Our Experts

You want the most relevant and up-to-date information, so we work with advisory boards comprised of top solicitors, barristers, consultants, RELs and academics and our own Practical Law editors to deliver this to you.

Julie Farley
Herbert Smith Freehills

Julie is a professional support lawyer in the corporate division at Herbert Smith Freehills and advises on all company and commercial issues. She has particular responsibility for joint ventures, private acquisitions and general contract law and is involved in training, current awareness and know-how management.

Sara Feijao
Practical Law

Sara was called to the Bar in 1996 and is currently a non-practising barrister. She specialised in environmental law at Travers Smith Braithwaite and Herbert Smith. She also worked for several years for the Department of Environment (DETR and Defra), during which time she was seconded to the European Commission to assist with the drafting of the Environmental Liability Directive. Sara joined Practical Law in October 2005 to head up the Environment service.

Anna Feros
Shepherd and Wedderburn

Partner in the Media and Technology team at Shepherd and Wedderburn, Anna has over fifteen years' experience in intellectual property, commercial agreements, telecoms and IT, with significant experience in the life sciences (including clinical trials) and technology sectors.

Building upon a career as a solicitor and trade mark attorney with a top tier firm in Australia, Anna moved to the UK in 2001 where she re-qualified as an English solicitor. Her notably broad experience includes working for the public sector, in private practice and in-house.

Anna is also a trade mark attorney, has an LLM specialising in intellectual property law and a BSc majoring in biochemistry and medical microbiology. Anna regularly authors journal articles on life sciences and IP. She is admitted in England and Wales and Queensland, Australia.

Jane Fielding
Gowling WLG

Jane Fielding is head of the employment, labour and equalities team at Gowling WLG and a CEDR accredited mediator.

Jane acts for a broad range of clients, including national and international corporates as well as public sector clients. She has an imaginative and open-minded approach to resolving disputes, particularly complex discrimination claims and industrial relations disputes. She also regularly advises on agency worker issues, restructurings and how to marry TUPE with commercial objectives.

Anna Fletcher
Gowling WLG

Anna Fletcher is a director in the Employment, Labour and Equalities team at Gowling WLG. She is involved in the design and delivery of an extensive range of employment law training sessions for line managers and HR professionals, as well as being responsible for the design (and often the delivery) of internal training at the firm. Anna is also a member of the CIPD and a former tutor on the CIPD Advanced Certificate in Employment Law.

Anna deals with a wide range of employment matters, with a particular focus on contentious employment work. Her specialisms include advising on workplace disputes - particularly management of disciplinary, grievance and performance issues, as well as the handling of employment tribunal claims arising in those areas. Anna also advises on a wide range of discrimination, business reorganisation and working time issues.

Rosanna Foskett
Maitland Chambers
Since joining Maitland Chambers in 2009, Rosanna has developed an advocacy and advisory practice across all areas of commercial and commercial Chancery work. She has wide-ranging experience, including general civil and commercial litigation; commercial fraud and asset tracing; VAT-related fraud; conflict of laws; company and partnership matters; corporate and personal insolvency; commercial and residential property litigation; and trusts and probate - including those involving allegations of fraud, dishonesty and undue influence.

Rosanna regularly appears in the High Court (Chancery Division and the Commercial Court) before judges and masters; in the Companies and Bankruptcy Courts before registrars; and in County Courts in London and elsewhere - including in cases in the specialist Chancery List at Central London County Court.
Claire Fourel
Ashurst

Claire Fourel is a senior associate and international pro bono manager at Ashurst with a background in international development, law and human rights. She oversees Ashurst's pro bono legal practice in London, continental Europe and the Middle East.

Claire has extensive experience in advising non-profit organisations, charities, social enterprises, NGOs and marginalised individuals on a range of human rights, development and governance issues. She has particular expertise on sustainable development and refugees.

Claire is on the board of trustee directors for the international development charity Self-Help Africa. This charity seeks to empower small-holder farmers in sub-Saharan countries, and help them achieve sustainable economic independence, by improving farms and livelihoods.

Dr Maria Mercedes Frabboni
University of Sussex

Maria has specialist degree in Economic Sciences and a Masters in Law. She completed her PhD in 2009 at Queen Mary, University of London and currently lectures in Law at the University of Sussex.

Dr Frabboni is a member of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association, the UK national group of the International Literary and Artistic Association. She regularly undertakes research in copyright law and the creative industries; collective licensing of copyright; law and fashion; art law; law and economics of intellectual property; competition law and economics; economic analysis of the creative industries.

Steven Francis
EY

Steven Francis is a solicitor and executive director in EY's financial services law practice. He has been a partner in international firms such as DLA Piper and Baker & McKenzie. He was also a member of the management team in the Financial Conduct Authority's Wholesale Enforcement Division where he investigated firms' and individuals' possible involvement in insider dealing, market abuse and other regulatory infringements.

Steven has been involved in numerous internal investigations for financial services businesses in areas as diverse as internal fraud, bribery and corruption, insider dealing, leaks of confidential information, data protection and breaches of EU procurement rules.

Katherine Fudakowski
Old Square Chambers

Katherine Fudakowski (called in 2008) has a thriving civil practice in employment, professional discipline, personal injury, clinical negligence, inquests and child protection.

Katherine always builds an excellent rapport with her clients and solicitors, and works strategically and sensitively to resolve their disputes. She is a very effective advocate and remains calm under pressure.

Before joining Old Square Chambers, Katherine worked in consumer protection at the European Commission, and she assisted the prosecution of perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide at a United Nations tribunal in Tanzania.

Andrew Fulton
20 Essex Street
Andrew has a broad practice at 20 Essex Street, advising and appearing in a range of financial and business-related litigation, often with an international dimension. He has particular experience in capital markets and investment banking disputes, derivatives and structured products. Andrew is ranked as a leading junior for banking and finance by The Legal 500.

As an advocate, Andrew has appeared in a variety of trials and arbitrations, and also in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords. Reported cases include Koo Golden East v Bank of Novia Scotia [2008] Q.B. 717; Force India Formula 1 Team Ltd v Etihad Airways PJSC [2009] EWHC 2768 (QB); and Winnetka v Julius Baer International Ltd [2009] Bus. L.R. 1006.

Prior to joining chambers, Andrew worked as an in-house advocate in several high-profile law firms. Most recently in the London office of US litigation specialists Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
Sam Gage
Practical Law
Before joining Practical Law, Sam Gage trained at Russell Jones & Walker - where she qualified into the criminal department in 1994. In 1995, she joined the employment department at Rowley Ashworth - where she undertook advisory and contentious work for trades unions and their members.

Sam moved to Morgan Cole in 2000, before joining the employment department at Nabarro Nathanson in 2001 - where, as a senior solicitor, she undertook predominantly contentious work for public and private employers and senior executives. Sam is currently a non-practising solicitor.
Dr Robert Gaitskell QC
Keating Chambers

Dr Robert Gaitskell QC practises from Keating Chambers - specialising in engineering and construction disputes, often of an international nature. He was called to the Bar in 1978, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994 and sat as a Recorder (part-time judge) from 2000-2010.

Robert Gaitskell predominately acts as an arbitrator, adjudicator, dispute board member and mediator. He is both a lawyer and a professional engineer. He is a former Vice President of the IEE/IET (Europe’s biggest professional engineering institution). He is a member of the Singapore National Electricity Market Dispute Resolution & Compensation Panel and the dispute board chairman for a €13 billion nuclear energy project.

Lucy Garrett
Keating Chambers

"A fighter" and "an impressive and forceful cross-examiner", Lucy was called to the Bar in 2001. Based at Keating Chambers, she specialises in construction, engineering, energy and shipbuilding disputes. Her practice includes claims for and against construction professionals in these sectors and project-related issues such as insurance, bonds and guarantees.

Lucy is always in demand for her forceful advocacy, commercial approach and "stellar" intellectual ability, which has led to instructions in a series of high profile, high value disputes. She has extensive experience in the TCC and the Commercial Court in the UK, and in international arbitration including in civil code jurisdictions.

Lucy also advises on and acts in adjudications, from referral stage to enforcement.

Dorothea Gartland
4 Paper Buildings

Dorothea is a family law barrister, mediator and collaborative lawyer at 4 Paper Buildings specialising in all aspects of the law relating to children.

In her private law work she represents clients dealing with issues including international and domestic relocation, contact and residence disputes as well as surrogacy and parental responsibility.

She also deals with complex public law cases, particularly those with an international element.

Sarah Garvey
Allen & Overy

Sarah Garvey is an experienced litigator with particular expertise in jurisdictional and conflict of laws, disputes, state immunity issues and EU laws. She has extensive experience of litigation before the English High Court and also has experience in arbitration.

Sarah is a key member of Allen & Overy's Brexit team and has been heavily involved in advising clients on the legal implications of Brexit. Sarah also sits on the firm's Global Legal Opinions Committee.

Sarah is Chair of the Law Society's EU Committee and she sits on the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Private International Law.

Laurent Geelhand
Hausfeld

Laurent Geelhand, partner at Hausfeld in London and the Managing Partner of Hausfeld in Brussels, is one of the pioneers of antitrust private enforcement in Europe.

Prior to Hausfeld, Laurent was the European General Counsel of Michelin, where he turned Michelin's European legal department into a profit centre by systematically pursuing actions against suppliers and securing multi-million euro settlements arising from the rubber chemicals, synthetic rubber and paraffin wax cartels. He also devised a highly regarded and successful antitrust compliance programme.

Laurent has been at the forefront of private enforcement in Europe, having been involved in many landmark antitrust cases. In addition to Michelin, Laurent has also represented Boeing, Klaus Jacobs and Coca-Cola Enterprises. He is widely recognised as an authority in European antitrust law and cross-border litigation, and he's a regular speaker at conferences worldwide.

Oran Gelb
Berwin Leighton Paisner

Oran Gelb is a partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner who specialises in disputes, investigations and contentious regulatory matters - mainly for financial institutions.

Oran has deep experience, having undertaken secondments totalling 24 months at three major global banks - working in their disputes and investigations teams. To date, Oran's clients have included Morgan Stanley, RBS, HSBC Private Bank, Stenham Asset Management, Scottish Power and Whitbread.

Chambers UK describes him as "very calm, thorough and very promising".

Michael Gibbon QC
Maitland Chambers
Michael has a broad-based litigation practice at Maitland Chambers – which covers commercial, insolvency, company, trusts and tax litigation. He has extensive High Court and specialist tribunal advocacy experience – particularly in cases involving financial instruments, directors' duties, insolvency and restructuring, analysis of financial information and tax.

Michael's clients include UK-based and international solicitors, as well as UK government departments. His cases often have an international element, and are frequently high value or have a high profile.

In 2007, he was promoted to the A panel – the most senior of the Attorney General's three panels. And he was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2011.
Amandeep Gill
Practical Law

Amandeep Gill qualified at Manches (now Penningtons Manches) in 2000. She moved to Davenport Lyons where she spent 10 years as an associate in the family team, dealing with all aspects of family law. She led and worked on several reported cases - including Re L (Residence Jurisdiction), Philips v Peace (No. 2) and Al Khatib v Masry.

Amandeep was a resolution accredited specialist in international child abduction and private children law (2008 to 2013) and is a mediator and collaborative lawyer. Her articles have appeared in the legal press and she has been regularly interviewed and quoted in the media.

In August 2012, Amandeep joined Practical Law's family service as an editor. She is currently a non-practising solicitor.

Maninder Gill
Simons Muirhead & Burton

Maninder was previously the Legal Director of the international luxury retailer Harvey Nichols. Now, his main focus - at Simons Muirhead & Burton - is on commercial, retail, media and intellectual property issues, including franchising, branding and reputation management. He holds a LL.M in IP, has appeared on television and radio on numerous occasions and speaks at conferences on IP, franchising, retail and media issues.

He was previously Group Secretary and Legal Director at Northern and Shell PLC / Express Newspapers, the publishing and broadcasting group, and is very experienced in developing strategies to deal with the media. He has been involved in numerous high profile cases, including the Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas and OK! case against Hello! Magazine.

Maninder has been named in the Lawyer Magazine's Hot 100 lawyers list and was on The Times newspaper's panel of experts. And he also has experience of lecturing students on both intellectual property law and defamation.

Leon Glenister
Hardwicke Chambers

Leon is a barrister at Hardwicke Chambers, specialising in Personal Injury, Public, Property and Commercial law.

Clients have praised his "reassuring and calming manner", his "convivial attitude" and generally his "high standards". He has been described by QCs he has worked with as "marvelous" and "an absolute superstar".

Leon is currently involved in the McGarry v McTavey personal injury case which is an ongoing Court of Appeal litigation on how damages are assessed in a personal injury matter.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Leon had a range of legal experience. This has included working for the Texas Defender Service (a non-profit law firm in Austin who represent death row inmates), being part of the Burma Justice Committee Working Group writing a policy document led by Sappho Dias and Timothy Dutton QC, and part of the Cambridge Working Group responding to the DPP's consultation on prosecuting assisted suicide.

Silke Goldberg
Herbert Smith Freehills

Silke specialises in energy law and has extensive experience of advising on complex international power projects, in particular in relation to the structuring of JV co-operations and related shareholder documents and regulatory aspects with a geographical focus on Europe.

Silke advises in English, French, German and Dutch and is admitted in England and Wales and the Republic of Ireland. She is also a member of the Berlin bar (Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin).

David Gollancz
Keating Chambers

David was admitted as a solicitor in 1990 and spent the early years of his career as a trade union and legal aid lawyer, joining the Treasury Solicitor's Department in 1999. Starting there as an employment litigator, David moved in 2001 to establish the Public Procurement and Commercial Contracts team, and the TUPE Task Force - both of which he led until leaving in 2005 to join City firm Field Fisher Waterhouse. In 2010 David transferred to the Bar, joining Keating Chambers as a tenant in 2011.

Appointed to the Attorney General's C Panel of Counsel in 2014, David Gollancz specialises in all aspects of the law relating to public/private transactions. He is widely recognised as a leading public procurement lawyer, with expertise in state aid, employment, pensions and commercial law.

Besides his wide-ranging experience in public contracts in general, David has a strong background in the law relating to nuclear installations and nuclear decommissioning. He also has a significant public law practice, particularly in connection with the status and powers of non-departmental public bodies, and an in-depth understanding of the working of public sector authorities.

Robert Goodall
Thomson Reuters

Robert is the Director of Internal Audit at Thomson Reuters. His previous roles in the company include Director of Corporate Compliance.

He has an MBA from the Warrington School of Business at the University of Florida and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. Robert also serves on the board of the UK Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Helen Gower
Old Square Chambers

Helen Gower is regularly instructed in complex discrimination, equal pay and whistleblowing claims. Her practice at Old Square Chambers also includes unfair and wrongful dismissal, TUPE, maternity and paternity rights, victimisation on the grounds of trade union activities, failure to consult on collective redundancies, working time, deductions from wages, and employment-related contractual disputes.

In equal pay cases Helen undertakes drafting, advisory and advocacy work, including multi-party claims. And she has been instructed in several claims involving local authorities and other government organisations, such as the Audit Commission.

Helen also has experience in County Court and High Court employment-related disputes. She successfully defended a union in a claim for negligent advice relating to the termination of employment.

Graeme Nuttall OBE
Fieldfisher

Graeme Nuttall OBE is dual qualified as an English solicitor and a chartered tax adviser. He is a partner in Fieldfisher's tax and structuring practice in London and its firm-wide Employee and Mutual Ownership Team.

Graeme has a longstanding interest in ensuring organisations have the right ownership and governance structures and, in particular, is a long time enthusiast for the employee ownership business model. He is a legal adviser to the Employee Ownership Association and has taken a leading role in promoting employee ownership in the UK.

Alex Graydon
Thomson Reuters

Alex Graydon has been a lawyer in Thomson Reuters' UK & Ireland Legal business for over 12 years. Prior to this she worked in private practice as a commercial lawyer.

Alex began her legal career when she joined Sweet & Maxwell as a legal publisher in the early 1990s. Her career took her full circle when she re-joined Thomson Reuters in 2003 as in-house counsel.

Daniel Greenberg
Thomson Reuters

Daniel Greenberg is a lawyer specialising in legislation and the legislative process. He served in the Lord Chancellor's Department from 1988 to 1991 and in the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel (UK) from 1991 to 2010. From 2010 to 2016 he was an adviser in the Office of Speaker's Counsel, House of Commons and a consultant Parliamentary Counsel at Berwin Leighton Paisner. In August 2016 he was appointed Counsel for Domestic Legislation in the House of Commons.

Daniel also serves as the General Editor of Westlaw UK Annotated Statutes and Insight Encyclopaedia. He drafts primary and subordinate legislation in the UK, and has provided drafting and training services in Albania, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Malaysia, Myanmar, South Georgia, Sri Lanka and elsewhere.

Daniel is also the Editor of Craies on Legislation, Stroud's Judicial Dictionary and Jowitt's Dictionary of English Law.

John Groom
Baker & McKenzie

John is an associate in the intellectual property department of Baker & McKenzie in London. He advises on a broad range of both contentious and non-contentious aspects of IP law with a focus on new media and online platforms.

John has experience in corporate transactions, IP enforcement, brand protection and anti-counterfeiting work and is involved in several global enforcement programmes for clients in diverse industry sectors. He has also been involved in copyright litigation at the Supreme Court.

Chaya Hanoomanjee
American Express

Chaya Hanoomanjee is head of the EMEA Litigation team at American Express. She joined American Express in March 2014.

Prior to that, Chaya was part of the Barclays Retail Litigation team, and subsequently Barclays Investment Bank, for 5 years. She is an active member of the UK Cards Association.

Jack Harding
1 Chancery Lane

Jack joined 1 Chancery Lane as a tenant in 2005 following successful completion of his pupillage. He continues to develop his practice in all of Chambers' key areas of expertise with ongoing experience of representing both claimants and defendants. Jack is recommended as a leading junior in the field of travel law in Chambers & Partners and in the field of product liability law in The Legal 500.

Jack has authored a number of recent articles on the Denied Boarding Regulations EC Reg 261/2004. He obtained a First Class Law Degree from Cambridge University and joined the Bar with a scholarship from the Middle Temple.

Bethan Harris
Garden Court Chambers

Bethan Harris is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers who specialises in community care and social housing law, as well as Court of Protection health and welfare work. She was called to the Bar in 1990.

Bethan is also an editor of the Community Care Law Reports. And, in addition to running a busy practice, she regularly writes and conducts seminars on the subject areas in which she practises.

Nicola Harris
Nicola Harris & Associates

Nicola Harris is one of the leading providers of vestibular rehabilitation in the UK. She is a member of the multi-disciplinary team located at the NHS Regional Balance Centre for the South East - a centre of excellence in the management of complex balance disorders. And she was one of the founding members of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists with an interest in Vestibular Rehabilitation (ACPVR).

In 2003, Nicola established a London-based private practice that treats balance patients referred by neurologists, neuro-otologists, ENT consultants and GPs. A large part of the private practice work is given over to Nicola’s medico-legal casework.

Patrick Harty
Erskine Chambers

Patrick has a commercial Chancery practice across Erskine Chambers' main areas of practice, including: company, insolvency, financial services and general commercial law which includes both litigation and advisory work.

Richard Harwood QC
Thirty Nine Essex Street

A barrister at Thirty Nine Essex Street, Richard specialises in planning, environmental, compulsory purchase and compensation, public and local government, and parliamentary law.

He is a Fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies and a former member of its Advisory Council; a committee member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association; former Deputy Chair of the Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate; and a former London borough councillor.

Richard is a frequent speaker and author of texts and articles, including the Journal of Planning and Environment Law.

Peter Haslam
Nuclear Industry Association

Peter Haslam is Head of Policy at the Nuclear Industry Association. He has over 25 years' experience in the energy sector and an extensive knowledge of Whitehall and the wider Parliamentary process.

Before joining the NIA, Peter was British Energy's Director of Government Affairs for 9 years. During his career at BE, he developed and implemented the company's public affairs strategy at the Scottish, Westminster and European levels.

Prior to BE, Peter's roles included Public Affairs Manager at Nuclear Electric Plc and Head of the Parliamentary Section at the Central Electricity Generating Board. Before joining the electricity industry Peter was a career civil servant in the Department of Energy, including spells as private secretary to two Government ministers.

Dr Raphael Heffron
Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute

Raphael's research interests at the Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute are in energy law and policy, focusing particularly on electricity markets, energy subsidies, energy liability, the EIA process, energy justice and the future of energy law. These interests cross the disciplines of planning law, public administration, project management, competition law, tort and strategy.

Raphael is a qualified barrister-at-law (Honourable Society of King's Inns, Ireland). Raphael read for his PhD at Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. And he holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (MPhil), the University of St. Andrews (MLitt) and Trinity College Dublin (BA, MA). Raphael is an Associate Researcher of the Energy Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge.

Sarah Henchoz
Allen & Overy

Sarah Henchoz, a partner at Allen & Overy, has considerable experience advising clients on the full range of both contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

She regularly advises clients on the complex and sensitive issues arising out of the acquisition of a business and the harmonisation of that business into the wider corporate structure. Sarah also regularly appears in and advises clients on employment tribunal matters, particularly in the areas of discrimination and whistleblowing.

Sarah is a regular contributor to employment journals and is frequently quoted in the press. Prior to working at Allen & Overy, Sarah spent two years as an in-house employment lawyer.

Nick Henderson
Bond Dickinson LLP

Nick is a partner in the Construction Team at Bond Dickinson who completed a training contract with the firm and qualified in 1993.

Nick specialises in advising clients on any disputes that may arise under a construction contract, including professional negligence claims. As a consequence, he has extensive experience of pursuing and defending claims in the Courts and in Arbitration. He also advises clients on all aspects of Adjudication including the enforcement of Adjudicators' decisions in the Courts.

Nick is an accredited Adjudicator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and TeCSA, and one of the few Solicitor Adjudicators on the CIOB panel. Nick is also an accredited Mediator with the ADR Group.

Charlotte Henney
Robin Partington & Partners

Charlotte Henney is the HR Partner at Robin Partington & Partners and has worked alongside the founder since start-up. Her main responsibilities are the introduction and refinement of all best practices for staff. And, over the years, the company has accomplished several notable achievements for being a great employer - including the Architects' Journal 'Best Place to Work - London / South East' and The Sunday Times 'Best Small Companies to Work For'.

Charlotte has a particular passion for a simple, no nonsense approach to HR that links seamlessly to business goals. As co-chair of a large architectural networking group and a contributor to the design community, she is an advocate of building relationships that can broaden horizons and be valuable learning exercises for the business and team.

Charlotte Henry
Norton Rose Fulbright

Charlotte Henry is a financial services lawyer based at Norton Rose Fulbright in London. She advises clients on a variety of regulatory matters, with a focus on retail financial products and services - including consumer credit, retail banking, financial promotions, passporting and cross-border issues, wealth management and corporate transactions.

Charlotte has particular experience in the field of retail structured products and distribution, and has provided advice for a number of clients on the impact of the UK's Retail Distribution Review on the retail asset management industry - including advisers, product providers, discretionary managers and platform service providers.

Charlotte is also a conduct risk expert and has worked in the FCA's Conduct Risk Unit and, as part of her wider experience, co-authored a retail banking law handbook.

 
Sue Highmore
Practical Law

Sue qualified into the Real Estate Department of Linklaters in September 1983, handling investment work, major development projects and advising landlords and tenants of commercial property. From 2002 she headed up the Linklaters Real Estate PSL service, with particular interest in training and precedent development. Sue joined Practical Law Property in August 2009, combining this with her freelance lecturing and writing. She is a regular contributor to Estates Gazette and Landlord and Tenant Review and is a consultant to Argyll Environmental on the legal implications of flood risk to property. Sue likes to keep her training practical and easy to digest.

Matthew Hill
Fir Hill Consulting

After qualifying with Lovell, White & King (now part of Hogan Lovells), Matthew became a tax partner in their London office. This was followed by 6 years in their New York office, where he became the Managing Partner. On returning to London, Matthew switched to the corporate/commercial department where he acted mainly for leading consumer brands.

In 1998, Matthew became the European Managing Director, Administration & Operations, of Nintendo, based in their European headquarters near Frankfurt. And from 2000-2013, Matthew took on a new role as Nintendo's European General Counsel, managing a multi-jurisdictional legal department and numerous outside law firms.

Since returning to the UK, Matthew has been working as a director of Fir Hill Consulting, where - amongst other things - he advises law firms on their marketing strategies and SMEs on their choice of legal advisers.

Lexa Hilliard QC
11 Stone Buildings

Lexa Hilliard QC is a well-respected commercial chancery silk at 11 Stone Buildings with a strong expertise in domestic and international insolvency, general commercial and company litigation, professional negligence and civil fraud. She is also a CEDR accredited mediator.

Lexa often acts in cases arising out of large domestic or international corporate restructurings or insolvencies - such as Halliwells, Lehman Brothers, Madoff Securities International Ltd, Enron, Woolworths, Land of Leather and Farepak.

Chambers UK 2014 says: "An incredibly popular silk whose straightforward approach is highly valued by instructing solicitors." ... "Regularly handles headline-grabbing cases in both the domestic and international market." ... "Highly inventive and always thinks of new ways to approach a case." ... "A barrister with gravitas and a no-nonsense approach." ... "She has a tremendous depth of knowledge of insolvency issues and an immediate recall of cases that is very impressive."

Philip Hinks
11 Stone Buildings

Philip - a barrister at 11 Stone Buildings - has a strong commercial practice which sees him regularly instructed in high-value and complex matters, particularly in relation to general commercial, company and insolvency disputes. He has a particular expertise in cases with a civil fraud angle. For example, he was part of the legal team representing the FCA in the Court of Appeal in what is the leading authority on collective investment schemes and the first fully-contested unauthorised business trial. He also represented the liquidator, led by Marcia Shekerdemian, in Re Ultraclass Ltd, where freezing and proprietary injunctions were obtained in support of misfeasance proceedings arising out of an alleged land banking fraud.

Chambers UK 2014 recommended Philip as a leading junior for restructuring/insolvency: "An emerging talent at the junior level, who has already earned substantial praise from instructing solicitors. Acted in several high-profile insolvency cases and has gained experience in matters involving foreign proceedings." ... "Frighteningly efficient and very bright." ... "A really excellent junior."

Gemma Hobcraft
Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Based at Serjeants' Inn Chambers, Gemma Hobcraft practises in professional discipline and regulatory work and public law.

Gemma has extensive experience in advising and representing registrants at all stages (from interim order to appeal) in regulatory proceedings. She advises on statutory appeals and judicial reviews (and other allied litigation) arising within the professional discipline and health care professionals context. Gemma also has particular experience in Disclosure and Barring issues.

Gemma co-authored the book Professional Discipline and Health Care Regulators: a legal handbook. She speaks at seminars and provides bespoke training on all areas of professional discipline and regulatory work.

Ryan Hocking
Hardwicke


Ryan accepts instructions in all areas of Hardwicke's work, and has a particular interest in commercial and insolvency disputes.

During pupillage, Ryan has gained experience in a variety of Hardwicke's practice areas - including insolvency, professional negligence, partnerships, property and financial regulation. He has also worked on cases involving cross-border disputes, company law and assignment of debt.

Mark Holah
Bird & Bird

Mark is a partner in Bird & Bird's intellectual property practice, based in London. He is dual-qualified as a solicitor and registered trade mark attorney and has been advising clients on intellectual property issues since 1994. His practice focuses principally on brand protection issues - both contentious and non-contentious.

Mark has acted for clients in virtually every industry sector and has worked with many of the world's most famous and iconic brands. The legal directories have consistently ranked him as an expert. And he's listed as a leading individual in both the Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners and the International Who's Who of Trade Mark Lawyers.

Robin Hollington QC
New Square Chambers
Robin has been Head of Chambers at New Square Chambers since 2010. His practice encompasses virtually all aspects of contentious work in the Chancery Division - with a particular emphasis on company and insolvency law (both corporate and individual). And it extends to non-contentious advisory work in those two areas too.

Robin has developed a particular specialisation in the area of shareholders' disputes and he's the author of the leading textbook Hollington on Shareholders' Rights. He has appeared in many high-profile court cases in this field, often reaching the appellate courts.

He is regularly instructed as an expert witness abroad on UK, BVI, Cayman Islands and Hong Kong company and insolvency law.
Richard Honey
Francis Taylor Building

Richard Honey practises from Francis Taylor Buildings in the broad fields of public law and environmental law, with particular specialisms in infrastructure projects and compulsory purchase and compensation.

He is a member of the Attorney General's panel of junior counsel to the Crown and the Crossrail/TfL panel of counsel.

He advised BAA on compulsory purchase issues connected with the Stansted second runway. Richard represented the LDA in the first compensation claim to reach the Tribunal arising from the Olympics CPO and represented the acquiring authority in Welford v TfL, both in the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal.

Richard is the Vice Chairman of the Compulsory Purchase Association.

Jeremy Hopkins
Clerkingwell Consulting

Jeremy Hopkins has had a long and varied career in leadership, management and marketing of legal practices, spanning three decades in top-tier sets of barristers' chambers. This was followed by leading roles at two of the most successful and highly-acclaimed new model legal businesses. He has covered a wide variety of specialist practice areas, industry sectors, client types and geographical markets.

Jeremy is now a freelance consultant - having set-up Clerkingwell Consulting. He focuses on helping businesses select, engage and manage legal services and technology solutions.

Robin Hopkins
11 KBW

Robin is a leading expert in information law practising at 11 KBW.

He has appeared in over 75 cases before the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals in information rights matters, including APPGER v IC and FCO (UK's alleged role in extraordinary rendition), Bruton v IV and Duchy of Cornwall (whether Duchy a public authority for EIR purposes) and Plowden v IC and FCO (Blair/Bush conversation prior to war against Iraq).

In 2012, he appeared in more cases than any other counsel. He has great experience of all aspects of data protection work, including subject access, data breach and monetary penalty matters.

Robin regularly advises on information-sharing, international transfers, surveillance and RIPA, breaches of confidence, privacy and Article 8 ECHR. He contributes to a number of information law titles and regularly speaks at major events on information rights.

Darren Howe
1 Garden Court

Darren is a member of 1 Garden Court and specialises in the whole range of children related disputes. He regularly appears in complex public law cases concerning sexual abuse and non-accidental injury to children. Darren has a particular interest in the international movement of children and in alternative families, namely domestic and international surrogacy arrangements. He represents parents and children in private law cases including internal relocation cases and intractable contact disputes.

Darren is a Recorder and is 'ticketed' to hear private and public law family proceedings. Darren also sits as a Deputy District Judge hearing civil proceedings, domestic violence and harassment cases and ancillary relief applications.

Neville Howe
RSA

Neville Howe is responsible for legal, risk and compliance at RSA - dealing with all aspects of the insurer's UK & Western European business. RSA is a £4 billion insurance operation with a wide-reaching market - from pets at More Than, to shops and wind farms globally.

Neville has spent over 20 years working in insurance - working at Lloyds, St James's Place and AEGON, before moving to RSA in 2005. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Neville spent 10 years in the army - finishing as a captain in the Royal Engineers.

Ben Hughes
Bird & Bird

Ben is an associate in Bird & Bird's Commercial Group, based in London. He has experience of working in the technology industry to advise on high-profile multi-sourcing ICT projects, including in the banking, financial services and public sectors.

Ben advises on a broad range of commercial law matters and specialises in advising on major ICT outsourcing deals, including under innovative and evolving contracting models. His clients include banking and financial service providers, public sector organisations and a wide range of technology providers.

Before training as a lawyer, Ben worked as a technology professional, including for a leading fund management company in London and then in China where he helped a number of local and multi-national companies and foreign government customers implement various online software development projects. These diverse technology industry experiences help him to provide tailored, sector-focused legal advice to clients.

Simon Hughes QC
Keating Chambers

Simon Hughes QC - from Keating Chambers - specialises in major construction, engineering, shipbuilding and other off-shore and energy related disputes, and is a leading senior counsel in these areas. He has been involved in disputes concerning most standard form contracts used for substantial projects - including the JCT standard forms, ICE 5th and 6th editions, the NEC, IChemE, FIDIC (Green, Red, Yellow and Silver Books) and derivative standard form agreements.

Simon has particular experience of international power-plant disputes, major infrastructure projects and shipbuilding work - particularly in the Far East. And he has lots of experience of disputes where the governing law is not English. He has represented and advised clients on disputes in Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the UAE and various islands within the Caribbean. He has been admitted to the Bar in Trinidad & Tobago and New Zealand for specific cases.

Simon is currently an editor of Keating on Construction Contracts (adjudication chapter), and the Construction Law Reports. And he is the author (with Jeremy Glover) of Understanding the FIDIC Red Book.

Giles Hutt
Hogan Lovells

Giles Hutt is a solicitor in Hogan Lovells' London office. He trained at the firm and conducted professional negligence and construction disputes before becoming a professional support lawyer for the London litigation practice as a whole. He regularly writes articles on civil procedure, alternative dispute resolution and conflicts of laws issues.

Giles studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Staffordshire University, the College of Law and the Université de Franche-Comté.

Dr Joanna Iddon

Dr Joanna Iddon is an independent Clinical Psychologist, Neuropsychologist and CBT therapist in Central London. She assesses and treats clients with psychological issues and neuropsychological disorders with special interests in brain injury, dementia and hydrocephalus. She teaches and supervises as a Neuropsychology Consultant to the Oxleas NHS Mental Health Trust.

Dr Iddon completed a PhD in Neuropsychology/Neuroscience in the Department of Experimental Psychology/Psychiatry at Cambridge University in 2008. She subsequently went on to become an HPC Registered Clinical Psychologist and to gain a Distinction in a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) from King's College London. She is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and is accredited by the BABCP to practice CBT.

Karen Jackson
didlaw

Karen Jackson is a senior solicitor and the force behind didlaw.

Karen graduated from University College London in 1989 with a first and worked in the City for Arthur Andersen, J P Morgan and finally at Union Bank of Switzerland as a futures broker. After 7 years on the trading floor she graduated law school with a distinction and trained as a solicitor at Mishcon de Reya. She then became Head of Legal UK and Eire for the cosmetics giant L'Oreal, where most of her work focused on employment.

Karen founded didlaw in 2008 and for the last four years Karen has been listed as a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500. In 2013 the Law Society commissioned Karen to write the book Disability Discrimination: Law and Case Management.

Sir Rupert Jackson
Lord Justice of Appeal

Lord Justice (Rupert) Jackson has been a Lord Justice of Appeal since 2008. He was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1972. He was co-author and general editor of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability from 1982 to 1999. And since then he has been consultant editor. He has also been an editor of the The White Book since 2000 and its editor-in-chief since 2010.

He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1987. He was appointed Recorder in 1990 and Deputy High Court Judge in 1993. He was Chairman of the Professional Negligence Bar Association between 1993 and 1995, and is now its President.

In 1999 he was appointed as a High Court Judge in the Queen's Bench Division. He was the Judge in Charge of the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) between 2004 and 2007.

In January 2009 he was asked by the Master of the Rolls to undertake a comprehensive review of civil litigation costs. His final report was published in January 2010 and the reforms which Jackson LJ recommended were implemented in 2013. He has recently written a book - The Reform of Civil Litigation - which offers a concise explanation of the reforms.

Gina Jennings
Outer Circle
Gina Jennings read law at Bristol and qualified as a barrister of Gray's Inn. She practised at the Bar for six years before joining Freshfields as a research lawyer. She was a professional support lawyer in the corporate and antitrust departments of the firm before becoming Head of Online Legal Services and then practice manager for the European private equity group.

Gina left Freshfields in 2009 and, together with a former Freshfields colleague, is a director of Outer Circle. Outer Circle advises professional service firms and in-house lawyers on practice management and knowledge management, as well as on learning and development.
Abdul Jinadu
Keating Chambers

Abdul Jinadu was called to the Bar in 1995 and has been a practising barrister in Keating Chambers since 1996 - specialising in construction, engineering and energy disputes, and domestic and international arbitration. His practice covers a wide spectrum of advisory work, drafting and advocacy related to standard form and bespoke contracts; contractors', sub-contractors' and employers' claims; as well as professional negligence claims (architects, engineers, surveyors and valuers).

Abdul has acted for the full spectrum of clients including construction and engineering companies, government organisations, corporations, public utilities, local authorities, consultancies, architects and engineers. And he has extensive experience of a wide range of disputes and advisory work relating to infrastructure projects.

Abdul specialises in adjudication and is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator. In addition to acting as an adjudicator and giving papers and seminars on the subject, he has acted for clients at all stages of the adjudication process, and at all levels up to the Court of Appeal. He has also lectured on a wide range of subjects to a number of professional bodies, and he's a chapter author for both Keating on Construction Contracts and Keating on Offshore Construction and Marine Engineering Contracts.

Peter John
Five Paper Buildings

Peter John is an experienced civil law barrister at Five Paper Buildings where he specialises in all aspects of contentious probate, trusts and property litigation in the High Court and County Courts. He also advises in all areas of non-contentious probate practice, the preparation of wills and inheritance tax planning. He advises and acts in cases concerning the beneficial ownership of property and Inheritance Act claims, and has experience in all forms of real property disputes. Peter has also successfully represented clients in mediations.

Richard Jones
1 Garden Court

Richard Jones works across all areas of Family Law and has a particular interest in the application of Human Rights. He is a member of 1 Garden Court.

In 2007 he took a seven month sabbatical to work for Amnesty International Australia and UNICEF Australia. Whilst at Amnesty Richard worked for the Refugee Team with responsibility for the preparation of individual cases of refugees/asylum seekers for presentation to the Refugee Board. He researched strategic topics, and made presentations on behalf of Amnesty to student rallies and to other NGOs.

At UNICEF Richard provided background research for the fourth report on the impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC Report) in Australia.

Simon Joyston-Bechal
Pinsent Masons LLP

Simon is a Partner at Pinsent Masons LLP whose experience covers a wide range of regulatory law, particularly health and safety for which the legal directories have described him as 'eminent', 'a player in the field' and 'one of the most knowledgeable and long-standing leaders of the health and safety world'.

His expertise also covers commercial litigation, liability advice, dispute resolution, product liability, food safety and judicial review.

Having previously qualified as a doctor, Simon is uniquely placed to cover health and safety related issues. He defended the first case in the country to be brought under the new Corporate Manslaughter Act and also led a team of lawyers for a group of oil companies in the multi-party, multi-million pound compensation litigation following the Buncefield oil terminal explosion.