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Susan Maher

Susan Maher, marketing and business development manager, Schillings


Schillings’ marketing manager on high-profile clients, the evolving market and the perils of law firm IT

Carl Weston

The Lawyer Management Q&A: Flint Bishop

5-Jun-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Carl Weston has been head of marketing at Derby firm Flint Bishop since 2006

Abby Winkworth

The Lawyer Management Q&A: IBB's Abby Winkworth

22-May-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Abby Winkworth is marketing and business development partner at IBB Solicitors. She joined the firm from Deloitte in 2007.

Fiona Haigh

Lawyer Management - Fiona Haigh, director of administration and strategy


Fiona Haigh is the director of administration and strategy at Weil Gotshal & Manges. She joined the firm from Clifford Chance in 1998. 

Despina Kartson

The Lawyer Management: Despina Kartson, chief BD officer, Morgan Lewis & Bockius


Despina Kartson joined US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius as chief business development officer in 2013. She was previously Latham & Watkins’ chief marketing officer.

Neil Sherlock, Walkers

The Lawyer Management: Neil Sherlock


Neil Sherlock is the chief financial officer (CFO) of Cayman Islands based offshore law firm Walkers.

Santiago Gómez Sancha

Lawyer Management - Santiago Gómez Sancha, head of IT, Uría Menéndez

30-Jan-2014 | By Lucy Burton

Santiago Gómez Sancha has been head of IT at Slaughter and May’s Spanish best friend, Uría Menéndez, since 2003.


The Hot 100: Management


The individuals picked out for their management skills in this year’s Hot 100 are leading the way in a rapidly-changing legal market.

Louise Field

The Lawyer Management - Bird & Bird

9-Dec-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Louise Field has been head of client service and insight at Bird & Bird since 2009. She has previously worked for Ernst & Young and RBS.

Stephen Smith

The Lawyer management: Hailsham Chambers’ Stephen Smith

25-Nov-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Stephen Smith joined Hailsham Chambers in 1975 and was made senior clerk in 1982.

Geoff Andrew

Financing a fit-out, reducing costs


The legal sector has always set the bar high in terms of beautifully designed offices, not just to attract and retain the best talent but also to give customers a high quality experience from the moment they arrive. With first impressions so important, the design and fit-out of law offices are business critical.


The Lawyer Management: Mundays

18-Nov-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Jonathan Robinson is the business development manager at Mundays. He recently joined from Bindmans, where he was head of marketing. 


Lawyer Management: Ashfords

28-Oct-2013 | By Lucy Burton

George Wilkinson, director of marketing


Lawyer Management: Reed Smith

21-Oct-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Nigel Spencer, global director of learning and development


Lawyer Management: Collyer Bristow

14-Oct-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Jan Dalgleish, HR director


Lawyer Management - Shearman & Sterling

30-Sep-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Lois Gordon joined Shearman & Sterling in 2007. She previously held HR roles at Denton Wilde Sapte and Marks & Spencer.


The Lawyer Management: DWF

23-Sep-2013 | By Lucy Burton



Lawyer Management: HowardKennedyFsi

9-Sep-2013 | By Lucy Burton

HowardKennedyFsi finance director Philip Mitchell joined legacy firm Finers Stephens Innocent in January 1992, having been a senior manager at KPMG from 1989. The two firms officially merged in January 2013.

Elisabeth Bellamy

The Lawyer Management: Linder Myers Solicitors

2-Sep-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Elisabeth Bellamy is operations director at Manchester-based Linder Myers Solicitors, having joined the firm in 2012 when the firm merged with Drummonds.


The Lawyer Management: Noerr

12-Aug-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Wolfgang Troll has been head of HR at German firm Noerr since 2006 and is based in Munich. 

Peter Chater

Lawyer Management: Herbert Smith Freehills

5-Aug-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Peter Chater has been head of resourcing at Herbert Smith Freehills since October 2008, when he joined from credit rating agency Fitch. Prior to that he worked at recruiter Hudson and in the HR team at Goldman Sachs. Chater studied politics in Warwick and, on graduating, spent a year as a police officer in the West Midlands before moving to London. 


Lawyer Management: Hogan Lovells

29-Jul-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Adam Soames, head of clients and markets

Mark Valentine

The Lawyer Management - Mark Valentine, Mayer Brown

22-Jul-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Mark Valentine has been the business development director of Mayer Brown for nearly two years. He was previously head of marketing, clients and sales at BDO and spent eight years as a business development consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Lawyer Management: Eversheds

15-Jul-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Lorraine Kilborn, head of talent, learning and development

Patricia Walsh

Lawyer Management: Squire Sanders

8-Jul-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Patricia Walsh is the global chief HR officer at Squire Sanders. She has previously held roles at Hammonds and Bupa.


The Lawyer Management: Foot Anstey

1-Jul-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Duncan Ralph, commercial and financial director 

Caroline Black

The Lawyer Management: Walker Morris

24-Jun-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Caroline Black, head of marketing

Marco D'Angelo

The Lawyer Management: Bonelli Erede Pappalardo

17-Jun-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Marco D’Angelo, marketing and business development director


The Lawyer Management: Stuart Whittle, Weightmans

10-Jun-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Stuart Whittle, director of operations

Scott Burns Index

The Lawyer Management: Brown Rudnick

28-May-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Scott Burns, managing partner


The Lawyer Management: Quadrant Chambers

13-May-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Tim Gerrard, chief executive


The Lawyer Management: Matthew Arnold & Baldwin

15-Apr-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Michael Oberwarth, legal information manager


The Lawyer Management: Devereux Chambers

25-Mar-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Beverly Landais, CEO

Tina Two

The Lawyer Management: K&L Gates

18-Mar-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Tina Two is director of HR and development in the London office of K&L Gates. She was previously the regional HR manager of Grant Thornton.

John-Michel Beeching index

The Lawyer Management: Taylor Wessing

11-Mar-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Jean-Michel Beeching is international business development director at Taylor Wessing. He was previously director of marketing at KPMG and has held roles at Linklaters, where he was head of marketing for Asia and head of business development (BD) for Europe.

John Raimbach

The Lawyer Management: Goodman Derrick

4-Mar-2013 | By Lucy Burton

John Raimbach is the director of finance at Goodman Derrick. He was previously the business and finance manager for international capital markets at Allen & Overy and, before that, chief finance officer at Baker & McKenzie

Mark Dembovsky Index

The Lawyer Management: HowardKennedyFsi

25-Feb-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Mark Dembovsky, chief executive officer

Adam Shutkever

The Lawyer Management: Riverview Law

18-Feb-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Adam Shutkever, chief operating officer


The Lawyer Management: Bingham McCutchen

11-Feb-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Peter Lewis, senior director of administration, Europe and Asia offices

Andrea Penman

The Lawyer Management: Marks & Clerk

4 Feb 2013

Andrea Penman, London office manager, Marks & Clerk

Claire Rowe

The Lawyer Management: Shoosmiths

28-Jan-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Claire Rowe, chief executive, Shoosmiths

William Robins

The Lawyer Management: Keystone Law

21-Jan-2013 | By Lucy Burton

William Robins, COO, Keystone Law

Brian Henderson

The Lawyer Management: Baker & McKenzie

14-Jan-2013 | By Lucy Burton

Brian Henderson, COO, Baker & McKenzie

John Bannister

The Lawyer Management: Wiggin

3-Dec-2012 | By Lucy Burton

John Banister, chief executive officer

Gregory Shields

The Lawyer Management: Forster Dean

26-Nov-2012 | By Lucy Burton

Gregory Shields is CEO of personal injury and conveyancing firm Forster Dean. He has spent his whole legal career at the Liverpool-based organisation, training as a solicitor there before leading a management buyout in 2007.


The Lawyer Management: Just Costs

19-Nov-2012 | By Lucy Burton

Mark Beaumont is head of business development for the London office of Just Costs Solicitors. He is the initial point of contact for business across southern England having joined the firm’s City base in early 2009 from his own company, ExecSearch.

Steve Rowan

The Lawyer Management: Edwards Wildman

12-Nov-2012 | By Lucy Burton

Steve Rowan has been deputy chief operating officer for Edwards Wildman’s Europe and Asia offices since 2011. Prior to this he was director of finance and administration at Kendall Freeman, which merged with Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge in 2008.

Clare Harris

The Lawyer Management: Hogan Lovells

5-Nov-2012 | By Lucy Burton

Hogan Lovells: Clare Harris, associate director of legal resourcing at Hogan Lovells

Richard Greer

The Lawyer Management: Colemans-ctts

29-Oct-2012 | By Lucy Burton

Richard Greer has been the contact centre manager at Manchester-headquarted Colemans-ctts for 13 months. He is responsible for handling the initial stages of client -contact, and joined from outsourcing provider Arvato, where he was head of operations.

Angus MacGregor

The Lawyer Management: Eversheds

22-Oct-2012 | By Lucy Burton

Angus MacGregor has been the HR director of Eversheds since November 2009, when he joined the firm from Barclays Bank. While at Barclays his roles included group head of HR legal and HR director for the group centre. He is also a qualified lawyer, having worked in private practice at both FreshfieldBruckhaus Deringer and McDermott Will & Emery.

Chris Hawley

The Lawyer Management: Linder Myers

8-Oct-2012 | By Lucy Burton

Chris Hawley is the finance director of Manchester-headquartered firm Linder Myers. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1996 and spent the next 13 years in various finance, operational and training roles. He has previously worked at Kemp Little and Hogan Lovells.

Glyn Morris

The Lawyer Management: Higgs & Sons

1 October 2012

Glyn Morris has been the financial director of West Midlands-based firm Higgs & Sons since 2006. He has previously held roles at Wragge & Co, where he was a financial controller for seven years.

Rita Rosen

The Lawyer Management: Ilyashev & Partners

24 September 2012 | By Lucy Burton

I’m responsible for marketing strategy and planning, budget, overall marketing activities and CRM development. I work closely with partners and lawyers to ensure the marketing strategy is implemented at all levels.

Luiza Da Costa

The Lawyer Management: Express Solicitors

17 September 2012 | By Lucy Burton

Luiza Da Costa joined Manchester-based firm Express Solicitors as a recruitment and training manager in February this year, the first of 40 new members of staff amid a £3m expansion plan. She joined from William James Recruitment where she specialised in areas of personal injury, clinical negligence, industrial disease and law costs.

Richard Gray

The Lawyer Management: Lester Aldridge

10 September 2012 | By Lucy Burton

Richard Gray is director of finance and a senior member of the management team at Lester Aldridge. He has spent much of his career involved in professional partnerships including 10 years as head of finance at Bacon & Woodrow, now part of Hewitts.


The Lawyer Management: Hogan Lovells

3 September 2012 | By Lucy Burton

Serena Simmons has been chief marketing officer alongside US-based counterpart Jolene Overbeck since Lovells combined with Hogan & Hartson in 2010. Prior to joining Lovells in 2006, Simmons was head of business development in the sectors of finance and capital markets at Clifford Chance.

Ann Hemming

The Lawyer Management: Thomas Eggar

6 August 2012 | By Lucy Burton

Before joining Thomas Eggar in 2009, Ann Hemming supported online learning at technology solutions company Tikit and was previously head of e-learning at LexisNexis Butterworths.

Lynette Williams

The Lawyer Management: Clifford Chance

30 July 2012 | By Lucy Burton

?Lynette Williams is global head of client and sector development for Clifford Chance’s corporate practice. Formerly head of business development at Herbert Smith, she has been with the firm for almost 18 months and has dual responsibility for business development in the global corporate practice and sector development across nine of the firm’s 12 industry sectors.

Steve Sumner

The Lawyer Management: Taylor Vinters

23-Jul-2012 | Updated: 9-Oct-2012

Steve Sumner is director of IT at Taylor Vinters. He joined the firm in 1995 having previously worked for legal systems supplier Miles33 and companies including IBM and Avis Rent-a-Car.

collete stevens

The Lawyer Management: Michelmores

25-Jun-2012 | Updated: 25-Jun-2012 | By Lucy Burton

Colette Stevens is HR director at Michelmores. She studied Maths at the University of Bath, then began a career as a chartered accountant before making the move to HR. She joined Michelmores from Deloitte in 2007 and is the firm’s first-ever female board member.

Crawford Hawley

The Lawyer Management: Maclay Murray & Spens

18-Jun-2012 | Updated: 18-Jun-2012 | By Matt Byrne

I provide strategic and operational guidance to our chief executive Chris Smylie and the partnership on all aspects of our IT systems and their development. I also ensure effective day-to-day running of such systems.

Jon Preston 150

The Lawyer Management: SGH Martineau

4-Jun-2012 | Updated: 6-Jun-2012 | By Matt Byrne

Jon Preston joined SGH Martineau in 1987 as part of the support function, later becoming marketing assistant, senior manager and then director.

Basil Bagunaid

The Lawyer Management: Howard Kennedy

28-May-2012 | Updated: 28-May-2012 | By Matt Byrne

Basil Bagunaid joined Howard Kennedy as an office clerk in 1989 and became facilities director in 2001. He previously worked at Royal Mail and was an insurance clerk at CT Bowring, having graduated in business studies from City of London Polytechnic.


The Lawyer Management: Cripps Harries Hall

14-May-2012 | By Matt Byrne

?Adrian Jennings is head of finance and facilities at Cripps Harries Hall. His previous roles have included assistant director of finance at Denton Wilde Sapte (now SNR Denton) and group accountant at Markel Insurance. He trained at Grant Thornton.

James Muir 150

The Lawyer Management: Pannone

7-May-2012 | Updated: 8-May-2012

A former partner in chartered accountancy firm Wylie & Bisset, Muir joined ­Pannone in April 2011 from construction consultancy Davis Langdon, where he was global finance director.

Ben Weinberger 150

The Lawyer Management: Bond Pearce

30-Apr-2012 | By Matt Byrne

US-qualified lawyer Ben Weinberger previously worked as chief information officer and director of IT for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, at Florida firm Ruden McClosky and, most recently, at Lathrop & Gage in Kansas City. He moved to the UK in July 2011.

Martin Darroch 150

The Lawyer Management: Harper Macleod


Martin Darroch, a chartered accountant and former finance director at Harper Macleod, has been the firm’s CEO since 2006. He is based at the firm’s head office in Glasgow and has responsibility for strategy, with a focus on financial and operating ­performance.


The Lawyer Management: Kirwans


I’m responsible for the firm’s marketing and client service functions, working closely with our senior partners, the management board, heads of department and suppliers.


The Lawyer Management: Morgan Cole

9-Apr-2012 | By Matt Byrne

Jeff Wright, partner responsible for information and technology

Jan Durant 150

The Lawyer Management: Lewis Silkin


Jan Durant, director of IT and operations at Lewis Silkin, has budgetary control and strategic responsibility for all IT systems, telephony and the facilities team, which includes catering, reprographics, post room, reception and all buildings maintenance. 


The Lawyer Management: Mishcon de Reya


Elliot Moss, director of business development

Sutton 150

The Lawyer Management: Howard Kennedy


My key responsibilities can be summarised as: ensuring the availability of IT systems for 24-hour BAU (business as usual) operation in a secure and integral fashion; and maintaining awareness of technical advances and regulatory changes.

Michelle 150

The Lawyer Management: Olswang

12-Mar-2012 | By Matt Byrne

Michelle Elstein is business development (BD) director at technology and media-focused firm Olswang.

Ian Beattie

The Lawyer Management: Lindsays

5-Mar-2012 | By Matt Byrne

Ian Beattie, a chartered accountant and former finance director at Scottish firm Brodies, has been Lindsays’ chief operating officer since November 2007. He focuses on the firm’s ­financial and operational performance and ensuring that its recent growth is managed effectively.

Janet Pickavance

The Lawyer Management: Brabners Chaffe Street

27-Feb-2012 | By Matt Byrne

Janet Pickavance is chief executive of North West corporate and property firm Brabners Chaffe Street. Pickavance has been with Brabners for ­almost 25 years and has overseen its growth from 47 employees to a workforce of nearly 400.


The Lawyer Management: 9 Gough Square

20-Feb-2012 | Updated: 20-Feb-2012

Fiona Robb, a former management consultant at KPMG, was previously chief operating officer at patent and trademark attorney firm Boult Wade Tennant and before that head of ­operations at Norton Rose.

Emma Dowden 150

The Lawyer Management: Burges Salmon


Emma Dowden joined Burges Salmon in October 2007 from Hamptons Estates, where she was group legal and operations director. Prior to that she undertook a similar role at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Julia Jones

The Lawyer Management: BPE Solicitors

6-Feb-2012 | Updated: 6-Feb-2012 | By Matt Byrne

BPE Solicitors HR director Julia Jones is also head of the Cheltenham firm’s in-house HR consultancy, which operates alongside the legal teams.

Derek Hardesty

The Lawyer Management: King & Spalding

30-Jan-2012 | By Matt Byrne

Derek Hardesty, a partner and director of strategic projects at King & Spalding (K&S), took over the chief operating officer (COO) role at the US firm on 1 January from Patrick ­Glisson, who retired at the end of 2011.

Siddhartha Mankad

The Lawyer Management: Kemp Little

23-Jan-2012 | Updated: 23-Jan-2012 | By Matt Byrne

Siddhartha Mankad joined technology and digital media firm Kemp Little as its first chief operating ­officer (COO) last summer. Mankad joined as a fixed-share partner and a member of Kemp Little’s management board.


The Lawyer Management: Field Fisher Waterhouse

16-Jan-2012 | By Matt Byrne

?Charlie Keeling is Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) first-ever chief operating officer (COO). He was appointed last year to oversee the firm’s business services and support functions, having joined FFW in 2008 as HR ­director from IT and consulting company BearingPoint. He previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a change management consultant.

Clare Singleton

The Lawyer Management: Taylor Wessing

9-Jan-2012 | Updated: 9-Jan-2012

At the start of 2011 Taylor Wessing made two senior hires as part of an extensive reshaping of its board. One was Clare Singleton, previously chief of staff at accountancy firm Deloitte, who joined the firm as chief operating officer (COO).

Jason Haines, finance and operations director

The Lawyer Management: Allen & Overy


My job title is finance and operations director. I was chief information ­officer, then finance and IT director, so my responsibilities are for finance, business and IT, but we thought that was too long for a job title.

Editor's Note

Matt Byrne

Pay more, perform better


This week there’s more on the rumbling marketing pay row. In case you missed our news story about the £477,000 marketing directors – and the opinion article from Pinsent Masons’ director of communications ...

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2013/14 financials: the results are in


Keep up to date with all the latest figures coming in from The Lawyer UK200 with our revenue table for 2013/14.

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Brethertons appoints new CEO after 28 per cent boost in revenue to £11.1m

29-Aug-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Rugby-based Brethertons has replaced CEO Mike Dibbon with commercial litigation and recoveries partner Shaun Jardine to help cement the firm’s growth after a 28 per cent hike in annual revenue.


Foot Anstey breaks through £25m barrier with 72 per cent growth in eight years

29-Aug-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Foot Anstey has posted a revenue rise of 14 per cent for 2013/14 to £27.5m, resulting in cumulative turnover growth of 72 per cent since 2006/07.


Gordons sees revenue fall after shift away from claimant PI work

26-Aug-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Yorkshire firm Gordons has reported its first year of revenue decline in 13 years, with turnover falling by 11 per cent to £22.9m due in part to a withdrawal from claimant personal injury work.


Burness Paull's staff get 10 per cent bonus after rise in revenue

25-Aug-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Scottish firm Burness Paull has awarded all its employees a 10 per cent bonus after the firm achieved a 20 per cent increase in its turnover in the 2013/14 financial year.

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Brethertons appoints new CEO after 28 per cent boost in revenue to £11.1m

29-Aug-2014 | By Natasha Bernal

Rugby-based Brethertons has replaced CEO Mike Dibbon with commercial litigation and recoveries partner Shaun Jardine to help cement the firm’s growth after a 28 per cent hike in annual revenue.

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Minter Ellison's Tony Harrington: "Collaborate, innovate and inspire"

29-Aug-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

Minter Ellison’s newly installed chief executive Tony Harrington is clear on how the Australian firm can succeed: it has to turn words into action. And he means three words in particular.


Stephenson Harwood outsources document production function to Intelligent Office

29-Aug-2014 | By Natalie Stanton

Stephenson Harwood has chosen to outsource a chunk of its document production capacity to third-party provider Intelligent Office UK.


Baker & McKenzie chooses Belfast for second global services centre

27-Aug-2014 | By Matt Byrne

Baker & McKenzie is to open a global services centre in Belfast, the firm’s second following its centre in Manila which it launched in 2000.

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