2016-17 Chair's Messenger Article Sep '16



Thank You

As this is my first contribution to the Messenger magazine as the newly-appointed Chair of MTSG, my first order of business is to congratulate and pass on an enormous thankyou to all committee members on the 2015/2016 committee for all their efforts and hard work that made last year’s MTSG calendar an extremely successful one. The committee put in a significant amount of time behind the scenes and I think we can all agree that the array of events held across the board demonstrates the dedication of each committee member within their respective roles. The MTSG Summer BBQ and Election Results Party (being the end-of-year social) was held at The Lawn Club in August, which proved to be a sell-out event. Once again, the Social Directors outperformed themselves in venue choice and evening entertainment.   

The 2016/2017 MTSG Committee

The MTSG elections drew to a close at the end of July. Following a large volume of applications received and the hundreds of votes cast, I am delighted to reveal this year’s MTSG election winners and the 2016/2017 committee:

Chair – Matthew Flanagan (Turner Parkinson LLP); General Secretaries – Emily Taylor (Simpson Millar LLP) and Didi Ogbo (TLT LLP); Sponsorship Directors – Luke Holden (JMW Solicitors LLP) and James Kay (Slater Heelis LLP); Online Director – Sophie Burrows (JMW Solicitors LLP); Treasurer – Lara Celensu (BLM LLP); Social Directors – Seraphina Wilkins (Fieldfisher LLP), Loretta Woollams (JMW Solicitors LLP) and Georgina Anwyl (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer); Ball Directors – Nikki Hussey (DWF LLP), Aisling Bassett (Laytons Solicitors LLP) and Charlotte King (JMW Solicitors LLP); FELT Director – Alex Herbert (Davis Blank Furniss); Education Directors – Grace Matthews (Lund Bennet Law LLP) and Alasdair Jones (DWF LLP); Sports Director (Male) – Neil Munford (Bermans); Sports Director (Female) – Catherine O’Rourke (JMW Solicitors LLP); Activities Director – Chris Berry (Solis Law); Charities Director – Heena Kapadi (Slater Heelis LLP); JLD Representative – Adam Hattersley (McHale & Co).

Keep an eye out for the profiles of each of the newly-elected committee members in October’s edition of the Messenger.

The Year Ahead

Manchester is a diverse and dynamic city and I am looking forward to meeting with all the new members in this year’s intake of trainee solicitors, paralegals and other MTSG members. Having relocated to Manchester from Northern Ireland, I have found that MTSG is an excellent base for those who are new to Manchester and for meeting new people, in addition to expanding your network of professional contacts as a junior legal professional.  

The Social Directors are currently in preparation mode for the launch party and if last year’s event is anything to go by, it will be a fantastic night. Some of the opportunities we are planning throughout this year include a variety of social, sporting, charitable, networking and educational events, the infamous winter and summer balls, and not to forget the MTSG ski trip. By now, you should have received the MTSG welcome packs from your firms, however if you have not done so, please contact us via our website or via one of our social media platforms (details provided below).

We look forward to continuing our relations with the current sponsors and supporters of MTSG as well as working alongside new sponsors and supporters who are interested in becoming involved with MTSG. The commitment and generosity of all our sponsors allows MTSG to provide a magnitude of events throughout the year whilst providing networking, development and educational opportunities to our members.

I think I speak for all of the newly-elected committee members in saying we are looking forward to growing and developing the MTSG. We will continue to build on the success of the previous year and we have some exciting events to look forward to.

We look forward to seeing you at the launch party!

Matthew Flanagan

Chair of MTSG

Trainee Solicitor at Turner Parkinson LLP


The Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group provides social, education, sporting and networking opportunities for junior legal professionals in and around Greater Manchester. If you would like to become a member, whether you are a paralegal, prospective trainee, trainee or newly qualified solicitor, please visit the ‘Join Us’ section of our website (www.mtsg.org.uk), contact us via twitter (@mcrtsg) or via the facebook group (MTSG 2016/17).

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