Meet the Team
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.
Carla Caroli has over 10 years’ international experience in corporate and commercial matters, contract negotiation and contract management in a wide range of sectors including technology, construction, infrastructure, energy and oil and gas. Carla is dual qualified (Brazil and England), has a Master’s Degree in Commercial Law by the University of Cambridge. She has worked in blue-chip companies and law firms in Brazil and at CMS Cameron McKenna in UK.
Carla is extremely business oriented and passionate about understanding clients’ needs and finding the best legal advice to help their business flourish safely. Carla has always been known as a lawyer who “adopts” the projects she works in and gives the extra mile to make them achieve their full potential in a pragmatic and customer-oriented approach.
Her vast experience with big projects has helped her notice that many suppliers of products, services and innovations to such projects are SMEs which do not have affordable access to good legal advice and contract management expertise.
Carla is also a LawBite Lawyer Manager and is responsible for promoting LawBite’s ethos, policies and high standards across all Lawbriefs to ensure clients have the same outstanding service no matter who they work with.
In her words “I want to use my expertise to help these entrepreneurs perform just like the big players. Assisting them in understanding their rights and obligations and safely reaching the next level of growth and excellence became my passion.”
Chief Technical Officer
Andy has over 20 years’ experience in delivering technical solutions to companies from Startups to multi-nationals. He brings with him an ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical teams so that IT projects have a practical customer focus written into their development.
Starting as a developer working in monitoring and control systems for North Sea gas rigs, Andy moved on to banking and then two small Startup companies, extending his experience into team management. This breadth of experience and perspective helped in founding a ground breaking startup. Andy has learned how to service a wide range of small and large scale customers, maintaining focus on what the customer really wants, whilst keeping an eye on business and technology evolutions.
As CTO for LawBite Andy draws on his experience to deliver a programme of innovative features that really benefit the business and customers.
Sara De Velasco
Head of Marketing and Partnerships
Sara De Velasco
Sara has over 12 years working in Marketing in the UK with a specific focus on digital businesses. Her experience with international clients brings with her an ability to communicate to very different audiences, adapting diverse strategies to individual markets.
She started her career in fashion in Spain, quickly developing her interest in all things online and moving to her ideal city, London, to pursue this passion. With roles in publisher, agency and client sides, Sara has experienced Marketing from all communication angles.
As Head of Marketing Sara brings her extensive experience with large and small clients and enthusiasm for developing projects and delivering meaningful marketing initiatives.