Lorraine has significant experience across all areas of family law. She undertook the Advanced Family Court Work Skills Course at Queen’s University Belfast in 2013 and qualified as an Advanced Advocate in 2014. Lorraine also became a member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Children Order Panel in 2014 and joined the NI Guardian ad Litem panel in 2016 allowing Lorraine to represent the views of the child in specified proceedings. (For further information on this please see: http://www.nigala.hscni.net/ )
Lorraine was a committee member of the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors’ Association from 2009, serving as Chairperson of the Association 2012-2014. Lorraine was also the first person from Northern Ireland to be elected President of the European Young Bar Association in June 2012 for a one year term, having served on the EYBA Executive Committee for two years prior to her appointment. In her capacity as Chair of NIYSA and President of EYBA, Lorraine has organised a number of educational and social events, as well as delivering presentations on issues affecting young Solicitors at National and International Conferences; most notably to members of the American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, during its annual Spring Conference in Nashville, 2012 and Minneapolis, 2013. Lorraine continues to be a member of both the NIYSA and the EYBA, and is also a member of Belfast Solicitors’ Association, and the Law Society of Northern Ireland; where she has sat on the Family Law Committee since 2012.
Lorraine also served on the inaugural committee of Young Leaders Northern Ireland in 2011. YLNI comprises of the Chartered Accountants Ireland, the Institute of Directors, Junior Chamber International Belfast and the NIYSA. This is an organisation aimed at inspiring leadership across industry and the professional services in Northern Ireland, through education, sharing ideas and creating personal development opportunities.