Jane Hope 1963 – 2016

On the evening of 21 July 2016 Jane Hope (52) died at St James’ University Hospital in Leeds following a short and sudden illness. She leaves behind a mother, brother and her beloved dog. Since 2013 Jane has been a highly valued and much loved member of the team at Leeds Law Society and she will be greatly missed by all the staff and directors. Our deepest condolences go to all her family and friends.


UPDATE 10 AUGUST 2016: We would like to thank everyone for their kind messages following Jane’s sudden and untimely death, and let you know about the funeral arrangements.

The funeral will be held at 12.15 pm on Friday 19 August at the Bridge Church in Otley (approx. 1 hour) followed by a very short committal at the crematorium at Rawdon and then a gathering at Peasehill House Hotel in Rawdon.

All invited – no black please! Donations to be made to a Lupus research charity – details tbc.

There will be quite a group of us from Leeds Law Society to show how much she was liked and respected here and if you would like to join us please let me know (just for hotel numbers) by emailing info@leedslawsociety.org.uk.


If you would like to contribute to this page, please email us at info@leedslawsociety.org.uk

JANE HOPE 1963 – 2016

We will miss her friendly face, her energy, wit and enthusiasm. We are devastated to have lost her and send best wishes to her family and friends. Sue Harris (President)

I have only known Jane Hope for a year or so but from the start found myself looking forward to seeing her again. Positive, smiley, and with a can do, will do, no fuss approach that I just love.  Jane, I will miss you.  Bill Barton (Deputy President)

Jane will leave a huge gap in our team. She was an inspiration, a wonderfully caring and compassionate person who rose to every challenge with good humour and endless positivity. I will miss her terribly.  Jane MacGregor (LLS Senior Manager)

Jane was always there for the directors of Leeds Law Society. Nothing was too much trouble for her. It is hard to believe that it is less than six weeks since we did the 10k Leeds Legal Walk with Jane (see picture right). We will miss her greatly.  David Barraclough (LLS Director)

I have had the pleasure of knowing Jane since she started working at LLS and having dealt with her on a day to day basis during my time as Treasurer I always looked forward to my trips to the office to see her. She was always full of energy with a great sense of humour. She was extremely diligent and professional in her work and played a pivotal role in the day to day running of the Society since joining us in November 2013. She will be truly missed on both a personal and professional level. David Cowgill (LLS Treasurer)

Jane has been a force driving the Leeds law society for several years. Her loss leaves a hole in the society that can never be filled. I feel a huge sense of gratitude for everything she has done and for the privilege of knowing her. CatieWoodward (LLS Company Secretary)

I had only known Jane for a short period of time but in that time she made a lasting impression on me. She was kind and thoughtful and always put others before herself. Jane was the heart of Leeds Law Society and held all the working cogs together and kept everything running smoothly. She will be greatly missed by all and never forgotten. Louisa Gardner (LLS Data Administrator)

A wonderful colleague and friend with a quick and intelligent mind, endless cheer and wicked sense of humour.
She will be greatly missed in so many ways. Joanna Dixon (LLS Business Development Manager)

We are all devastated to hear the sad new that Jane has passed away. Jane was always a pleasure to talk to and always had a smile to great us . Our thoughts and prays go out to all her family and friends. From all at Safemove.

Jane was a lovely, caring person who went out of her way to be helpful to me and such a delight to interact with. She will be so missed both for the members and the team. Ann Page

Jane was welcoming from the very start of my involvement with Leeds Law Society, she was a friendly face who was supportive of the work I do with the JLD and assisted with my emails/queries without delay but with humour. I will miss having the opportunity to work with her closely in my new role. Leanne Coyle (LLS Director)

Shocked and saddened to hear of Jane Hope’s passing. Affable, great sense of humour and superb proof reader. Rest in peace.  Marek Handzel (Editor, Barker Brooks Media)

How very sad. May God be with her. Rest in peace. Giles Ward (Milners Law)

I am very sorry to hear this news. My thoughts are with her family. James Laycock (Gordons LLP)

I am really shocked by this. I only came into contact with Jane in the context of this year’s Leeds Law Society Dinner, but she was consistently a pleasure to deal with, so positive, and I was pleased to meet her on the night. What a loss. I am really sorry. Andrew Breckenridge (DWF)

I am very sad to be emailing you about Jane’s death. It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago since we appointed her! And a tribute that she was part of taking LLS from strength to strength. A lovely woman and I am sure she will be missed. Heidi Sandy (Former LLS President)

This is a real shock. I have only known Jane for less than 12 months having worked on a number of events with both herself and LLS. I can honestly say that she struck me as a person who was always happy in her work, got things done and had a great sense of humour along the way. Our condolences to both her family and friends. RIP Jane. Andrew Williams (Acasta Europe)

I was so sorry to learn of the sudden passing of your colleague. Our thoughts are with her family and all of you at Leeds Law Society. Our condolences, From all of us at Liverpool Law Society

I worked closely with Jane throughout her time at LLS. She was always very kind, helpful and patient and never seem phased no matter what was thrown her way – a complete professional . I am sure she will be greatly missed by all the team at LLS and we are all deeply shocked and saddened here. Our deepest condolences to all her relatives, friends and colleagues. Shaun Lindley (Delegate Accountancy)

We are all shocked to hear of her untimely passing. We have had the pleasure of dealing with Jane over the last few months as we hosted events for the LLS. She was a kind wonderful person and our thoughts are with her family and friends. A tragic loss. Colin Hedley (St Philips Chambers Leeds)

I was deeply saddened to hear the sudden news about Jane and on behalf of myself and everyone at Titlesolv send our heartfelt sympathies to the family. Chris Goodwin (Titlesolv)

Jane’s diligent approach to her work and never ending support for her colleagues made her a most valued and much loved member of the Leeds Law Society team. She is going to be greatly missed and our thoughts are with her family and friends. Emma Pearmaine (LLS Director) 

Dear Jane, I will miss your attention to detail and your assured hand on the tiller,  of course I will. But I will truly miss your smile, clever wit, inspiring enthusiasm, and infectious laughter. I will miss you. Truly.  x Colin Gilbert (Former LLS President)

Just wanted to pass on our sincerest condolences to Jane’s family and friends, and the team there, at this very sad time. We’ve worked very closely with Jane since her start at the LLS and she will truly be missed. Funny, smart and always a pleasure to work with. Sending all our thoughts from myself and the CMIS-UK team. Mark Walker (CMIS-UK)

We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to Jane’s family, friends and colleagues.  She was always friendly, helpful and accommodating and will be sorely missed. All at Hartlaw LLP


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