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What makes Practical Law unique? Members of our expert editorial team share their views
Sophie Cameron, Director of International Content
Sophie Cameron, Head of International Content and Head of Practical Law China Sophie was an editor for a magazine publisher before training as a solicitor in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s London office, where she qualified into the litigation department and completed a secondment to Reuters’ legal department.
Sophie then moved to the employment department of Bates, Wells & Braithwaite, where she specialised in contentious and advisory employment work for individuals and charities and regularly appeared in the employment tribunal.
Sophie was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Fawcett Society in 2005 and co-authored a report on the reform of gender equality legislation. Sophie joined Practical Law in 2004 as an editor for PL Employment and was Head of PL Public Sector from 2008 and 2012. Since 2012 she has focussed on our international content, launching PL China in 2013 and now managing the China, EU and international transaction guides teams. She has been managing our China service since its inception. Sophie studied at Cambridge University, City University and the College of Law. Sophie is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Sophie Capel joined Practical Law from Ashurst, where she worked for nearly 11 years. In 1997 she became the first (and later senior) professional support lawyer for the Ashurst employment group, a post that she held until 2004. She was previously at Denton Hall Burgin & Warrens (now SNR Denton), having qualified there in 1990. She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the Industrial Law Society and PEN (the PSL Employment Network). Sophie is head of Employment. Sophie is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Sara Catley is Director of In-house Editorial for Thomson Reuters Legal UK &I. Sara trained at Slaughter and May and qualified into the tax group in 2001. She joined Practical Law in 2005 as an analyst writing on key market trends, noteworthy transactions and market practice developments across all practice areas. In 2008, Sara helped launch Practical Law’s US web services and then became head of Practical Law’s cross-border service and standalone financed content and directories businesses. Following the acquisition of Practical Law by Thomson Reuters, she became responsible for developing international content across the business and the launch of Practical Law China. Sara became Director of In-house Editorial in 2015, and is now responsible for developing content for Thomson Reuters’ in-house legal audience. Sara is a non-practising solicitor.
Jennifer Dunn is Head of Writing and Style. She graduated from University College London in 2006 with BA in German. Following this she attended the University of Hamburg where she obtained a Baccalaureus juris (German law degree), graduating in 2010. During her time in Hamburg, Jenny worked as a night secretary at Latham & Watkins. Upon returning to the UK, she completed a GDL at the College of Law, Bloomsbury. Jenny joined Practical Law in 2011 and is also the embedded copy editor for the IPIT, Communications and Commercial web services.
Raichel Hopkinson is the head of Practical Law Dispute Resolution. Raichel was a partner in the dispute resolution department at Denton Wilde Sapte for 5 years, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration, before she joined Practical Law in January 2010. Raichel is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Karen Ngo qualified as a barrister in 1991 and as a solicitor in 1994. Karen joined Practical Law Commercial in April 2011 after practising for 17 years as a Commercial in-house lawyer in the media industry, which included 2 years as Head of Legal at Copyright Promotions Group PLC, and 10 years as Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs at Warner Bros Consumer Products, EMEA. Karen has an LLM in Commercial Law.
Chris Knuckey trained at Cobbetts, and worked in their commercial department advising on public procurement and general commercial matters. From 2004 to 2006 he was a solicitor at Clarkslegal advising on public procurement, including in respect of PFI/PPP schemes undertaken by local authorities. From there, Chris joined the Treasury Solicitor's Department, advising across Government on procurement law and associated commercial issues, before joining Practical Law Public Sector in 2008. Chris is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Heleen van Lil-Gijbels joined Practical Law in December 2009 and is Head of Practical Law EU. Heleen studied Private and International Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Since then, she has worked as an in-house lawyer for the Rotterdam Port Authorities and as a knowledge management lawyer for several international law firms, including, Nauta Dutilh and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Lisa Millar trained at Clyde & Co, qualifying into its corporate department in 1998. She worked in Weil, Gotshal & Manges' corporate finance department between 1999 and 2005, where she advised on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions. Lisa joined Practical Law Corporate in June 2005 and was appointed Head of Practical Law Commercial in August 2008. Lisa is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Rayna Moore was called to the Bar in July 2005. She joined Practical Law in March 2006 as an editor on the multi-jurisdictional guides. Rayna has been Practical Law Global's head of editorial for multi-jurisdictional publications since 2009. Rayna is non-practising.
Joanna Morris is a former solicitor. She qualified into the corporate department of Clifford Chance in 1995. She then moved to Manchester and joined Cobbetts' corporate/commercial department. She subsequently became a commercial solicitor at The Co-operative Bank p.l.c. Joanna joined Practical Law in 2000 and was editor of PLC Magazine until she was appointed Head of Commissioning in 2013.
Ruth Morrow is a former solicitor. She qualified into the corporate department of Charles Russell LLP in 2006, where she advised on a range of corporate transactions, specialising in equity capital markets work. She joined Practical Law in May 2011 as assistant editor of PLC Magazine and was appointed editor in July 2013.
Emma Nendick trained at Freshfields (now Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer) and worked as an associate in the tax department for three years. She moved to Herbert Smith in 1996, where she set up and ran the tax professional support function. She joined Practical Law in September 2006 as head of Tax. Emma is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Judith Pain worked at Allen & Overy for 13 years, specialising in commercial property. She spent the first seven years working on transactions, and then set up and ran the professional support service for the property department before joining Practical Law in 2000. Judith was Head of Practical Law Property before being appointed Head of Practice Areas in July 2013. Judith is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Lucy Ryland joined Practical Law Corporate in July 2009 after six years as a corporate PSL at Allen & Overy LLP. Lucy trained at A&O and qualified into its corporate department in 1999. She worked on a variety of corporate transactions until 2003 when she joined the corporate know-how team. Lucy is currently a non-practising solicitor. Lucy is head of Corporate.
Saira Singh qualified as a solicitor in 1994 with Lovell White Durrant (now Hogan Lovells LLP), where she specialised in commercial and insurance litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on contractual disputes and professional negligence claims. In 2001, she became a professional support lawyer in the dispute resolution and arbitration practice at Lovells. She joined Practical Law in May 2009 and is now Head of Arbitration. Saira is currently a non-practising solicitor. She also sits as a Deputy District Judge (Civil) on the Midland Circuit.
Roger Wesson trained at Slaughter and May and worked in their corporate and commercial department for two years after qualifying. He then practised media and IP law for two years with Denton Hall (now Dentons), before moving to Allison & Humphreys (which later merged with Field Fisher Waterhouse), where he was a partner for five years, specialising in media and IP&T law. He is Head of Practical Law Data Protection, Practical Law IP&IT and Practical Law Media & Telecoms. Roger is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Veronica Bailey joined Practical Law Commercial in November 2014. She trained at Muir Williams (now Herbert Smith Freehills) and qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia in 1976. In 1998 she was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. She has an LLM from Southampton University and lectured in commercial law subjects for a number of years. She joined Barlow Robbins in 1999 and in 2003 became a partner and head of IT/IP. Before joining Practical Law she was a professional development lawyer at Bond Dickinson. She has extensive international experience having worked in Australia, Singapore, Finland and the UK. Veronica is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Neha Bajpaee is a dual qualified lawyer in India and the UK. She enrolled as an advocate with the Bar council of Delhi in 2005 and thereafter joined the dispute resolution team of Suri & Company, a Delhi based law firm where she worked on general commercial litigation and arbitration matters. In 2009, she joined Amarchand Mangaldas where she worked as a knowledge management associate for two years. Neha qualified as a solicitor of England and Wales after completing the qualified lawyers transfer scheme in 2014. Neha holds a masters degree in International Dispute Resolution from the University of London and a bachelors degree in law from the University of Delhi. She joined Practical Law in 2014 and is currently an International Know How Editor. Neha is a non-practising solicitor.
Alex Batteson worked as a patent examiner at the European Patent Office in The Hague for eight years, before being called to the English Bar in 1995. He joined Freshfields' IP and IT practice in 1997 and two years later moved to Bristows as a patent litigator. He became the professional support lawyer for the IP group at DLA Piper in 2004 and then with Linklaters in 2007. Alex has experience across the full range of IP rights and has been involved in a number of high-profile patent cases, including Haberman v Jackel, Intel v VIA and Cranway v Playtech. His degree in physics gives him a full understanding of complex technological issues. Alex is currently a non-practising barrister and solicitor.
Rob Beardmore joined Practical Law in August 2016 as a senior editor in the In-house and International editorial teams. He qualified in England as a solicitor in October 2006 and went on to work as an in-house lawyer for several substantial multinational corporations. Firstly, Rob focused his practice on technology outsourcing at Xerox. He subsequently moved to the global payment system operator, Visa, where he advised in connection with product development, sales and marketing and in relation to risk and compliance in emerging markets. Most recently Rob spent four years as senior legal and compliance counsel at Control Risks, a leading global risk consultancy, where he advised on a broad range of matters including commercial contracts, IP / IT, data protection, corporate governance, risk and compliance across multiple jurisdictions. Rob is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Rossella Brambilla is a former solicitor. She began her training at McKenzie Mills in 1994, and qualified into the corporate department of Withers in 1996. In 1997 she joined GE Financial Insurance, where she worked in the international section of the legal department, advising on commercial and IP law. She moved to Practical Law in April 1999, and is now an editor for Practical Law Global. Rossella is fluent in English and Italian.
Andre Brown, Senior International Commissioning Editor
Andre joined Practical Law in 2004 as a research editor for the Which lawyer? directory and headed the team from 2008 until 2012. During this time, he had a strong focus on the Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern markets. Andre is now a Senior Commissioning editor and works with our contributors to create Practical Law resources, as well as developing and maintaining our contributor relationships.
Maylis Campbell joined Practical Law in October 2012 as an EU Editor. Her career spans over 20 years of experience in EU policy and media work. Previously, she worked for the European Association for Information on Local Development (AEIDL) in Brussels. Within AEIDL, she held various positions including: EU Editor of a weekly bilingual newsletter for local and regional authorities in the EU, information officer for the European Observatory for Rural Development, webmaster for the EU's financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation project (LIFE programme), and more recently communications manager for the European Evaluation Network for Rural Development. Maylis also has experience of the Brussels lobbying environment having worked for two years at the European office of the Motoring Federations as information officer. Before moving to Brussels in 1993, she spent two years working for the Euro Info Centre for the Champagne region of France and the Economic Development Agency for the department of Aube, France. Bachelor of Arts (BA) in French and Music from Queen’s University, Belfast N.Ireland and Masters of Science (MSc) in Tourism, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland.
Vicki Carr is a former solicitor. She joined Osborne Clarke's tax team in September 1999, specialising in corporate tax. After a two-year secondment to HMRC working on the rewrite of part of the Taxes Act 1988 (which became the Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Act 2005), she rejoined Osborne Clarke as their tax professional support lawyer in April 2005. Vicki is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Employment Taxes Forum. She joined Practical Law Tax in July 2007.
Jenny Chambers joined Practical Law in April 2008 from Eversheds, where she had spent five years in the corporate tax team and six years in the role of professional support lawyer. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now part of PwC), Jenny moved to their corporate tax department. Subsequently, she transferred to their Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire office where she was engaged on consultancy and audit assignments. On returning to UK, she specialised again in tax in a regional accountancy practice. Jenny is a member of the Tax and Financial Reporting Faculties of the ICAEW and of the CGT Liaison Group.
Emma Chown qualified as a solicitor in 1992 having trained at Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, where she stayed for five years following qualification, working in the commercial litigation department. In 1997 Emma joined Richards Butler as the first professional support lawyer in the commercial litigation department. She played an important role in developing their award-winning know-how database. She joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution as a Senior Editor from Richards Butler in March 2006. Emma is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Robert Clay graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA (Hons) in History. Following graduation he worked in the operations division of Cable & Wireless plc while studying part-time for the GDL and LPC at BPP Law School in London. He joined Practical Law in November 2004 and was involved with the launch and development of Employment. He joined Legal Risk as an editor in March 2007 and is now an Editor for UK Web Services.
Becky Clissmann trained at Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons), during which time she was seconded to ABN Amro and Goldman Sachs to work on their energy and emissions trading documentation. On qualification, she moved to Eversheds to help set up their environment practice in London. Prior to qualifying, Becky obtained extensive experience in climate change policy measures working for the Carbon Trust, where she set up an account management service for FTSE 250 companies and large public sector organisations. She also has experience in the energy and commodity markets, having worked as a Policy Manager at the UK Power Exchange (UKPX) and also the London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (LIFFE). Becky joined Practical Law Environment in October 2009. Becky is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Clare Cox is a former solicitor. She qualified into the commercial department of Slaughter and May in 1994, where she advised on a range of corporate and banking transactions. She joined Practical Law in 1996 and is currently a senior assistant editor on PLC Magazine. Clare is a non-practising solicitor.
Tim Gunn practised as a solicitor in Australia before qualifying as a solicitor in the UK, where he practised at Norton Rose. He then spent 11 years in roles as in-house counsel with British Technology Group, Astra Zeneca and Shell International, before working for six years as a professional support lawyer with City law firms including Ashurst and Simmons & Simmons. Tim holds a post-graduate diploma in IP law from Queen Mary College, University of London and has worked as a tutor in notarial practice business law studies at the University of Cambridge, where he designed and conducted coursework and examinations. He joined Practical Law IPIT & Communications in September 2009. Tim is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Alan Hawley joined Practical Law Commercial in May 2011, having specialised in the law relating to the supply of goods and services for most of his legal career. He obtained an LLM at LSE while practising as a commercial litigator at Linklaters LLP. There followed an extended period as in-house counsel, with Italian, Middle East and US multinationals. Since 1987 Alan has worked in the information technology sector, in London, Paris, and the Middle East. He moved back into private practice in 1996, first with Faegre & Benson LLP, and finally with Reed Smith LLP. For a number of years Alan presented IT and commercial law seminars for Hawksmere and other organisations. Alan is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Erika Hayes trained and qualified at McCann FitzGerald in Dublin, where she practised in IP, IT, data protection and e-commerce matters. Erika was seconded to Google during this time, where she was responsible for corporate legal compliance in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Erika then moved to Bircham Dyson Bell in London, where she practised for two years on a range of commercial, IP and information law matters, specialising in data protection law. Erika has a first in Business and Legal Studies from University College Dublin, which included a year studying at the law school of DePaul University in Chicago. Erika is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Elizabeth Hone qualified at Freshfields in 1992 and practised for seven years in the finance department. She advised on a variety of transactions including corporate lending, project and structured finance. During that time she was seconded to Lehman Brothers and spent almost two years in Freshfields' Milan office. She then worked in the finance department of Wedlake Bell LLP for ten years, the last six as a partner, specialising in property and acquisition finance. She joined Practical Law Finance in November 2010 and is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Madeleine Jackson is a commissioning editor. Madeleine joined Practical Law in 2009, having previously worked at Sweet & Maxwell, Kluwer and Jordan Publishing. Madeleine has a strong focus on commissioning specialist material from the Bar. She works with our editors and contributors to create Practical Law resources, as well as developing and maintaining our contributor relationships. She is currently a non-practising barrister.
Melissa Lorenzo-Herve joined Practical Law from Fortent, a compliance information management company, where she was legal editor. Previously she was an associate in the M&A group at Troutman Sanders LLP and before that was an associate in the corporate and litigation groups at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.
Jo Luker qualified in 1993 with Herbert Smith, where she worked on a range of commercial litigation and arbitration disputes. In 2000 she joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a practice development lawyer providing professional support to the firm's litigation and international arbitration lawyers. Jo co-authored the "Global Overview" chapter of Arbitration World (2004), a multi-jurisdictional guide for arbitration practitioners. Jo joined Practical Law Dispute Resolution as a Senior Editor in October 2006. Jo is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Kirsten Maslen trained at Nabarro Nathanson (now Nabarro) and qualified in January 2005. She then moved to West Sussex County Council where she led the legal projects, procurement and contracts team, advising on all aspects of the tendering process, and drafting and negotiating contracts from low value agreements to major projects. Kirsten has a particular interest in outsourcing, employee transfers, PPP and public to public arrangements. In 2012 Kirsten received the SLG Young Solicitor of the Year award. Kirsten is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Sarah McLennan joined Practical Law in May 2013 from Faegre Baker Daniels LLP where she specialised in contentious insolvency, acting for a variety of insolvency practitioners and creditors. Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 2000 having trained at Penningtons LLP. Prior to this, she graduated with a 2:1 at Oxford University, Hertford College. Sarah is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Aditi Mene studied Law at King’s College London, followed by an MSc in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the LPC at the Inns of Court School of Law. She joined Practical Law in 2007. She is a Market Practice Analyst for the Cross-border team, and writes about key market trends and legal and commercial developments for a variety of practice areas.
Mary Mullally qualified as a solicitor at Lewis Silkin in 1989. She worked as a solicitor at Alan Edwards & Co, a niche housing firm in Notting Hill Gate, where she was subsequently made a partner. In 1998 she joined Global Professional Media as the in-house correspondent for Legal Week. From 2001 to 2004 Mary edited Legal Director, a sister title to Legal Week which focused on management issues for in-house counsel. Mary joined Practical Law in October 2004 and is Head of Networks. Mary is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Elizabeth Newman trained and qualified with Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) where she worked in the intellectual property department on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and information technology matters. While there, she did secondments with Granada Media and with Standard Chartered Bank. She subsequently worked as the in-house lawyer for TalkTalk Direct, a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse. She has written chapters for Law and the Internet, edited by Lilian Edwards and Charlotte Waelde (Hart Publishing, 3rd ed., 2009) and for Telecommunications Law and Regulation, edited by Ian Walden (Oxford University Press, 4th ed., 2012). She holds the diploma in IP law from Bristol University. Elizabeth is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Hilary Owens Gray qualified into the corporate department of McGrigors LLP (now Pinsent Masons) in 2003. In 2006 she joined Baker & McKenzie LLP, where she spent more than five years as an associate in the corporate department, advising on a wide range of corporate transactions and developing her focus on equity capital markets, corporate governance and public company matters. Hilary joined Practical Law Corporate in May 2012 and is currently a non-practising solicitor. Hilary is deputy head of Corporate.
Helen Padley trained at Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons) and worked as a professional support lawyer in their technology, media and telecommunications department for ten years. She subsequently worked at the Legal Services Commission for a year and the British Broadcasting Corporation for two years, where she specialised in data protection and freedom of information compliance. Helen also holds the ISEB certificate in data protection. Helen is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Adrian Pashley specializes in all aspects of charity law and practice and the application of corporate and commercial law to the charity and wider not-for-profit sector. His experience includes charity mergers and re-structuring projects and setting up Academy schools. He has worked as a senior lawyer in the education and charities team at Veale Wasbrough (now Veale Wasbrough Vizards) and in the charities teams at Bates Wells & Braithwaite and Blake Lapthorn. Adrian has extensive experience in lecturing and training and is a contributor to the ICSA Charities Handbook. Adrian joined Practical Law Private Client in October 2010 and is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Daphne Perry qualified as a barrister. She practised (as Daphne Loebl) at Fountain Court for 12 years until 1997, when Chambers' Directory included her in the top 11 juniors for commercial work in London. She then worked for another 12 years as a professional support lawyer at Denton Wilde Sapte. A keen member of Clarity, the international association for plain language in the law, she is quoted in the Law Society's textbook Clarity for Lawyers (2007) and was for 3 years Denton Wilde Sapte's Plain Language Co-ordinator. Daphne joined Practical Law Commercial in July 2010.
Elanne Pimstone trained at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and qualified into the corporate department in 1995. In 1997 she joined Harbottle & Lewis, where she specialised in employment law, dealing with predominantly non-contentious and advisory work for employers and individuals. As a senior associate in the employment group she had responsibility for employment know-how and presented a variety of client seminars. Elanne joined Practical Law Employment in August 2004 and is a member of PEN (the PSL Employment Network) and the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA). Elanne also provides support to the employment law working group of the GC100 (the Association of General Counsel and Company Secretaries working in FTSE 100 Companies). Elanne is a Senior Editor and is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Sara Poole is a former solicitor. She trained at MacRoberts in Glasgow before joining the banking group of Dundas & Wilson in 1996, where she worked in the property finance and retail finance teams. She spent a year in the in-house legal department of National Australia Group and then moved to Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons), where she worked in the financial markets and regulation group for seven years. Sara joined Practical Law Financial Services in May 2007.
Lynsey Poulton joined Practical Law in October 2016 as a senior editor for the In-house editorial team. Lynsey qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in May 2007 and following an 18 month post-qualification role in the London corporate team of Dundas & Wilson LLP (now CMS Scotland), moved to an in-house role with Morgan Advanced Materials plc. Lynsey began her in-house career as a general legal adviser, but following the introduction of the UK Bribery Act 2010, was responsible for the creation, implementation and on-going management of the company’s global compliance programme. Lynsey is currently a non-practicing solicitor.
Andrew Rigby joined Practical Law Commercial in October 2013. Andrew qualified as a barrister in 1982 and has worked for a number of City law firms over his career, including Addleshaw Goddard, practising outsourcing and IT law. Andrew has been recognised as a leading UK IT and outsourcing Lawyer by the Legal directories and was recently awarded the accolade of Outsourcing Professional of the Year by the trade body for outsourcing, the National Outsourcing Association. Andrew has contributed to a number of legal publications over his career. Andrew is currently a non-practising barrister.
Victoria Salomons trained at Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills) qualifying into its commercial and corporate projects team in 2010. She then joined the in-house legal team at Steria UK as a senior legal advisor, advising on general commercial matters with a particular focus on outsourcing arrangements. Victoria joined Practical Law Commercial in December 2014. Victoria is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Angharad Smith trained at Addleshaw Goddard, qualifying in 2004. Following qualification, she joined the financial markets and regulation group at Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons), before moving to the financial services team at CMS Cameron McKenna in 2007. In 2011 she joined the financial services legal team at Barclays where she advised on a broad range of regulatory and commercial issues. Angharad joined Practical Law in August 2012 and is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Alice Southall joined Practical Law in January 2017 as an editor in the In-house team. She trained at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and qualified into its insurance disputes team in 2013, where she specialised in marine insurance disputes and worked on a mixture of advisory and contentious matters. During her training contract she was seconded to both AIG and ExxonMobil’s legal teams where she undertook a range of general and industry-specific corporate work. Alice is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Claire Templeton trained at Hobson Audley (now Faegre & Benson) and qualified into the dispute resolution department in 1998. Following secondments to one of its US offices and Viacom (UK) Limited, she joined the employment department of Norton Rose, dealing with predominantly non-contentious and advisory work for employers. She then returned to Faegre & Benson, where she gained wide experience of advising clients on international employment issues. Claire is a Senior Editor and is currently a non-practising solicitor.