Emma Wood

Emma Wood-Phillips

LawBrief, Solicitor

  • Experience

    As an internationally qualified lawyer, Emma is uniquely positioned to be able to practice law both in England and the United States, and currently works with clients from both countries. Emma’s extensive knowledge of commercial law has been honed throughout her eight years working at a highly successful FTSE 100 company (where she is currently Senior Corporate Counsel), combined with her completion of numerous projects for private clients of all sizes across various disciplines, including software development and technology.

    Emma works on a variety of complex legal matters involving high-value contracts and corporate documentation, while maintaining a keen interest in working with clients on routine legal issues that can often be difficult to navigate, particularly for small businesses and start-ups. Emma prides herself on finding expedient and simple solutions to issues, leading and facilitating negotiations for her clients as required, whilst always remaining conscious of the need to efficiently facilitate business transactions.

    Emma is passionate about providing expert legal advice in a friendly and approachable manner, focusing on the individual needs of each one of her clients. In her words:

    “I strive to deliver legal service of the highest possible quality to all of my clients, tailored to assist with their individual needs during the navigation of the often highly-complex areas of commercial law. My industry experience has allowed me to specialise in the drafting of bespoke contracts that align with the specific requirements of each client, whilst applying a commercially-conscious methodology to ensure that the ability to do business is not hindered by any unnecessary frills. I am a firm believer that one approach does not suit all; while ‘cookie-cutter’ or ‘template’ documents can initially seem like an attractive solution to a legal matter, it is all too common for individuals or organizations to run into costly problems as a result of inadequate legal language or missing crucial components. My approach is simple: I treat all of my projects as unique challenges. Through building a detailed understanding of each and every requirement, I am able to focus on delivering the most appropriate and cost effective legal solution in an efficient timeframe.”

  • Education

    • New York Bar Certified and Licenced
    • Florida Bar In-House Counsel 
    • Legal Practice Course (Commendation), University of Law Guildford
    • University of Sussex, LLB in Law with Honours

  • Achievements

    • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating commercial service agreements
    • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating global service agreements
    • Training business and sales teams in contract risk
    • Reviewing, drafting, negotiating non-disclosure agreements, confidentiality agreements and consulting agreements
    • Identifying opportunities for process improvements, productivity enhancements, and cost efficiencies for contract negotiations and transactions

  • Other Interests

    Outside of working hours, Emma loves nothing more than spending time with her family and indulging in her passion for travel, art, horse riding and walking (especially with her two doodle dogs). She regularly combines her skill in law with her desire to help non-profit organisations, and often volunteers her time to campaign for those who suffer from chronic ailments or illnesses.

  • Languages

    English UK (and US!).

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Adrien Herbert

Adrien Herbert has 12 years’ experience as an in-house legal counsel and qualified in 2011 when working in broadcast media, at NBCUniversal in London. After almost six years with NBCUniversal, she joined UCAS in 2014 on a contract and spent two further years with the education sector service provider, concentrating on commercial contracts, IT, data protection and outsourcing.

Law is Adrien’s third career, having spent nine and fifteen years respectively, in publishing and marketing consultancy.

Why I like working with SMEs:

“SME’s face some very particular challenges when dealing with ‘bigger beasts’ in commerce. It’s incumbent upon a good legal advisor to understand the risks and to offer appropriate advice, which will ensure a necessary level of protection for companies often operating in a more ‘entrepreneurial’ phase of development. Experience of working in many such businesses has been of real benefit to me when advising my clients.”

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Alla Fairbrother LawBrief Solicitor Alla Fairbrother
Alla Fairbrother LawBrief Solicitor

Alla Fairbrother

Alla Fairbrother is an experienced and effective solicitor with clear business focus and many years of legal expertise supporting businesses of various sizes and industries.

Alla has provided legal support to businesses on various areas of law and has broad UK based international experience in all types of legal matters concerning a particular business, with more in-depth experience in commercial / business law, including:

  • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating a broad range of commercial contracts
  • Confidentiality agreements, NDAs and CDAs
  • Supply of goods and / or services contracts
  • Purchase agreements, both direct and indirect
  • Distributor and dealer agreements
  • Supply, installation, commissioning and some construction contracts
  • Franchise agreements
  • Research, development and student sponsorship agreements
  • Some licensing agreements
  • Marketing support – contracts, advertising, review of materials
  • Initial stages of disputes with customers, suppliers and quality / product liability related disputes
  • Compliance – competition, anti-bribery, export controls, product compliance
  • Data protection
  • Some company secretarial and corporate matters

Alla’s experience includes various sectors and companies, including Cummins Ltd (automotive, manufacturing, engineering, sales, distribution and service support industry), ADT Fire and Security Plc / Tyco (fire and security, manufacturing, sales, installation and service support), Burger King Ltd (franchising and retail/ food industry) and Electronic Arts Ltd (independent interactive software games manufacturer and distributor) and support to such business functions as the Directors and Management, Sales, Marketing, Strategy, Acquisitions, Purchasing, Communications, Finance, HR, EHS, Quality, Research, Development, Engineering, Compliance and other functions.

Alla qualified as a solicitor in 2009 having completed her in-house training contract with a secondment to Eversheds’ London office and is also a Russian lawyer since 2002.

In her own words…

“I am passionate about providing practical, useful and timely legal support to small and medium businesses where I can focus on what’s really important to my client’s business and make an effort to really understand specific objectives and goals so that I can see legal issues from their prospective.”

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Altaf Qureshi Altaf Qureshi
Altaf Qureshi

Altaf Qureshi

Altaf is a barrister at Hardwicke, Lincoln’s Inn with 19 years’ experience in banking and finance, restructuring, corporate and commercial law but who started his career as an entrepreneur with a regulatory technology startup set up by a US law firm in London.

He qualified as a barrister with Hardwicke, Lincoln’s Inn but later cross qualified as a solicitor in the Banking Department at Linklaters in London where he specialized in private equity, leveraged finance and restructuring transactions. Altaf then moved in-house where he was Senior Legal Counsel at the Royal Bank of Scotland, advising on the sale of WorldPay and matters relating to merchant acquiring, and then as the Deputy General Counsel of the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in the UAE where he advised wholesale banking, trade finance and financial institutions desk, special assets and treasury.

Altaf currently advises on cross border matters with leading international law firms and multinational clients.

In his own words:

“I enjoy business. I enjoy learning about businesses, how they work, how best they should function and ultimately how to make them stronger and more profitable in the best interests of all stakeholders involved. It is with this in mind that I approach advising clients, be they banks, large multinational companies or SMEs. As such, I also realise that my advice must be practical, workable and achieve both legal and business objectives. With SMEs, this means understanding their problems while keeping in mind limited resources, and designing solutions that can work accordingly. It gives me great pleasure to see my advice resolve problems but also further the business.”

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Amna Ahmed

Amna Ahmed qualified as a solicitor in 2005, having trained at a prominent City firm. She then went on to work with a large US software company and gained significant experience in IT law as well as general commercial matters. Some of the contracts she has advised on include:

  • Software licenses
  • ASP agreements
  • SaaS agreements
  • Hosting contracts
  • Escrow agreements
  • Professional services agreement

In her own words…

“I enjoy the intellectual rigour of practical problem solving combined with the knowledge that I am making a real difference to a client’s business.”

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Andrew Smith LawBrief Solicitor Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith LawBrief Solicitor

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith has 17 years’ experience in banking and finance, corporate and commercial law.

Andrew qualified at Deacons, a top 10 firm in Sydney then worked in the Banking and Finance Unit at Addleshaw Goddard in London from 1997 to 2002 acting for banks on structured property finance deals and large projects. He was appointed partner at Ashfords gaining broad experience in commercial contracts, corporate finance and banking. In 2011 he started an ABS law firm for Prydis, a group of financial advisors and chartered accountants building a legal team to deal with a broad range of business and private client work.

Since 2012 Andrew has worked in the SME market in the West Country. His clients are generally owner managed and family businesses.

In Andrew’s own words…

“It is vital not to look at a company in isolation but rather as a wealth generation vehicle for owners and families. I keep their interests in mind and try to always see the bigger picture. Helping smaller businesses can be tough as they cannot waste vital cash on professional fees so advisers need to work efficiently and cleverly. However seeing businesses grow and developing relationships with owners is the most satisfying part of being a lawyer.”

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