Event: Practical Law’s 1st Annual Law Firm Leadership Forum

5 November 2013: Transforming your business strategy to get ahead of the game

About the forum

Our legal world is evolving – are you prepared for the changes ahead?

With fewer transactions and more competitors in the legal services market, firms are being forced to boost revenues and enhance the delivery of legal services to keep ahead of the game. Don’t look at your strategy one-dimensionally; transform it before it’s too late.

At Practical Law’s 1st Annual Law Firm Leadership Forum, you can learn how to link your strategy up with your people, clients and revenue. We have designed this Forum to involve you in three unique parts running throughout the day:

  • Attend top-line strategy sessions led by managing partners to identify and implement winning tactics to secure your market position for the future.
  • Benefit from our FIVE individually tailored streams targeted at Managing Partners, IT, Business Development, Finance and HR to gain an in-depth analysis on ways you can contribute to your firm’s evolving business strategy. Attendees can choose one stream or move around freely between different sessions.
  • Use our roundtables to share different perspectives with heads of business services on client service, return on investment and culture.

With an opportunity for everybody to regroup over drinks at the end of the day, this is the only event where you can network with your peers and senior management from the top 100 UK firms.

Our hand-picked advisory board includes:

  • Julian Howard, Managing Partner, Macfarlanes
  • Joe Simpson, CEO, Irwin Mitchell
  • Janet Day, Director of Technology and Infrastructure, BLP
  • Leona Briggs, Partner, Osborne Clarke

Key take-ways:

  • Achieve growth: build a winning strategy
  • Implement and develop new tactics to engage your workforce
  • Improve efficiency of your business processes
  • Enhance your commercial awareness
  • Develop modern remuneration models
  • Manage internal and external communication with multiple stakeholders
  • Measure your marketing performance
  • Best practice case studies on managing cash flows
  • Leaner IT models, hottest systems and products


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Time Details
9.00am - 9.30am

Crystal ball gazing: how far and fast is the legal landscape going to change?

Peter Jackson, Managing Partner, Hill Dickinson

9.30am – 10.15am

Achieving growth: developing a clear strategy and implementation

Mark Dembovsky, Chief Executive, HowardKennedyFsi LLP
Denise Nurse, Chief Executive, Halebury

10.15am – 11.00am

Improving efficiency of business processes

Chair: Martin Darroch, Chief Executive, Harper Macleod
Jan Durant, Director of IT & Operations, Lewis Silkin
Nigel Rea, Executive Officer, Olswang
Frances Swaine, Mnaging Partner, Leigh Day

11.00am – 11.30am

Coffee break

Afternoon sessions:

FOUR highly interactive streamed sessions: one of the most productive features of this Forum, our FIVE tailored streamed sessions for individual heads of business services encourage delegates to interact with their peers to engage in discussion on ways to increase business efficiency.

Stream 1: Managing partners

11.30am – 12.15pm

Strategies to keep people engaged

Chair: Nicky Richmond, Managing Partner, Brecher
Victoria Brackett, Managing Partner, Thomas Eggar
Ian Gilbert, Managing Partner, Walker Morris

12.15pm – 1.00pm

Remuneration models: involving your partners in the debate

Linda Woolley, Managing Partner, Kingsley Napley
Ken Woffenden, Managing Partner, Stevens & Bolton

1.00pm – 2.00pm


2.00pm – 2.45pm

Analysing the best structure for your firm going forward

Christina Blacklaws, Director of Policy, The Co-operative Legal Services
Guy Vincent, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell

Stream 2: Finance

11.30am – 12.15pm

Achieving growth through operational efficiencies

Sarah Wilkinson, Director of Finance, Fasken Martineau

12.15pm – 1.00pm

Risk management: cleaning up your financial model

Peter Bennett, Partnership Executive Officer, Baites Wells Braithwaite

1.00pm – 2.00pm


2.00pm – 2.45pm

Strategy creation: innovative ways to capture time

Martin Darroch, Chief Executive, Harper Macleod

Stream 3: HR

11.30am – 12.15pm

Revisiting the traditional roles with law firms: changing shape of the workforce – what should it be and who should be in it?

Louise Hadland, HR and FM Director, Shoosmiths
Conor Dilworth, Managing Director, Pro - Legal

12.15pm – 1.00pm

Engaging your people with fewer resources

Sue Beavil, Senior Training and Development Manager, Mayer Brown

1.00pm – 2.00pm


2.00pm – 2.45pm

Improving your HR function

Sam Airey, HR Director, Weightmans

Stream 4: Marketing

11.30am – 12.15pm

Strategy creation

Ash Coleman Smith, Global Marketing Director, Berwin Leighton Paisner
Michelle Elstein, International Business Development Director, Olswang

12.15pm – 1.00pm

Managing communication with multiple stakeholders

Chair: George Wilkinson, Director of Marketing, Ashfords
Helen Cunliffe, Senior Marketing Manager, Morrison & Foerster
Jill Warren, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Bird & Bird

1.00pm – 2.00pm


2.00pm – 2.45pm

Measuring performance: how to approach it and use the information to change activity and behaviour

Zelinda Bennett, International Marketing Director, DLA Piper
Larry Cattle, Business Development Director, Bevan Brittan

2.45pm – 3.00pm

Coffee break

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Round-table sessions: a cross-function analysis on what matters for law firms

Share perspectives with heads of business services on client service, return on investment and culture.

Round table I: Client service
Leona Briggs, Partner, Osborne Clarke
James Huckle, Commercial Director, Holman Fenwick Willan
Michelle Elstein, International Business Development Director, Olswang

Round table II: Return on investment
Hamish Munro, Commercial Director, Shakespeares

Round table III: Culture
Ian Gilbert, Managing Partner, Walker Morris

4.00pm – 4.15pm

Short break

4.15pm – 4.45pm

Keeping ahead of the game

Peter Jackson, Managing Partner, Hill Dickinson


Closing comments and end of Forum followed by a drinks reception


Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson

Managing Partner at Hill Dickinson

Peter has been with Hill Dickinson since 1983. He became a partner in 1989 and has been Managing Partner since 2005.

Peter used to practice in shipping, transit and insurance litigation, acting mainly for cargo and goods in transit liability insurers, carriage operators, importers and exports. Peter was widely recognised as a leading expert in claims arising from national and international road haulage and acted for a variety of marine insurers, importers/exporters, transport operators and associations in relation to all matters arising from the carriage of goods.

Peter has been involved in a number of leading UK market cases and has a particular reputation for handling large and complex recoveries on behalf of cargo insurers, with an emphasis on matters involving cross border litigation.

However, since 2005 Peter has been a full time Managing Partner and has overseen the Firm’s growth from a turnover of £45 million to £110 million in 2012. Peter has led a number of significant mergers and acquisitions, opened new offices (both overseas and in the UK) and has been at the forefront of Hill Dickinson’s strategic development.

Mark Dembovsky

Mark Dembovsky

Chief Executive, HowardKennedyFsi LLP

Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in Cape Town and then as a CPA on being transferred to Deloitte's Executive Office in New York. He joined Linklaters in New York and was then sent to London to head that firm's worldwide Office of the Future project, a transformational change management initiative.

Since leading one of the first trans-Atlantic mergers (Reed Smith and Warner Cranston in 2000), Mark was actively involved as Reed Smith's Chief Strategy Officer in merger identification, negotiation and implementation in numerous locations from Los Angeles to Hong Kong.

Mark joined Howard Kennedy as Chief Executive in January 2011. He has been responsible for setting the firm's strategy and implementing a range of business transformation projects. He was instrumental in the negotiation of the merger between Howard Kennedy and Finers Stephens Innocent. He is now CEO of the combined firm, dealing with post merger implementation as well as setting the future strategy.

Mark was recently recognised as one of the only non-lawyers in The Lawyer Hot 100 list

Nicky Richmond

Nicky Richmond

Managing Partner, Brecher

Nicky Richmond is joint managing partner of Brecher and has been practising as a property and finance lawyer for over 25 years. She started her career at the firm of Brecher & Co, which merged in 1996 with Nicholson Graham & Jones, which firm then merged with an American firm, eventually becoming the firm now known as K & L Gates. Nicky joined Brecher in 2007 and became joint managing partner in 2008.

Nicky writes regularly for both the property and national press on all sorts of topics and in particular those relating to women in the law. Nicky is perhaps best known for her fortnightly restaurant review for The Lawyer magazine.

Christina Blacklaws

Christina Blacklaws

Director of Policy, The Co-operative Legal Services

After studying Jurisprudence at Oxford, Christina qualified as a solicitor in 1991. She is a higher rights advocate, a mediator, collaborative lawyer and children panel specialist.

Christina currently holds the roles of Director of Policy and Director of Family Law with the Co-operative Legal Services.

Prior to joining the Co-operative, she founded and managed the largest specialist family law practice in the country, introducing business initiatives which were recognised by her being nominated for industry awards- for example, she was acknowledged for her management expertise in the annual “Hot 100” list by the Lawyer Magazine in 2012.

Christina holds several prominent professional representative roles, which place her at the forefront of the current changes in the legal profession.

She is a Law Society Council member (since 2002) and Chair of the Society's Legal Affairs and Policy Board. She is a former Chair of the Society’s Family Law Committee and was Chief Assessor of the Children Panel between 2009-12.

Christina is regularly asked to contribute to the press and media and is the author of a number of publications. She speaks regularly at national and international legal conferences and has recently addressed the European Parliament and both International Bar Associations.

Guy Vincent

Guy Vincent

Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell

Guy Vincent has 15 years of practical experience managing law firms. As Managing Partner of Bower Cotton in 2000 he merged the majority of that firm into Bircham Dyson Bell. After working in a number of management roles at BDB Guy spent nearly 8 years as Managing Partner. As MP Guy oversaw an increase in turnover from £24m to £36m before the crash. A period of stabilisation followed during which financial systems were reviewed, partner appraisal and remuneration systems upgraded and the business rebranded. A strategic merger was considered but did not proceed. Guy advises partnerships and LLPs on legal and management issues. He writes and blogs regularly on management topics and has tackled a range of subjects including surviving mergers and Zombie firms. In addition Guy has practiced as a corporate lawyer for 30 years and sits on the boards of several businesses and community groups.

Victoria Brackett

Victoria Brackett

Managing Partner, Thomas Eggar

Vicky is the managing partner at national law firm Thomas Eggar LLP. Prior to her appointment as managing partner in May 2012, Vicky was head of the Commercial Dispute Resolution Practice Group and has over 15 years in resolving disputes for clients, particularly complex High Court disputes.

Linda Woolley

Linda Woolley

Managing Partner, Kingsley Napley

I am the Managing Partner of Kingsley Napley. I have held that role since 2007. Between 2004 and 2007 I was one of three joint managing partners at the firm. KN has 40 partners, nearly 300 people and a turnover of c.£28m.

I joined Kingsley Napley in 1990 as an articled clerk, qualifying in 1992. I have been with the firm ever since. I am a criminal lawyer and when in full-time practice specialised in fraud and corruption and international crime.

Ken Woffenden

Ken Woffenden

Managing Partner, Stevens & Bolton

Ken joined Stevens & Bolton LLP in 2004. He was head of the corporate and commercial department between 2006 and 2011 and was appointed managing partner in January 2012. He also chairs the firm’s international practice group.

Before joining Stevens & Bolton LLP Ken spent over 25 years at leading international City law firm, Simmons & Simmons. During his career with Simmons & Simmons, Ken spent 3 years as managing partner of the Hong Kong office and 5 years as head of corporate in London.

Ken advises many large corporate clients, based in the UK and overseas, on a wide range of corporate matters including M&A, joint ventures, fundraisings, restructurings and corporate governance. Much of his work is international or cross border in nature.

Ken is listed as a 'leading expert' for corporate finance in the current editions of Chambers UK, The Legal 500 and Legal Experts (published by Legal Business). Chambers UK 2013 says about Ken that "you get a lot of quiet confidence and experience from him."

Sarah Wilkinson

Sarah Wilkinson

Director of Finance, Fasken Martineau

Sarah is the Director of Finance at Fasken Martineau LLP. She was previously the Finance Director at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP from 2004 until 2012 and prior to then she was group financial controller at Clifford Chance LLP. She works extensively on improving working capital management, on management reporting and on partner and fee earner training. She is also the COFA for Fasken Martineau LLP.

Ash Coleman Smith

Ash Coleman Smith

Global Marketing Director, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Ash joined BLP, named Law Firm of the Year five times, in May 2010 as Global Marketing Director.

Since joining BLP he has: initiated and rolled out a client relationship programme - new to the firm; overhauled the firm's approach to sector strategy and marketing; refreshed the brand; introduced a new model for pitching; put in place international marketing and BD campaigns across Asia, MENA and US; and overseen PR and influencer management programmes that have seen national and international media coverage triple.

His team have recently been nominated for awards by Marketing Week and a range of on-line organisations including the prestigious Webby's (in the words of The New York Times, "the Internet's highest honor"). Plus on-line work for BLP being highly commended by 'Revolution' and its website nominated number one in the sector. The communications team and BLP's in-house publication were also nominated in Corporate Communications Magazine awards.

Prior to this Ash was at Ogilvy running 30 offices across the region driving new business, financial management and running his own portfolio of clients such as: Gillette, American Express, General Motors, 02, Cadbury, P&G, Unilever, B&Q, Airmiles, Danone, Barclays and General Electric.

Martin Darroch

Martin Darroch

Chief Executive, Harper Macleod LLP

Martin Darroch is Chief Executive of Harper Macleod LLP. He leads the management functions at the firm and has full responsibility for setting & delivering the strategic direction of the business. Since his appointment seven years ago, he has delivered one of the fastest growing professional services firms in Scotland in terms of turnover and has also created an award-winning business at both National and International levels as evidenced by

  • The Department of Work & Pensions "Best Value" Supplier Award 2012;
  • Winner of Law Firm of the Year in Scotland – 5 times (2012, 2010, 2008, 2007 and 2006); and
  • Best Managed Professional Services Firm in Europe - MPF Award Winner 2009, Runner-up 2008 and Shortlisted 2010.

The "team" of Martin Darroch & Lorne Crerar (Chairman) also won the Law Awards of Scotland's "Managing Team of the Year" in 2011 and were once again shortlisted in 2012.

On a personal level Martin was shortlisted for Scotland's Young Business Leader of the Year award 2012 and in 2009 also won "Managing Partner of the Year" at The Law Awards in Scotland (being the first non-lawyer to win the award).

A Chartered Accountant, Martin has held numerous appointments with the Institute of Chartered Accountants for Scotland throughout his career and is currently a member of the Regulation Board.

Zelinda Bennett

Zelinda Bennett

International Marketing Director, DLA Piper

Zelinda is International Marketing Director and partner at DLA Piper, the world’s largest law firm. She is a member of the firm's Executive board and is responsible for delivering DLA Piper’s international client strategy.

Zelinda has worked in professional services marketing for over 20 years and for leading firms Eversheds and Addleshaw Goddard. She oversees a budget of over £20m, and a team of 160 based in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Managing the marketing function for an international firm is particularly challenging as DLA Piper speaks 18 different languages across 31 jurisdictions. Every market requires nuances in approach and messaging. At the same time, maintaining the global coherency of the brand is essential to leverage the strength of a worldwide operation that employs thousands of people. Zelinda also sits on the steering committee of the firm's Women's Network.

Ian Gilbert

Ian Gilbert

Managing Partner, Walker Morris

Ian became the Managing Partner of Walker Morris in 2010 and is recognised as one of the leading corporate lawyers in the North.

During over 30 years of practice Ian has advised a broad spectrum of corporate clients from major plcs to start up companies and private individuals, on a the full range of corporate and M&A activity.

Recently re-elected as Managing Partner, Ian is responsible for the strategic direction of Walker Morris. During his tenure he has overseen a number of key developments including the implementation and accreditation of Lexcel, certain key strategic recruitments and the acquisition of a 27 strong banking litigation. In Chambers Legal Directory Ian is described as being "one of the driving forces behind the practice".

Louise Hadland

Louise Hadland

HR Director, Shoosmiths

Louise Hadland is the HR & FM Director of Shoosmiths and in this capacity plays a pivotal role in the strategic development of the Firm. Louise is a HR Generalist with wide ranging experience in the field of strategic management and HR. Before joining Shoosmiths in May 1999, Louise worked in personnel management for the Volkswagen Group UK Ltd, building an HR specialisation on a general management background developed in the private and public sectors encompassing finance, IT, business development and facilities. Louise has a first class honours degree in psychology, a MBA and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Sue Beavil

Sue Beavil

Senior Training and Development Manager, Mayer Brown

Sue Beavil is Senior Training and Development Manager, responsible for professional skills training and development, for Mayer Brown International LLP’s London office. Sue has extensive experience working with professionals, designing and delivering business focused learning and development interventions that support career development and progression, employee engagement and performance management, as well as skills and behavioural development which meet the needs of the business and individuals alike.

Andrea Preston

Andrea Preston

HR Director, Minster Law

Andrea Preston joined Minster Law in May 2011, from TSYS where she was responsible for the strategic development and delivery of all aspects of the HR function in the UK and various overseas operations. Having worked in a variety of sectors including local government, retail, financial services and IT, Andrea has significant international experience, in Brazil, Russia, India, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Cyprus, UAE and Malaysia. As a member of Minster Law’s Executive Committee and Operating Board, she is responsible for all aspects of HR including strategy, resourcing, reward & benefits, employee relations, engagement, internal communications and learning & development.

George Wilkinson

George Wilkinson

Director of Marketing, Ashfords

Whether 36 years of corporate transactional law is a good platform for a second career in marketing is still being tested - but I certainly recommend starting over again to anyone. And the role? Director of Marketing at Ashfords LLP, leading a great team delivering the full range of MarComms and Business Development support to this Top 100 law firm.

Helen Cunliffe

Helen Cunliffe

Senior Marketing Manager, Morrison & Foerster

Helen Cunliffe has spent her whole professional career working in marketing and business development for law firms of all shapes and sizes. Helen currently heads up the marketing function in Europe for global law firm, Morrison & Foerster, where she focuses on raising the firm’s profile and client acquisition and retention in the technology, life sciences, energy and financial services sectors. Prior to joining MoFo, Helen led the real estate marketing and BD teams at DLA Piper and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Jill Warren

Jill Warren

Director of Marketing and Business Development, Bird & Bird

Jill Warren joined Bird & Bird as Director of Marketing and Business Development in 2012, working primarily from the firm’s Düsseldorf and London offices. She supervises a global team supporting the firm on all aspects of business development, marketing communications, client relationship management and events. Prior to that she spent five years as Head of Business Development for Continental Europe at Hogan Lovells and eight years in various business development roles with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. She has also worked in the automotive and pharmaceutical industries. Jill is a multicultural and multilingual US/Dutch national who grew up in the US and has spent the past 20 years working in Germany, Belgium and the UK. She holds BA, MA and MBA degrees.

Michelle Elstein

Michelle Elstein

International Business Development Director, Olswang

I have more than seventeen years as a business development professional, having started life as an investment banker and client of law firms. I have spent roughly one third of my working career on the client side, including time as a banker at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson in London and a Global Business Manager at Lehman Brothers in NY. Within the legal profession I have worked at Linklaters as Head of Corporate Business Development and now as the International Business Development Director at Olswang. Given my experience, I am passionate about bringing the voice of the client in to the firm and creating a culture which empowers every individual in the firm to make a difference to clients.

Larry Cattle

Larry Cattle

Business Development Director, Bevan Brittan

Larry Cattle is Sales & Marketing Director at Bevan Brittan where he has guided the firm to its strategic brand position as the public services law firm. His recent focus has been on client development initiatives and pitching best practice.

Larry's career started with a classical marketing background in Unilever before moving into financial services, most notably with NatWest Bank, where he developed successful relationship marketing and sales initiatives for service environments. Since then he has worked in several professional services businesses over a fifteen year period, including six years as Director of Business Development & Marketing at Bird & Bird during a period of rapid international expansion.

Building on this experience, he took over and managed The Business Development Practice, a consultancy focusing on professional services. During this period, he carried out a variety of assignments, including working with Dewey & LeBeouf, Collyer Bristow, Conyers Dill & Pearman and Bevan Brittan.

Larry was named Global Business Development Director/Chief Marketing Officer at the Legal Marketing Awards in 2007. In 2011 he helped Collyer Bristow win the Law Society 'Excellence in Marketing & Business Development' award for Project Connect – 'the most innovative, creative and inspiring business development campaign executed by a law firm'.

Leona Briggs

Leona Briggs

Partner, Osborne Clarke

Leona is a partner in our real estate practice and leads the firm’s real estate and infrastructure sector. Having worked in the industry for nearly 20 years, advising investors, developers and corporate occupiers on real estate disputes, she has a deep understanding of the market and the needs and commercial priorities of those who work in it.

As head of Osborne Clarke’s real estate and infrastructure sector, Leona leads an impressive and thriving, cross office team who act for some of the leading names across the real estate, infrastructure and rail sectors.

Leona qualified in 1992 and has been a partner at Osborne Clarke since 2000. She is widely recognised in the legal directories as a leading lawyer in real estate litigation. Since 2009. Leona has been a member of Osborne Clarke’s partnership council, the committee which sets the firm’s strategic direction and oversees its policies/implementation.

Sam Airey

Sam Airey

HR Director, Weightmans LLP

Sam Airey has extensive experience within the HR profession. She joined Weightmans in 2000, having previously worked in the public sector. Sam is currently the firm’s HR Director with responsibility for developing the strategy and service for HR, Learning and Development and KM. Over the years she has seen the firm’s demands of these services grow and evolve significantly.

Sam is a chartered fellow of the CIPD, and is currently completing her MBA studies.

Jan Durant

Jan Durant

Director of IT & Operations, Lewis Silkin

Jan Durant is Director of IT & Operations at Lewis Silkin LLP. She has budgetary control and strategic responsibility for all IT systems, telephony and the Facilities team which includes catering, reprographics, post room, reception and all buildings maintenance.

Jan’s team won 'IT Team of the Year' at The LOTIES 2004 and ‘Law Firm of the Year’ at the Legal Technology Awards 2007. They were also winners of Legal IT Forum 2007 – Innovation in IT for their SharePoint project and were nominated for Legal Technology Awards City/National IT Team of the Year in 2008. In 2009 Jan became one of the Top 30 People to know in the KnowList as nominated by her peers, remained on the list for the 2010 and the 2011 edition.

The firm has invested heavily in its IT infrastructure being well known in the market place as early adopters of new technology.

Jan was one of the four founders of By Legal For Legal which was an annual event designed for fellow legal IT Directors to meet each other, share experiences and generally discuss legal IT issues and developments in a relaxed and social environment. This has now been incorporated into The Legal IT Forum.

Jan has two grown up children, Danielle and Oliver and lives with her partner Tony in London.

James Huckles

James Huckle

Commerical Director, Holman Fenwick Willan

James has been with Holman Fenwick Willan LLP since January 2008, in the position of Commercial Director. He sits on the Board of the firm, managing the firm's global brand, its marketing and business development function and the conflicts team. He is responsible for the development of the firm's 5 year business plan and works across the global firm to ensure its delivery. Prior to joining HFW, James was the Global Head of Marketing with PA Consulting and prior to that the Global Head of Marketing for the Corporate division of Linklaters. He has worked in professional services marketing and business development for over 15 years.

Peter Bennett

Peter Bennett

Partnership Executive Officer, Bates Wells Braithwaite

Peter Bennett FCCA MCIM heads up Bates Wells Braithwaite's support services, ensures efficient management of the firm and assists partners in setting and achieving strategic objectives. He is dual qualified in accountancy and marketing and has a successful career in the management of law firms. He often takes responsibility for large tenders and contract compliance on major client contracts, particularly where these involve services from across BWB. Finance, Business Development, IT & Web, HR, Premises and Graduate Recruitment are all part of his remit.

Frances Swaine

Frances Swaine

Managing Partner, Leigh Day

Frances Swaine is Leigh Day’s first managing partner and a partner in the human rights department. Leigh Day is a leading human rights and personal injury claimant firm based in London, with 28 partners and 134 fee earners.

Frances started her career working in clinical negligence and still maintains a clinical negligence practice today, with over 20 years' experience in that field, but her practice has now developed into the field of human rights and medical ethics. Frances specialises in securing the health and social care rights of those with learning disabilities and mental health problems through judicial review, as well as pursuing free-standing Human Rights Act claims on a wide variety of issues. She has a particular interest in inquests and inquiries into the deaths of individuals who have not had the mental capacity to take decisions for themselves.

Nigel Rea

Nigel Rea

Executive Officer, Olswang

Technology is great. So is process. Add resourcing into the equation and you get a recipe for something very interesting. Nigel focuses his time on helping Olswang develop ways to exploit opportunities that present themselves when these three things meet.

Outside of this Nigel also specialises in projects centered around strategic growth and operational effectiveness.

Prior to Olswang Nigel worked as a strategy consultant for global technology and consultancy firm Accenture, where his areas of focus included process improvement, outsourcing and business and portfolio planning.

Hamish Munro

Hamish Munro

Commercial Director, Shakespeares

Hamish Munro is the Commercial Director at the rapidly-growing law firm Shakespeares, now the Midlands and Home Counties second largest law firm with over 700 lawyers and staff. A former Chief Executive of Bristol-based barristers Guildhall Chambers, he is one the foremost professional services management professionals in the UK and internationally, having also held senior roles with Eversheds, BDO, DAC and Simmons & Simmons. He is a well-known speaker, training event facilitator and coach on law firm best practice in practice development, financial management and investment commitments.

Conor Dilworth

Conor Dilworth

Managing Director, Pro - Legal

Conor is a co-founder and Managing Director of the Pro-Recruitment Group and Managing Director of Pro-Legal Recruitment Specialists. He has over 10 years’ experience in Legal Recruitment and advises law firms on a range of recruitment and retention strategies for top talent. In addition to contingent and retained search services, Conor advises law firms on reward and incentivisation strategies for all staff from newly qualified to partner level. Conor has also worked with several growing corporates advising them on bringing their legal function in house for the first time. Conor is a frequent contributor to various legal industry publications on a broad range of staffing matters.

Denise Nurse

Denise Nurse

Chief Executive, Halebury

Denise is CEO and one of the co-founders of Halebury, an alternative law firm specialising in the TMT, Sports and Finance sectors. Inspired by her experience as an in-house lawyer, Denise set up Halebury in 2007 with her business partner Janvi Patel, the aim being to provide clients with access to the best lawyers with City and in-house experience; lawyers who could act as external in-house advisors on a flexible, cost effective basis. Halebury’s current clients include BT, BSkyB Ericsson, Royal Mail and Expedia.

In her role as CEO for Halebury, Denise focuses on strategy, management and client service. Together with Janvi she has built a team of first class legal consultants and an excellent operational team. Having attracted a leading commercial TMT and employment team her continued focus is on supporting and leading that team and ensuring the best customer service for clients

Denise started her legal career at London City firm Charles Russell, as part of their corporate/commercial team. Realising that she wanted to work much closer to the business, she made the move in-house to work as a business and legal adviser for BSkyB in 2001. Whilst at BSkyB she worked across several key areas of the business including marketing and new products, sports, technology and outsourcing contracts with a particular focus on new media. Her particular love is working with the business teams and negotiating complex deals and relationships.

Denise is also a broadcaster who has presented for Sky News, Sky Travel and hosts Escape to the Country for the BBC. She hosts and speaks at corporate events on subjects relating to Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship.

Dylan Jones

Dylan Jones

COO & CFO, Halebury

Dylan joined Halebury’s board as COO and CFO in April 2013 to oversee the expansion of Halebury's business.

Dylan joined Halebury from investment and advisory group Ingenious (for whom he continues to consult), where he served as a board director of its Investments division and established and ran the firm’s real estate and leisure practices. In addition to his managerial responsibilities at Ingenious, Dylan oversaw the development and operation of a portfolio of investment funds and investee companies.

Prior to Dylan’s time at Ingenious, he was a director in The Royal Bank of Scotland’s global banking and markets division and co-head of an entertainment lending team within its Structured Asset Finance department. During his 5 years at RBS, Dylan oversaw the structuring and execution of financing transactions valued in excess of $2.5bn for major international film and television clients.

Although he has spent the majority of his career as a consumer of legal services, Dylan began his career as a TMT solicitor with City firm Denton Wilde Sapte, where he also qualified.


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Date: 5 November 2013

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