Keith Richards

LawBrief, Barrister

  • Experience

    Keith Richards has been qualified as a barrister for over 30 years and as an accredited mediator since 2009. He is currently involved in regulatory work in a variety of markets including aviation, rail, construction, renewable energy, the professions and business ethics, advising businesses on compliance with consumer law and with a wide variety of regulatory requirements. Keith has extensive experience of the leisure industry with particular focus on travel, transport, and hospitality. His specialist expertise covers a range of areas, including disability and equality rights and sustainability.

    As a Mediator, Arbitrator and Adjudicator his involvement in dispute resolution stretches back over 25 years. He served as a Senior Lawyer at Which? where he was involved in the early development of UK and EU policy on ADR, and helped the Government to reform the UK civil justice rules to put ADR at the heart of the process. He also worked with the European Commission to develop the practical operation of a European wide extra-judicial network for cross-border disputes. And during his time as Director of Consumer Affairs and Professional Development at ABTA – The Travel Association, he oversaw the development of the most successful consumer arbitration scheme in the UK and scrutinised the outcomes of many thousands of mediated and arbitrated travel disputes.

    He has many year’s experience providing legal advice to both corporates and consumers, and has amassed a large portfolio of casework as a mediator, adjudicator, conciliator and arbitrator in commercial and consumer disputes in a variety of complex sectors. This combination of experience as an ADR practitioner and of being in the forefront of developing ADR policy means that Keith understands the crucial role ADR plays in delivering redress by way of a quick, balanced, efficient and cost-effective process and leaves the parties feeling confident that the outcome is fair.

    His personal dispute resolution style has been described as ‘balanced, practical and thoughtful’ and his key experience is in successfully resolving conflict in emotionally-charged and often seemingly intractable cases ranging across banking, construction, health, communications, funeral services, transport and housing disputes.

    He is also one of 22 Ombudsman Services Business to Business Preferred Mediators.

  • Education

    Keith studied law at the University of Kent at Canterbury and the Inns of Court School of Law and qualified as Barrister in 1985. He completed a post-graduate diploma in Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge in 2003, and qualified as a CEDR accredited Mediator in 2009.

  • Achievements

    He is Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority Consumer Panel and Chair of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee at the Department for Transport. He is also Chair of the Renewable Energy Consumer Codes Non-Compliance Panel.

    Keith is an accomplished public speaker and broadcaster. He has written several (rather dry) papers on the regulation of business and professional behaviour, and on self-regulation. He is also the author of several books on consumer law including the best-selling ‘450 Legal Problems Solved’ which has covered 5 editions. He has appeared on TV and radio more times that he can remember but has particularly fond memories of his ten years as Jimmy Young’s ‘Consumer Legal Eagle’ on BBC Radio 2.

  • Other Interests

    In his spare time, Keith enjoys playing the guitar, playing with his children, and apologising to disappointed people for not being the ‘real’ Keith Richards.

  • Languages

    Conversational French. Café Portuguese. Australian.

Adrien Herbert LawBrief Solicitor Adrien Herbert
Adrien Herbert LawBrief Solicitor

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

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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Amna Ahmed LawBrief Solicitor Amna Ahmed
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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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Andrew Waddell LawBrief Andrew Waddell
Andrew Waddell LawBrief

Andrew Waddell

Andrew Waddell has over 10 years’ experience as a specialist tax lawyer.

A law graduate of the University of Leeds and College of Law York, Andrew trained with Eversheds, before joining Lovells Tax Department (now Hogan Lovells International) in 2007.

Appointed as a Senior Tax Associate following Lovells merger with Hogan and Hartson, Andrew has advised on a broad range of tax issues with a particular focus on real estate transactions and corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Andrew went on to advise High Net Worth clients as a specialist tax consultant in 2013, before founding his own SRA regulated tax law firm, Winslows Tax (www.winslows.co.uk). Winslows Tax works alongside LawBite to ensure that a specialist team of City trained tax lawyers are always at the disposal of LawBite’s SME clients.

In Andrew’s own words:

“It’s important that all start ups and SMEs have access to quality tax advice from the very outset of their journey, to ensure that the right decisions are made to allow the business to grow efficiently and reach its ultimate potential. Decisions that are made even prior to starting a new business can have an impact for years to come and even play a role in the eventual sale of successful businesses. It’s crucial that entrepreneurs are given the right tax support to help them achieve their goals .“

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