Cardiff and South East Wales Junior Lawyers Division

Michael Zajdel


Michael was elected as Chair of the Committee in late-2017 after joining in 2016 as Events Coordinator and taking over as Interim Chair early-2017. He is a Legal Assistant at Acuity Legal, a final year part-time LPC student at Cardiff University and a junior member of the Cardiff and District Law Society.

His main goals for this year are to:

  • build upon the JLD’s very successful year 2016/2017;
  • introduce a JLD Membership Card with local discounts for junior lawyers and LPC students;
  • create a stronger relationship with Cardiff and District Law Society; and
  • expand JLD’s network with local businesses and law firms.

Apart from the above, he is looking to hold many exciting networking events for junior lawyers and law students in the upcoming year!

Twitter: @michael_zajdel

Clare Good

Vice Chair

Clare was elected as Vice Chair of the committee in 2017 after joining in 2016 as an Events Organiser. Clare is a trainee solicitor at JCP Solicitors Ltd, currently undertaking a seat in Business Litigation. Clare enjoyed her first year on the Committee and seeks to build on the ongoing successes of the local JLD for the year ahead with many more successful events.

Natalie Matthews


Natalie is the secretary for the committee 2017-18. Natalie completed her Law Degree at Cardiff University along with her LPC. She is a first year trainee at JNP Legal, a high street practice based at Merthyr Tydfil and Nelson. In her spare time Natalie is kept very busy with her 1 year old!

Twitter: natalielorna1

Joanna McSwiney


Eleri Williams

National Representative

Eleri was elected as National Representative of the JLD and this is her first year on the committee. She is a legal advisor at JCP Solicitors in Cardiff after having completed her law degree in 2015 and her LPC in 2016. Eleri is looking forward to working with the JLD and local law societies, and to organising lots of interesting events.

Charlotte Hughes

Charlotte Hughes

Media Team

Charlotte is a graduate of the university of South Wales with a Masters of Law and Legal Practice.  Charlotte is currently a Trainee Solicitor at Watkins and Gunn Solicitors.  Charlotte is a media officer on the committee publicising all events hosted by the JLD and keeping the JLD newsletter up-to-date.  Charlotte is a fluent welsh speaker and exercises this by judging in an annual Urdd Eisteddfod.  Charlotte is a keen skier and plays netball for her local team.  Charlotte is excited to start her third year on the committee.


Joy Baker

Media Team

Joy was elected a media officer for the committee in 2016. Joy completed an undergraduate law degree at Swansea University in 2008 before undertaking the LPC at Cardiff University in 2009. Joy completed her training contract with Harding Evans and is now a solicitor in the Contested Wills, Trusts and Estates department at Hugh James. This is Joy’s second year on the JLD committee and she is excited to continue putting her organisational skills to good use.

Carys Jones

Media Team

Carys is a Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Harding Evans.  She joined the committee in 2014 as the High Street Firms’ Representative and was Chair in 2015-2016. She is now in her second year as a Media Officer and her main role is to keep the website updated.


Samantha Jenkins

Events Team

Sam graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2014 after obtaining a degree in Law and has just completed her masters in Professional Legal Practice.  She is training at Eversheds Sutherland and is currently in her third seat in the core real estate infrastructure transport team. This is Sam’s second year on the committee; having helped organise some fantastic events with the rest of the events team last year, she is excited to do the same again this year and is looking forward to the year ahead.

Lowri Morgan

Events Team

Lowri is Events Co-ordinator for the year 2017-2018. Lowri completed her undergraduate degree in Law in Cardiff University in 2015, and her LPC in BPP University in 2016. Lowri is currently employed as a Trainee Solicitor in her second year in Eversheds LLP, in the Cardiff Office. This is Lowri’s second year on the JLD Committee. Lowri is a sociable person, and so will thoroughly enjoy her role of planning some fantastic events this year for the Cardiff and South East Wales JLD.

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