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Lucy Morrison  Lucy Morrison – Development Director

Lucy joined Central Law Training in September 2011 and heads a team of experienced lawyers developing courses, conferences and webinars. She is also responsible for Central Law Training's litigation programme.

Lucy studied English at Cambridge and after the CPE and LPC trained at Clarke Willmott.  On qualification she joined Wragge & Co where she worked for 10 years in the commercial litigation team. Lucy advised across a wide range of commercial disputes but has particular experience of litigation involving directors duties. Lucy was the lead fee earner in the Court of Appeal case of Wragg v Partco Group Limited involving claims against former plc directors in fraud and negligence. She also acted for the Secretary of State in directors disqualification proceedings for 10 years.

Lucy has always had a strong interest in training and education, reinforced by her time spent as a trustee at Warwick University Students Union and was excited at the opportunity to join Central Law Training, which she has always regarded as the leading provider of legal professional training.
  Joanna Dutton – Private Client

Joanna joined Central Law Training in June 2013 as Private Client Programme Development Consultant.

Joanna studied Law at the University of Warwick and completed her LPC with distinction at the College of Law, Birmingham. Joanna joined Higgs & Sons as a trainee in 2003 and qualified into the firm’s Private Client department in 2005 becoming an Associate in 2008. Whilst at Higgs, Joanna administered a number of high net worth estates and acted for a number of wealthy families in connection with their wills and inheritance tax planning and asset preservation. She has also lectured for the Law Society. Joanna is a member of STEP, passing all entrance exams with distinction.

Outside of Central Law Training, Joanna is a member of Birmingham Choral Union and runs Up & Downs, a support group for children with Down Syndrome and their families.
 Sue Hearn Sue Hearn – Commercial and Residential Property

Sue has over 30 years’ experience in Property Law most of it in the City with Herbert Smith and (as a partner) with Eversheds and McGrigor Donald. She has also worked for smaller practices so is well placed to understand both residential and commercial property issues. Whilst in practice she was involved in a number of landmark development projects especially in the transport and energy industries (including nuclear and gas storage).  She has extensive experience of property finance deals, institutional investment and property support in high value corporate transactions. She has managed property departments and is well aware of the need for practical training and education. Sue is well known for a wide network of contacts in the property industry both in the law and outside which will prove useful not only for ideas for the Programme but also for speakers.
 Julia Thackray Julia Thackray – Family Law

Julia is a mediator and trainer in family law. She was previously a partner in two London firms, practising as a family lawyer for 19 years. Her experience includes divorce, financial claims, civil partnerships, cohabitant claims, fertility law, children issues, cross border children work including child abduction. She was described as ‘extremely sound’ and ‘recommended as an experienced lawyer with excellent judgement’ by the Legal 500 Directory. She sits on the editorial board of the journal International Family Law, Policy and Practice, the Advisory Board of Only Dads and Only Mums (two organisations providing support for separated parents) and she previously sat on the Private Law Children Committee of the Family Justice Council.
 Lorna Valcin Lorna Valcin – Employment

Lorna started her legal career as a legal secretary and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives before continuing her studies and qualifying as a solicitor in 1998. Lorna then spent over 15 years working for Colemans-ctts LLP in Kingston-upon-Thames where she specialised in the areas of Employment and Immigration law, becoming a partner in 2009.  Lorna has been delivering legal training for some time, initially to clients and others at Colemans and went on to deliver training on the Association of Women Solicitors’ (AWS) Returners’ Course. Lorna continues in private practice and holds the position of Central Law Training's Programme Director for Employment Law and is responsible for putting together Central Law Training's offering for employment training through our webinars and seminars.

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