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Sameer Karim became the CEO of Douglas Wemyss Solicitors in 2008 and since then has transformed the high street firm into one that is able to compete with the very best in providing excellent legal services. He has achieved this remarkable turnaround through innovation and implementation in the deliverance of legal services that are unique, cost effective, approachable, and flexible.
Sameer takes pride in ensuring his firm provides new legal services that suit the needs of the client whilst this in turn aids the professional and personal development of his staff. This has led to the firm winning Leicestershire Law Firm of the Year and Excellence in Client Service 2011 as awarded by the Law Society of England & Wales. On a personal level Sameer has recently been Highly Commended at the IoD's Young Director Awards and by the Law Society in the Leader of the Year Category.
Before coming to the Bar, Leslie Keegan worked as a neurophysiologist. He is now a specialist in clinical negligence and personal injury cases at 7 Bedford Row, where his medical expertise renders him particularly suitable to act for claimants in cases involving serious brain injury or complex medical issues.
A former case worker for AVMA, Leslie has been called to the Irish Bar. He speaks and writes regularly on clinical negligence issues, and was one of the principal lecturers on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' legal course for newly-qualified consultants. He is a current member of the Bar Standards Board's Education Committee and Pupillage Sub-committee.
Based at Old Square Chambers, Spencer Keen is recognised by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 as a leading discrimination barrister who has expertise in disability discrimination law that is "second to none".
Spencer has appeared in several leading discrimination disputes and is sought after for his ability to deal with complex cases and high profile clients. He has advised a large group of judges on their pension rights, City law firms in respect of internal partnership and disciplinary matters, a part-time judge in an unfair dismissal claim and several chief executives in their personal capacities.
Because of his expertise, Spencer's advice is often sought in areas outside employment such as discrimination in the provision of services.
Clare Kelly is a solicitor and Partner in the Commercial and Civil Team at Anthony Gold Solicitors. She undertakes a mixture of contentious and non-contentious work, from advising commercial clients on contract drafting to litigation where there has been a breach of contract.
Richard Kemp is widely recognised as one of the world's leading IT lawyers. He has built an outstanding reputation for combining commerciality and client service with innovative legal solutions to the business challenges of technology development, deployment and regulation.
Richard has won numerous industry awards and has been top ranked in IT since 1997. He set up Kemp & Co in 1997, as a sole practitioner, and led the firm to the top rank of UK IT firms in 2011 before setting up Kemp IT Law in 2014.
Anthony is a senior member of the in-house legal team for The Boston Consulting Group and works in London. He joined the company in 2009, having previously worked as a lawyer at Deloitte and BT.
Anthony provides legal and risk management advice to BCG on a wide range of subjects including: opening new offices, corporate, data protection, HR, tax, contracts and dispute resolution.
He speaks regularly conferences on risk management and contracts. Anthony qualified as a solicitor in 1995 at Lovells, having previously studied at the College of Law (York) and the University of Sussex - Law and History.
Sarah Keogh is a highly experienced barrister specialising in employment, professional discipline, personal injury and clinical negligence. She joined Old Square Chambers as a tenant in April 2016.
Sarah has an established practice representing clients in high value and complex cases in employment tribunals, the EAT, County Courts and the High Court. She also appears in and provides legal advice to panels in professional regulatory proceedings.
Mohammed Khamisa is widely recognised as a leading silk in the field of fraud. His practice encompasses the full range of civil/commercial/white-collar fraud and related litigation - frequently advising both corporate and individual professionals such as company directors. He also frequently advises clients facing parallel disciplinary proceedings, particularly in the field of financial regulation.
Mohammed is a versatile practitioner whose experience spans a broad spectrum of disciplines and litigation before the criminal and civil courts, as well as regulatory tribunals. As former standing counsel for the Department of Trade and Industry, Mohammed has particular expertise in matters involving company and insolvency law, directors' duties, director disqualification and personal insolvency. All of which often overlap into civil/criminal investigations.
His broad range of experience enables him to advise on multi-disciplinary aspects of a case - often starting in the civil courts/tribunals but resulting in regulatory and criminal actions. He is frequently instructed by clients at a very early stage of an investigation to provide robust advice on case management and strategy.
Bruce Kilpatrick is a partner based in Addleshaw Goddard's London office and he heads their competition department.
Bruce advises a range of clients on competition law, utility regulation, merger control and EU state aid matters. He has particular expertise in the energy, transport, retail and financial services sectors.
Clíona Kimber is a Senior Counsel specialising in labour law. She is a CEDR accredited mediator and has been a member of the Bar of Ireland for over 17 years. She appears regularly in leading cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as in the Labour Court.
Clíona is the co-author of Cyber Law and Employment and four other legal books, including the leading Irish text in equality and employment: Employment Equality Law. Clíona also speaks regularly at conferences and to business groups.
Suzanne, a Partner at Withers Worldwide, is widely known for her expertise in all aspects of family work, in particular the resolution of complex financial issues for high net worth individuals. Suzanne's cases often have an international element and she has considerable experience in dealing with prenuptial agreements and cohabitation issues.
As a member of the Children Panel, Suzanne has dealt with numerous cases involving complicated Children Act issues as well as both child abduction and adoption. She is an accredited Resolution mediator and has a thriving mediation practice having recently undertaken a number of referrals under the Court of Appeal mediation scheme. In addition, Suzanne is a qualified collaborative lawyer and trains collaborative law for Resolution.
PJ was formerly a partner in a Holborn firm of solicitors but has subsequently enjoyed a long and successful career at the bar. He took silk in 2013 - the only costs specialist to do so that year.
PJ's practice at Hardwicke has been and remains varied but falls mainly within costs litigation, commercial dispute resolution and professional negligence. He is instructed by a wide range of solicitors - from City firms to high street practitioners. As well as cases in England and Wales, he has appeared in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal and in the DIFC in Dubai.
PJ is recognised as an expert in the field of costs and is often instructed on appeals in relation to problems over retainers, CFAs, etc. He is also regularly instructed to draft bespoke DBAs, CFAs or CCFAs for firms of solicitors. He sits as a deputy district judge and is a Bar Council appointed High Court costs assessor. He is also an ADR group accredited mediator.
Jocelyn is the professional support lawyer to the national dispute resolution and compliance team at Shoosmiths. She is part of the expert team advising businesses on Modern Slavery Act 2015 compliance issues, particularly those relating to the transparency in supply chains provisions.
Jocelyn has a broad range of experience advising mainly corporate clients in relation to professional indemnity and commercial litigation cases (including IP, insolvency, banking, breach of contract and data protection). She has a practical, commercial approach to litigation. As a professional support lawyer, Jocelyn prepares and delivers training - both internally and to clients - on subjects ranging from black letter law to crisis management and compliance.
Ben Knowles is the co-chair of Clyde & Co's global arbitration group. He focuses primarily on international arbitration, especially in the upstream oil & gas and trade & commodities sectors. He acts for a range of international clients, including national oil companies. His extensive international arbitration experience includes appearances at the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, LME and LMAA.
Ben headed up Clyde & Co's substantial legal team on the high profile USD multi-billion arbitration between the government of Yemen and various US oil interests. That case resulted in a win for Yemen in 2008 which has been recognised as one of the major arbitration successes of recent years.
Ben is a member of Clyde & Co's management board. In 2013 he was recognised as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer for demonstrating excellence in the practice of law.
Ryan is a seasoned social housing practitioner, who practises at Cornerstone Barristers, acting on behalf of local authorities and housing associations.
He conducts the full range of social housing work and, most recently, acted for the successful appellant in the Court of Appeal in Thurrock Borough Council v West  EWCA Civ 1435. Ryan regularly conducts statutory housing appeals (s. 204 Housing Act 1996) and claims for possession, including on the basis of anti-social behaviour, drug use/cultivation, subletting and non-succession cases.
He acts in cases involving defences under the Equality Act 2010 and in claims defended on public law grounds, particularly concerning Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
He has conducted numerous public inquiries on behalf of local planning and highway authorities. He recently appeared for the successful applicant in an inquiry held by the Secretary of State for Transport to determine whether cattle grids should be installed in the Epping Forest in the face of fierce opposition from the Epping Forest Riders Association and the Friends of Epping Forest.
Ryan read law at Oxford University and was called to the bar in 2006, having achieved the grade of 'outstanding' in the Bar Vocational Course. He is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2013, which describes him as "always incredibly well prepared" and further comments that he "punches above his weight considering his year of call". "His advocacy is first-rate" and sources particularly note his passion for his work, saying that he "genuinely fights the client's corner".
Tina Kyriakides practices at 11 Stone Buildings in general commercial and chancery litigation and advisory work, including company, insolvency, contract, fraud, banking and partnership law. Tina acted as an inspector for the then-called DTI to investigate insider dealing. She was made a Deputy Registrar in the Bankruptcy and Companies Court in 2007. She has also acted as an examiner in relation to the depositions of English witnesses in foreign proceedings.
Tina has been recommended as a leading junior by the major legal directories for many years for commercial litigation, company and insolvency. They describe her as 'producing excellent outcomes' and 'standing out for excellent analytical ability, immense procedural knowledge and disarming, decisive and effective advocacy'.
Richard Ladmore was a solicitor with DJ Freeman and then qualified as a barrister. He was a tenant at 9KBW. He was also a senior Lecturer at the College of Law. He is now a freelance trainer designing and delivering courses to a variety of clients on legal skills, substantive law, evidence and procedure.
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At 8 New Square, Lindsay practises in all areas of intellectual property law - including patents, trade marks, copyright, database rights, registered designs, design right, passing off, confidential information, and in media and entertainment law. She is recommended in the Legal 500 and in Chambers and Partners for both intellectual property and media and entertainment.
Recent notable cases include: 32Red v WHG - an inquiry as to damages for trade mark infringement; BBC v Eos - an application for interim relief in the Copyright Tribunal; and A&E Television v Discovery Communications - an action for trade mark infringement and passing off.
Other cases of note include: Phones 4u v Phone4u.co.uk in the Court of Appeal - on trade mark infringement and passing off; Prince of Wales v Associated Newspapers - an action for copyright and breach of confidence; and Eddie Irvine v Talksport - which established for the first time in the UK the right of celebrities to prevent false endorsement under the law of passing off.
At The Privacy Practice, James offers bespoke consultancy services in data protection and privacy. Recent projects have included providing policy guidance and designing a privacy programme at the BBC, as the corporation develops its big data capability.
For over 10 years James headed the BBC's Information Policy and Compliance Department - overseeing its systems for compliance with the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts. Before that he worked on a variety of policy and management roles, following a career in current affairs and political programmes production.
James also writes the The Privacy Practice Blog, which he uses to shine a light on current issues in privacy and data protection.
Katie has broad experience in commercial law, with particular expertise in construction, telecommunications, engineering, energy, aviation and technology-related law. Based at Hardwicke, she is known for her advocacy, attention to detail and commercial awareness.
Katie is regularly instructed as sole counsel to act and advise in relation to both High Court and County Court disputes. She regularly writes articles and case updates and is currently a co-editor of the Construction, Engineering and Energy Law Journal of Ireland. Katie also sits on the TCC User's Group chaired by Mr Justice Coulson.
Richard is a partner in the Human Resources Group at Gowling WLG and is head of the Combined Human Resources Solutions team; a ten lawyer team advising on the legal links between employment and pensions law.
He specialises in workplace pension reform, TUPE and pensions consultation, flexible benefits and benefits beyond normal retirement age, absence management and ill-health benefits, pension scheme restructuring, final salary scheme debt management and workforce financial education and communication.
Richard leads the Workplace Pension Reform team and has been legal adviser to NEST Corporation, WM Morrison Supermarkets and Next plc.
Kenny is Global Telematics Director for RSA, responsible for delivering the telematics strategy across all of RSA's portfolios and regions in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Scandinavia and Latin America. He is also the lead representative for RSA's involvement in the government-funded driverless car trial in Greenwich.
Kenny was previously UK Pricing Director for RSA, with responsibility for the company's personal and commercial products and has been with the company for almost seven years. Prior to RSA, he worked at Aviva for 22 years in a variety of roles spanning product management, intermediated lines, pricing, underwriting and reserving. He is an actuary by profession.
With particular expertise in European Union and United Nations targeted sanctions, Maya co-writes a blog on sanctions law and has represented hundreds of designated individuals and companies before the European courts and has acted in most of the leading cases.
In her wide-ranging Public Law, Human Rights and Public International Law practice at Brick Court, Maya appears for and advises individuals, companies, government departments, regulators and public interest groups, and regularly appears in judicial reviews.
She is a member of the Attorney General's B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, the Freedom of Information Panel and the Equality and Human Rights Commission panel, vetted for National Security work. She is described as "a fantastic junior" in Administrative & Public Law, and "clearly very bright and focused" with "great attention to detail", and was a founder of the Human Rights Lawyers Association.
Alison is one of the UK's leading lawyers, specialising in criminal, regulatory and related matters. She joined Mishcon de Reya in 2014 to set up the new business crime group.
Alison was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1988 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2008. After 20 years in private practice at leading London defence chambers she was head-hunted to become the Principal Legal Advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions. There she advised on some of the most significant cases of the time, as well as appearing as counsel in the Court of Appeal. She is an expert in private prosecutions and immunities from prosecution.
Throughout her career as a barrister Alison has appeared in key cases in the Court of Appeal and has written many reports, including the Crown Prosecution Service's highly praised in-depth review of their previous conduct of allegations against the entertainer Jimmy Savile.
Meyric Lewis is a member of Francis Taylor Buildings, and specialises in all aspects of planning and compulsory purchase both at inquiries and in the courts at all appellate levels. He has widespread expertise in compulsory purchase and compensation law acting for and advising clients on CPO and major infrastructure proposals and the compensation issues arising from them.
Meyric's CPO work includes the Crossways Estate CPOs and the Brick Lane CPO. He has appeared in a number of appeals against certificates of appropriate alternative development related to the Olympics CPO. His compensation cases include Batchelor v Kent CC and Stayley Developments.
Meyric is a member of the national committee of the Compulsory Purchase Association.
Recognised in the latest edition of Chambers UK, David has a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice - including domestic and international arbitration, commercial agency law, franchising, civil fraud, employment law with a commercial dimension and emergency injunction work.
He is frequently instructed in complex commercial disputes. For example, advising litigation funders in Harcus Sinclair (a firm) v Buttonwood Legal Capital and Ors and VTB Capital Plc v Nutritek International Corp & Ors. Other areas of particular experience include trade, construction, professional negligence and insurance.
Gary Lidington specialises in commercial, commercial chancery and property litigation and related professional negligence disputes at 11 Stone Buildings.
His commercial work includes company and shareholder disputes, contractual claims and partnership matters, much of which has a strong fraud element. His property practice extends to all aspects of real property and landlord and tenant work. He also has a well-developed and highly regarded professional negligence practice, particularly in respect of solicitors, accountants, financial professionals and valuers.
Gary is recommended as a leading junior for real estate litigation, commercial dispute resolution and professional negligence. He is described as 'intellectual, adept at mastering voluminous instructions, and capable of dealing with a case rigorously' and praised for his 'ability to get complicated concepts over to the lay client'.
Hans von der Linde is a former general counsel for Shell's global Downstream business. He led a team of 300 people based in 40 countries, with the head of legal for Shell UK reporting to him.
During his 28 years with Shell, Hans worked in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and China. And while head of legal for Shell in North East Asia, he chaired the legal committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in China.
Hans is an experienced M&A lawyer and has also worked in government relations and issues management. He has a keen interest in developing people and was formerly in charge of talent management across Shell Legal.
Brigitte Lindner, Rechtsanwältin, is a member of the Bar of Berlin/Germany and practises as a Registered European Lawyer (Bar Council) in association with Serle Court in London, specialising in international, regional and comparative copyright law.
She frequently participates as a speaker in events on copyright and has been a course tutor on the Postgraduate Diploma Course/Masters in UK, EU and US Law of Copyright and Related Rights at King's College, London since 2004.
Tessa Livock, from Gowling WLG, has extensive and varied experience across a wide range of employment law issues. This includes investigatory work, tribunal litigation, employment aspects of outsourcing, business sales and closures, and day-to-day HR advice.
Tessa is particularly interested in the practical implications of employment law and helps clients to handle employment law issues while getting on with running their business. She works with clients across a range of industry sectors - including hospitality and leisure, financial services, retail and recruitment.
Gillian Lobo is an experienced in-house lawyer specialising in civil litigation. She is a qualified solicitor and holds a law degree and a master's degree in Law and Development.
Before joining ClientEarth Gillian worked for the Treasury Solicitor's Department where she undertook a mix of work, including claims in negligence, human rights and inquests into the deaths of British soldiers whilst on operations. She also worked on the Equality Bill during its passage through Parliament and on the implementation of the Equality Act 2010.
Jan has been with Garden Court Chambers since 1992. His practice focuses on Housing Law and Social Welfare Law and is now almost exclusively in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Jan has been actively promoting the development of social welfare law and access to legal services for over 25 years. He has chaired the Legal Action Group and the Free Representation Unit and was an early member of the Housing Law Practitioner's Association (serving on its executive and as Vice Chair).
Most recently Jan has sought to establish the importance of housing as a 'human right' particularly for the most disadvantaged and poorly housed. He has also worked on the provision of housing as an aspect of 'community care' services. He represents the Bar Council on the LSC's Civil Contracts Consultation Group. He has previously been shortlisted for a Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award and was the Legal Aid Barrister of the Year 2007. He is a Bencher of Middle Temple.
Andy Lucas is a partner in Dentons' technology, media and telecoms group. He specialises in all aspects of non-contentious technology law and large scale public sector outsourcings.
Andy advises a number of UK government departments on large scale outsourcings, particularly in the defence and security space using the Cabinet Office's lean procurement methodology.
He also advises private customers and suppliers of IT services on cutting edge technology implementations.
Timothy Lyons was called in 1980 and took silk in 2003. His early career was spent doing general chancery work, following this he spent a considerable time in revenue chambers and now deals with a wide range of public and commercial law matters.
At Thirty Nine Essex Street his particular areas of interest include direct and indirect tax disputes, EU customs duties; anti-dumping and countervailing duties, general EU law and private client law.
Timothy's interest in international matters has led to him advising foreign governments as well as businesses and high net wealth individuals. He represents in court, and advises trustees of both domestic and international trusts on a wide range of issues. He is a member of STEP's Cross-Border Estates Group and its EU Committee and a member of the EU Savings Directive Group assisting the European Commission in the review of the EU Savings Directive.
Bruce Macmillan is General Counsel at Legal Practice Technologies. And, until April 2014, Bruce was Executive Director, Senior Commercial Legal Counsel at VISA.
Prior to joining VISA Europe, Bruce was the first General Counsel of the Legal Services Board (LSB) - the oversight regulator for the English and Welsh legal profession. Bruce moved to the LSB from Dell Computers where he was European Senior Counsel for the Consumer, Retail and Wholesale distribution divisions. Prior to Dell, he was UK Head of Legal for the Swedish listed telecoms group Tele2, and for the private equity owned Alpha Telecom group.
Bruce has been an active member of legal trade associations, including the Commerce and Industry Group (where he was chair of the Corporate Governance Committee) and the IT Lawyers' Forum.
At Arden Chambers, Sam specialises and practices in all aspects of landlord and tenant, property and local government law, with a particular emphasis on social housing and community care.
He acts for tenants/applicants, local authorities, housing associations and private landlords. He regularly appears in county courts throughout the country.
Sam also lectures and writes extensively on housing and community care law, co-authoring a number of leading housing texts and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Housing Law, amongst others.
Alistair Maiden is a practising lawyer and legal engineer who specialises in helping companies solve legal problems by using technology.
Until recently Alistair was Head of Contracts and Data Protection at Asda, where he used Contract Express to develop a digital legal solution called 'Delphi'.
Ali Malsher, of Anthony Gold Solicitors, specialises in complex clinical negligence and personal injury claims. She also conducts professional negligence claims relating to failed clinical negligence and personal injury cases.
Ali is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales. She is also admitted as a solicitor in Ireland. In addition to her legal qualifications Ali is also a qualified nurse.
Martin Mankabady is head of insurance at Dentons in the UK and is also one of Dentons' global sector leaders for insurance. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions (both private and public), joint ventures, and corporate finance, principally in the insurance sector. He also advises on general company law, commercial and regulatory matters.
Ranked as a key individual for corporate insurance by Chambers UK 2013, Martin is "very good and knows his stuff", notes Legal 500 2012. He has been praised in previous editions for his "quiet, effective, good-humoured mastery of deals and detail" and his "user-friendly, get-things-done" approach.
Martin has been recognised as one of the world's leading insurance lawyers by The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers 2015. He is also included in the latest edition of the Best Lawyers in the UK publication for insurance law.
Mark Mansell, Partner at Allen & Overy, advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. These include issues on the transfer or takeover of businesses, contracts of employment and employment policies, restrictive covenants, employee representation and trade union issues, dismissals and redundancies and discrimination.
He also has substantial experience in dealing with multi-jurisdictional employment issues, ranging from mergers and acquisitions to outsourcing and individual and collective dismissals. Mark regularly handles High Court and tribunal work and conducts litigation. He is an accredited mediator.
Jonathan is a partner at Beck Greener. He advises a range of clients, from small inventors and SMEs to large multinationals, in a wide range of technological fields - including mechanical devices, semiconductors, electronics and software.
Jonathan is a contributing author to the CIPA Guide to the Patents Act - the standard reference text for UK patent attorneys. He also contributes to a monthly update on UK patent case law for the CIPA Journal. And he presents a series of seminars on patent law and practice to intellectual property professionals and patent examiners.
Babette is a partner in Dentons' Franchise Group. She specialises in global franchise, distribution and concession agreements and IP-driven joint ventures. She also advises clients on the strategic use of licensing strategies in emerging markets using both traditional and innovative structures for international expansion in the global marketplace. Her work includes Master Franchise Agreements, Area Development Agreements, Hotel Management Agreements, Disclosure Documents, and Franchise Registration. Babette has transactional experience in over 100 countries. Recent deals include work in all major emerging markets (Russia, India, China, Brazil and South Africa) as well as in the Middle East and Africa.
Babette has particular expertise in the hotel, leisure, retail and healthcare sectors. She is recognised as one of Europe's leading experts in hotel and leisure franchising. Babette is qualified to practice in Germany and the UK and is recognised as a leading expert in global franchising by Chambers Global who have consistently rated her amongst the top 10 franchise lawyers globally, saying that she is "highly regarded for her experience in the hotel and leisure industry" and "famous for her work in franchising".
She has written numerous articles on franchising and her research on the role of franchising in the European hospitality industry has attracted widespread media attention. Babette is a member of the ABA Forum on Franchising, the IBA Franchise Committee, the IBA Hotel & Leisure Committee and the IFA. She speaks English, German, French, Spanish and Russian.
Kirsten Maslen is Head of Government & Academic at Thomson Reuters Legal UK & Ireland, where she is responsible for enhancing and developing propositions for legal solutions products for customers in the public sector and in academia.
Before her current role, Kirsten was an editor with Practical Law. Kirsten has also practised as a solicitor specialising in public procurement, outsourcing and projects.
Ian Mason is Head of Content Strategy at Thomson Reuters UK Legal. He has previously served as a head of department in the Enforcement Division of the FSA, and has also represented a number of firms and individuals in regulatory investigations as a partner at several City law firms, including Baker & McKenzie.
Olubukola (Bukky) Maybank is an international commercial lawyer and business adviser in the fashion and retail space. She has a particular passion for people, creativity and classic design. She is currently the sole counsel at the Fred Perry Group - delivering legal advice and solutions that support business objectives and mitigate risks for the iconic British brand and its group companies.
Olubukola oversees legal matters for Fred Perry's entire product portfolio in all territories, and helps to roll out quality products to reach millions of people globally. She was appointed to build the commercial legal function at Fred Perry from scratch - the company previously relying more heavily on external advice.
Olubukola has extensive legal experience. She has worked both in-house and spent a number of years in private practice (at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer). She has also volunteered her time with or completed secondments/short-term placements at various charities - including roles at Oxfam, Liberty and Teach First (a charity working to address educational disadvantage in England and Wales).
At Arden Chambers, John's practice covers a wide range of housing, landlord and tenant and local government work, including both private and public law aspects. He has represented both landlords and tenants and all aspects of residential and business tenancy matters.
David McCann leads Aon's EMEA tax insurance team. He has arranged tax insurance solutions for private equity, REIT and strategic clients operating in a range of EU countries.
Prior to joining Aon, David spent nearly a decade at Clifford Chance in London, advising on the tax aspects of cross-border M&A, reorganisations, finance and contentious matters.
Don McCombie is an intellectual property lawyer based in the London office of Latham & Watkins, having a particular focus on patents.
Don has advised research-led and generic pharmaceutical companies on patent litigation and licensing matters relating to inhaled protein drugs, asthma and COPD combination therapies, antipsychotics, bio-similar chemotherapy medicines, controlled-release steroids and monoclonal antibodies. He has also advised consumer electronics and telecoms firms on litigation and licensing matters covering Blu-ray Disc, MPEG-2, MP3 and DVB-T, UMTS and SMS technology.
Don has authored numerous articles on the proposals for the Unified Patent Court (UPC), and worked with the European Patent Lawyers Association in preparing their response to the public consultation on the UPC rules of procedure.
Fionnuala McCredie QC is a barrister practising from Keating Chambers. She was called to the Bar in 1992 and took silk in 2013. Fionnuala specialises in construction, engineering, procurement, energy, environment, professional negligence and insurance disputes.
Fionnuala's practice covers a wide range of advocacy, advisory and drafting work for domestic and international clients. Her advocacy expertise has led her to regularly act for clients in the High Court - especially the Technology and Construction Court - as well as the Court of Appeal. She also appears in adjudications, arbitrations, mediation and other tribunals.
Simon McDougall is a managing director in Promontory's London office, and leads Promontory's global privacy and data protection practice. He is a chartered accountant and, until 2010, led Deloitte’s UK Privacy & Data Protection and Payments Regulation teams. He specialises in privacy and data protection, information governance and regulatory investigations.
Simon has led engagements with some of the world's largest financial institutions, technology firms, retailers and life sciences firms. He has developed rationalised privacy risk management models, built enterprise-wide privacy programs and managed in-depth data protection audits. He also spent six months seconded as the Head of Privacy and Records Management for the retail half of a large international bank, and he has served on numerous data protection and privacy advisory groups.
Aileen is a barrister at Hardwicke, with a broad based commercial and property practice with particular emphasis on company and insolvency matters, commercial dispute resolution and utilities. She is also regularly instructed on behalf of banks in relation to mortgage and securities disputes.
Prior to joining Hardwicke in 2011, Aileen spent 3 years working in the commercial litigation department of a leading regional law firm. She has acted on behalf of insolvency practitioners, technology multi-nationals, utilities companies, banks, accountants and insurers in complex, high value claims.
Aileen is a tenacious advocate, a pragmatic advisor and, owing to her experience, she has tactical and commercial awareness beyond her call.
Euan joined Green Investment Bank in August 2013 as General Counsel and Company Secretary with responsibility for managing the Group's legal risk and corporate governance. Euan succeeded Tony Marsh as Chair of the Investment Committee, which is responsible for approving each of the Group’s investments. Euan joined GIB following 18 years as a lawyer advising the energy industry, latterly as a partner leading the Energy Projects team of an international law firm. For the last 12 years of his private practice career his focus was on renewable energy and other low carbon projects on which he advised a number of leading banks, project developers and equity investors.
Richard Merrygold has nearly a decade's experience of working as a data protection practitioner across the healthcare and financial service sectors. He's a firm believer in engaging on an operational level in addition to the usual key stakeholders in compliance and legal. He takes pride in building sustainable privacy frameworks, providing real world workable solutions to a wide range of privacy related challenges.
Richard is currently responsible for privacy compliance across HomeServe's UK and European businesses; covering operations in the UK, France, Italy and Spain. This includes developing and implementing a group wide privacy framework in preparation for the General Data Protection Regulation.
Amanda has experience across a range of practice areas, from intellectual property through media and entertainment, to broader contractual and Chancery disputes. Her practice at Hogarth Chambers encompasses disputes in the music/record industry, films, advertising, television, and publishing, often involving issues of contract or partnership law. She deals with a wide variety of copyright and design disputes, many in the fashion industry, and contractual/property disputes of all kinds.
Amanda's practice encompasses both UK and EU Community law and she has advised and acted in both UK and Community Courts and trade mark offices. As a well known trade mark specialist, she deals with trade mark and passing off matters at all levels.
In February 2007, Amanda was appointed by the Lord Chancellor as an Appointed Person under the Trade Marks Act 1994 to hear appeals from the UKIPO. Amanda was appointed as a Recorder in October 2010. She has heard a variety of civil cases and is a regular deputy judge of the Patents County Court, where she has heard trade mark, passing off, copyright, design and breach of confidence cases.
Amanda is a trained mediator with experience of IP, Chancery and commercial mediations as mediator, co-mediator and counsel; she has a high rate of successful outcomes.
Penny is a partner in Simmons & Simmons' financial services regulation practice. She specialises in a wide range of UK and EU regulatory matters - advising financial institutions on product regulation and the impact of current and future regulation on transactions relating to derivatives, structured finance and retail structured products. This includes advising extensively on MiFID II. Penny also advises clients on the ongoing global regulatory reforms.
Penny regularly presents to clients on key aspects of current regulatory change and is closely involved in trade association discussions and responses to EU and other regulatory bodies. She is also the author of a chapter in A Practitioner's Guide to the Regulation of Investment Banking.
James is legal counsel at RSA, with responsibility for RSA's UK & WE commercial lines insurance business.
As a member of the RSA Group's Project Steering Group, James was responsible for preparing RSA's submissions to the Law Commissions and HM Treasury in response to the various Insurance Act 2015-related consultations. And he's the senior legal counsel responsible for advising RSA's business on how to ensure RSA's products, policies and procedures are compliant with the Act.
Prior to RSA James was a senior associate in the corporate insurance group at Allen & Overy LLP - advising corporate insureds on the legal aspects of their insurance programmes. Whilst at Allen & Overy James spent time on secondment as general counsel to the Association of British Insurers.
Jack Mitchell specialises only in employment law and advises on the entire spectrum of claims, but is best known for work on whistleblowing and discrimination claims. He is based at Old Square Chambers.
Jack advises on the commercial aspects of employment, providing advice to both corporate and individual clients on a broad range of commercial matters including breach of contract claims, shareholder disputes and partnership issues. He is regularly instructed in large complex claims in all areas of employment law.
Mitesh Modha is a senior associate at Kain Knight - having joined the firm in 2010. Prior to this he undertook the Bar Vocational Course and subsequently worked as a freelance county court advocate for 5 years. As a freelance advocate, Mitesh was instructed on all manner of civil matters - including possession cases, insolvency disputes, debt recovery and small claims trials.
Mitesh is a member of the Kain Knight advocacy team and attends detailed assessments nationwide - both justifying and opposing bills of costs. In addition, he is instructed to attend interim costs applications - such as applications for interim payments, relief from sanctions or directions. And he also attends costs/case management conferences.
Emily is a partner at Bond Dickinson with experience in construction and professional indemnity law.
She has advised Insurers and all sides of the construction industry (employers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers) on a wide range of construction and engineering disputes and has pursued and defended claims for delay and associated costs, final accounts, fees and defective works.
She has acted in professional negligence claims representing PI Insurers and professional Insureds (in particular architects, engineers and other construction specialists).
Stephen Moore has been delivering legal technology solutions for leading law firms and professional service companies for over ten years.
Since establishing Moore Legal Technology in 2003, Stephen has developed a reputation for implementing practical, innovative and market leading solutions for law firms and professional services companies throughout the UK.
Specialising in legal website design, internet marketing and online lead generation, Stephen's recent projects have included large scale litigation technology projects, strategic web applications, the development of collaborative knowledge solutions and online business generation projects for market leading law firms, Europe's largest privately owned car retailer, global accountancy practices and many more.
Before joining Virtual Law, Jane had been a partner and head of employment law at D J Freeman, a partner at Pinsent Masons and a partner and Head of Employment Law at Howard Kennedy.
Jane's key focus is employment law and she has acted for a wide range of clients from listed companies to start ups, as well as trade unions and individuals. She provides employers with support over the life cycle of their relationship with employees, dealing with both contentious and non-contentious work. Jane has advised on everything from major changes to an employer's retirement age, introducing positive action training, carrying out industrial action ballots and negotiating in a strike situation as well as advising a major charity on the outsourcing of its IT functions.
Jane is also a regular writer and speaker on employment law topics, as well as a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
David joined CPL Industries in September 2015 as its first in-house counsel. He has been responsible for establishing the legal function and advises across a range of issues from commercial contracts, disputes, regulation, joint ventures and acquisitions. He's also responsible for the company secretarial and insurance functions of CPL.
David has spent much of his legal career in-house - establishing and leading legal functions. Prior to CPL Industries, David joined 2 Sisters Food Group shortly after its acquisition of Northern Foods plc to lead its legal function (including the company's subsequent acquisition of the red meat and poultry divisions of Vion Food Group and the clearance of that transaction by the OFT along with the company's £820 million refinancing).
Before 2 Sisters, David was first in-house counsel for Manheim Europe Ltd (the European operations of the American conglomerate Cox Enterprises), where he established the legal function. Prior to that, David was a legal adviser at Northern Gas Networks and worked in private practice at Addleshaw Goddard.
Keith is a barrister at Temple Garden Chambers. His practice encompasses health, safety and regulatory law, in which he is recognised as a leading practitioner at the Bar, and civil common law with a particular focus on inquiry work, employment, personal injury and administrative law.
His specialist practice in the health and safety field is long established. In 2010 he was short-listed for the Chambers and Partners Health and Safety Junior of the Year. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2011. He acts almost exclusively for defendants.
Keith has appeared in many of the most high profile health and safety cases in recent years, including the first prosecution under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, where he acted as a junior counsel for the defence.
In respect of his common law work Keith is accustomed to dealing with complex civil litigation for both claimants and defendants.
Jeremy Morton is a partner at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP in London.
He has over 20 years' experience in intellectual property including copyright, patents, trade marks, designs and trade secrets.
He handles large-scale disputes for multinational clients, and provides transactional and strategic advice.
Whilst representing clients in diverse sectors, such as toys, pharmaceuticals, finance and food, Jeremy has strong experience in the Technology, Media and Telecoms sector.
Jeremy is chair of the Substantive Law Committee of ITechLaw, and is a member of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW) as well as the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
He is a longstanding member of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee of Intellect, the trade association for the IT, telecoms and electronics industries. He is also a board member of Grand Union Orchestra, a community organisation in the East End of London, and a Development Advisor to Space Studios.
'Jeremy Morton has made a considerable impact since his arrival. His main focus is on complex, hi-tech work in the TMT sector.' Chambers & Partners Legal Directory, 2013.
Sarah Morton-Ramwell is a partner and global head of pro bono and corporate responsibility at Ashurst. With a background in human rights law, gender rights and reproductive rights, she works full time in pro bono.
Sarah advises leading global non-profit organisations, charities and NGOs. She also sits on the Leadership Committee for PILnet (the global network for public interest law), TrustLaw's Council and the International Bar Association's Pro Bono Committee.
Sarah was a founding member of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability and became a fellow in 2016. She helped to create the UK Collaborative Plan for Pro Bono - which set an aspirational pro bono hours target in the UK and aims to improve access to justice for the most disadvantaged. And she regularly works with in-house legal teams of corporate clients to develop pro bono opportunities for in-house lawyers.
Abhijit is the president (legal) and company secretary at the Hinduja Group and is based at their headquarters in London. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of the UK and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.
Hinduja Group is a USD 15 billion multinational employing 80,000 people in 35 countries covering a wide range of areas including the automotive, chemical and oil and gas industries.
In India, Abhijit has held both legal and secretarial roles in several multinationals, private and public sector companies. He is also a non-executive director on the boards of group companies in five countries. And he is the vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce's Commission of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Paris.
Ken Munro is partner and founder of Pen Test Partners - a firm of experienced penetration testers, otherwise known as ethical hackers.
Ken regularly blogs on everything from secure coding to hacking cars and the Internet of Things. He also writes for various newspapers and industry magazines in an effort to get beyond the unhelpful scaremongering put about by many security vendors.
A familiar face on the speaker circuit, Ken enjoys courting controversy and speaks widely on computer security - taking great pleasure in highlighting vulnerabilities in software and hardware. Ken has worked in the field of information security for over 15 years.
Ken Murphy is the Director General of the Law Society of Ireland. At the time of his appointment, in 1995, he was a partner with the large commercial law firm A & L Goodbody and a senior member of the Council of the Society.
As Director General Ken frequently acts as spokesman for the Society in the media and he has represented the Society before Dail Committees and as a Society nominee on Ministerial Working Groups.
Doris joined Baker & McKenzie in 2008, having qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and is a Professional Support Lawyer in the IT/Commercial Group. Doris is a senior lawyer and her role is to support the IT/Commercial team by applying the legal skills and experience she gained as an associate to contribute towards know how, training and business development.
Doris has been involved with numerous training sessions and seminars on commercial law topics and has presented externally to clients on topics such as data protection. She has also contributed regularly to publications such as the In-House Lawyer.
Simon Nasta trained and qualified as a lawyer at Allen & Overy - working in their banking team on a range of international and domestic corporate finance transactions across a variety of industry sectors. Whilst there he spent time on secondment with Goldman Sachs' leveraged finance team and the Royal Bank of Scotland's syndication team.
After Allen & Overy Simon joined Europe's largest Islamic bank, the Bank of London and The Middle East, as deputy head of legal - assisting with all corporate and financing legal matters. Simon is currently general counsel at FBN Bank - a London-based bank with an African focus.
Since qualification in 2001, James has specialised in property litigation - handling cases at the Lands Tribunal, LVT/FTT, County Court, magistrates' court, High Court and the Court of Appeal. In 2012, he founded CG Naylor - a London-based firm that specialises in advising property professionals and others on any form of dispute relating to buildings and land.
James has written about property law for the New Law Journal, RICS Commercial Property Journal, News on the Block, Property Law Journal, Solicitors Journal and Legal Week. He's a member of the Property Litigation Association and the London Solicitors Litigation Association.
Dan Neidle is a partner at Clifford Chance who specialises in UK finance and corporate tax.
Dan has a particular interest in international tax, supranational taxation and tax policy. His clients include leading financial institutions and corporates, as well as regulators, governments and industry bodies.
Nicola Newbegin, based at Old Square Chambers, specialises in employment, discrimination, professional discipline and personal injury. She also undertakes related work in the fields of judicial review, human rights and data protection.
Nicola appears regularly in the employment tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the County Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. She has particular expertise in breach of contract claims relating to doctors and dentists, TUPE, collective employment claims, discrimination, whistleblowing and unfair dismissal.
Laura Newton has a commercial chancery practice at 11 Stone Buildings which sees her regularly instructed in high-value international commercial disputes and arbitrations, often with a fraud aspect. Her experience also includes corporate and personal insolvency and company matters.
Laura has appeared as the sole advocate, as well as being led by senior counsel, in a number of significant international disputes in the High Court and international arbitrations.
Simon was the project director of the Competition & Markets Authority's Three Counties investigation into an association of letting agents. He joined the CMA's predecessor, the Office of Fair Trading, in 2002 and has worked on a wide range of antitrust investigations and market studies.
Prior to the OFT Simon was a legal affairs consultant with a manufacturing company, and head of competition law at Morgan Cole's London office. He has also worked as a competition lawyer for firms in Brussels and Paris.
Michael O'Kane is a partner at Peters & Peters and head of their business crime team. He is extremely experienced at dealing with the international aspects of business crime and is recognised as the UK's leading criminal cartel lawyer.
Michael writes extensively on the subject and his criminal cartel practice has seen him act for companies and individuals in the following markets: marine hose (first UK executive to be charged with the cartel offence), airline passenger (two BA executives acquitted), airline cargo, dairy, supermarkets, car glass, rubber chemicals, fruit importation, DRAM, freight forwarding, trucks, polythene, car electrics, employment agency, construction and steel water tanks.
The Legal 500 describes Michael as "first rate", while The Lawyer's Hot 100 says he's "an influential practitioner in fraud and regulatory work, so much so that he is top of the referral lists of many City firms for independent advice for directors".
Ijeoma Omambala, based at Old Square Chambers, has a detailed understanding of the regulatory regimes which affect health practitioners.
In 2010, Ijeoma was appointed as a legal assessor to the HCPC and the GMC (now MPTS). She provides advice on all stages of the fitness to practise process and has been the legal assessor on many sensitive and complex hearings. Recently she was the legal adviser to the panel on the MPTS's first non-compliance hearing under rule 17Z.
In addition, Ijeoma has undertaken a significant number of cases involving regulatory bodies concerned with health professionals - including the GMC, NMC, HCPC and the GDC. She provides advice and representation to health professionals, their employers and training providers. And she is regularly instructed by NHS Trusts and other NHS employers in discrimination, whistleblowing and employment related cases where concerns about a professional's fitness to practise and/or capability are in issue.
Anne-Marie is a senior associate in the corporate crime team at Pinsent Masons LLP.
Formerly a senior case lawyer at the UK's Serious Fraud Office, Anne-Marie specialises in business crime and corporate internal investigations. She provides advice to clients on the conduct of internal investigations as well as advising on all aspects of law enforcement investigations and prosecutions into allegations of fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering and related restraint and confiscation proceedings. She also provides advice on mitigating the risks to corporates through the implementation of effective compliance programmes.
Prior to joining Pinsent Masons, Anne-Marie spent 13 years at the Serious Fraud Office, working on numerous investigations and prosecutions involving fraud, bribery and money laundering offences, often working with overseas law enforcement agencies. She was a member of the SFO's Bribery & Corruption senior management team with specific responsibility for managing self-reports from corporates made under the SFO's 2009 Self-Reporting Guidance.
Anne-Marie also has significant experience of the use of civil recovery powers available to prosecutors, having led some of the first multi-million pound civil recovery proceedings against large corporate entities.
Tom practises from Keating Chambers and he is ranked in Who's Who Legal 2015 as one of the world's leading juniors in construction.
Tom is known particularly for his advocacy and court work. Tom is a confident, robust and versatile advocate. He is regularly instructed to appear as advocate in commercial disputes at trials, applications, pre-action and settlement meetings and at mediations. Tom is frequently instructed to appear in the High Court and has appeared, as junior counsel, in the Court of Appeal.
Tom is recognised particularly for his legal ability and analysis. He is often instructed to advise and to draft statements of case in disputes which are legally complex and which require particularly detailed and precise application of the law. Tom has a special interest in all aspects of the law of contract, tort, restitution, and private international law.