Jo Farquharson

Founder & CEO

“Jane Smith is exceptional, having a great blend of legal skills and commercial acumen as well as injecting a sense of fun into the business.”

purpose

Experienced in leading teams and organisations, including heading up the legal and governance functions at a major British national governing body and the operations at its related charity, the Tennis Foundation, becoming its Executive Director.   

She has been a trustee for several charities, and is at present, a trustee of West London Welcome, a charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers, and also at a multi academy trust, the LEO Academy Trust.

previous organisations

Tennis Foundation; Lawn Tennis Association; Herbert Smith Freehills

Qualifications

MSc in Leadership and Strategy (London Business School); Solicitor’s Practising Certificate (1999 – 2018); MA in Medieval History (King’s College, London); BA in Ancient History and Latin (Manchester University)

 

DAVID Farquharson

Founder

“Jane Smith is exceptional, having a great blend of legal skills and commercial acumen as well as injecting a sense of fun into the business.”

purpose

A recognised expert in advising SMEs, start-ups, and entrepreneurs, with a passion for helping them to achieve business growth. Areas of legal expertise include corporate; commercial contracts; data protection and privacy (including GDPR); employment; and dispute resolution. Retained adviser to a number of university spin-outs and intrapreneur groups arising from some of the world’s foremost digital and technology businesses.

Regular guest speaker on entrepreneurial matters at the London Business School, and also to postgraduate groups at other European universities.

Advisor to Tofauti, a Foundation focusing on wildlife and community conservation in Africa. 

previous organisations

Ignition Law; Swan Turton; Osborne Clarke; Herbert Smith Freehills

Qualifications

Solicitor’s Practising Certificate (1999 to date); BSc in Psychology (Nottingham University)

lizzie frost

Director

“Jane Smith is exceptional, having a great blend of legal skills and commercial acumen as well as injecting a sense of fun into the business.”

purpose

Inspired by a passion for start-ups and entrepreneurs to help them develop and grow their businesses.  

Trained at Slaughter and May, Lizzie spent four years in one of their Corporate groups before taking a break to raise her young family. Lizzie now primarily advises smaller businesses, with a focus on corporate and commercial issues.

Lizzie is a trustee for a community centre in Mid Wales, and has taken part in several pro bono projects during her career.

previous organisations

Slaughter and May; Ignition Law

Qualifications

Solicitor’s Practising Certificate (2013 to date); BA (Hons) in History (Durham University; 1st class).

Mike Hornsey

Senior Associate

“Jane Smith is exceptional, having a great blend of legal skills and commercial acumen as well as injecting a sense of fun into the business.”

purpose

Fundamental belief that business can be a force for good. Trained at a major international law firm where he assisted in building the firm’s social enterprise training scheme. Over five years’ experience advising start-ups and social enterprises on a range of legal matters including fundraisings, data protection issues and commercial contracts.

Mike has experience as a charity trustee and passed a secondment in the legal team at Save the Children International. He is also an advisor and mentor to various incubators including Imperial Enterprise Lab and the NHS’ Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme.

previous organisations

Ignition Law, Save the Children International, Hogan Lovells, Acritas Legal Research.

Qualifications

Solicitor’s Practising Certificate (2017 to date); MA (Cantab) English (Cambridge University).

Oliver Downie

Senior Consultant

“Jane Smith is exceptional, having a great blend of legal skills and commercial acumen as well as injecting a sense of fun into the business.”

purpose

Enjoys working with companies and people who believe that an organisation’s wider purpose and social impact rank as highly as its financial performance. 

Oliver trained in the West End and has developed experience across a range of specialisms, in particular corporate/commercial law, intellectual property, employment and dispute resolution. His range of knowledge makes him an excellent all-round legal advisor. 

Outside of his work with London Law Collective, Oliver works (remotely) as in-house Counsel for a company in New York City and is also involved in building and running a Bio/Agri-Tech business, where the technology being developed has “Green Swan” potential to help address some of the world’s most serious climate challenges. 

previous organisations

Ignition Law; Russells; Briffa; Live Nation Entertainment

Qualifications

Solicitor’s Practising Certificate (2014 to date); MBA (LSE); Law LLB (King’s College London)

Tim Herbert

Senior Consultant

“Jane Smith is exceptional, having a great blend of legal skills and commercial acumen as well as injecting a sense of fun into the business.”

purpose

Expertise in company commercial including advising start-ups and small and medium-sized companies. Areas of legal expertise include corporate; company commercial contracts and dispute resolution. Advises individuals, trusts, and companies.

Tim is an instructor in Advocacy and Negotiating for the College of Law, New Zealand.  Regular speaker in webinars as to company commercial issues.

A classically trained pianist that loves 80s pop and acting, having had parts in a film, TV series and adverts.  One of his greatest passions is Watford Football Club!

previous organisations

Ignition Law; Jones Day Reavis & Pogue; Herbert Smith Freehills; Coudert Brothers

Qualifications

Brasenose College, Oxford, Law, M.A.(Oxon), 2:1; Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, Diploma in Legal Practice – Merit

Solicitor, admitted in England and Wales, September 1999; Solicitor and Barrister; admitted in New South Wales, Australia, November 2005; Barrister Sole since 2010, admitted as Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand in December 2005.

Julia Monteo

Senior Consultant

“Jane Smith is exceptional, having a great blend of legal skills and commercial acumen as well as injecting a sense of fun into the business.”

purpose

Experienced media, technology and data protection lawyer, business owner (Creative Counsel Law) and entrepreneur.  Passionate about the creative industries and intersection with technology. Recognised copyright experience.  Strategic Advisor to SME’s.  Non-Executive Director and active Board member of the Ivor’s Academy where she chairs the Finance & HR Committee.  Member of BLACA and Editorial Board Member for the Oxford University Press published Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice.

 

previous organisations

Ignition Law, Warner Music International, Vodafone Group PLC, EMI, Michael Simkins LLP

Qualifications

Solicitor’s Practising Certificate (2007 to date); LL.M University of London (IP); Law LL.B ( Hons)

Jessica
Kimelblat Adler

Consultant

“Jane Smith is exceptional, having a great blend of legal skills and commercial acumen as well as injecting a sense of fun into the business.”

purpose

Pragmatic and versatile private practice lawyer with over five years of experience in corporate and commercial law with a focus on M&A transactions. Expert in advising clients operating across LatAm and EMEA.  

Passionate about helping businesses that want to do the right thing, not just legally, but also socially and ethically. A true believer that profit and purpose are complementary over time, rather than an end in itself.   

previous organisations

Stocche Forbes Advogados; Cescon Barrieu Advogados; Demarest Advogados (Brazilian top-tier law firms)

Qualifications

Brazilian qualified lawyer (2014 – to date); LL.M. degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2019-2020) (distinction).  

Rosita Ravandi

Paralegal

“Jane Smith is exceptional, having a great blend of legal skills and commercial acumen as well as injecting a sense of fun into the business.”

purpose

Rosita was an adviser for the University of Exeter Community Law Clinic, where she received multiple awards and nominations for her contribution. She has previously interned at the Access to Justice Foundation and worked part-time as a paralegal alongside her Masters.

Rosita enjoys working with companies and individuals that are driven by a social purpose. She is passionate about giving back to the community and is committed to engaging in pro bono work.

previous organisations

Hugh-Jones LLP

Qualifications

LLM International Commercial Law (UCL); Law LLB (University of Exeter)

Lisa Charles

Compliance Consultant

“Jane Smith is exceptional, having a great blend of legal skills and commercial acumen as well as injecting a sense of fun into the business.”

purpose

An expert in risk management, compliance and regulation. Solicitors are subject to a high volume of rules and regulation and Lisa helps London Law Collective, and other firms, navigate the rules and implement appropriate policies and procedures. Areas of expertise include SRA compliance, Anti-Money laundering and Professional Conduct requirements.  

previous organisations

Qualifications

Law Society accredited Lexcel Consultant; Solicitor’s Practising Certificate (2005 to 2015); LLB in Law (Aberystwyth University)

Lyra

Gatekeeper

“Jane Smith is exceptional, having a great blend of legal skills and commercial acumen as well as injecting a sense of fun into the business.”

purpose

I have the tough ask of keeping the whole team stress free with a sense of perspective.

It’s my ideal role – that much sought after mix of something that I’m good at that also makes me happy – selflessly ensuring that the team get their five a day: taking me for walks; throwing squeezy tennis balls; feeding me my (and their) food; keeping cats out of my way; and generally ensuring that I’m well occupied so I don’t start chewing things that are off limits (electric cables; wooden chair legs etc).

It has to be said that law is not my strong point – it amazes me how everyone sticks to all those rules. I find them baffling and often transgress without realising or just because I find it too tempting. However, the CEO tells me that people are often the same and that’s why law firms are in demand. It’s nice to know we’re not so very different after all.

previous organisations

I did have a previous brief stint at a firm in the midlands where a rabbit used to chase me around the room when I was only six weeks old. As you can imagine, I was pretty relieved when I was told that London Law Collective wanted to hire me.

Qualifications

An innate sense of wisdom and a real dislike for cats – I saw this as a plus but the CEO has told me I need to work hard to overcome this one. We should have goodwill for all people and things (apparently…..).