Top role for Cripps lawyer

16 May, 2016
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Senior Cripps lawyer Vanda James has been elected President of the Kent Law Society, which represents all solicitors working in the county.


Vanda has been a specialist family lawyer for more than 25 years, dealing with complex cases both within married and unmarried families. A trained collaborative lawyer, she is a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems.


“It is a great honour to be elected president and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead in such a rapidly changing profession,” said Vanda, who is a keen athlete and married with a grown-up daughter.


“I have been honorary treasurer of Kent Law Society since 2007 and was president of Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge & District Law Society in 2011, so I understand its workings and how best to represent the interests of our members.”


Vanda’s appointment follows the firm’s chief operating officer Christina Blacklaws’ election as deputy vice president of the Law Society, which represents the interests of the public together with 165,000 solicitors in England and Wales. In 2018 she will become the society’s president.


“It is a great endorsement for the firm that two of our lawyers have been selected by their peers to leading roles within the Law Society – both regionally and nationally,” said managing partner Gavin Tyler.


Cripps has also recently been named – for the third year running – one of the UK’s Top 25 law firms for its private client work by eprivateclient, the leading website and news service for private client practitioners including lawyers, accountants, trustees and fee-based IFA’s.