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 the Founder of The Legal Director and has over 20 years’ experience as an in-house lawyer, during which time he has helped businesses in a wide range of industries from start-ups to £100m+ turnover find practical solutions to legal issues. Ed set up The Legal Director in 2007 with a view to making senior and experienced in-house lawyers available to all businesses. He realised that in-house lawyers are extremely proficient at applying their legal expertise practically, especially in the realities of the commercial world, and that they can play a very valuable role in any organisation. Ed is based in London and now focuses on business development, as well as looking after The Legal Director’s finance function.

For more information, please see Ed’s LinkedIn Profile.

He can be contacted using our contact form.

Kirstie Penk

Before joining The Legal Director in its first wave of recruitment in 2009, Kirstie was an experienced in-house lawyer and business owner. Kirstie was General Counsel at Madge Networks where she helped build the business into a NASDAQ-listed global success story that, at its peak, had over 7,000 employees worldwide and a turnover of $750m. When the dot com bubble burst and the business contracted in the face of new, competing technologies, Kirstie worked on the restructuring of the business. Following restructuring Kirstie became a co-owner of a significantly smaller portion of the business (turnover £5m) that continued to maximise the company’s then dominant Token Ring networking solutions. Kirstie draws on that extensive commercial experience in both large and medium-sized businesses — including VC funding — in her role at The Legal Director, where she is focused on new client acquisition (sales and marketing) and existing client management.

For more information see Kirstie's LinkedIn Profile.

She can be contacted using our contact form.


James Mallender

James is a co-owner and director of The Legal Director.

Before joining The Legal Director in 2012, James was an equity partner at what is now Womble Bond Dickinson where he specialised in advising retailers, particularly around their commercial property needs. 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. James saw an opportunity to develop his commercial relationships in a different way, outside the confines of a traditional law firm, by joining The Legal Director. His primary responsibility is The Legal Director's recruitment and IT function and he also works closely with both Ed and Kirstie to develop new and also manage existing client relationships.

For more information see James's LinkedIn Profile.

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

  • Advertising and promotions law
  • Commercial agreements, including terms of business, manufacturer and supply, distribution, agency and franchise terms, and all aspects of e-commerce
  • Company law, covering business structures, shareholder/ partnership agreements, investment agreements, listings, disposals and acquisitions
  • Employment matters
  • Intellectual property protection and licensing; data protection.

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 and data protection 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 technology, data and cloud service provider businesses.

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).  Aswell as being a solicitor, Amanda is qualified as a data protection professional (PC.dp. (GDPR)). 

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 Protection including E-Privacy and GDPR compliance
  • Risk management and compliance processes and policies
  • Drafting documents and advising on employment matters
  • Company secretarial requirements
  • 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.

Chris Moss

Chris is a highly adaptable, flexible and creative lawyer who embraces new challenges with enthusiasm and a determination to excel. He has worked in private practice and in-house and has a wealth of corporate/commercial experience predominantly in corporate and corporate finance related activities.

Chris can advise on the following:

  • Commercial Agreements
  • Consumer Credit Applications
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Governance
  • FCA Regulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment & Private Equity
  • Joint Ventures
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • MTN Programmes
  • P2P Operations
  • Regulatory Advice
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Web-Based Crowd Funding

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.

James Brownsword

James has worked as a company/commercial lawyer for almost 30 years, most of which has been spent in the rail, engineering, manufacturing and construction industries. He has vast experience of all aspects of large, long term capital asset and construction projects and is adept at tenders, contracts, negotiations, joint ventures, all forms of dispute resolution and corporate management. He has led and managed teams of lawyers and contract managers and is skilled at personnel development. He combines his legal knowledge with business acumen and experience and is keen to utilise these skills to help other organisations.

James's areas of expertise include:

  • Claims & Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate/M&A/Co Sec
  • Compliance/Regulatory & Ethics
  • Construction & Commercial Contracts
  • Employment/H&S/Insurance
  • International Trade
  • Joint Ventures
  • Procurement & Competition
  • Property & IPR
  • Rail/Manufacturing

Based in Solihull, West Midlands, James 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/Competition law compliance
  • Commercial and Construction contracts
  • Company creation and director duties
  • Corporate governance
  • Data Protection
  • Dispute resolution including Mediation, Arbitration, Adjudication and Court
  • Employment
  • Environment Law
  • Export control
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • Health & Safety
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Procurement/ supply chain
  • Shareholder issues and Joint Ventures

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.

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan has 30 years’ experience as a practising lawyer. He combines his extensive legal expertise with commercial and business knowledge gained during a career-break as well as a period as in-house counsel with a former client. He has advised clients across many sectors and jurisdictions, on a wide range of transactions and business issues. His experience spans corporate transactions, corporate finance, commercial contracts and advisory work of all kinds.  His clients have ranged from large scale enterprises to start ups, and business of all types and scale in between. As a business founder in his own right, he also has direct insight and experience in the issues businesses face on a daily basis, is strategic and commercial and solution driven.

Jonathan can advise on most areas of law including:

  • Corporate law
  • Corporate transactions
  • Corporate finance
  • AIM transactions
  • Commercial contracts
  • Shareholder issues
  • Employment-related matters
  • Intellectual Property (IP)              
  • Natural resources & energy
  • Oil & gas
  • Regulatory matters
  • Company formation
  • Company secretarial
  • Commercial advice
  • Joint ventures
  • Shareholder agreements

Jonatham 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.

Leigh Hoyle

Leigh Hoyle

Leigh is a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and Hong Kong SAR), with 18 years’ PQE. She has significant experience in legal/commercial, compliance, governance and real estate together with sound technical property knowledge, capability and skills.

Her excellent interpersonal skills make her adept at people management and interacting with stakeholders, internal teams, external lawyers and board members. She has good commercial knowledge and a great understanding of how the in-house legal function operates most effectively within the wider business. She is quickly able to recognise key operational and commercial issues, assessing risk, advising senior stakeholders and gaining board approval.

Leigh’s areas of expertise include:

  • Acquisitions
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • ADR
  • Commercial Law
  • Competition Law
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts Drafting
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Law
  • Governance and Compliance
  • Insurance
  • Licences
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory Law
  • Risk Management
  • Settlement Negotiation
  • Team Management
  • GDPR

Based in Bristol, Leigh can be contacted using our contact form.

Martin Ng Wong

Martin is an experienced and award winning solicitor with notable experience in Dispute Resolution, Contract Negotiation and Compliance. He has keen interpersonal and project management skills, and is adept at working autonomously and empowering teammates. He is particularly interested in start-ups, tech, innovation and NGOs.

Martin’s areas of expertise include:

  • Advocacy
  • Analysis
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Compliance
  • Contract Drafting
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Corporate Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Governance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licensing
  • Marketing & Strategy
  • Project Management
  • Training & Supervision of Teams

Based in London, Martin 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.

Patricia Setrakian

A newly qualified solicitor, Patricia comes from a business background and has a wealth of commercial and entrepreneurial experience.

With an MSc in International Trade and Transport, Patricia has worked for years within the logistics and transport sector. She has substantial commercial knowledge having established a ground handling company at Heathrow Airport and later starting her own training and compliance business which was acquired by a multinational in 2012.

With her experience of this sector, Patricia saw an opportunity for a legal firm with a different approach to penetrate the logistics/transport sector and so returned to University and qualified as a solicitor in early 2018.

Patricia’s areas of expertise include:

  • Aviation Industry including Security
  • Commerce
  • Compliance
  • Governmental Security Legislation
  • International Trade
  • Logistics
  • Operations Management
  • Training
  • Transport

Patricia is based in Surrey and 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 (a broad range including procurement, consultancy, research, agency and franchise)
  • Commercial leases and property law issues
  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual property
  • Joint ventures
  • Shareholder agreements, corporate law advice and company secretarial requirements
  • Spin-outs and commercial exploitation
  • Sports law (contracts, regulatory and governance)
  • TV and media rights

Based in County Durham, Phil advises clients througout the UK and 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.

Richard Kendall

Richard Kendall is a highly experienced City legal professional with over 30 years’ experience, with 15 years as a finance partner in a leading City law firm and the past nine in general counsel and related roles. Personable with first rate communication skills, strong technical and analytical ability, Richard is a  popular and effective manager within his teams.

Richard’s areas of expertise include:

  • Arbitration
  • Asset Disposals
  • Client and Suppliers Contracts
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law
  • GDPR
  • International Finance
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Management of Fund Structures
  • NDAs
  • Public Market Fundraising
  • Service Agreements

Based in London, Richard 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.

Sarah Caddy

A highly experienced legal and company secretarial professional, Sarah has worked as a commercial lawyer for over 18 years and is a Chartered Company Secretary. She has managed an extensive range of legal and company secretarial functions in diverse businesses and is skilled at the identification and effective management of broader practical and commercial risks. She is an influential business advisor with strong negotiation and problem-solving skills. Highly motivated, innovative and adaptable, Sarah has the ability to work successfully both at a detailed and strategic level with stakeholders at all levels.

Sarah can advise on the following:

  • Commercial Law
  • Company Secretarial
  • Corporate Governance, CSR & Compliance
  • Due Diligence
  • Data Protection
  • Insurance Portfolio Management
  • Intellectual Property & Software
  • LTIP & Share Save Schemes
  • Manufacturing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Outsourcing


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.