We provide part-time legal directors for businesses across the UK. With one of our lawyers on your senior management team, you can be sure of experienced and consistent legal advice from your business perspective.



Ed Simpson

Ed Simpson is an experienced corporate/commercial lawyer who combines wide-ranging technical legal expertise with hands-on business experience to provide pragmatic solution-driven advice to businesses. Ed qualified as a Solicitor in 1991. Realising that in-house lawyers are extremely proficient at applying their legal expertise practically in the realities of the commercial world and can play a valuable role in any organisation, he set up his own business in 2007 with a view to making senior and experienced in-house lawyers available to all businesses.

He has particular experience in complex commercial contract work involving software and intellectual property rights, corporate issues faced by SMEs, litigation management, and employment law. Ed also has extensive experience of helping clients contracting in the USA and continental Europe and has acted as company secretary to a number of listed companies.

Ed is based in London and works with clients in the south east and in other parts of the UK.

He can be contacted using our contact form.

Kirstie Penk

Kirstie Penk is an experienced commercial lawyer and was a part owner of a wireless computer networking company prior to taking a career break to have 2 children in 2006. Kirstie is now based in Sheffield and was appointed as a director of The Legal Director in 2011 having started with the company in 2009.

Kirstie has 10+ years experience of working as an in-house lawyer and has dealt with a wide range of legal and business issues in many different legal jurisdictions. Her work includes M&As, disposals, insolvencies, VC funding, manufacturing and supply agreements, software licensing, R&D agreements, distribution agreements, property and NASDAQ regulatory matters. Kirstie has a sensible, pro-active approach and excels at finding sound business solutions to complex issues.

Kirstie qualified in 1993 at Watson Farley and Williams in London, moving to set up a European Legal team for Madge Networks, a NASDAQ listed hi-tech company in 1994. Kirstie is based in Yorkshire and works with clients in the north of England and in other parts of the UK.

She can be contacted using our contact form.

For more information see Kirstie's LinkedIn Profile.

James Mallender

Selected to develop a real estate capability for The Legal Director, James trained at SJBerwin LLP and, until recently, was an equity partner at Bond Pearce LLP. Capable of identifying many different solutions to commercial issues, and particularly strong on systems, process and relationship management, he has experience in public and private sector real estate development and management, and large scale portfolio management for corporate occupiers - retailers in particular.

Apart from retail, James has a well- developed understanding of the rail, professional services, and property industries. He has expertise in all aspects of real estate law, including funding, landlord and tenant, planning, insolvency and construction, with an emphasis on risk mitigation and the setting up of appropriate management and reporting structures.

James also developed and then helped lead a strategy for growth for his real estate department, formulated budgets and implemented a drive for less but better management information.

He has led teams on the UK wide roll-out of stores for Virgin Media, Reiss, Oasis/Karen Millen/Warehouse/Principles and continues to advise a number of other national and international brands.

In addition, he is currently advising Tribal Group plc on the management of their UK portfolio, as well as providing strategic advice on the acquisition of international real estate for them.

Contact our Part Time Property Legal Director James Mallender using our contact form.

Jon Holt

Jon Holt has wide-ranging experience in the management of law firms and has held a number of senior posts at Board level. He set up his own firm which merged with Eversheds in 1994, became a member of Eversheds’ Board in 2002 and led two practice groups with a combined turnover of £80m in 13 locations in the UK and Europe and a total headcount of over 900. He left Eversheds in 2008 and joined NewLaw, one of the first ABS’s, as COO at a time of remarkable growth of the business. He was also Chairman of Fairfax solicitors in Leeds from its formation until it merged with Drydens in 2012.

He joined The Legal Director in 2015 and is also currently Chairman of two other companies.

Jon’s role is assisting the Board to reach its goal for the business and to ensure that the levels of client service, for which the company has become renowned, are maintained.

Jon is based in the southwest but works throughout the UK.

He can be contacted using our contact form.

Warren Ryland

Warren Ryland

Warren Ryland has worked for some of the largest and fastest growing companies around the world, including Great Universal Stores, Pataks Indian Foods and United Biscuits.

Warren has 25 years’ marketing experience and has worked as a consultant and/or part-time marketing director for numerous companies including Jardine Lloyd Thompson, AON, Friends Life, Paradigm Military Satellites, NEC Europe and for several IT companies including Microsoft, Six Degrees Group, Nettec plc and Charteris plc. He oversees all aspects of the marketing department and creates propositions that deliver real business benefit to The Legal Director’s clients.

Warren has a BSc Economics, a Diploma in Marketing (DipM), an MA Strategic Marketing (with commendation) and has won two national awards.

Warren is based in London and works with clients all over the UK.

He can be contacted using our contact form.


Amanda Fogg

Amanda Fogg

Amanda is an experienced and effective lawyer with over 20 years of legal experience and a pragmatic business focused approach.  Amanda has in-depth industry knowledge across a range of sectors having worked for large international brand names in Luxury Retail (De Beers Diamond Jewellers), Public Relations (NextFifteen Communications), and Manufacturing (Sony UK), following qualification as a solicitor at city firm SNR Denton.  Amanda brings her General Counsel experience and specialist knowledge of setting up legal functions to her clients who include companies in the media, luxury retail and marketing, and social research sectors as well as social enterprises and charities, and internet start ups. 

She advises on all areas of business law including

  • company law, covering business structures, shareholder/ partnership agreements, investment agreements, listings, disposals and acquisitions;
  • commercial agreements, including terms of business, manufacturer and supply, distribution, agency and franchise terms, and all aspects of e-commerce;
  • employment matters;
  • intellectual property protection and licensing; data protection; and
  • advertising and promotions law.

Amanda is based in Reading and advises clients in London and the South East. She can be contacted using our contact form.

Amanda Heath

Amanda Heath

Amanda is a commercial lawyer with considerable expertise in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and in advising businesses on the implications of the handling of personal data. She has particular experience in working with technology businesses having worked as general counsel for many years for a software company and subsequently as a consultant to both technology companies and companies providing services via cloud based solutions.

Amanda trained at City law firm, McKenna &Co (now part of the CMS group) and subsequently worked in the company/commercial department for several years before working in the oil industry for major companies: Eni, Esso, Elf, Ranger Oil, Haliburton, Brown & Root.

Amanda switched her industry focus to software and technology working for Reading firm Clarks LLP and then for 10 years as General Counsel to Pharos Communications, a rapidly expanding software company supplying media asset management software to major UK and international broadcasters. She handled the ultimate sale of the business.

Since 2015 Amanda has been working as a consultant solicitor both as in-house and as external counsel advising start-ups and SMEs to global technology businesses (Thomson Reuters). Amanda handles the following matters:

  • drafting and negotiating UK and cross-border commercial contracts (service supply, maintenance and support, hosting, software development, reseller and agency, collaboration)
  • data privacy
  • risk management and compliance processes and policies
  • drafting documents and advising on employment matters
  • company secretarial requirements
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • instructing and managing external counsel

Amanda is based in the Thames Valley and advises clients in London and across the South-East. She can be contacted using our contact form.

Amanda Mallender

Amanda Mallender

Amanda is a solicitor with over 20 years’ broad ranging experience both in private practice (Pinsent Curtis (now Pinsent Masons) and Fox Williams) and in-house. Her first in house role was with Computershare Investor Services PLC, the global share registrar and share plan administrator, where she spent 12 years and became General Counsel for the UK, Channel Islands and Ireland.

After Computershare, Amanda spent three years as Head of Legal and Group Company Secretary for Resource Solutions Group PLC, a group of recruitment business focusing on permanent placements and high end contractors.

Amanda adopts a very hands on practical approach. She believes that legal support should be seen as a positive force which can contribute to the success of a business rather than an obstacle to be overcome or avoided.

Amanda can advise on most areas of law including:

  • Commercial contracts from Global Master Services Agreements to template T&C’s;
  • Company secretarial including group restructures;
  • Acquisitions;
  • Employment matters; and
  • Litigation

Whilst Amanda’s broad experience enables her to support most types of business, she has particularly detailed technical industry knowledge of share registry (including depositary interests), share plan administration, childcare voucher administration, the Deposit Protection Service and recruitment businesses.

Amanda is located in Bristol and advises clients in the South West and London.

She can be contacted using our contact form

Anne Whalley

Anne Whalley

Anne has over 20 years in-house experience under her belt having qualified in the city at Ashursts.  She has a pragmatic approach and a 'can do' attitude.

Anne worked as General Counsel & Company Secretary and was a Board member for Vue Entertainment for 11 years and prior to that was General Counsel at Heron Corporation.  For the 12 months prior to joining TLD Anne has been providing legal, business and resourcing advice to businesses on a freelance basis.

Anne is comfortable advising on most things, and has significant experience in the following areas:

  • M&A, MBOs, asset sales and internal re-organisations;
  • Property development and management;
  • Investment work (shareholder agreements and articles);
  • Commercial contracts, T&C’s, NDAs;
  • Non-contentious employment;
  • Company secretarial; and
  • Risk & Compliance - licensing, policies, bank and bond reporting, managing group insurance policies.

Anne is located in Hertfordshire but is available to clients across the UK.

Anne can be contacted using our contact form.

Anthea Nelson

Anthea Nelson

Anthea is a commercial lawyer with over 15 years’ experience. She has advised a variety of different businesses in connection with a full range of day to day commercial arrangements as well as advising on corporate transactions such as sales and purchases, MBOs and reorganisations.

Anthea also has financial services regulatory compliance experience having worked for Aviva advising on regulatory competition matters; consumer credit regulations and general conduct issues.

Anthea can advise on the following:

  • Company law – incorporation, shareholder agreements, investment agreements, partnership agreements.
  • Commercial agreements – supply agreements, joint ventures, terms and conditions of sale and purchase, licence agreements.
  • Corporate finance – share sales and purchases, business sales, MBOs and mergers.
  • Regulatory compliance – consumer credit, FCA permissions applications, conduct and governance issues.

Anthea can be contacted using our contact form.

Catherine Nelson

Catherine Nelson

Catherine is a business-focused commercial lawyer with particular experience of the technology, ecommerce and travel sectors. She trained at leading law firm Addleshaw Goddard gaining a strong background in technology law and outsourcing projects.

Her experience spans a wide range of sectors and clients (ICI Plc, The Automobile Association, Standard Chartered Bank, National Bingo Association, British Olympic Association) working on all manner of commercial contracts from straightforward supply and licensing agreements to full-scale systems outsourcing and complex commercial partnerships.

As former Group Legal Director and a trusted member of the board, Catherine is most at home working closely with business leaders to solve complex legal/commercial problems and manage business risk. She has proven track-record in building strong in-house legal teams, managing a network of external legal providers across multiple jurisdictions and keeping to tight budgets. Her broader business law experience includes advising on:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Commercial disputes and litigation
  • Regulation and compliance (particularly relating to travel consumer protection and data privacy)
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Corporate structuring, disposals, joint ventures
  • Outsourcing and strategic partnerships
  • Sales and marketing
  • Employee Issues

Catherine lives in Cheshire and can be contacted using our contact form.

Charlotte McKnight

Charlotte McKnight

Charlotte is a commercial lawyer with over 22 years of experience in both private practice - Stephenson Harwood and Richards Butler - and in-house - The Swedish Club and BP plc.

Charlotte has particular industry knowledge and expertise in the oil, gas and marine sectors having spent 13 years at BP, the last four of which as head of legal for Castrol B2B. Charlotte’s experience covers both contentious and non-contentious legal matters and Charlotte offers board level legal, commercial and compliance advice for businesses and institutions, together with strong leadership skills. Charlotte has established successful legal teams where there has been no legal support previously and embedded them with the business as a genuine business partner. She also introduced contracting solutions to standardise the approach across 28 countries in the global Castrol B2B business.   Much of Charlotte’s work has involved international trading partners and cross jurisdictional issues.

Charlotte advises on all areas of business and commercial law including

  • commercial agreements, including business Ts&Cs, OEM contracts, supply chain issues, distribution, licensing, product liability issues, product recall;
  • risk management, competition issues, trade sanctions, compliance, UK Bribery Act;
  • company law, covering business structures, shareholder/ partnership agreements, disposals and acquisitions of assets;
  • litigation - contractual dispute resolution in Arbitrations/Commercial Court;
  • ship finance; shipbuilding; sale and purchase; chartering; insurance, ship management, LNG and litigation;
  • marketing and advertising, social media;

Charlotte is based in the Woking/Guildford area and can be contacted using our contact form.

Clare Watson

Clare Watson

Clare is a commercial property solicitor with 20 years’ experience, gained working both in private practice and in-house. She is thorough, focussed and results driven.

Clare’s private practice experience includes time at both Eversheds and Osborne Clarke, working for a variety of clients, including high street retailers and banks, and on numerous corporate support matters. She then moved in-house for 7 years at Nationwide Building Society, leading the team providing support for the Society’s branch and property portfolio.

Clare advises on commercial property law:

  • sales and acquisitions, both freehold and leasehold
  • landlord and tenant law
  • property and estate management, lease renewals
  • corporate support

Clare lives in Somerset and can be contacted using our contact form.

Damien Gervais

Damien Gervais

Damien is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with a background in corporate finance, corporate real estate and investment funds.

Damien trained at Lawrence Graham. He gained wide M&A, IP, employment and corporate structuring experience within the telecommunications/IT, oil & gas, business services, real estate, retail and financial sectors.

He also advised on the insolvency of MCI Worldcom across over 30 EMEA jurisdictions.

Damien then specialised in corporate structuring for institutional investors such as AXA, Hermes, and Legal & General. Having worked offshore, including in the Cayman Islands, he extended his experience to include private equity, debt funds and hedge funds, before returning to work in funds with SJ Berwin – on behalf of Schroders, Invesco and the Crown Estate.

Damien now works with clients in an in-house capacity:

  • on a range of on and offshore funds and funds structures;
  • advising on growth plans and investment strategies;
  • in respect of corporate, litigation, employment and commercial agreements including licensing, manufacturing and distribution.

Damien is based in London and can be contacted using our contact form

David Fleming

David Flemming

David is a senior business lawyer with international experience of working for major blue chip companies.

He has experience in several business sectors including food, construction, engineering, pharmaceuticals (including life sciences), utilities, defence, and telecoms. David has developed this level of expertise working for Kellogg's, AMEC, AstraZeneca, United Utilities, Thales and CityFibre Holdings. David has also fulfilled commercial roles within start-up companies, and is used to assessing internal legal needs, managing budgets, and setting up legal departments within growing companies.

David’s approach is complemented by his ability and experience in other key areas such as insurance risk, compliance, procurement, strategy and HR.

He has significant legal expertise in a number of areas including:

  • business structures;
  • insurance and risk management contracts
  • sports licensing;
  • large-scale utilities, energy, and oil & gas contracts;
  • construction and public procurement agreements;
  • employment matters; and
  • intellectual property.

David is based in Manchester but is available to work all over the UK.

He can be contacted using our contact form.

David Garland

David Garland

A qualified barrister with 18 years’ private commercial law experience, David also brings over a decade of experience as a general counsel, in-house legal adviser, and non-executive director of AIM-listed energy and resources businesses.

With extensive practical experience of a wide range of commercial and corporate areas, David combines a facility for mastering complex issues quickly with a flair for providing commercially-focused resolutions to transactional issues and disputes.

David advises on all areas of business law, including:

  • Corporate governance and company law, including directors’ duties and shareholder rights
  • Commercial contracts, including cross‑border contracts, sale and purchase contracts, services and carriage contracts
  • Banking issues, including trade finance
  • Employment‑related matters
  • Company secretarial activity
  • Instructing and managing external counsel
  • Insurance, including credit insurance and factoring

Based in London, David can be contacted using our contact form.

Gareth Griffiths

Gareth Griffiths

Gareth is a corporate lawyer and qualified barrister with extensive in‑house experience of senior legal, operational, and risk management roles. He has advised on corporate law, commercial contracts, intellectual property, and regulatory compliance within both regulated and non‑regulated organisations, and has also served as operations director for a UK start‑up, with responsibility for the Credit, Risk, Customer Service and Business Development functions.

Gareth’s areas of expertise include:

  • Customer‑facing communications, such as marketing content, website terms of use, privacy policies, terms and conditions
  • Advertising law
  • Consumer credit law
  • Responding to customer complaints and regulatory requests
  • Data protection and privacy law
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts
  • Trade Marks and IP licensing
  • Risk Management
  • Assessing regulatory changes and responding to consultations

Based in Chester, Cheshire, Gareth can be contacted using our contact form.

Helen Porter

Helen Porter

Helen joins The Legal Director with over 14 years legal experience in corporate and commercial law. She was a Corporate Associate at international law firm, Osborne Clarke before moving in-house to BP plc in 2010, as business lawyer to the Air BP (Aviation Fuelling) business and more recently the Petrochemicals division.

Helen has solid commercial, legal and managerial skills, which she uses to help her clients’ businesses succeed. She is used to advising at senior management level, demonstrating an ability to engage with stakeholders in a collaborative manner. During her time working in-house and in corporate private practice, Helen worked on a range of corporate and commercial projects across industry sectors, as well as providing day-to-day business legal advice, all delivered in a straight-forward and pragmatic way.

She advises on all areas of business law including

  • strategic commercial agreements and contract negotiations
  • mergers, acquisition and buy-outs
  • business structures and shareholder agreements
  • company start-ups/funding
  • joint venture and partnership arrangements
  • confidentiality and settlement agreements

Helen is based in the Thames Valley and advises clients across London and the South East. She can be contacted using our contact form.

Jane Webber

Jane Webber

Trained at a City law firm, Jane is unusual in having extensive experience of both commercial property and commercial contract law. She has worked in-house and in private practice, and specialises in providing clients with pragmatic, commercially-focused advice.

Jane’s particular areas of expertise include:

  • Landlord and tenant law
  • Business-critical contracts
  • Supply and distribution agreements
  • Commercial contracts
  • Commercial Property Law
  • Compliance including GDPR
  • Property acquisition and disposal
  • NHS framework agreements
  • Tender reviews
  • Residential Development
  • National and international franchising
  • Business partnership and agency agreements

Jane is based in Basingstoke, but works with clients across the country.

She can be contacted using our contact form.

Jason Smalley

Jason Smalley

Jason is a General Counsel providing expert, strategic legal support and advice to businesses across all sectors. He has vast experience of working on projects from the very large to small-scale within the Energy, Nuclear, Construction, Engineering and Building Materials industries.

He has a proven track record in consultancy and legal operations and has been appointed at Board level as a director in the UK and Ireland for over 200 companies. He has previously been a Pension Trustee and FCA accredited. He is also security cleared by the MoD for Nuclear projects.

Jason’s areas of expertise include:

  • Anti-Money Laundering
  • Anti-Trust (including Dawn Raids)
  • Construction contracts
  • Corporate governance
  • Dispute resolution including Mediation, Arbitration, Adjudication
  • Environment Law
  • Export control
  • FCA
  • GDPR compliance
  • Health & Safety
  • Infrastructure
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Legal Operations
  • Litigation at every level, to include High and County Courts including TCC
  • Procurement/ supply chain
  • Property/ Real Estate
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Shareholder issues

Based in Hampshire, Jason can be contacted using our contact form.

Joanna Alexander

Joanna Alexander

Joanna is a solicitor dealing with all aspects of commercial property law. She trained at Osborne Clarke and then went on to work for Speechly Bircham LLP (now known as Charles Russell Speechlys) and most recently worked at Blake Morgan LLP.

Joanna is a commercially minded, practical and experienced solicitor who has acted for clients in the retail, industrial and office and charity sectors. Clients have included the Swatch Group, David Lloyd, Costa Coffee, Krispy Kreme, the Royal Bank of Scotland, The Bank of England and the YMCA.

Joannas experience has enabled her to advise on all areas of commercial property including, but not limited to:

  • The acquisition, sale, leasing and management of commercial premises
  • Landlord and Tenant law
  • Leasehold management
  • Property Investment
  • Large portfolio management, acquisitions and disposals
  • Corporate support and advice

Joanna is based in Hampshire, near Winchester, but is available to clients across the UK.

Joanna can be contacted using our contact form.

Kate Palka

Kate Palka

Kate Palka is an experienced employment and commercial solicitor and Chartered Company Secretary with in-house employment, commercial and compliance expertise.

She is skilled in working with executive and leadership teams in multi-disciplinary organisations to advise in a solutions-orientated way and to translate business goals into pragmatic commercial strategies that are legally compliant.

Kate’s particular areas of expertise are in employment law and employment litigation as well as drafting and negotiating contracts but also of interest to clients may be Kate’s experience of:

  • Commercial Disputes
  • Commercial Law
  • Compliance
  • Consumer Protection
  • GDPR
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property: copyright and trademarks
  • Project Management
  • Settlement Negotiation
  • Sponsorship and Media rights
  • Training

Based in Ringwood, Hants, Kate can be contacted using our contact form.

Kiley Tan

Kiley Tan

Kiley joined the Legal Director after 15 years in private practice and until recently, a partner heading up the corporate commercial department of a law firm in Sheffield.

With his extensive experience in commercial litigation, Kiley has also carved out a niche in non-contentious commercial and corporate work.

Known for his affable and approachable personality, he also has honed his business nous and commercial acumen in the last few years being part of the management team in a successful law firm

His experience includes:

  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Contract negotiations
  • Commercial contracts – sale and purchase agreements, agency, distribution, franchising
  • Shareholder/partnership agreements
  • HR Issues

Based in Sheffield, Kiley is available for clients in the Sheffield City Region and the neighbouring counties, and London.

Kiley is also interested to work with clients who have interests in South East Asia.

Kiley can be contacted using our contact form.

Michelle Fox

Michelle Fox

Michelle is an experienced employment lawyer. With over 20 years’ employment law experience, Michelle works closely with clients to provide commercial and pragmatic advice in relation to a wide range of employment and HR issues.

Michelle trained with Ashfords LLP (formerly Bevan Ashford), qualifying as a solicitor in 1993. She became a partner of Ashfords LLP in 2004, where she headed up the employment team in Taunton until October 2013. Michelle joined The Legal Director in March 2015 having taken a career break.

Michelle’s particular areas of expertise include:

  • the drafting of contracts, service agreements, consultancy agreements, policies and procedures;
  • advice on recruitment;
  • dealing with performance/capability issues, grievances and disciplinary issues;
  • restructuring and redundancy;
  • day to day HR advice and strategy
  • restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses
  • settlement agreements
  • senior executive packages on appointment and termination

Michelle has worked with a wide variety of clients, predominantly SMEs, professional practices and charities.

Michelle is based in Somerset and works with clients in the South West of England and in other parts of the UK.

She works closely with her husband Peter, a commercial lawyer who was also a partner at Ashfords for a number of years. His profile can also be found on this site.

She can be contacted using our contact form.

Nick Benson

Nick Benson

A versatile and inventive commercial lawyer, Nick has demonstrable experience of working with business stakeholders at all levels, delivering actionable legal advice in a concise and accessible manner.

Nick is a competent and reliable individual, an inclusive leader or a constructive team player, as required. He is a capable advocate, teacher, author, mediator, negotiator, draftsman, analyst, counsel and confidant.

Nick has been a practising solicitor and trouble shooter since 1990. A former head of employment law at a major regional law firm, he left private practice to move in-house with The Met Office and, subsequently The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.

Nick’s particular areas of expertise include:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Software licensing
  • R&D collaboration
  • Compliance
  • Procurement
  • Employment law
  • Dispute resolution
  • Company secretarial requirements

Nick lives for his wife and two sons, in Devon but he works with clients across the country.

Nick can be contacted using our contact form.

Paul Forster

Paul Forster

Paul is an experienced, commercially minded and pragmatic lawyer with a broad range of practical experience in commercial, legal, regulatory, insurance, contentious, non-contentious and listed and non-listed company secretarial disciplines.

Paul headed up in-house teams at Gaz de France and Dart Group, and has also held senior roles at Waste Recycling Group, Lupton Fawcett and Shulmans.

He has further developed his particular expertise in the travel and insurance industries since joining The Legal Director and, over his career, has dealt with:

  • claims management matters;
  • insurance litigation;
  • aviation industry regulatory matters and AIM list compliance
  • property and lease strategies;
  • implementation of a trademark/general IP strategy;
  • IT purchasing and systems contracts;
  • management of pension and share incentive schemes.

Paul is based in Leeds and is available to work across the North of England and in central London.

He can be contacted using our contact form.

Peter Fox

Peter Fox

An experienced commercial lawyer, Peter was a senior partner in private practice with regional and London firm Ashfords LLP for 14 years before joining The Legal Director in March 2015. As a board member of Ashfords, he helped drive the firm forward following its demerger from Bevan Ashford in 2004.

Peter read law at the London School of Economics and trained in the City.     Immediately prior to joining Bevan Ashford in 2001, he was general counsel and main board director of global automotive consultancy and software specialists Mitac.

Peter’s expertise is wide ranging. He was originally a commercial property partner at Ashfords, but, in more recent years, headed up one of their corporate and commercial teams.

This width of experience enables him to advise companies and their owners on a wide range of legal and commercial matters. Peter particularly enjoys dealing with:

  • complex contractual matters, particularly joint venture arrangements;
  • corporate and business sales; and
  • commercial leases.

Peter is based in Somerset but works with clients across the country, particularly in the South of England and London.

Peter works closely with his wife Michelle.   As will be seen from her profile on this site, she is a high level employment specialist, having also been a partner at Ashfords for a number of years.

He can be contacted using our contact form.

Philip Booth

Philip Booth

Phil is an experienced solicitor/ director with significant experience of working on high level, high value legal matters in the commercial and sports industries and in education.

He is particularly skilled in commercial contracts, sports law, company law, employment law and intellectual property. An expert legal professional, he graduated from Southampton University and the College of Law, Guildford. He is a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Practising Solicitor), the Law Society, the AULP (Association of University Legal Practitioners) and the RCA (Racecourse Association).

Of particular interest to clients may be Phil’s experience of:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Commercial exploitation
  • Consultancy agreements
  • Corporate finance and banking
  • Data protection (including GDPR)
  • Dispute resolution
  • Drafting of internal regulations, policies and guidelines
  • Employment law
  • Franchises
  • Health & Safety
  • Intellectual property law
  • IT development projects
  • Joint ventures
  • Landlord and tenant law
  • Procurements
  • Property law
  • Regulatory issues
  • Research projects
  • Software licences
  • Spin-outs
  • TV and media rights contracts

Based in County Durham, Phil can be contacted using our contact form.

Rebecca Stopford

Rebecca Stopford

Rebecca joined The Legal Director in 2016 with 20 years experience as a commercial partner in private practice and working in house under her belt. This includes roles as legal counsel in a global manufacturing business where Rebecca was directly involved all manner of strategic commercial contracts for a business which delivered products to the automotive, industrial and healthcare (advanced wound care and medical device) markets and most recently as head of legal for the HQ of a UK based company providing property searches to the legal profession.

As a commercial generalist Rebecca is comfortable advising clients on a broad range of business issues from a practical and customer focussed perspective.

Rebecca can advise on all areas of business law including:

  • Strategic commercial contract negotiation and drafting (supply, supply chain, distribution, agency, franchise)
  • Company law including board minutes, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, share buy backs, disposals and acquisitions and related due diligence
  • Start up business tools including terms of sale, website terms and general compliance  
  • Intellectual property protection, exploitation and portfolio management including R&D projects / funding
  • Data Protection Act policy development and training including cloud computing and cross border aspects
  • Sanctions and Modern Slavery Act compliance audits and training
  • IT procurement, licensing, outsourcing and supply agreements.

Rebecca lives in Derbyshire and advises clients in Yorkshire, Derbyshire and throughout the UK.

Rebecca can be contacted using our contact form.

Robert Dunk

Robert Dunk

Robert is a highly experienced general counsel and company secretary, having performed those roles for the European Business divisions of a number of multinational companies, negotiating complex commercial agreements and helping them to implement and manage their risk, corporate governance, and compliance programmes.

A lawyer with strong corporate and commercial experience, Robert can advise on:

  • Drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements including outsourcing transactions
  • Compliance including ethics and data protection programmes
  • Cross‑border acquisitions and expansion
  • Internal audit and process assurance
  • Company secretarial issues
  • Employment law
  • Shareholder agreements

Based in London, Robert can be contacted using our contact form.

Roger Lewis

Roger Lewis

Roger worked as a business lawyer for over 30 years. For a decade he was company secretary and general counsel of an international group with a full listing on the London Stock Exchange, and for another eleven years he was Peugeot’s top lawyer in the UK. Other than the motor industry, in which he worked for 17 years in total, Roger’s sector experience included chemicals, electronic component distribution and financial services.

Roger always worked closely as part of a team with his finance, sales and marketing, and HR colleagues, who understood and appreciated the value added by having in-house general counsel at your side – not just in transactions, but on day-to-day matters as well. That is why Roger fell in love with the simple, but brilliant TLD concept, which he has never come across anywhere else. Have a senior, battle-hardened, commercially-minded business lawyer embedded in your team, for as little or as often as you need them, at a fraction of the cost of employing someone of that calibre and experience.

Roger has lived in Staffordshire for most of his adult life. He is well-known in the county community, as chair of the Community Foundation for Staffordshire and as a public governor of Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is proud to be a Brand Ambassador for The Legal Director.

Roger can be contacted using our contact form.

Tim Goodman


Tim is a solicitor with many years of in-house and private practice experience.

He has a particular interest in the financial services and technology sectors, having worked for Arbuthnot Securities , Williams de Broe and Ambrian Partners and, more recently, Essentia Analytics and Centralis. Tim’s role at Ambrian included the development of new business lines as well as a purely legal function and, accordingly, he is very well placed to see the legal needs of a business from the inside.

Tim advises on all areas of business law, particularly:

  • group re-organisations;
  • EMI and share schemes;
  • shareholders’ agreements, corporate governance;
  • strategic commercial contracts (supply and customer);
  • mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures;
  • equity and debt finance including venture capital, angel investing and banking.

Tim is based in the Midlands but works with clients across the country, particularly in the City of London.


He can be contacted using our contact form.