Diane Morrison is now a qualified solicitor!
We are delighted to report that following the successful completion of her Legal Practice Course (LPC), Diane Morrison, who has worked at Hackney Community Law Centre as a generalist advisor and then a trainee solicitor, has now formally qualified as a solicitor.
Diane Morrison joined the Law Centre as a typist in May 2005 (initially on a part time basis). She then qualified as a Generalist Adviser with the CAB (Holborn) on a part-time basis and became the Law Centre’s main adviser alongside the specialist caseworkers.
She still volunteers with the CAB. From 2009 onwards she started the Law Centre’s volunteer programme. Diane’s main experience has been in the social welfare law team – alongside supporting the volunteers with front level advice work and she also gives legal advice at HCLC's new Community Law Shops Pop-Up service every Monday in Hackney Central library.
Outside of the Law Centre she is also a keen distance runner (she completed her fourth marathon in London in April 2012). She also believes the world’s problems could be solved if more people learned knitting and embroidery. She is a member of the Womens’ Institute (Alexandra Palace) and has joined the London Comedy Writers circuit as an outlet for writing sketch comedy.
She was also the secretary of the St Ignatius Soup Run for 11 years and is a member of a choir. Ian Rathbone, Chair of HCLC, said: "I have watched with pleasure Diane grow in skill, confidence and professionalism over the years with us, and am very proud that she has qualified as a solicitor. We have helped to give her that opportunity to explore her potential and develop her expertise and knowledge and look forward to seeing her further grow as she helps us take on the difficult challenges of the years to come. She is an important part of what we do to help the people of Hackney".
Huge congratulations, Diane! HCLC is very lucky to have you! Read about other members of the HCLC team HERE.