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I am a founding member of the Law Consultancy Network – a grouping that brings together a number of highly experienced law firm consultants. Where appropriate colleagues from the Network are also involved as part of a project team, bringing together an extensive set of skills, all very much tailored to the legal sector.

Members

Vicky Ling

A Chartered Quality Professional and Management Consultant, Vicky Ling has worked in the voluntary sector, for local government and the Legal Aid Board. She has advised over 200 firms of solicitors in England and Wales and many not-for-profit agencies providing legal advice. Her areas of expertise include all aspects of winning and maintaining LSC contracts. She has in-depth knowledge of LSC appeals, costs compliance and contract awards. Vicky has served two terms as a member of the Civil Justice Council, and took a particular interest in access to justice issues and support for unrepresented litigants.

Richard Burcher

Richard is widely regarded as one of the Commonwealth’s leading authorities on the pricing of legal services. With 30 years in legal practice in New Zealand and 27 years Law Society and private cost assessment experience, his pricing consultancy and speaking engagements now take him throughout the Commonwealth. His research and commentary has been widely published including The Commonwealth Lawyer, Managing for Success (Law Society of England and Wales) and The Journal (Law Society of Scotland). Richard’s company, Validatum™, provides a range of pricing services including the development of sophisticated, innovative and profitable pricing strategies, alternative billing, development of and responses to RFPs, fee surveys, research and commentary, in-house pricing workshops for firms and chambers, fee negotiation services for law firms and barristers, pricing opinions and expert witness testimony on costs.

Colin Fitzpatrick

A Chartered Accountant and partner in Grant Thornton for 10 years where he was on the National Legal Business Panel and Business Valuation Panel. Colin is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has extensive Forensic Accounting experience.
Since 1998 Colin has been a Partner in FitzPatrickRoyle, through which he services Legal Business clients and undertakes Legal Business consultancy assignments, mainly covering Partnership structures, Mergers and Dissolutions.

Associates

Ian Dodd

An experienced business manager who has worked in a number of industries and professions in the this country and abroad. From agribusiness, transportation and logistics & leisure manufacturing in the UK and Europe to telecommunications in the UK, USA and North Africa Ian’s background is in general management and sales & marketing. Six years running a major Chartered Surveying business was an introduction to professional services and the last ten years being a CEO in barristers’ chambers and forming a start-up Alternative Business Structure has given Ian a thorough understanding of the legal profession. Ian is assisting, on a consultancy basis, a number of barristers’ chambers with strategic development particularly in the areas of management, marketing and competitive tendering vehicles. Latterly, solicitors’ firms and local authorities have become very interested in finding different ways of contracting with the Bar and this is a growing area of work.

Chris Denington

The Managing Director of Zinc Resourcing, a recruitment and human resources management consultancy based in Chancery Lane, London established in 1999. Zinc works closely with private companies and professional practices across all areas of recruitment and human resources management. Prior to this he had a career in line HR, most recently at Grant Thornton, where he ran the Human Resources division of the Management Consultancy with offices based in London, Manchester and Leeds. At Grant Thornton his role was focussed on implementing HR solutions into clients and potential clients of the firm. Chris has carried out a large number of HR consulting assignments for a wide range of privately owned companies and professional practices, including law firms and barristers chambers.

Emma Potts

Emma’s expertise is in helping law firms to identify and attract the very best partners and teams for their businesses. Since establishing Chancery Legal in 2002 she has been the intermediary in a host of high profile lateral hires in the legal sector. Emma’s focus is on developing close confidential working relationships with her clients, helping those in management roles to unearth opportunities to grow their businesses. She is retained by firms of all sizes, handling projects as diverse as succession planning through to finding teams who can establish new practice areas. Emma qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and is also a trained executive coach.

Sue Bramall

Sue Bramall is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has been marketing legal services for 15 years and professional services for 10 another 10 years. In 2004, she set up Berners Marketing to provide marketing support exclusively to the legal profession in the UK and overseas. Prior to setting up Berners Marketing, Sue was head of business development at Pinsents in Birmingham. Before this she was head of marketing for Bentley Jennison Chartered Accountants, and previously held marketing and consultancy roles with Touche Ross Management Consultants.   Clients are generally law firms without an in-house marketing department. This can range from an ambitious start-up to a sizeable regional or niche practice. A growing proportion of the work is undertaken for overseas firms, and Sue has worked with firms in the US, Germany, Switzerland, China and Costa Rica.