Sub Committees

Sub Committees

We have a number of specialist sub committees responsible for looking at particular subject areas, initiating a response to consultation papers and raising matters of concern within and without the region.

Civil Litigation

Civil, Commercial and Employment

Chaired by TBC
Contact (Commercial): Jo Amos

All matters concerning civil courts (excluding family) and tribunals including consultations, court practice and procedure. Covid readiness and IT.  Links with the Business and Property Courts Forum and representatives on the civil court user groups.

In House and Commerce & Industry

Chaired by Anu Kaura

A new committee tasked with increasing the links between private practice and in house solicitors


Chaired by John Bates

Identifying areas where seminars and presentations might be useful for members on an ongoing basis.  Sourcing speakers. We hold seminars on both black letter law and legal practice and welcome approaches from persons interested in making presentations to Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society members.

Legal Aid

Chaired by Elspeth Thomson

Issues relevant to both criminal and civil legal aid.


Magistrates and Crown Courts

Chaired by Alasdair Watson

Specialist issues arising in both the Magistrates and Crown Courts including listing, prisons, hearings, Covid readiness,  IT, consultations and the development of the criminal law estate in Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham. Representatives on criminal court user groups.


Public and Private Law, Children Law and Ancillary Relief

Chaired by Nick Kincaid

All matters concerning the family courts including development of the new civil court estate in Newcastle upon Tyne. Consultations, listing, Covid readiness, IT and remote, hybrid and attended hearings.

Local Government & Associated Bodies

Chaired by Carly Prendergast

Liaison between the Society and local government in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham.

Membership & Benefits for Members

Chaired by TBC
Contact: Victoria Richardson (young solicitors)
Contact: Harriet Bosnyak (not for profit)


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Non Contentious

Residential and Commercial Conveyancing, Private Client Wills and Probate

Chaired by Victoria Bell

All matters concerning property and conveyancing including CQS and panels. Wills, Probate and Trusts.

Professional Purposes

Ethics, Regulation and Practice Management

Chaired by Chris Hugill

This sub committee deals with issues arising from the SRA Handbook and changes in regulation.  COLP, COFA and LeO. Professional Indemnity Insurance. Regular consulation responses and input in relation to practice matters on a local regional and national scale.

Public Relations and Parliamentary Liaison

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Chaired by Kate Goodings
Organisation of the Society’s social events.

Junior Lawyer Division

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The Newcastle and North East Junior Lawyers Division provide one representative who attends Newcastle Law Society Standing Committee meetings as an observer and acts as liaison between the respective organisations.


Chaired by John Bates

Liaison on all relevant matters with both Newcastle University and the University of Northumbria including the provision of prizes


Chaired by TBC

Ongoing development of the Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society website.