Meet the judges


Stephen Allen

Head of Global Legal Services Transformation, PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal

Stephen is PwC’s Head of Global Legal Services Transformation and is regarded as the leading consultant looking at legal function strategy and innovation, internationally. He is PwC’s thought leader around legal function innovation and speaks at conferences on the subject, internationally. Stephen holds a permanent seat on the Lexis Nexis “Future of Law” Strategy Panel and is an Expert Commentator on the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards Review Panel.

A former private practice lawyer from the magic circle and having held in-house legal roles, Stephen crossed the board table to become CEO of two major divisions of an international telecommunications company. He brings a unique combined business/legal industry focused understanding of the global legal services market – where Stephen has devised and led a number of the highest profile legal services innovations of recent years.

Stephen was named as early as 2007 as part of The Lawyer Magazine’s Hot100, for innovation . He regularly works across multi-jurisdictions delivering strategic insight and has particular experience in working with highly regulated international organisations.


James Baxter

James Baxter Media (JBM)

James set up media consultancy James Baxter Media (JBM) in 2010 and works with a number of top law firm and investment banking brands. Prior to launching JBM he worked as a full-time journalist and spent four years as editor of leading monthly magazine, Legal Business. He has also contributed to a variety of national, business and consumer titles including Esquire, The Times and The Guardian. Before beginning a career as a journalist, James worked in a business development role for The Guardian and The Observer newspapers. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics.


Mark Brandon

Motive Legal Consulting

Mark Brandon is managing director of Motive Legal Consulting, and specialises in advising law firms on strategic management issues. Mark also conducts specialist research, including an annual report on the success of lateral partner hiring, now in its third year.

Mark was formerly a senior recruiter at leading London recruitment company First Counsel and prior to that he spent ten years as a legal journalist, including where he edited legal directories The Legal 500 and Law Firms in Europe, as well as magazines such as The In-House Lawyer and Legal Times. He was also features editor of The Lawyer magazine.


Chris Bull

Edge International

Chris has been a leading practitioner and pioneer in the field of professional firm business management for over 15 years. His work with clients focuses on the swift, successful execution of business plans and transforming of operational and financial performance. He is closely identified with the evolution of the market and the implementation of new business models, advising on outsourcing and shared service centres and the creation of a number of high profile Alternative Business Structures (ABS). Chris is one of the most recognised and highly regarded industry experts on all aspects of professional firm operational and financial management.


Trevor Faure

Global Leader, Partner, Legal Services, Ernst & Young Global

Described by The Times as “ of a handful of dynamic..lawyers who are transforming the legal market…clearly a pioneer.”

General Counsel / Head of Legal Affairs for over 22 years at Ernst & Young, Tyco, Dell and Apple. Currently leads and focuses Ernst & Young’s support of General Counsel, legal departments, Chief Compliance Officers, law firms, legal operations and service providers.

Author of “The Smarter Legal Model: more from less” the award-winning application of world-class business and personnel improvement methodologies to maximise legal efficiency and effectiveness.

Awards include “The Lawyer” In-House Counsel and Team of the Year, FT Innovative Lawyer, “Legal Business” Team of the Year, etc. Member of "The Times" Law 100 Expert Panel.


Barbara Hamilton-Bruce

Head of Business Integration, Quindell Legal Services

Barbara is a Chartered Legal Executive who followed the ‘not so traditional’ route into the legal sector starting off as a legal secretary in private practice before making the switch to a fee earning role and legal qualification. Barbara jumped ship and moved into an in-house role 10 years ago. Whilst Group Director of Legal Operations at Abstract Legal Holdings Limited Barbara managed the Accident Advice Helpline lawyer offering, governance and risk and human resources across the group seeing out the last year with a strong focus on strategy enabled by the Legal Services Act 2007. Following the group’s acquisition by Quindell Portfolio Plc in April 2013 Barbara has taken a role within the group’s ABS focusing on business integration.

About Intelligent Office

Intelligent Office helps law firms change for the better, saving them time and money.

How? By taking charge of administrative and secretarial services, leaving our clients free to concentrate on growing their firm.

We don’t just deliver support services. We help manage change. When we come into your firm, we’ll analyse your current support functions, deliver a more streamlined operating model – and then run it like clockwork, delivering further improvements along the way as we become more and more familiar with your business needs.

The result? More professional support services. Enhanced value for your clients. Increased profitability for you.


Andrew Hedley

General Counsel, Media Ingenuity Group

Andrew Hedley advises law firm leaders on issues of vision, strategy and change. Alongside project engagements, he is a sought after strategy group guide, partner retreat speaker, workshop facilitator and coach. He is the author of Developing Strategic Client Relationships (2008) and Client Strategy in a Changing Legal Market (2011).

Andrew has been admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, the Strategic Planning Society, the Chartered Management Institute, Cambridge Marketing College and the Royal Society of Art.

Hedley Consulting ( is recognised as a leading boutique strategy consultancy within the legal sector.


Nick Holt

Partner, SR Search

Nick graduated in Law from Cambridge University and started his legal career at Coward Chance (as it then was). He then moved in-house with Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong and subsequently with securities firm Smith New Court plc in London, where he became General Counsel. He returned to private practice in 1996 as a founding partner of the London office of New York law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and then in 2000 became the Managing Partner of KLegal, the law firm associated with KPMG. In 2004 he joined Global Legal Search as a partner, since when he has completed many high profile partner search assignments, acting for a wide variety of law firms, both UK and international, and in a diverse range of practice areas. Nick joined SR Search in March 2009. Given his background, Nick also focuses on senior in-house positions in industry, as well as non-lawyer management in private practice.


Anna Mitchell

Head of Group Communications, Coats

Coats plc is the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, based in more than 70 countries, employing 20,000 people across six continents.

At Coats, Anna is responsible for communications strategy and implementation, including internal communications; public relations; issues management; sponsorship, brand and visual identity; financial reporting and investor relations.

With more than 20 years communications experience both in-house and agency side, Anna was previously Head of Global Communications at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP where she led teams responsible for media relations and issues management; hospitality and events; brand, editorial and advertising; digital communications, and sponsorships.


Tim Skipper

Totum Partners

Tim specialises in the recruitment of law firm management professionals covering marketing, business development, HR, Finance and IT as well as general management roles and other specialist positions in the law firm management area.

Tim began his recruitment career in the mid 90's with QD, when he specialised in marketing and business development, placing directors and managers with most of the leading law firms in London and the regions. He then ran TMP Worldwide's legal, sales and marketing businesses before leaving to found Totum (previously the Law Firm Management division of First Counsel) in 2003.

Mat Swallow

Deputy Director, Blackstone Chambers


Tom Wood

Head of Professional Services Industry, Barclays

Tom Wood has responsibility for ensuring Barclays continues to grow and consolidate relationships with clients of all sizes, ranging from mid-sized regional or niche practices, to large international firms.

Tom joined Barclays in in 2007 as a Relationship Director and has managed some of the largest accountancy, legal and property consulting clients.

Prior to becoming head of the team, Tom spent several years as Corporate Director and Deputy Head of the Professional Services team, a role which included leading the mid-market proposition for Barclays in the sector.