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If you are a member of the solicitor's profession:

Derby & District Law Society is a membership-only organisation which exists to represent and to further the interests of the Solicitor's profession within the Society's local area.


We act as a forum within which members of the profession can meet to discuss developments in the content and/or conduct of the law which affect them and/or their clients locally, and make representations to decision-makers.

We do this via a series of specialist Groups and Sub-Committees:


  • Finance
  • Education & Training
  • Civil Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Property Law
  • Private Client ( formerly Probate, Wills, Trusts & Elderly Client)
  • Employment  Law
  • Junior Lawyers' Section
  • Sole Practitioners' Group


We forge links via our PR and Parliamentary Liaison Officer with local MPs, MEPs and other key local regional and national figures of influence. We organise a local programme of accredited CPD training events (click Courses button for details of current courses) which allow members of the profession to maintain their knowledge of the law for the benefit of their clients, and to develop business management skills.

We organise social events which provide opportunities to meet, mix and network for both business and social purposes, culminating in the hugely popular Annual Dinner held in April each year.

We publish an eight-weekly Bulletin to keep Members up to date with what is going on locally.


We also offer a dedicated telephone line (01283 815030) for the use of both the public and the profession for dealing with general enquiries. 


Management structure

The Society is managed on a day-to-day basis by an Administator, under the direction of the Full Committee which meets bi-monthly. Chaired by the President, the Full Committee also comprises the Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, Vice-President, Deputy Vice-President, Immediate Past President (the six Officers) and up to 18 ordinary Members . A Standing Committee comprising the Society's Officers also meets as and when required.


The Officers and Committee members are appointed/reappointed each year at the AGM, held in April or May each year.


Full Committee Members
(* = Ex-officio: members of Full and Standing Committees. † = Attends Committee meetings by invitation)


Simon Stevens, Eddowes Waldron, Derby;

01332 348484;




Ben Lawson, Flint Bishop, Derby;

01332 344221;

Deputy Vice-President*


Martin Salt, Maclaren Warner, Ilkeston, Derbyshire; 

0115 9304994;




Honorary Secretary*


Fiona Apthorpe, Geldards LLP, Derby;


Honorary Treasurer*

Martin Salt, Maclaren Warner, Ilkeston, Derbyshire; 

0115 9304994;

Immediate Past President*

Andrew Cash, Carwright King, Derby;

01332 346111;



Public Relations Officer


Derby (City) CLSP Liason


Constituency Council Representative, Derbyshire †

Michael Williams: 01298 24185


Parliamentary Liason Officer

Julie Skill, Elliot Mather, Chesterfield

01246 231288

Solicitors' Benevolent Association Area Representative

Peter Lord, 9 Larkhill, Swanwick, DE55 1DD

01773 541753

Other Full Committee Members

Scott Atkins, Derby School of Law: 01332 593445;

Andrew Cochrane, Flint Bishop & Barnett, Derby 01332 340211;

Diana Copestake, Freeth Cartwright LLP; 01332 361000;

Paul Hackney, Geldards LLP, Derby,  01332 331631;

David Hardy, Tel: 01332 842008;   

Elizabeth Haysom, Derwent Law, Little Eaton; 01332 780718; 

Sue Jennings, Derby University, Derby; (m) 07946 609436;

Ellis Pugh, Geldards, LLP, Derby: 01332 331631;

Lewis Rose, OBE, Flint Bishop, Derby; Tel: 01332 226127;

Claire Rudkin, Flint Bishop, Derby: 01332 340211:

Manesha Ruparel,

Mike Simpson, Simpson Solicitors, Derby: 01332 424500;

Susan Woodall, Smith Partnership, Burton; 01283 531366;
Stephen Woolley, Geldards LLP, Derby; 01332 378335;
Natalie Yeung, Geldards LLP, Derby: 01332 331631;


Sub Committees

(Sub-Committee Secretary shown in bold)

Professional/Regulatory Purposes

Subsumed into the Full Committee - working groups to be convened according to the subject at hand.



Simon Stevens, Ben Lawson, Martin Salt, Fiona Apthorpe, Diana Copestake, Andy Cash,


Civil Litigation

Stephen Woolley, Paul Hackney, Mary Honeyben, David Hardy, Gary Adamson (01332 3473000, Rebecca Carr (01332 221722), Katy Fuggle (01332 367051),Stephen Savage (01332 559281),


Family Law

Fiona ApthorpeDiana Copestake, Manesha Ruparel, Vince Beckworth (01332 372311), Melanie Brigden  (01283 226444), Claire Dean (01335 345454), David Guthrie (01332 293293), Liz Guyler  (01773 749955),  Nick Herbert (01332 293293), Naomi Hickman (01332 364436), Ruth Jones (01332 346084), Fiona Lazenby (01332 346 111), Martina Longworth (01332 344221), Janine Hobday, (01332 340221), Julie Skill (01332 372311)


Criminal Litigation

Simon Stevens, Andrew Cash, Quentin Robbins, Andrew Oldroyd (01332 225225), Nick Wright (01332 364751)


Property Law

Vacant, Susan Woodall, Adrian Crowther (01332 340211), Rachel Bale (01283 561531), Natalia Delgado (01246 231288), Sally Gill (01246 231288), Stephen Gordon (01246 270112), Michael Taylor (01773 822333), Hugh Walford (01773 823999), Elizabeth Wallis (01629 812613), Andrew Cross (01629 582308), Charlotte Rosser (01332 291431).

Private Client (Probate/Wills/Trusts incl. Elderly Client)

Claire Rudkin,
Martin Salt, Laura Clare (01332 245154), Julie Cook (0115 944 6313), Ron day (01773 822307), Sharon Meanley (01332 747300), Nikki Spencer (0115 944 6325)


Employment & Business Law

Sue Jennings


Education & Training

Sue Jennings and all Sub-Committee Secretaries.



Junior Lawyers' Section


Ellis Pugh



There are various categories of membership, to cater for all those who are employed in the provision of legal services:


A)  Solicitor Partners, Associates, Consultants, Directors, members of LLPs and ABSs and, for those not in private practice, Senior Solicitors / Heads of Department; subscription  £52.50  + VAT (£63.00) pa 


B) Assistant Solicitors with more than 3 years' PQE at the date of application; subscription £36.66 + VAT (£44.00) pa


Membership categories A and B above are FULL Members of the Society.


C) Associate Membership is open to non-solicitor fee-earners (ILEX, licensed conveyancers, Paralegals etc, plus members of the Bar) and non-solicitors in management positions (Practice, Finance/Accounts, HR, etc): subscription £26.25 + VAT (£31.50) pa


D) Junior Membership is aviablable to Trainee Solicitors, Pupil Barristers, LPC students working at law firms as Paralegals and Assistant Solicitors with less than 3 years' PQE at the date of application; subscription £20.00 + VAT (£24.00) pa.


Whilst all Members are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the Society's work, including serving on the Full Committee and/or any relevant technical sub-Committee(s), and serving as Hon. Secretary or Hon. Treasurer, only those in categories A and B above may serve in the office of President / Vice-President / Deputy Vice-President.


To see what the Society does, access the current issue of our Bulletin magazine HERE.


How do I join?

If you are employed in the provision of legal services and fit into any of the membership categories above and either practise or reside in the Society's area and would like to join the Society, click HERE to access a printable copy of an Application Form, which you should complete and submit as indicated on the form.