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Liam Desmond

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  • Experience

    Liam Desmond has 20 years’ experience as a commercial property lawyer dealing with all aspects of commercial property work including landlord & tenant, sales and acquisitions, property finance and development.

    Liam trained originally as a barrister before cross-qualifying, beginning his career at City firm Bird & Bird. As part of a move from London to Oxford, Liam joined Linnells solicitors (now Blake Morgan) where he stayed for 14 years, being appointed partner in 2010.

    Since 2017, Liam has worked as a consultant solicitor with a variety of firms (small & large), joining Lawbite in 2020. His clients are generally property owners and developers as well as tenants in the retail and hospitality sectors.

    In Liam’s own words…

    “Working with SMEs puts you directly in contact with the business owner or key decision maker rather than a small cog in a much larger machine. Property is vital to most businesses, even if they are not a property-business, and is a substantial and long-term investment for most businesses. It is very important to know what it is you are buying or renting and I enjoy taking SME clients through the process, offering easily understood and prompt guidance to ensure my SME clients avoid the many pitfalls which the unwary can fall into.”

  • Education

    • Oxford University, New College (1993-1997) – MA Classics
    • Birmingham University (1998) – Law conversion course
    • Inns of Court School of Law (1999) – Bar Vocational Course
    • College of Law (2006) – Qualified Lawyer Transfer Test

  • Achievements

    • Recognised for a number of years in Legal 500

  • Other Interests

    Reading, music (including playing the guitar), travelling whenever time allows, walking my 2 year old cockapoo, negotiating with my teenage children (not!), eating and drinking in some of the great restaurants and pubs in Oxfordshire and (since lockdown) kayaking.

  • Languages

    Latin & Ancient Greek – not often used nowadays! Pidgin French

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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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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Alexandra Thornton-Reid

Alexandra Thornton-Reid

LawBite has partnered with Taylor Vinters to further extend its legal support capacity for SMEs. Taylor Vinters is an international law firm supporting the businesses which drive the innovation economy, and the entrepreneurs and private wealth that underpin them. Their clients range from Fortune 500 technology multinationals through fast growth venture backed businesses and owner managed businesses, to individuals driven by great ideas and a passion.

Alexandra Thornton-Reid works in the Dispute Resolution team at Taylor Vinters and deals with a broad range of disputes, particularly focussing on property litigation and commercial disputes, with a broad range of clients across both the commercial and private sectors. She strives to deliver a highly technical service with commercial common sense, in the style and at the pace of delivery SMEs require.

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Amna Ahmed LawBriefs Solicitor Amna Ahmed
Amna Ahmed LawBriefs Solicitor

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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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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