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Northern Ireland Young Solicitors' Association

The Northern Ireland Young Solicitors' Association was set up in 1984 by Harry Coll, the then President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.


With an ever increasing membership the NIYSA aims to

  • represent the views of young solicitors;
  • organise activities of an educational and social nature;
  • encourage contact with the other young solicitors’ Associations and with other professions; and
  • promote and advance the interests of young solicitors generally and those of the legal profession.

Every solicitor aged 36 or under is automatically a member of the NIYSA.

As per our amended Constitution all solicitors who have not reached 10 years’ post qualification experience (PQE) are members of the NIYSA.

The NIYSA held its AGM on Friday 13th January 2017 and elected its committee for 2017. The 2017 committee members are as follows:

David Cairns (Eamonn McEvoy & Co) – Chairman

Emma O’Donnell (Carson McDowell) – Vice Chair

Rachael Gamble (Cleaver Fulton Rankin) – Treasurer

Ciara Ferguson (JMK Solicitors) – Secretary

Chris Kinney (McCallion Keown) – Membership Secretary

Lauren Jones (HHD Solicitors) – CPD Co-ordinator

Stephanie Johnston (Carson McDowell) – Committee Member

Francesca Glynn (Edwards & Company) – Committee Member

Owen Williamson (Shean Dickson Merrick) – Committee Member

Julie-Ann McCaffrey (Cleaver Fulton Rankin) - Immediate Past Chair

Emma McCaul (Simmons Meglaughlin & Orr) - IPLS representative

How can I stay up to date with NIYSA events?

Join the NIYSA group on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

Your name can also be added to our email distribution list by contacting our Membership Secretary Chris Kinney at

For further information and contact details please visit