General Committee

The General Committee is made up of up to 27 members.  Each member serves a three-year term.  Nine members will be due to retire at each AGM although five of those nine due to retire can be nominated by the Committee for re-election at the Society's AGM.  This Committee is responsible for the management of the Society's business.  All the sub-committees report in to this Committee.  Below you will find a list of the current General Committee.  To find out more about the Society visit About The Society.

Current Officers

President - Ms Nina Ferris, Hill Dickinson
Vice President
- Mr Chris Topping, Broudie Jackson Canter
Honorary Treasurer - Mr David Tournafond, Bermans 
Joint Honorary Secretary Miss Julie O'Hare, Carpenters
Joint Honorary Secretary - Mr Steven Zdolyny, Riverview Law
Immediate Past President - Mr John Ballam, FPH Law

Specialist Sub-Committee Chairs

Access to Justice Committee - Mr Steve Cornforth, Steve Cornforth Consultancy
Criminal Practice CommitteeMs Eileen Chisnall, Levin Solicitors 
Civil Litigation Committee
Employment Law Committee - Ms Lindsey Knowles, Kirwans
Family Business Committee - Ms Emma Palmer, MSB Solicitors
In-House Counsel Committee - Mr Martyn Rodmell, Princes Ltd
Non-Contentious Business Committee - Ms Naomi Pinder,Catherine Higgins Law
Regulatory Committee - Ms Mickaela Fox, Weightmans

Other post holders

Public Relations Officer - Mr Stewart McCulloch, Auto Resolutions
Parliamentary Liaison Officer - Mr Jeremy Myers, Husband Forwood Morgan
Other Members of the Committee
  • Ms Nicky Benson, Bermans
  • Mr David Bushell, Brown Turner Ross
  • Ms Samantha Bushell, Brown Turner Ross
  • Ms Joanne Francis, BLM
  • Ms Nicola Harris, MSB Solicitors
  • Ms Alison Lobb (Editor of 'Liverpool Law' magazine)
  • Mr James Mannouch, Educational establishment
  • Ms Adele Schofield, The Berkson Globe Partnership
  • Mr Alum Ullah, Bond Turner
  • Ms Gaynor Williams, Bennett Williams Solicitors

To become a Director of the Society and to join General Committee
Directors serve a three year term.  Each year there are at least four vacancies.  Anyone wishing to join the General Committee must be nominated by three members of the Society and stand for election at the Annual General Meeting held in November each year.  To register your interest please, contact us >>

 Trainee Conciliation Officer (TCO)

Although not a member of General Committee, the Trainee Conciliation Officer (TCO) is appointed by the Officers of the Society.

District Tribunal Judge Helen Broughton is Liverpool Law Society’s TCO for trainees in the Merseyside area. The role of the TCO is to liaise with trainees who have concerns or issues with their training contract. The TCO is an experienced member of the local legal community who trainees can approach in confidence regarding their problem.

To contact Helen Broughton, please email and you will be put in touch with her.

Assisting the General Committee

The following are invited to assist the committee:

Geographical Council Members representing Merseyside & District on The Law Society's Council, Chancery Lane, London

  • Mr Charlie Jones - Weightmans
  • Mrs Sarah Lapsley - Cook & Talbot

MS LUCY YEATMAN/DEBORAH TYFIELD (Liverpool University School of Law & Social Justice)

TBC (Liverpool John Moores University School of Law)

MR ALISTAIR HOUGH (Chair, Merseyside Junior Lawyers Division)

MS CLAIRE QUINN (Relationship Manager North, The Law Society NW)

MS KATHRYN KING (Chair, Women Lawyers' Division)

Local Law Society Representatives:  

  • Mr Paul Leadsom - President, Southport & Ormskirk Law Society
  • Ms Amy Thomas - President, Chester & North Wales Law Society