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Meet the Lawyers

All the lawyers and barristers available through our Platform (we call them LawBriefs) are fully qualified, insured and regulated and have specialist expertise in dealing with small business legal matters. They have an average of 15 years’ experience in commercial law and have worked for and on behalf of small and large companies alike. The LawBriefs provide legal advice working through Lawbriefs Ltd. Lawbriefs Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA number 622808) whose regulations can be found at

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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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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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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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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Andrew Dickens - LawBrief Andrew Dickens
Andrew Dickens - LawBrief

Andrew Dickens

Andrew is a corporate attorney with extensive experience in business law, including corporate entity formation and governance, sophisticated commercial transactions, contract negotiation and drafting, and general business support. He is adept at mitigating risk while facilitating and maximizing business operations. He is solution-oriented with a focus on efficient and high-quality legal services.

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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 ( 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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Annelie Carver LawBriefs Solicitor Annelie Carver
Annelie Carver LawBriefs Solicitor

Annelie Carver

Annelie Carver is a solicitor qualified in England with over 19 years’ experience in advising a wide range of businesses from start-ups to full list public listed companies.

Most recently, Annelie was General Counsel and Company Secretary for Flybe Group plc. In this role, Annelie was a member of the Operating Board of Flybe and was also the Company Secretary for the Flybe Group companies, the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee. Annelie was the first in-house lawyer at Flybe and the first female member of the Operating Board. Annelie set up a legal team at Flybe and advised on a wide range of corporate, commercial and corporate governance matters.

Prior to this position, Annelie was a partner in two large regional law firms. In these roles, Annelie advised private companies, listed companies, public sector bodies, partnerships, LLPs and start-up businesses on a wide range of company, corporate, commercial and contractual matters.

Annelie has particular experience in advising on shareholder and investment agreements, the sale and purchase of companies and assets, drafting of partnership, joint venture and LLP agreements, drafting terms and conditions for commercial arrangements and advising on supply agreements for the sale and purchase of goods.

Annelie has worked with businesses in a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, care, technology, aviation, travel, leisure, hospitality, care and energy and renewables.

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Arran Dowling-Hussey LawBrief, Barrister, Mediator and Arbitrator Arran Dowling-Hussey
Arran Dowling-Hussey LawBrief, Barrister, Mediator and Arbitrator

Arran Dowling-Hussey

Arran Dowling-Hussey has 14 years’ experience as a commercial Barrister.

Arran has been in full time practice as a Barrister in Dublin since 2003. He has also been called to the Bar in Belfast and London and has been associated with a number of chambers in the London area since 2007. As he is admitted in three jurisdictions he has often been briefed in cases that have a multi-jurisdictional element to them including but not limited to offering advice on which is the proper forum for any dispute. Arran is noted for his experience in construction and ADR related work and also has significant experience in commercial, employment, landlord and tenant cases and professional negligence disputes.

In Arran’s own words…

“I am keen to help clients resolve their problems as quickly and expeditiously as possible and where appropriate draw on a heavy background in Alternative Dispute Resolution. However, each dispute has to be considered on its own merits and the resolution of some disputes will be best served by traditional litigation. It is important to me to work to deadlines that well meet the needs of clients and to be clear as to the legal costs that clients are exposed to as a dispute progresses.”

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Ashley Gurr, Lawbriefs solicitor Ashley Gurr
Ashley Gurr, Lawbriefs solicitor

Ashley Gurr

Ashley Gurr is an experienced Solicitor who has represented SME clients for many years in the fields of General Commercial and Employment Law.

After completing Law School, Ashley joined a highly-regarded, full-service Solicitors firm in North Worcestershire, where he quickly progressed from Trainee Solicitor to Assistant Solicitor, and then on to Associate Solicitor, spending almost 5 years there across two spells. During this period, Ashley predominantly worked with SME clients, and he developed a very good understanding of their needs and requirements. Accordingly, he developed his reputation as an astute Solicitor with a keen eye for detail and genuine commercial awareness.

In 2012, Ashley set up his own successful niche Law Firm in the North Worcestershire / South Birmingham area, which specialised in Commercial and Employment Law. Following an impressive period of growth and client-wins, in 2014 he merged his practice with his previous Firm to widen the services offered to his clients. As a result of the merger, Ashley became Partner in charge over the Commercial and Employment Law departments. Following a takeover of the Firm in 2018 by a regional Legal 500 firm, Ashley became a Consultant Solicitor.

He also has post-qualification experience working as an In House Lawyer at a FTSE 250 international consultancy group, advising on Commercial Contracts, and at a FTSE 100 multi-national utility giant, in a Contract Strategy role.

On the General Commercial side, Ashley has experience in bespoke Contracts, Business Formation, Standard Terms and Conditions, Business Sales & Purchases and also Partnership Agreements and Shareholder Agreements etc. Finally, on the Employment side, Ashley has acted for both SME and Senior Employee clients on matters ranging from Settlement Agreements (including in particular negotiating terms for Senior Directors), Redundancies, Grievances, Tribunal Claims, ACAS Settlements and everything in between.

In his own words:

“I enjoy getting under the ‘skin’ of a client’s business to truly understand it, so that I can really add value and provide precise, commercially-centric advice fitting their specific business and its circumstances.”

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Asif Khan Lawbriefs solicitor Asif Khan
Asif Khan Lawbriefs solicitor

Asif Khan

Asif Khan is a solicitor with experience in finance (including regulatory compliance), corporate and commercial law. Asif also has a deep understanding of the legal and governance issues affecting AIM companies.

In addition to working in-house as legal counsel, Asif has performed the roles of Compliance Officer and MLRO at an FCA regulated investment firm.

Examples of recent work in-house include:

  • Introducing a new holding company by way of a scheme of arrangement and de-listing the company from AIM;
  • Completing multiple tender offer buybacks;
  • Overseeing remediation arising from an FCA Skilled Persons Review.

In his own words:

“Having worked in-house for 5 years, I understand the financial pressures entrepreneurs face. I enjoy providing SMEs with cost-effective, commercial legal advice and knowing that I can be a part of their success.”

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Barbara Jamieson, LawBriefs Solicitor Barbara Jamieson
Barbara Jamieson, LawBriefs Solicitor

Barbara Jamieson

Barbara Jamieson is qualified in Scotland, New York and California, and has worked at top Scottish law firms Maclay Murray and Spens LLP and Brodies LLP. Barbara also spent three years working in-house at investment management firm Martin Currie, advising on financial services and commercial contracts.

Barbara has experience in financial services (asset management, funds and regulation) and contract negotiation and contract management (including IT contracts and dealing with GDPR issues).

From her experience in-house, Barbara has developed a client-focused approach, concentrating on commercial issues, in a pragmatic manner that clients enjoy and appreciate.

In her own words…

“I enjoy working with small and medium-sized businesses, providing pragmatic advice that is easy to understand, and that can be implemented easily into day-to-day activities. No business wants to be overwhelmed with legal jargon and hit with huge legal bills – I deliver work to a high standard, in an efficient manner, in a way that you can understand”.

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Carla Caroli LawBriefs Solicitor Carla Caroli
Carla Caroli LawBriefs Solicitor

Carla Caroli

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.”

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Chris Gupta

Chris Gupta is a solicitor with a strong background in contentious law, gained through a number of years’ experience working in the busy dispute resolution department of a Birmingham law firm. He has substantial expertise in acting for SME clients and individuals in relation to a wide range of business disputes; and resolving cases at both pre-action stage, by Alternative Dispute Resolution, and, in appropriate circumstances, through formal court proceedings. A skilled litigator, Chris has conducted proceedings up to Court of Appeal level, and worked on several High Court cases that are reported in the law reports.

In more recent experience, Chris has worked in the City of London offices of a national law firm, as part of a team of lawyers dealing with high value complaints made by the SME customers of a major UK clearing bank. Through applying his legal expertise in this role, Chris gained an appreciation of how large corporations approach their litigious dealings with smaller companies, and this has further enhanced the strategic advice he is able to offer to SME clients.

Chris’ specialist area of practice is representing clients involved in a broad spectrum of commercial disputes, including breach of contract, claims arising between shareholders and directors, banking and finance disputes, professional negligence claims, civil fraud and asset tracing, and complex debt claims. He also has a particular interest in contentious insolvency matters, including company winding up and the defence to claims made by insolvency practitioners. Chris is adept in dealing with court work of an urgent nature, such as seeking and responding to applications for injunctive relief.

As a conscientious lawyer who is committed to ongoing development, Chris enjoys staying abreast of developments in the law and the continually evolving landscape of civil procedure. He also has a keen interest in the use of technology in legal practice, particularly as it supports his agile approach to the efficient resolution of business disputes in a cost effective manner.

In his own words – Why I like working with SMEs

The majority of my legal experience has been gained through acting for SME clients, albeit in relation to very complex and often high-stakes litigious matters. I particularly enjoy developing close working relationships with business stakeholders in order to quickly and effectively gain an understanding of the key dynamics of their case. In this way I am able to provide pragmatic, business-focused legal advice and highly strategic representation, which has resulted, time-and-time again throughout my career, in achieving commercially advantageous outcomes for my clients.

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Clive Rich LawBrief Mediator and Arbitrator Clive Rich
Clive Rich LawBrief Mediator and Arbitrator

Clive Rich

Clive Rich is a highly experienced entertainment and digital media lawyer, who has also successfully run digital businesses for companies such as Sony and Bertelsmann.

A qualified barrister, he has been a lawyer for almost 30 years and has drafted and crafted contracts for a broad spectrum of multi-nationals, major organisations and brands, including Yahoo, Apple, Napster, SanDisk, Myspace and the BBC.

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.

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Daniel bailey

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.

Daniel Bailey is a Chartered (UK) and European Trade Mark Attorney and a commercial lawyer. He works in the Commercial & Technology team at Taylor Vinters and deals with brand protection and commercial contracts, with a broad range of clients.

Daniel often works with small businesses and start-ups and enjoys helping them realise the value of their intellectual property.

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Diane Pearce LawBrief Solicitor Diane Pearce
Diane Pearce LawBrief Solicitor

Diane Pearce

Diane Pearce is a qualified Solicitor with over 16 years’ experience in advising businesses ranging from small owner managed businesses to large companies. She is passionate about business and uses her insight to provide comprehensive and commercial advice to find business-focused solutions.

She advises on a broad range of commercial issues including the drafting of commercial and IT contracts, general business advice, service and supply contracts, terms and conditions, business protection, intellectual property strategy, software agreements, shareholder/director disputes and employment issues.

Her work encompasses drafting and advisory work, to litigating in the Courts and undertaking Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). As an experienced litigation lawyer, Diane uses her key skills to find commercial solutions from the outset to avoid the incursion of unnecessary client costs. She also regularly undertakes her own advocacy.

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Elspeth Lowe

Elspeth Lowe has 15 years’ experience providing commercial, regulatory and compliance advice to UK businesses from small start-ups and SME’s to large multi-national corporations with particular expertise in high value commercial and IT contracts.

She has specialist procurement experience in the financial services sector and defence sector and is well used to working in highly regulated, security classified environments.

Elspeth has expertise in setting up and standardising business documentation for supplier/customer contracts and all associated policy documentation including:

Outsourcing agreements
Software as a Service agreements
Compliance documentation such as anti-bribery and corruption policy and modern slavery policy.
GDPR and data protection policies and procedures

In Elspeth’s own words:

“It is always a worthwhile experience to help at the beginning of a new enterprise, ensuring that the correct legal framework is in place to provide new business with the best possible start. My aim is to become a trusted legal adviser to the business and to develop our relationship throughout the different stages of business growth.”

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Dorothy Delahunt LawBrief Solicitor Dorothy Delahunt
Dorothy Delahunt LawBrief Solicitor

Dorothy Delahunt

Dorothy Delahunt is a legal, compliance and regulatory strategy consultant and Chief Legal and Compliance Officer for London Derivatives Exchange group (LDX). Previously Ms Delahunt was General Counsel for Global Markets Exchange group and worked in senior positions for blue chip financial institutions and energy sector in New York City and London. Following a career in the US government, Ms Delahunt began her practice at a global legal firm in New York City, New York. Her legal expertise covers, but is not limited to, company law, general commercial law and regulatory law, information technology and intellectual property, including software licensing.

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Ed Turner, LawBrief Ed Turner
Ed Turner, LawBrief

Ed Turner

Ed Turner has over a decade’s experience in private practice as a litigator. He qualified as a solicitor in 2009 with the Liverpool office of Berrymans Lace Mawer and worked up until 2018 acting for corporations and individuals.

Ed made the move to self-employment as a company, commercial and employment consultant solicitor at the start of 2018 and now advises individuals, start-ups and SMEs nationwide on a range of business matters; both contentious and non-contentious.

In Ed’s own words:

“I really enjoy assisting SMEs with their legal affairs as you get one-to-one contact with some exceptional business minds who are passionate about their chosen areas. This often leads to a productive exchange of ideas and sometimes, you can learn as much from your clients about a new business area as you provide in legal advice.”

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Emma Wood, LawBriefs solicitor Emma Wood-Phillips
Emma Wood, LawBriefs solicitor

Emma Wood-Phillips

As an internationally qualified lawyer, Emma is uniquely positioned to be able to practice law both in England and the United States, and currently works with clients from both countries. Emma’s extensive knowledge of commercial law has been honed throughout her eight years working at a highly successful FTSE 100 company (where she is currently Senior Corporate Counsel), combined with her completion of numerous projects for private clients of all sizes across various disciplines, including software development and technology.

Emma works on a variety of complex legal matters involving high-value contracts and corporate documentation, while maintaining a keen interest in working with clients on routine legal issues that can often be difficult to navigate, particularly for small businesses and start-ups. Emma prides herself on finding expedient and simple solutions to issues, leading and facilitating negotiations for her clients as required, whilst always remaining conscious of the need to efficiently facilitate business transactions.

Emma is passionate about providing expert legal advice in a friendly and approachable manner, focusing on the individual needs of each one of her clients. In her words:

“I strive to deliver legal service of the highest possible quality to all of my clients, tailored to assist with their individual needs during the navigation of the often highly-complex areas of commercial law. My industry experience has allowed me to specialise in the drafting of bespoke contracts that align with the specific requirements of each client, whilst applying a commercially-conscious methodology to ensure that the ability to do business is not hindered by any unnecessary frills. I am a firm believer that one approach does not suit all; while ‘cookie-cutter’ or ‘template’ documents can initially seem like an attractive solution to a legal matter, it is all too common for individuals or organizations to run into costly problems as a result of inadequate legal language or missing crucial components. My approach is simple: I treat all of my projects as unique challenges. Through building a detailed understanding of each and every requirement, I am able to focus on delivering the most appropriate and cost effective legal solution in an efficient timeframe.”

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Gaile Walters Lawyer Gaile Walters
Gaile Walters Lawyer

Gaile Walters

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Hannah Ives, Lawbriefs Solicitor Hannah Ives
Hannah Ives, Lawbriefs Solicitor

Hannah Ives

Hannah Ives is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer who has worked in both private practice and in house. In private practice, she worked on public and private company transactions including company reorganisations, share and asset sales, refinancing, public company work/listings and private equity deals.

More recently, Hannah was Head of Legal at Nord Anglia Education, an International Schools business, where she was responsible for the group’s global legal activities. She worked on corporate matters for the group and also handled issues such as tenders, establishing schools in new jurisdictions, commercial contracts, licensing, IP, company secretarial matters and managed relationships with external law firms (a role which gave her valuable insight into a client’s objectives when purchasing legal services).

Hannah is qualified in England and Wales but has wide ranging experience of cross border transactions and has worked on legal matters in China, Russia, South Korea the UAE and various European jurisdictions. She has significant experience of preparing businesses for sale, including preparation for an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange.

Hannah has also established and successfully run two small businesses herself while taking a break from the law to have children, so has first-hand experience of some of the issues and the pressures facing new enterprises.

Throughout her career Hannah has enjoyed working with entrepreneurs, business owners and managers to help them minimise risks and optimise value by providing proactive, commercial and solutions orientated advice.

In her own words:

“I get immense satisfaction in supporting businesses of all types develop and grow by looking to foster close relationships with clients, which allows me to deliver tailored and appropriate advice”.

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Hannah Newell, Lawbriefs solicitor Hannah Newell
Hannah Newell, Lawbriefs solicitor

Hannah Newell

Hannah Newell has practiced in commercial and corporate law and she has worked both in private practice and more recently in house.

Hannah takes a proactive and diligent approach and her ‘can-do’ attitude is a great asset to small businesses and start-ups. Her advice is clear, methodical and pragmatic and she takes great pleasure in problem-solving. Her approach is client-focussed and commercially aware.

In practice she has specialised in the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts, company asset and share sales and Dispute Resolution, both civil and commercial.

Hannah has recently worked in house for a business consultancy company dealing with all company secretarial matters and commercial contracts including distribution and licence agreements and a large amount of cross-jurisdictional work. She has also assisted in the international expansion of the business and dealt with the franchising of business products to individuals overseas. This has included the drafting of translation contracts and sponsorship agreements. Hannah also has experience of negotiating confidentiality agreements with high profile individuals speaking at company events.

Following her academic legal training (2001-2003) and prior to qualifying as a solicitor, she worked in the Lloyds and London Insurance market.

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Hugh Mulley, Lawbriefs solicitor Hugh Mulley
Hugh Mulley, Lawbriefs solicitor

Hugh Mulley

Hugh Mulley is a City trained corporate and commercial solicitor with over 20 years’ experience acting for clients across the business spectrum. He has a background in major London Law Firms, including a period of 4 years working as a lawyer in the Middle East, and was head of the corporate commercial group at a leading Hertfordshire Law Firm.

Hugh advises clients on a wide range of corporate commercial matters, including private company share and business sales and purchases, shareholders and joint venture agreements, corporate restructures and general commercial agreements.

Hugh’s experience has ranged from advising on multi million Pound transactions with an international dimension to advice on the restructure of family owned businesses. His diploma in Corporate Finance gives an extra dimension to the service that he provides.

In his own words…

“It’s inspirational to work with agile, risk taking, entrepreneurs who are passionate about their businesses and to get to understand those businesses in order to give common sense, practical, advice that adds value.”

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Jennifer Cowan LawBrief Solicitor Jennifer Cowan
Jennifer Cowan LawBrief Solicitor

Jennifer Cowan

Jennifer Cowan is a Scottish qualified solicitor with over 15 years of experience working in-house, in private practice and in the public sector. Jennifer is a highly skilled commercial lawyer and negotiator who has dedicated her career to contractual and commercial matters. Jennifer has highly developed client communication and consulting skills and has successfully delivered meaningful and practical solutions for clients on a broad range of contract terms and conditions for goods and services and related issues.

Jennifer also has extensive experience of advising clients on contract management strategies, online terms and conditions, contract risk management, procurement legislation, data protection, confidentiality, freedom of information and intellectual property matters.

Most recently Jennifer worked as senior in-house counsel in a financial services organisation. She also has experience in other sectors including telecoms and the public sector. This experience gives Jennifer valuable knowledge and insight into how many different organisations operate and the unique challenges they face.

As an in-house counsel, Jennifer instructed and managed relationships and budgets with external law firms and she therefore understands the importance of providing cost effective legal advice for clients.

In Jennifer’s own words…

“Taking risks is a natural part of any successful business. As a lawyer and trusted adviser my role is to help my client to proactively manage and mitigate their risks and maximise their opportunities by providing practical, solutions based, cost effective and targeted advice and support.”

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Jessica Mumby LawBrief Solicitor Jessica Mumby
Jessica Mumby LawBrief Solicitor

Jessica Mumby

Jessica Mumby is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer who has worked both in private practice and in-house. The early part of her career was spent within the corporate team of a top 100 firm, working on a wide range of acquisitions, disposals and company reorganisations for both private and public companies, often with a cross-border element, and other day to day corporate and company secretarial matters. Jessica also completed a 12-month secondment to the in-house team of a FTSE 100 chemicals company.

She then spent over 8 years working as part of a small legal team for a listed non-life insurance acquirer and service provider, delivering day to day commercial advice to the business on a wide range of agreements (for example, services, non-disclosure, consultancy, shareholder, intra-group, software licence agreements), working on acquisitions and disposals, group reorganisations and carrying out project work such as preparation of the group for legislative changes (for example, GDPR). Jessica also has experience in internal project work such as reviewing and managing group exposure to guarantees and indemnities and reviewing and updating standard form documentation and has to day to day exposure to the full range of matters that affect businesses, such as disputes, employment and property matters.

Jessica is used to working with all levels of a business, including executive directors, and enjoys getting to the heart of what makes a business tick and understanding its commercial drivers in order to be able to deliver tailor made solutions that enhance a company’s way of working. She is passionate about delivering high quality legal advice in a format that is easy to digest and free from legalese and giving businesses the legal know-how in order to enable them to negotiate effectively with their clients and suppliers.

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Joe Phelan

Joe Phelan is an experienced commercial property solicitor who has worked in some of the largest law firms in the North East and for one of the largest housing associations in the UK.

Joe has acted for clients ranging from individuals to Plc’s and NHS Foundation trusts and is highly experienced in dealing with commercial and residential conveyancing; real estate finance; and Landlord and Tenant matters.

In Joe’s own words:

“Having worked for a wide variety of clients, I particularly enjoy dealing with SMEs as often it involves dealing with people to whom the matter is more than just their job, but rather their livelihood and passion. I enjoy building relationships with businesses in order to understand their needs and provide clear, jargon free advice that is tailored to their specific commercial needs.”

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Johannes Duminy

Johannes Duminy started his legal career in South Africa in 1999 before qualifying as a solicitor in England in 2009. Johannes has over 10 years’ experience in both litigation and non-contentious commercial matters. Johannes’ litigation experience includes professional negligence claims, construction claims, financial services claims, property disputes, shareholders and partnership disputes, LIBOR claims and mortgage mis-selling claims. Johannes has litigated in forums such as the High Court, County Court, Small Claims Court, First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber), European Small Claims Court and various Ombudsman forums including the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Pensions Ombudsman. Johannes also represented clients successfully in Mediation and adjudication.

On the non-contentious side, Johannes’ experience includes drafting and negotiating various commercial agreements and conducting company share sales and purchases.

Johannes has a very good understanding of the legal challenges faced by small or medium size businesses in the UK and across the world and he is committed to walking a road with his clients, no matter how big or small they are. Johannes believes that legal advice should not only be robust but also commercially viable and must make commercial sense.

In his own words:

‘’I am big fan of alternative ways to settle commercial disputes, whether through mediation, adjudication, ombudsman schemes or old fashion round table talks. I find that if you pick the correct forum and plan around this from the start you give yourself the best possible chance to reach an amicable settlement that also make commercial sense from a financial perspective.’’

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Jonathan Hemmant

Jonathan Hemmant

Jonathan Hemmant is a senior employment and commercial services lawyer.  Qualifying as a solicitor in 2000 he has worked for almost all his career for full service City Firms or niche firms run by lawyers with a Magic Circle/US firm background, acting as the employment department head for two of the firms he has worked for, one of which he helped to establish.  

Jonathan advises on a wide range of contentious and non – contentious employment law issues and also carries out commercial work, having particular expertise advising on arrangements for the provision of staff and services that fall outside of the standard employment model. 

Throughout his career Jonathan has represented senior employees and self-employed professionals across a wide range of industry sectors, from financial services to IT, routinely advising employees on settlement agreements.

Whilst he has also acted for large household name clients, including the Bank of England, Jonathan particularly enjoys acting for SMEs/owner managed businesses, including start-ups.

In recent years Jonathan has developed particular expertise advising GP practices and private healthcare providers on staffing matters, working with a leading practice in this field.

In his own words…

“I respect entrepreneurs and enjoy forming a close working relationship with them, gaining a real understanding of their various businesses, then having a hand in contributing towards their success. I have first-hand experience of the pressures that those managing SMEs work under, particularly in respect of often emotionally charged staffing issues, and understand the need for precise, timely, cost-effective and above all commercially focused guidance, identifying solutions not just problems.”

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Katy Dissen, Lawbriefs solicitor

Katy Dissen

Katy Dissen qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and has gained experience working in the property department of a large city firm. Prior to that she studied History at The University of Nottingham and Law at Kaplan University London.

She has acted for a number of FTSE100 companies, as well as developers, banks and other corporates. She has experience in a wide variety of real estate transactions, including real estate finance and the disposal and acquisition of commercial property. As well as all aspects of real estate investment, including sales and purchases.

In addition she has a wide range of experience working with SME’s assisting them with all aspects of landlord and tenant matters, lease negotiations, completion, surrenders, wayleaves and general property queries.

In Katy’s own words: “Working with small business owners is so much more rewarding than working with larger corporations as you are able to help people realise their business ambitions in a very tangible way by creating a friendly and efficient working relationship that is tailored to each clients specific needs.”

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Keith Richards, LawBrief Mediator

Keith Richards

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 business 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.

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Kieran John

Kieran John

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.

Kieran John works in the Commercial & Technology team at Taylor Vinters and handles commercial contracts, data protection and privacy matters for Taylor Vinters’ commercial and technology clients – he works with all commercial clients, but with a particular specialism working with charities and social ventures.

Kieran draws on his experience as a charity trustee and advises organisations in sectors as diverse as science and research, medicine, technology and software, higher education, conservation, international development and social ventures.

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Kim Knox, Lawbriefs Solicitor Kim Knox
Kim Knox, Lawbriefs Solicitor

Kim Knox

Kim Knox is an experienced employment lawyer, having worked with a large regional law firm for several years on a wide range of employment issues. That has included:

  • the drafting of documentation such as contracts of employment, settlement agreements and disciplinary procedures
  • advising in respect of conducting disciplinary and grievance hearings and other HR matters
  • negotiating and advising SMEs how best to defend tribunal claims
  • dealing with commercial matters such as TUPE matters
  • advising companies on sensitive matters such as reorganisations and redundancy procedures
  • advising them as to how best to deal with everyday issues such as sickness absence and performance.

For the last 6 years, Kim has worked as a consultant solicitor advising clients of various law firms in Devon and Somerset on a number of employment related issues.

In Kim’s own words…

I qualified as a Solicitor 15 years ago, and throughout that time I have specialised in solving employment law problems. I have seen many situations that could have been avoided if the employer had been able to take advice at an early stage, and so I am dedicated to finding the best practical solution for my clients as quickly and commercially as possible.

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Laura Symons, Lawbriefs solicitor Laura Symons
Laura Symons, Lawbriefs solicitor

Laura Symons

Laura Symons is an English qualified solicitor with experience working in both private practice and in-house. She has advised a wide range of businesses, with a particular focus on start-ups and the media and entertainment sector.

Laura specialised as an intellectual property lawyer at London law firm, Harbottle & Lewis LLP. Her work involved advising clients on a broad spectrum of commercial matters, as well as brand protection issues such as copyright, infringement disputes and trade mark registration and opposition.

Laura also spent some time on partial secondment at Microsoft, as well as several months working in-house on secondment at Virgin Atlantic Airways. In these roles, she advised clients on a variety of contractual and commercial matters, including terms and conditions, confidentiality agreements and service and supply contracts.

Since recently relocating to Montreal, Laura has undertaken various legal consultancy work in a freelance capacity, including for SME HeySuccess Limited and fintech start-up Meridex Inc.

Laura has worked with businesses in a wide range of sectors, including theatre, publishing, digital media, sponsorship, travel, technology, aviation, education and sport.

In Laura’s own words…

“My aim to deliver commercially astute legal advice in an easily digestible format, tailored to the budget of the client.”

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Liam Desmond

Liam Desmond

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.”

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Louise Paull, Lawbriefs solicitor Louise Paull
Louise Paull, Lawbriefs solicitor

Louise Paull

Louise Paull is an experienced employment lawyer providing clients with commercial, practical advice on a full range of employment-related matters.

She advises on contentious and non-contentious matters working with employers on the legal issues arising in relation to the recruitment, day-to-day employment and dismissal of staff, including drafting contracts of employment, staff handbooks and policies, cultural and family-friendly issues, equal opportunities, diversity and discrimination matters, sensitive issues around the termination of employment, including disciplinary, conduct and capability issues, negotiating severance packages and settlement agreements, collective and individual redundancies, unfair dismissal, breach of contract, business transfers and TUPE issues.

Louise most recently worked for Berwin Leighton Paisner in its employment team. She spent time on secondment with IMG, a major international sport and artist management business, as its sole in-house employment lawyer, and has worked for BT in its in-house legal team.

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Lucy Du Jones LawBrief Solicitor Lucy Du-Jones
Lucy Du Jones LawBrief Solicitor

Lucy Du-Jones

Lucy Du-Jones has over 10 years’ experience in the commercial contracts space, specialising in tech, FMCG and SME support. Having qualified in the UK in 2013, Lucy has spent her career working in Hong Kong and London for in-house multi-nationals and private practice. Lucy is a commercial contracts lawyer with a specific focus on tech, FMCG (sales/marketing/procurement) and data protection.

With a particular passion for start-ups and SMEs, Lucy started her own consultancy in 2015 providing commercially oriented advice to SMEs on commercial and contractual matters. Lucy is efficient, productive, commercial minded and enjoys providing practical and business oriented legal support to SMEs.

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Marilee Owens-Richards

Marilee Owens-Richards

Marilee Owens-Richards has over 10 years of experience in IP, IT and commercial law. Marilee qualified in the US (New York State) in 2007. She moved to the UK and qualified in England and Wales in 2009. She has experience working with a range of clients from small businesses to large multinational corporations. Since 2012 she has worked with Monotype, Ericsson and Epicor. She is available to consult for a range of IP and IT matters.

In her own words:

“I love seeing the creativity and dedication of small business owners and then helping them protect their innovations and using them for business growth.”

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Matthew Creagh

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.

Matt Creagh works in the Commercial & Technology team at Taylor Vinters. He also has experience of working as an in-house lawyer for a blue chip US company. Matt is a commercial lawyer and handles commercial contracts, data protection and privacy matters for Taylor Vinters’ commercial and technology clients. He works with all commercial clients, in relation to commercial contracts with specific experience of working within the TMT, Fintech and Life Sciences sectors. He has experience advising on all commercial contracts including agreements for the supply of goods, software agreements and licences, non-disclosure agreements, terms and conditions and licensing agreements.

Matt is extremely business orientated and ensures his advice is consistently delivered in a commercially-led manner.


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Melissa O’Rourke

For many years, Melissa has worked on corporate transactional matters, including entity formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, and government compliance as well as contract drafting and negotiation. She is detailed oriented, organized, and provides efficiency in business support.

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Nicole N. Auerbach

Nicole is a founding partner of ElevateNext Law, and represents parties in matters in federal and state court across the United States. Nicole is nationally recognized as an innovator in the legal industry, having formed two law firms to bring new ways of delivering legal services to the marketplace. Nicole practiced for the first 15 years of her a career in an AmLaw 100 law firm in Chicago.

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Nicola Wilkins

Nicola Wilkins is a specialist UK Immigration Lawyer with 9 years’ experience in immigration law and has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of corporate and private immigration work.

Nicola qualified at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP, an international immigration firm with headquarters in New York then worked at Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, an international immigration firm with headquarters in California, both firms which focus exclusively on corporate immigration law.  She subsequently worked with a leading boutique immigration firm based in Mayfair specialising in investor immigration solutions and has most recently worked as Lead Immigration Legal Adviser to Wailian, one of the world’s largest Chinese investment migration companies.  Nicola has broad experience on all aspects of business immigration work.

Since 2019, Nicola has worked as a Consultant Solicitor managing immigration law matters for a wide range of corporate clients from multinational corporations and small to medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) to start-ups, founders and entrepreneurs. Nicola additionally manages immigration law matters for private clients including investors and high net worth individuals.

In Nicola’s own words…

“I enjoy working with SME’s as you get to connect directly with senior management and understand clients’ asks better to give them a customised solution.  Everything is very bespoke and client-driven.   I hugely enjoy the close proximity to clients, the variety and overcoming all manner of challenges in a highly commercial way for clients.  The advice which you give always adds huge value and has a direct impact on the growth of clients’ businesses which is hugely fulfilling and stimulating.  It’s great to be part of taking a business forward and making a demonstrable difference to clients gives me a huge sense of pride and achievement.”

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Oscar Davies

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.

Oscar Davies works in the Commercial & Technology team at Taylor Vinters and has experience of a secondment into a premier league football club. Oscar is a commercial lawyer and handles commercial contracts, data protection and privacy matters for Taylor Vinters’ commercial and technology clients. He works with all commercial clients, in relation to commercial contracts including agreements for the supply of goods, software agreements and licences, non-disclosure agreements, terms and conditions and licensing agreements, advising on various issues in multiple sectors.

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Peter Rylands

Peter Rylands

Peter Rylands is a very experienced Company Commercial solicitor, drafting and negotiating business to business contracts, business acquisition and disposal, arrangements between business owners and providing wide ranging commercial advice to all sizes of business.

Peter has worked for many years in-house, principally with The Co-operative Group advising its various businesses from banking to online electrical retailer, funerals business and general insurance specialising in both standard and complex (bespoke) services and IT contracts. He has supported projects for business separation and divestments, new product offerings and public procurement.

He has also worked in private practice as Company Commercial partner, advising sole traders and small and medium sized businesses; and successfully run his own private practice, advising on business acquisition (including company formation and arrangements between the shareholders), supply agreements and customer terms and conditions.

In his own words:

“I particularly like working with SMEs because my experience and commercial advice can help them achieve their business objectives, understand legal issues and find solutions, and provide support and confidence in their dealings with their business suppliers, partners and customers.”

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Philippa Cobb Lawbriefs Solicitor

Philippa Cobb

Philippa Cobb is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in the field of commercial property law.

Philippa worked for many years in London in private practice, advising a variety of SMEs in relation to their commercial property interests, as well as acting for property developers and investors. Following a relocation to Exeter, she then enjoyed an in-house legal role for 10 years with the University of Exeter, advising on a broad range of real estate matters.

Her experience includes advising on multi-million-pound building projects, acquisitions and disposals of land and buildings, and development projects, as well as all aspects of commercial leases (advising both landlords and tenants), land and buildings management, portfolio management and student accommodation.

She has also advised in respect of innovation centres and incubator spaces, as well as having extensive experience in complex land and title issues.

In her own words…

“I enjoy working with SMEs where I can work closely with owners and managers, and support them in heading off future problems, as well as dealing with the day to day transactions and issues that inevitably arise where real estate is involved. Working in house for many years has given me the commercial perspective of being a client and a real insight into the drivers, needs and concerns of businesses. Building personal relationships with clients and supporting them in growing their businesses is one of the key rewards of being a lawyer.”

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Rachel Robinson, LawBriefs Solicitor Rachel Robinson
Rachel Robinson, LawBriefs Solicitor

Rachel Robinson

Rachel Robinson has over 20 years’ experience of providing company commercial law advice, including drafting contracts, data protection and competition law to organisations of all sizes, ranging from FTSE100 companies to owner managed small business.

Starting off her career in the commercial law team of an international technology company before moving to the private practice in the City for a few years practicing Competition law, Rachel then moved to Lloyds’ of London providing regulatory and commercial advice on issues such as data protection, competition law and commercial contracts. Moving to the South West of England with a young family meant a move back to private practice, advising SMEs on a wide range of commercial issues including data protection, public procurement competition law, merger control, commercial contracts including standard trading terms, franchise and distribution agreements, and anything else which hit the “to do list”.

After 7 years of private practice, Rachel moved in-house again for 5 years to a heavily regulated FTSE 250 utility company, helping the business achieve regulatory merger clearance on two mergers whilst preparing for a radical shakeup of the industry’s retail and wholesale markets. Most recently Rachel has been advising both this PLC and a number of SMEs on GDPR compliance.

Rachel has worked with businesses in a wide range of sectors including utilities, waste management, renewable energy, retail, health, manufacturing, and the leisure and tourism industries.

In her own words…

“I like to get to know how businesses tick, which is why I’ve spent about half of my career working in business. This gives me a great overview of issues faced, and a range of workable solutions. Just because a business might be smaller, doesn’t mean that it can’t be as sophisticated and dynamic as the bigger businesses. SMEs might not have the same budgets as PLCs but they usually face the similar demands on their teams and resources and are often more flexible and light of foot in their response, which makes working with SMEs so interesting and enjoyable.”


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Raza Naqvi LawBrief Solicitor

Raza Naqvi

Raza Naqvi is a qualified solicitor with post-qualification experience in banking and finance matters at the London offices of a Magic Circle law firm. He has advised both medium and large-sized borrowers and institutional lenders in relation to their financing matters. He has also advised on regulatory compliance matters financial services industry (particularly banking).

In his own words:

“I enjoy exploring and developing legal solutions within the SME commercial context. I am particularly interested in the growth journey of SME’s and the individuals forming the team behind these. Collaborating with such teams in growing their business really interests me and being able to assist them with problem solving as their legal questions become more complex. I’m also interested in developing technology based legal solutions for SME’s to reduce their regulatory and compliance requirements.”

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Simon Newman, Lawbriefs Barrister Simon Newman
Simon Newman, Lawbriefs Barrister

Simon Newman

Simon Newman is a barrister providing a full range of advice and advocacy services to clients across different business fields. He engages in the full range of civil and commercial litigation, and has particular experience advising on contractual documents, insurance policies and statements of case in litigation. He advises on commercial, chancery, insolvency, and insurance matters, and has investigated and reported on complaints for regulatory bodies.

Prior to practice Simon worked in Government, dealing with regulatory issues particularly in the legal field. He currently accepts instructions from the Government Legal Department and has advised London Borough Councils in respect of complex frauds.

Simon enjoys working with small businesses and experiencing the drive and ambition of the sector. He also realises how important early stage legal advice is to businesses as a way of affording more costly pitfalls in the future in a tough business environment. Simon is keen to see small businesses succeed and hopes to be able assist them and join them on their journey to success.

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Tara Iqbal, Lawbriefs Solicitor

Tara Iqbal

Tara Iqbal has over 18 years’ experience of advising businesses on both their commercial contracts and corporate finance matters, with a particular emphasis on supporting SMEs or new business divisions throughout their lifecycle, from start up/route to market through to eventual maturation or sale of the business. 

After training in London, she qualified as a solicitor and joined a large regional law firm working closely with directors, business owners and investors on all aspects of business law including mergers and acquisitions, shareholders agreements, joint ventures, MBOs, refinancing, private equity, corporate structures/re-structuring, banking/finance and employment matters.

Tara has also worked in-house for larger organisations, gaining valuable insight into issues that matter to business clients. She has worked as a graduate trainee for Vodafone plc and as Senior In-house Lawyer for SSE plc, one of the big six energy companies. As well as advising at board level on corporate transactions/structuring and energy specific contracts, she has also worked extensively on general commercial matters such as distribution and agency agreements, trading arrangements, collaborations, commercial tenders/joint bidding, sales agreements, terms and conditions, supply/service agreements, procurement, IT contracts, IPR, consultancy, outsourcing, data protection, licensing and confidentiality. 

In her own words…

“I have always enjoyed working as a trusted advisor to SMEs. It takes particular skill to be able to support business owners/directors in navigating the law whilst still remaining commercially effective. Legal advice has to be fast and focused. Advising directors of startups who I originally met at local business events, helping them grow, then eventually managing the sale of their businesses – its an incredibly personal and rewarding experience to be part of the journey.”

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Tina Benson, Lawbriefs Solicitor Tina Benson
Tina Benson, Lawbriefs Solicitor

Tina Benson

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”.

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