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Westminster and Holborn Law Society
Junior Lawyers Division
The JLD represent the interests of junior lawyers across Holborn and Westminster. The group aims to represent all law students, trainee solicitors, pupils, and qualified solicitors and barristers up to 5 years PQE. The JLD are dedicated to creating a network of these junior lawyers within WHLS to provide a wide range of educational and social benefits.
Raphaela is a solicitor in Lawrence Stephens’ Family team and works across all areas of private family law with a special focus on international and cross-border matters. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked for the UN focusing on violence against women. Following a career change, Raphaela qualified as a solicitor in April 2021 having completed her training contract at a specialist international family law firm.
I am a solicitor at TWM Solicitors based in Fulham. I specialise in Business Law and work with SMEs, entrepreneurs, family businesses and partnerships advising on all aspects of commercial and corporate law. Previously I worked as a computer programmer for seven years then took a career break to have a family. When I began studying law, I worked part-time for a disability charity advising clients and unpaid carers on welfare rights. Currently, I am also a mentor for a law student at Kingston University. I believe it is important to support budding junior lawyers and the JLD is a great platform for that purpose.
I am a Family law solicitor at Dawson Cornwell, primarily working in international children law. I am thrilled to be Co-Chair of the WHLS JLD Committee, having been a proud and active member since studying the LPC in 2018. I am aware that young lawyers are likely to face a variety of challenges in the current landscape and believe that it is so important to have this friendly and supportive environment to share our ideas, experiences, concerns and beliefs.
Keshia joined WHLS JDL committee in 2020 and she was previously Joint Chair of the Hertfordshire Junior Lawyers Committee. She is a solicitor at Creighton and Partners Solicitors working in the family team. Keshia enjoys welcoming new members, getting to know new members and hosting a variety of events. She is delighted to be Co-Chair of the WHLS committee, and she is keen to a rapport with WHLS JDL members by providing a supportive environment for junior lawyers.
Martina Ignatova – Trainee Solicitor
Martina is Trainee Solicitor at Amnesty Solicitors due to qualify as a solicitor on 1st March 2023. She specialises in both personal and business immigration. She also takes great interest in matters that interplay between family and immigration law. She has previously been able to assist victims of domestic violence and equally securing their permanent residence in the UK. Martina has also gained experience in many aspects of international family law, particularly child abduction, wardship and relocation of children abroad.
Martina has joined the Westminster and Holborn Law Society and the Membership Committee, responsible for the managing of the new and existing memberships within the organisation.
She is also fluent in Macedonian and she can speak Serbian and Bulgarian.