Tina Benson

Tina Benson

LawBrief, Chartered Legal Executive

  • Experience

    Tina Benson is a versatile and effective Chartered Legal Executive with a continuous track record of success, gained from some 30 years’ in private practice, legal consultancy and in-house roles.

    She commenced her training at Veale Wasbrough and Russell Jones and Walker in Bristol practicing exclusively in personal injury claims for claimants. She later joined Wansbroughs, Leeds, where she continued to work with injured claimants and brought claims against the NHS for medical-negligence. Tina then moved to the West Country and switched sides to work exclusively for liability insurers when she defended claims against the NHS and public entities. She defended many cases to Trial. In 2013, Tina joined the in-house legal team of a FTSE 250 utility Company, with over 2000 employees, resolving numerous disputes.

    Tina has an extensive understanding of dispute resolution and litigation processes and has acquired significant experience of working with senior business stakeholders on issues including property, contracts, customer complaints, debt recovery, negligence, costs, mediation, personal injury, disease (including mesothelioma), clinical negligence and nuisance.

    Tina is proud of her career as a Chartered Legal Executive but she’s very down to earth. She likes nothing more than to get stuck in on behalf of her clients. Tina is calm and likes detail, she’s not phased by any of her opponents. She has an open, tenacious and persuasive communication style. She is a capable advocate before district judges, with years’ of experience in mediation, negotiation of settlements and advice on strategy to get the client the best settlement she can.

    Tina is passionate about honesty, integrity and great service and provides legal advice in clear non-legalese. In her words:

    “I want to provide my clients with a bespoke solution after reviewing prospects against legal costs. Often the costs of litigation get over looked. Settlement at any cost is bad for clients because the legal costs can outweigh the sum in dispute. I offer a helpful and approachable service to SMEs to assist them to navigate the confusing dispute environment in order to reach the best and most cost-effective solutions at the right cost. That said, I like nothing more than getting a case to Court if the other party is not cooperating and we have tried to get them to engage. So many parties simply assume disputes will go away – in this financial climate they seldom do, so early Advice from a litigator will save money later”.

  • Education

    Part 1 and Part 2 Legal Executive exams undertaken with five years’ of qualifying employment before attaining Fellowship (now known as Chartered status) in 1994. Tina passed her civil litigation practice paper with a distinction!

  • Achievements

    Recent achievements

    • Managing a number of disputes regarding ownership of land, access, lease renewal and nuisance issues;
    • Defending claim regarding defective road – the claim was resolved by adjudication;
    • Managing various claims by and against utility companies regarding alleged damage to their assets by employer and their contractors;
    • Resolving a claim for damage to employer’s infrastructure by third party. Issuing claim through the on-line court. Settling claim after drafting and serving proceedings;
    • Managing and resolving debt claims by appropriate remedies;
    • Managing a six-figure claim relating to breach of covenant, nuisance and illegal dumping of waste;
    • Managing and resolving a claim for employer against a third party concerning damage to waste water infrastructure by negligent injection of concrete;
    • Negotiating a claim for defective design work, causing flooding to a new works – recovering £95K including costs;
    • Negotiating purchase of land from third party whilst dispute ongoing in Lands’ Tribunal;
    • Assisting in the collation of documents and witness statements following fatal accident and prosecution by HSE;
    • Managing relations with local authorities when residents have complained of nuisance (noise and odours) including seeking expert evidence to respond to complaints of statutory nuisance;
    • Investigation and settlement of claim brought by former employees for mesothelioma and noise induced hearing loss;
    • Advising on legal privilege, instructing experts and advising on liability and strategy;
    • Defending claim brought by contractor following early termination of a contract;
    • Managing a dispute with Network Rail regarding use of their emergency entry powers

    Other career highlights

    • Day to day conduct of a catastrophic injury case worth circa £13 million on behalf of Highway Authority and their insurers; taking to trial on liability and quantum and subsequently to Court of Appeal; Instructing Queen’s Counsel and junior counsel, appointing expert witness, attending conferences, dealing with disclosure, witness statements etc;
    • Sole responsibility for defence of a complex claim for loss of career brought by a hospital consultant against NHS trust. Consultant had been suspended from his post due to poor performance and inappropriate private examinations of patients suffering from sexually transmitted diseases. Trial lasted 10 days and claim was dismissed with costs ordered against the consultant.

  • Other Interests

    Politics, current affairs and my other role, which is never boring, parenting two teenagers in Devon. Tina has also just returned from travelling with her family around Belize and Guatemala.

  • Languages

    Tina has also just returned from travelling with her family around Belize and Guatemala.

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 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 LawBrief Solicitor Amna Ahmed
Amna Ahmed LawBrief 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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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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