We thought you might want to see what the lovely people behind this blog look like, and find out what they get up to when they’re not blogging here.
Jon is the not-so-mysterious man behind the business of law blog and a big advocate of independent legal practitioners. As market development director at LexisNexis, Jon has 15 years of experience in research, insight and business strategy. Throughout his career he’s been passionate about understanding and representing the voice of individuals to big businesses. And he’s hard at work producing cutting-edge research such as our industry-leading annual Bellwether report into the changing landscape for independent, smaller firms and sole practitioners.
Karen Purdy set up Purdys Solicitors in 2003, as a niche private client firm. She is a sole principal and heads a team of specialist solicitors, advising in Trusts, Wills, Probate and Contentious Probate. Karen graduated in Law from Trinity College, Cambridge and then studied at the College of Law in Guildford. Karen has practical and academic experience, having been a co-author of legal texts, presented seminars and is also a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Karen is a Committee Member and former Chairman of the Sole Practitioners Group (SPG).
Allison has extensive experience of legal management and practice compliance. She spent over 18 years in private practice, including time with a sole practitioner, high street legal aid firm and medium sized regional practice. She has a unique insight into compliance challenges facing all types of law firms.
Nicol focuses her services on client attraction and retention choosing only to work with independent lawyers, sole practitioners and owner/lawyers in smaller law firms who struggle to market their business effectively and who need to attract a lot more clients consistently without pushing so hard.
Emma is a qualified lawyer and an expert in legal training. She has worked at LexisNexis for a number of years and currently supports Allison Wooddisse, head of Practice Compliance, to develop compliance solutions for lawyers in all types of law firms.
Clemie is one of our marketing experts, specialising in developing integrated business to business campaigns. Which means she knows lots of useful stuff that can help you get business clients, if that’s what you need. With experience in digital, communications and events, she’ll tirelessly seek out and hone the most effective ways for you to get the message out about your firm.
Lizz has been working in the Legal industry since 2009, and in marketing for longer. There’s not much Lizz doesn’t know about finding your potential customers and getting your message in front of them, through traditional means or that ‘social media’ thing everyone’s going on about. We’re not sure what she’s doing on facebook and twitter all day, but she’s fairly itching to help you with your marketing and positioning.
James is a Corporate Lawyer with extensive experience of M&A, equity capital markets, joint ventures, private equity and, more generally, on corporate and regulatory matters. He joined LexisNexis in April 2014 and works with the owners, managers and fee earners at law firms of all sizes to ensure they make the most of their online subscriptions, including LexisPSL.
Stephen has 25 years’ experience in the legal information and training business and, prior to joining LexisNexis in November 2014, launched a range of e-learning solutions for the Law Society. His arrival coincides with a period of transformation in the regulation of legal CPD and he is excited at the prospect of ensuring that LexisNexis' professional learning portfolio develops to meet practitioners’ changing needs.
Laura joined LexisNexis in February 2011 as a Practice Compliance Associate. She is a Lexcel trained consultant and former Risk and Compliance Manager at Collyer Bristow Solicitors LLP, with extensive experience of legal management and practice compliance. She has been involved in law firm management and compliance for 10 years with particular emphasis on financial crime prevention, complaint handling, negligence and professional indemnity insurance as well as wider law firm risk management issues. Prior to that, she was a regulatory consultant in the financial services sector and spent three years assisting a leading banking Silk on various publications and some high-profile commercial litigation.