Associate, Family Team, Michelmores LLP
Dr Miranda Brawn
Senior Business Legal and Diversity Executive, Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation
Founder, The ESTAS Group
Partner and Chair Lewis Silkin
He advises on many aspects of employment and partnership law, with a particular focus on the resolution of high level disputes (including through mediation and arbitration), senior level departures, boardroom issues, business transfers and restructuring. He also provides advice aimed at preventing employment disputes and ensuring compliance with regulatory regimes.
Much of his work has an international element to it, dealing with both UK clients’ employment law needs globally and with UK issues for clients in numerous other jurisdictions.
He has been consistently listed as a leading individual in the Employment and Senior Executive fields in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories. He is listed in the top five Thought Leaders by Who’s Who: Labour and Employment 2018, for receiving the highest number of nominations by peers, corporate counsel and other market sources; and is also recognised for the 10th consecutive year in The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2018 for Employment Law. Michael is also listed in the 2019 edition of The Spear’s 500 guide.
He contributes articles to various publications and regularly speaks at client and industry conferences and seminars.
Managing Director and Co-founder, BCL Legal
John Cooper QC
CEO, Obelisk Support
Out of the 1000+ ex-City lawyers on the books of Obelisk Support, many are experienced and talented female and male lawyers who’ve taken a career break to start a family, entrepreneurs who’ve started a business or lawyers who are looking for a different work-life balance. Dana is also a prominent member of the London legal tech scene, championing start-ups and individuals who strive to disrupt the legal space in positive ways.
Aware that the legal profession is far behind its times in terms of gender diversity, she initiated the First 100 years project to celebrate the journey of women in the legal profession in the United Kingdom over the past 100 years and this project will celebrate the centenary of women in law in 2019.
In 2018, Obelisk’s founder Dana Denis-Smith was voted Legal Personality of the Year at the LexisNexis Awards 2018 and received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Worcester in England, recognising her achievements as an entrepreneur and philanthropist championing the rights of women in law. In 2018, Obelisk Support joined the top tier of three prestigious lists, the FT Future 100 UK, the FT1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies and Inc. 5000 List of Europe’s Fastest-Growing Companies. In 2017, Dana also won the WEConnect International Best Mentor and Role Model Award and delivered a TEDx talk on how to be remembered (based on her observations of the legal profession). In 2016, she was voted one of Britain’s five most inspiring mothers for juggling up a new business creation with family life, as she chooses to work flexibly in order to spend quality time with her young daughter.
Felicity Gerry QC
Editor-In-Chief, Solicitors Journal
Professional Support Lawyer, Switalsksis Solicitors
Lesley qualified in 1994 and very quickly specialised in catastrophic injury cases, with a particular interest in litigation against the Ministry of Defence. She was a former Partner and head of Personal Injury law at two national law firms. Later in her career, using her knowledge of law firm management at the highest level, Lesley set up a national consulting law firm that advised law firms, banks and accountants on operational and financial performance and risk management. Lesley has worked with many high profile law firms assisting them with profit improvement and has also been involved in advising on some of the most high profile law firm failures.
Highly regarded in the field of catastrophic injury law and an APIL Fellow Emeritus, Lesley was previously ranked in the Legal 500 UK guide as “a catastrophic and military expert” and “a respected brain and spinal injury specialist and has been involved in a number of highly publicised cases”. Lesley was also a recommended solicitor for Headway, the Spinal Injuries Association, the Child Brain Injury Trust and a member The Law Society Personal Injury Panel.
As an award-winning Professional Support Solicitor, she also provides regular comment to the media and lectures, advising on personal injury claims, law firm management to the legal, banking and accountancy sectors.
Solicitor and Consultant, Hardee Consulting
Partner, Co-head of Competition Litigation, Stewarts
Sean Jones QC
Head of In-House - London, Chadwick Nott
Head of Product Development and Online Content, Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales (ICLR)
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Leanne is a former chair of the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society (the JLD), representing the JLD’s entire membership, which ranges from LPC students to solicitors up to 5 years PQE. She now sits as the JLD representative on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Law Society and is also a member of the board of trustees of the Sophie Hayes Foundation, a charity which supports survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery.
Managing Director, Central Law Training
Robert O’Donahue QC
Dr Tunde Okewale MBE
Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
Tunde is heavily sought after in areas of business and financial crime. He has advised many high profile individuals as well as companies about money laundering and anti-corruption regulations. His practice varies and sees him undertaking work in an array of fields. Tunde was a finalist for Young Legal Aid Barrister of the Year at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2012. He then went on to win a number of high profile awards for his work in law and also for his sustained social involvement. Some of the awards include, Junior Chamber of International London Ten Outstanding Young People Award in 2013, named as Diversity Champion at UK Diversity Legal Awards 2014 and in 2015 won the inaugural Chambers & Partners award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Diversity’.
Before becoming a freelance journalist, Rachel was news editor at the Gazette.
Tutor, The University of Law
Chairman Wilmington Legal, Wilmington plc
Partner, Slaughter and May
Damian’s practice covers a wide range of civil and public law disputes and investigations including competition, fraud, bribery, pensions, judicial review, sports law and general commercial disputes. Damian is co-head of the firm’s arbitration practice and sits on Slaughter and May’s Africa practice group and energy law group, which develop and direct the firm’s strategy and business development initiatives across Africa and the energy sector respectively.
Independent Member of the Parole Board
Julia then set up a mediation practice working with separating couples and worked in legal training, delivering and directing a family law programme of continuing education for qualified lawyers and writing training materials for students qualifying as legal executives.
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