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PEOPIL New Lawyers Group

Special Interest Group

The New Lawyers Group (NLG) was established with a clear focus on young colleagues and their specific aims and interests, serving as an “entrance door” for young lawyers and putting them into contact with the rest of PEOPIL.

The major goal of this working group is to create a win-win situation in which young lawyers can enhance their skills and networks thanks to the PEOPIL conferences and other projects such as the new website, while simultaneously providing PEOPIL with fresh ideas and a vivid contact to the next generation of personal injury lawyers.

The NLG holds a conference each year. The first conference was held in London in 2014 with the last conference taking place in Edinburgh on 3 March 2023.

Paris will be hosting the event in 2024 on 15 March.
Make sure to follow updates on the conference programme and registration on PEOPIL’s LinkedIn and Instagram!

PEOPIL’s New Lawyers Group has four members on its Board:

Aurélie van Dijk – Chair
Gabriela Lenarczyk – Vice-Chair
Rona Hayworth – Secretary
Nathaniel Martindale – Marketing and Sponsoring.

According to their mission statement, the goal of the Board’s efforts is to provide PEOPIL’s newest members with tools to navigate the early years of a career as personal injury lawyers. The Board is currently developing a mentoring scheme within the organization so that the newest members can make the most of their first years in the profession.

The NLG was established in order that younger lawyers could become more engaged in the activities of PEOPIL. Any lawyers or law students who are practicing law less than 10 years can join the NLG and can remain member until 13 years PQE.
Members meet foreign colleagues and learn from them through networking and the exchange of information. Members also refer cases to each other from various European jurisdictions.

Aurélie is a Personal Injury lawyer at Beer advocaten in Amsterdam. The firm’s primary practice is personal injury, working for plaintiffs only. It presently consists of 12 attorneys and 3 medical advisors, being one of the larges and leading plaintiff firms in The Netherlands. Aurélie represents plaintiffs, both individually and in group, in litigation regarding medical negligence, aviation, personal injury (including cross border claims) and wrongful death.

Gabriela is an attorney-at-law, Associate at the BFP law firm based in Kraków, Poland. She handles personal injury cases with cross-border elements and assists in preparing expert reports for foreign law firms. She has vast experience in medical law with a specialisation in cases of perinatal malpractice and in the areas of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. She holds a PhD in Law from the Polish Academy of Sciences. Gabriela has been part of PEOPIL for 9 years and is our Social Media expert.

Rona is a solicitor based in Digby Brown’s Foreign and Travel Department in Edinburgh, Scotland, who deals with a wide variety of accident abroad claims involving Scottish people in foreign countries as well as foreign nationals injured in Scotland. She has experience of dealing with all types of accidents, including Road traffic accidents abroad, workplace accidents abroad, general holiday accidents, including package holiday claims, aviation accidents, accidents on sea-going vessels and offshore accidents.

Nathaniel is an Associate Solicitor at Irwin Mitchell LLP, Leeds, UK, with over 10-years’ experience the legal industry and over 7-years’ experience specifically in the field of international disputes including personal injury, property damage, subrogated recoveries and policy advice. His main interest and specialism is in private international law disputes as well as travel and tourism.

Who can be a member of the NLG?

Any lawyers or law students who are under 10 years PQE can be member of the NLG.

If you would like to be a part of this group, if you are keen to develop the group further or require further information please contact for more information.