About Me

After 18 years as a solicitor working in private practice and in-house in the legal departments of top-tier international investment banks, I realised that I had lost my mojo – that sense of energy and purpose that puts a spring in our steps when we get out of bed in the morning.  A lengthy promotion process to become Managing Director forced me to spend time thinking about what I really wanted out of my career, and life in general.

I realised that what I was about – and perhaps always had been, but never taken the time to notice – was bringing the best out in people. Once this clarity of purpose had struck forcefully, I realised that I needed to spend all my time fulfilling this purpose.

So, I set up my own consultancy to provide coaching, consulting, training and facilitation services to my clients. I decided to focus on the legal sector – both in-house and private practice, because this is the sector that I know best. And, my view is that the unique pressures of being a lawyer in today’s ever-changing complex world, means that lawyers need as much support as they can get!

Working with me will not necessarily result in leaving the law! Sometimes, we only need the smallest of adjustments to reconnect or get back on track. However, if you are looking to renew your mojo, find a sense of direction or plan for that key promotion, then I am committed to supporting you.

My deep experience of both private practice and in-house means that I am also well-placed to provide your organisation with strategic advice – from tips on managing your teams to designing development programmes to insights into what clients really want.

Why choose me

Experienced qualified coach

As a qualified business and executive coach, I see my role as supporting and challenging my clients on their development journey. Coaching sessions are the perfect opportunity to pause, reflect on and plan your own development - something that few people, especially busy lawyers take the time to do.

Deep industry knowledge

I understand the legal and industry jargon. understand the context in which you operate. I trained and qualified in a UK Magic Circle firm and moved to a US firm in London. I moved in-house after 5 years PQE and held senior management positions in the legal departments of top-tier international investment banks, most recently as Managing Director, Legal Counsel, at Barclays Investment Bank. My roles have involved developing new businesses, providing strategic advice and challenge to business leaders on legal, governance and reputational matters, and transforming existing businesses in response to regulatory change.

Insider knowledge for in-house lawyers

I understand what it takes to navigate complex corporate environments. I can help you plan and support you through issues such as:</p> <p>- securing budget for internal resources;<br /> - ethical dilemmas in your role;<br /> - forming internal networks; or<br /> - managing external legal resources.

Insider knowledge for private practice lawyers

As a senior in-house lawyer responsible for procuring external legal resources, I know what in-house lawyers really want from their external lawyers. And I can provide insight on how to pitch to get on that panel.
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