Who we are

The Stowe Family Law trainee blog has been going for a couple of months now, so it’s about time we talk a little bit more about our three aspiring solicitors and contributors Zoe, Becca and Hayley.

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Our newest contributor Hayley Crossman studied Spanish at the University of Leeds. She also spent a year in Alcala de Henares on the outskirts of Madrid where she studied Spanish language , literature and modules in Spanish law. Hayley then went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law in York and is currently studying for her Masters in Childcare Law and Practice at Keele University. Hayley gained an interest in family law whilst working for the Children’s Workforce Development Council and the private family law team at the Department for Education. And when not working, she’s out training for her next marathon or baking.

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Zoe White graduated from the University of London with a BA in English Literature in 2010, and went on to the University of Glasgow for an MA. She was then awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law (with a distinction) from the University of Staffordshire and followed to complete her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in Manchester (with a distinction in Family Law). While studying for her Graduate Diploma in Law she wrote a paper on An evaluation of the system of child protection in the UK in light of cases such as ‘Baby P’ and ‘Climbie’.

And when Zoe isn’t at the office she’s reading a book, enjoying a long run or working on her martial arts skills.


Becca Shenkin read law at the University of Leeds. As well as working, she is currently studying for the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Manchester. Outside of work and university, Becca volunteers for an organisation which helps children whose parents are going through a divorce, allowing her to see the effects of divorce on children. As part of her LPC she is also able to undertake pro bono work at the Legal Advice Clinic.

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