The Professional Society of Local Solicitors


Hertfordshire Law Society (HLS) is dedicated to raising the profile and promoting the interests of the local legal community.

Members have the opportunity to develop their careers and share ideas through HLS networking and training events.

HLS participates in numerous forums concerning the profession and can make its voice heard at a national level.

In a challenging professional environment, HLS is working hard to keep legal services local.

Membership is open to all those in the legal profession who live or practise in the Hertfordshire area and its environs.

Read a brief History of the Herts Law Society here.

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Attia Hussain


Attia Hussain is a specialist Children Law Solicitor-Advocate (Civil) at Crane and Staples Solicitors, Welwyn Garden City, practising predominantly in Public and Private Children law as well as Family Law matters. Attia appears frequently as an advocate in the Family Court at all levels, acting for children, parents, other relatives and foster carers etc. Attia is passionate about local legal services and access to justice, she serves on the Hertfordshire Local Family Justice Board.

Attia joined HLS in 2013, having previously served almost two years on the Council for the Hastings & District Law Society, she served as HLS Vice President during 2017.

Attia is an avid traveller and supporter of legal charities assisting the most vulnerable in society and has been known to have skydived from 5,000ft in aid of the London Legal Support Trust. One of her claims to fame is having baked a number of legal themed cakes which appeared in the Legal Cheek and all over Twitter in 2016-2018.

Judith Gower

Vice President

Judith Gower is solicitor working in the commercial law team at Hertfordshire County Council. The areas of law that she covers include statutory law such as data protection, freedom of information and RIPA, all aspects of commercial law including procurement, company, IP along with schools converting to academies.

She came to law later in life as Judith started out working in IT. She then decided to do a law degree and was lucky enough that the County Council had faith in her and has now worked there for 13 years.

Stephen Halloran

Immediate Past President

Stephen Halloran is a Director of Lawtons Solicitors, a specialist criminal defence firm with offices in the HLS area. Stephen has significant experience in dealing with the most serious of criminal cases and is a member of the Law Society’s Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme and regularly exercises his rights of audience before the Higher Courts.

Having been invited as an observer to the Council (most especially for crime related issues) Stephen became a Council member in 2014, Vice-President in 2016 and President in 2017.

Outside of law, Stephen enjoys spending time with his family and, when permitting, playing golf. 

Claire Sharp

Honorary Secretary and Treasurer

Claire Sharp is a partner with Debenhams Ottaway, where she manages a team in the Private Client department and offers specialist advice in Trusts, Wills, Probate, Tax Planning and Estate Administration. She also provides advice for elderly clients in relation to Lasting Powers of Attorney and general affairs, including care home fees.

Claire regularly gives seminars to local businesses in her areas of expertise.

Claire served as HLS President in 2016.