Matrimonial juniors set up own body

JUNIOR-RANK matrimonial lawyers have opened an offspring group for younger members of the profession, established under the auspices of the Solicitors Family Law Association.

The Young SFLA Group (London) will be officially launched on 19 October to provide regular training, educational and social events for family lawyers under partnership level.

Devised by Charles Russell solicitor Emma Arkell, and Jo West and Caitlin Jenkins, of Withers, the organisation will open its doors to solicitors, paralegals, trainees and legal executives.

SFLA chair Nigel Shepherd said the group would encourage a new body of young family lawyers in the capital to get involved with the association.

“New blood brings new ideas and we need to groom the SFLA of the future,” he said.

Arkell said the new group's founder members were all active in the SFLA, “but we found that at our level we didn't really know any of our contemporaries from other firms”.

“The obvious way to sort out this problem seemed to be to set up this group.”

She said that the social aspect to the association would also make working with opposite numbers less arduous because lawyers would be acquainted with each other. “If you've got somebody on the other side who you know it makes it so much easier to resolve a case,” she said.