Law Magazine Family Law Firm of the Year for 2015. She has appeared on radio and television and, with Mike, has toured their networking pantomime 'Snow White and the Seven Small Business People ' internationally, including a notable performance at the 2016 SPG Conference in Prague!
Kem qualified as a solicitor in November 2002 under the tutelage of Mr Martin Mears (former President of the Law Society). Kem has over sixteen years commercial experience gained in a variety of demanding and challenging environments. Kem’s employment history includes time spent at some of the most prestigious legal firms in Suffolk and Norfolk. A keen gardener, Kem has completed the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Horticulture and her other hobbies include reading, travelling and cooking in true "Nigella" fashion.
Clive specialises in litigation covering most aspects of private and commercial work and has been a sole practitioner in Lymington in Hampshire since leaving a partnership in 1998. His other interests are as Chairman of his local Amenity Society in Lymington and Trustee of the New Forest Centre Museum in Lyndhurst. In the past he has served as Chairman of the local Citizens Advice Bureau and Churchwarden and in the early 70s as a Resident Magistrate in the Seychelles.
Clive has been an SPG committee member since 2000 and served as Chairman, and then as Hon Secretary and Chair of the Insurance Subcommittee from 2006. He was on the Law Society Council Membership Committee for 10 years and since 2017 has been the SPG Nominated Law Society Council Member, serving now on the Councils Scrutiny and Performance Committee.
Kemi was called to the Nigerian Bar as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1989 and admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2004. She has a varied work experience which includes working in the immigration department of the Home Office, private practice both in legal aid and privately funded matters in the UK. Her last role was head of immigration department in a firm before setting up as a sole practitioner. She specialises in Immigration and Human Rights Law. She also undertakes family law work and landlord and tenants. Outside of work Kemi is a trustee in a thriving charity and enjoys spending time with her three sons. She also enjoys keeping fit, music, networking, reading biographies and current affairs.
Sushila has lived in Surbiton, Surrey for over twenty years. She decided to start her own practice locally because she wanted to offer quality and care to the local community. She also wanted to be free from pressure to overcharge clients in order to meet the profit and billing targets set up by some of the bigger law firms. She is married to Matthew a barrister, and they have one son who has also qualified as a barrister. In addition to being wife and mother, running her practice in Surrey, and her role on the SPG Executive Committee, Sushila is also ‘Cllr Sushila Abraham’, having been elected as Lib-Dem local councillor in the Borough of Kingston in a by-election in February 2013 and then re-elected in May 2014. Sushila was also President of Surrey Law Society and was elected as Law Society Council Member for Surrey. She is also a Board member of the Membership Board at the Law Society and a Trustee of ICLR representing the Law Society. Sushila is a very community minded person and had run cookery classes for local school children, which she called “Suzie’s Kitchen”, believing in the importance of teaching life skills.
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Having worked in some of the most prestigious banking and consultancy organisations, Sukhjit opted to provide a more personal one to one service and believed that this could be best done through his own practice. He has been based in Goodmayes in Ilford since 2003. In his private life, Sukhjit likes to get involved in a number of charitable activities, working with organisation to assist people from all backgrounds and ages in reaching moral excellence either in their private life or in their professional capacity. Whilst he is quite a shy person, Sukhjit has been part of two documentaries exploring the changes that have taken place in the traditional arranged marriage process. His children are still young and take up a great deal of his time but when he does have time for himself, Sukhjit likes to sit, read a good book and watch the world go by.
Moses was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1987. He has also been admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Moses is a Sole practitioner and specialises in Human Rights and Immigration. He is also engaged in general civil and criminal matters on a private fee basis. In his spare time he enjoys sailing and has participated in many sailing events around the world. He also enjoys discovering new places and spending time with his family.
Rahil Chaudhari is a Senior Solicitor at Arlingsworth Solicitors. Rahil secured an LLM at University College London and then went on to train and work at some of the most prestigious law firms in the City before joining Arlingsworth in 2005. Rahil is a highly experienced and versatile solicitor and has practiced in the fields of immigration, family, commercial, employment and litigation for the past 20 years. He now specialises predominantly in immigration, human rights and company law. Rahil has become a leading authority in these areas. Rahil’s client base spans a wide range of sectors from multinational companies to private individuals. Rahil always works tirelessly to achieve successful results for his clients and he is driven by providing exceptionally high standards of client care.
Joanna Connolly specialises in the areas of Consumer Credit, Contentious Probate, and Insolvency. Joanna is a solicitor with Higher Rights of Audience who is qualified to represent clients as an Advocate in the higher courts in England and Wales. She was previously Head of Consumer Credit Litigation at MSB Solicitors and has had extensive litigation experience both at County Court and High Court level. Joanna had conduct of the lead Consumer Credit Act High Court case Carey v HSBC Bank Plc  EWHC 3417 (QB) as well as cases in the Court of Appeal.
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Josephine became an SP in 1997 and works in Bedford, specialising in family matters and also undertaking some civil litigation work. She has had a varied career previously working in London and the Home Counties doing company and commercial work, then moving to civil litigation. She is a past president of Bedfordshire Law Society and continues to be involved with this group. Married with three children, spare time is occasionally spent learning arts subjects with the Open University and elsewhere. Other hobbies include upholstery, piano and walking.
Dorcas is a Sole practitioner, at home and abroad. She recently celebrated 10 years of being a SP with offices in London and Lagos. She flies in and out of the UK on a regular basis dealing with a variety of cases. She specialises in Immigration Law dealing with entry clearance cases, family reunion, visitors' and students' visa applications. The practice also deals with family and education cases, giving a voice to the weak and defenceless. Dorcas is married with four children. When she is not busy attending to clients, she works as a counsellor, nurse, cook, taxi driver, tutor of her four young adults. She loves to travel and finds shopping very therapeutic.
David is a dispute resolution specialist with over 20 years’ experience dealing with civil and employment law matters. After reading law at the University of London he trained and qualified in the City of London working at leading law firms before starting his own niche practice as a sole practitioner based in Covent Garden. Acting for individuals and SME companies he has dealt with a wide-range of cases ranging from judicial review in the European Court of Justice to contract and property disputes in the High Court and County Court. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and speaks French. Married with a son who keeps him very busy when not in the office, he is also a school Governor of his local Primary School and enjoys reading, cycling and the cinema.
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Hamish is based in Fulham, London. Having initially specialised in copyright and trade mark work, both in the City and New York City, his practice now includes conveyancing, wills trusts and probate, as well as litigation. Married with three children, when Hamish is not in the office or involved in SPG matters he enjoys open-air swimming, sailing, overnight bike rides, and also has a passion for the theatre.
Lubna qualified as a solicitor in 1992. She was a partner in a high street firm in West Yorkshire for many years and then started her own practice in Birmingham in 2007 undertaking mediation, family and civil litigation. Lubna became a CEDR accredited Mediator in 2005, and is dual qualified to conduct both Civil and Family mediations. She has done shuttle mediations (where parties prefer not to meet) and also time limited mediations (2-4 hours duration). Lubna is also involved with various regulators and she Chairs a number of Disciplinary/Professional Conduct Committees. She is a Law Society Council member where she represents the interests of sole practitioner, Chair of the Law Society's Membership and Operations Committee, and she also sits on the Law Society Board.
Nick was admitted as a solicitor in 1979 and was a junior partner in two firms in London before starting his own practice in the West End in 1987. In 2011 he moved on to create a niche international commercial and family practice in Chancery Lane. He is a Member of the Solicitors Family Law Association and has trained other professionals on family law matters and anti- money laundering. Nick is married with four children and he has a range of hobbies which include travel, music, tennis, reading and photography.