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08 February 2023

Shannon Gawley is elected Chair of NIYSA

Shannon Gawley was elected Chair of the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors’ Association (“NIYSA”) at its Annual General Meeting at Law Society House. on Monday 30th January 2023.

Shannon is a Solicitor in the Commercial team at Carson McDowell and an Executive Officer of the European Young Bar Association.

Commenting on her election she said:

I am delighted and deeply honoured to have been elected as Chair of the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors’ Association for the coming year.

My sincerest appreciation and thanks to our immediate past chair, Ruaidhrí Austin, and outgoing committee members William Nugent, Natasha Moffett, Robert Bellingham and Colleen Ward for their tireless efforts and assistance they have provided to the association throughout the past number of years.

I would also like to sincerely thank and express my gratitude to the Law Society of Northern Ireland for their long-standing support of the NIYSA.

The past few years have been a challenging time for many in the legal profession, particularly for our members starting off in their careers. As we navigate through the implications of Covid-19, the cost-of-living crisis and any other hurdles life might bring us, it is my hope that the NIYSA will continue to flourish as an association and show the resilience, integrity and tenacity of spirit that young solicitors in Northern Ireland have.

I am delighted to announce that my theme for this year as Chair is “Future of the Profession”.

Looking to the year ahead, with the help of the newly elected committee, I am excited to build on the great work of the association to date and will endeavour to continue to strengthen long-lasting networks with our counterparts in the UK, Ireland and our colleagues across Europe and further afield.

Shannon Gawley




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