Executive Committee Members
Head of Marketing Sub-Committee
Having worked in some of the most prestigious banking and consultancy organisation’s, 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.
Kemi is dual qualified in both England and Wales, as well as Nigeria.
Kemi is called to the Nigerian Bar as a barrister of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
She is a single mother of three young men, two of whom play semi- pro football for two separate teams and the family supports Manchester United.
In her spare time, when Kemi is not out supporting her son’s football matches, she enjoys music, reading and cooking.
Rupert is an SP in Bristol who specialises in employment law. He is married with 3 teenage children. Most weekends he is out on his bike in the beautiful countryside around Bristol which makes him a MAMIL – a middle aged man in lycra!
Clive specialises in litigation and has been a sole practitioner in Lymington in Hampshire since leaving a partnership in 1998, covering most aspects of private and commercial work. 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 actively engaged on behalf of SPG over the past 10 years.
Ian is a retired general practitioner who can’t swim but is into boats and motor cruisers in particular. Ian is also a lover and collector of inexpensive art and antiques and who in the next life will be an interior designer but never a minimalist! Ian remains on the Roll as a solicitor and enjoyed 52 years of the variety and excitement of private practice until the Regulators and the Government killed the joy of it.
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
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 barrister Matthew, 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 as Conference Organiser, 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 is also President of Surrey Law Society newly elected Law Society Council Member for Surrey. Sushila is a very community minded person and has also run cookery classes for local school children, which she called “Suzie’s Kitchen”, believing in the importance of teaching life skills.
Practice Sub-Committee Chairman
Martin was admitted as a solicitor in 1975 after 5 years articles and acquired his sole general practice in Leighton Buzzard in 1985 where he has practised ever since. Martin has been a member of the SPG National Executive Committee since its inception (he believes that only Ian Lithman is still an "original"). Martin lives with his partner in Leighton Buzzard and when he is not working, he enjoys spending time with her. They share a number of hobbies together, including stamp collecting.
SRA Liaison Lead
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.
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. 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.
In her limited spare time Sue enjoys walks in the country and catching up with friends. She is an early riser and enjoys listening to Farming Today and other radio programmes. She has family nearby and a demanding dog!
Nick was admitted as a solicitor in 1979 and was a partner in two firms in the London area before starting his own practice in the West End in 1987. In 2011 he moved on to create his niche 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 money laundering. Nick is married with four children and he has a range of hobbies which include music, tennis, reading and photography.
Tahira has been a practicing solicitor for almost 16 years. She set up as a sole practitioner after being made redundant in 2010. Tahira is a fairly new member of the SPG Committee having joined just over 18 months ago. She has found 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 husband and teenage son who has just started college. She has lots of interests outside of the law including politics. Tahira is an LEA school governor and has stood as a councillor previously as she passionately believes in doing her 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!
Kem qualified as a solicitor in November 2002 under the tutelage of Mr Martin Mears (former President of the Law Society). Kem has over twelve 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.
Solo Editorial Team
Tina is an Employment Law specialist based in Derby and after many years in private practice across the East Midlands, achieved her life long ambition in 2010, to become a Sole Practitioner and she still thoroughly enjoys the freedom and benefits this brings her. Having qualified as a Workplace Mediator in 2012 and a Commercial Dispute Mediator in 2013, she is finding this work equally as rewarding. Tina is married with a teenage daughter with whom she has recently taken up yoga, but also loves to plan and enjoy theatre trips, travel and entertaining family and friends. As part of her role in the community she feels it important to give something back and so in addition to other committee work, she mentors Law Students at the University of Derby and has been a school governor since 2003, in both Primary and Secondary Schools. Currently she is Vice Chair at Allestree Woodlands Academy School in Derby. She is however, unable to function until she has taken her cocker spaniel (and office companion), Monty for a 5k run each morning.
London Regional Chair
Shak proudly hails from Yorkshire, studied in London and qualified in Sheffield in 1995. Until he became a solo in 1992 he worked in mid/large law firms always undertaking predominantly family law and some wills and probate work. Wanting to undertake more high value cases, Shak returned to London in 1999 and has worked there ever since. He is also Chair of London Region SPG and chairs monthly meetings to raise standards amongst the London Region solos with mentoring programmes and regular training sessions in place. As a former All Arms Commando, he now tries to keep fit and run races to get sponsorship for Armed Forces charities.
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.
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.
SOLO Editorial Team
Josephine became an SP in 1997 and works in Bedford, specialising in family work. She has had a varied career working in London and the Home Counties doing commercial work, then moving to civil litigation. Married with three children, spare time is occasionally spent learning arts subjects. She is a big fan of the Open University. Other hobbies include music and walking.
Press Officer & Website Administrator
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.