CEO and Chairman
Despite a career working for and on behalf of many major organisations, Clive has always had a passion for small businesses and entrepreneurship and has worked with many SME’s as a negotiator, shareholder and investor. He founded LawBite in 2011 when he realised that for many of the UK’s 5 million small companies affordable, understandable law was difficult to find. In fact, whilst working for larger law firms he saw that many of them actively discouraged staff from taking on smaller clients.
As a professional negotiator and experienced entertainment and digital media lawyer, Clive has drafted and crafted deals for and with some of the biggest names in the UK music and entertainment business including Sony, Bertelsmann, Apple, Microsoft and the BBC.
Clive ran legal and business affairs departments for BMG (latterly Sony BMG) in the UK and Europe between 1989 and 2004, during which time he was responsible on Syco’s behalf for the Agreements with Fremantle Media and ITV to produce and broadcast X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
He has also previously run his own legal practice, Rich Futures Ltd in association with the Top 30 UK law firm, Olswang LLP, representing a variety of technology companies and SMEs.
Chief Operating Officer
Richard has a 15 year career in technical operations, project management and customer service. His outstanding organisational skills and meticulous attention to detail have been a major asset to LawBite since its inception in 2012.
Graduating with a philosophy degree from Birmingham University, Richard has taken his natural ability for practical problem solving into the work environment. His time serving in technical sales and project management for multinational Tetra Pak Processing gave Richard an excellent grounding in cost management and delivery of top quality products and customer service, managing engineering projects for clients such as GSK, Arla Foods and Robert Wiseman.
As a founding member of the LawBite team, Richard has recruited and managed web design and development teams in both the UK and oversees to great effect. Having steered the company through its beta product launch in December 2012, Richard was instrumental in the platform redesign through the first part of 2013 and successful launch to market in September of that year.
As COO, Richard now leads a bright and talented team, overseeing technical development, customer relations, digital marketing, financial reporting and contractor relationships. Most recently he has been responsible for the recruitment and training of the newest lawyers and internal team members.
Head of Marketing
Graduating from the University of Bristol in 2013, Lizzie joined LawBite soon after to assist with the company re-brand and launch to market. She had interned at larger organisations but felt that the start-up and SME scene was much more exciting.
Lizzie now steers the company's marketing strategy, ensuring all activity is in keeping with LawBite's brand philosophy to give small companies better access to the law.
Business Development Consultant
Paul Coleman has specialised in sales and marketing for over 20 years having worked across a wide variety of sectors, industries and business sizes from corporates to start-ups. Originally having studied and trained as a lawyer he is excited to be part of a team that is revolutionising the legal industry.
Having been involved with many successful start-up and speed-up businesses, Paul is passionate about using his experience to help SME’s grow safely and understands first-hand the value that accessible, affordable, expert legal advice brings to any enterprise.
Paul’s background in solution and insight sales techniques, coupled with his skills in developing technology products, ensures that he is focussed on creating and delivering the best value products, services and packages for LawBite’s clients and partners.
Head of Partnerships
Jo Fortune has over 15 years’ experience in marketing, sales, product development, account management and client servicing. Most recently Jo's experience has been centred around innovative, strategic brand partnerships which is where her focus as Partnerships Manager lies at LawBite. Jo joined LawBite in December of 2016 to develop key partnerships with complimentary brands aligned to LawBite's ethos of providing relevant, clear, affordable services to SME's.
Graduating with a Media Studies degree from the University of Westminster, Jo has gained a unique mix of experience during her career working for well-known brands like MTV and Trinity Mirror as well as niche marketing agencies Mediator (marketing partnerships) and Incentivated (mobile platform marketing). Having worked in commercially led roles as well as across both consumer and trade marketing Jo has developed a range of skills from developing marketing strategy and launching campaigns to creative marketing partnerships. Jo has extensive experience of building successful working relationships with a range of brands including Price Waterhouse Coopers, P&G, Hearst Publishing, Zipcar, UKTV, Alton Towers, Mentos, Discovery Networks and Sony Pictures.