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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Steven Hamilton


Steven Hamilton is a partner in the Private Client Department of Taylor Walton and provides clients with specialist advice on inheritance tax and succession planning, the creation and administration of trusts, probate and property related issues. Steven also deals with Lasting Powers of Attorney and elderly client matters as well as well as having a keen interest in charity law.

 Outside of the office, Steven is a very keen swimmer, and enjoys playing squash, running and taking bike rides and woodland walks with his wife and two young sons.

Diana Kirsch

Vice President

Diana Kirsch is Associate Dean Enterprise and Director of Pro Bono at Hertfordshire Law School. Diana qualified as a criminal defence solicitor in 1999 and worked at Moss and Co, a specialist criminal practice in Hackney, for 8 years before becoming a lecturer at BPP Law School. Diana moved to Hertfordshire Law School in 2019 where she set up Hertfordshire Law Clinic. Since 2021 she has been an External Examiner with the Solicitors Regulation Authority. with overall responsibility for the Police Station Representative Accreditation Scheme (PSRAS).

Judith Gower

Honorary Secretary and Treasurer

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 over 13 years.


Neil Johnson

Immediate Past President

Neil graduated from the University of Glasgow and before becoming a lawyer taught English in Greece and Italy until being called to the Bar in 2003. Having worked in commercial litigation in London, Neil cross-qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and joined HRJ Foreman Laws in January 2016. In his spare time Neil enjoys coaching football and cricket. He is President of the Italian Society of Bedford, where he keeps up with his Italian skills, and also enjoys cooking and spending time with his family. Neil is a member of the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates.