Jo Farquharson

CEO and 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.”

Expertise

Jo’s background is rooted in leading dynamic teams and high-profile organisations. After heading the legal and governance function of the Lawn Tennis Association, Jo became the Executive Director of its related charity, The Tennis Foundation.

Jo feels strongly about social justice, and has played an important role as a trustee for a number of charities, at present; West London Welcome that supports refugees and asylum seekers, and 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.”

Expertise

David is a recognised expert in helping SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs thrive. His experience enables him to provide reliable and sound advice across a variety of areas; corporate, commercial, data protection and privacy (including GDPR), employment and dispute resolution. His knowledge of digital and technology businesses also means that he is now retained by a number of university spin-outs and intrapreneur groups.

David is a regular guest speaker on entrepreneurship at the London Business School, as well as to postgraduate groups at other European universities.

David is an 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.”

Expertise

Lizzie shares the Collective’s interest in supporting start-ups and entrepreneurs.  With a background in corporate law at Slaughter & May, and following a career break to raise her young family, Lizzie now advises small businesses on a range of corporate and commercial legal issues.

Lizzie’s interests outside of work range from music to watersports, and generally spending time with friends and family.  She is also a trustee of a community centre in Mid-Wales and has been involved 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.”

Expertise

Mike has a fundamental belief that business can be a force for good. He trained at a major international law firm where he helped build the firm’s social enterprise training scheme. 

He now advises start-ups on a range of matters from VC funding rounds, to data protection issues and commercial contracts. Mike also spent some time working for Save the Children and loves helping impact driven organisations succeed. He is an ‘expert in residence’ at Imperial Enterprise Lab and mentors on various other impact programs.

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, New York

“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.”

Expertise

Oliver likes nothing more than working for companies and organisations that are committed to their social values and purpose. Trained in London, Oliver has developed a range of specialisms over the years, and the skills and knowledge he has developed allows him to work across a variety of briefs, from corporate law, IP and employment issues.

Committed to supporting efforts to address climate change, Oliver also works as in-house Counsel for a Bio/Agri-Tech business that has designed technology to help address some of the world’s most serious environmental 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, Auckland

“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.”

Expertise

As well as an instructor in interviewing, negotiating and advocacy for the College of Law, New Zealand, Tim advises start-ups, medium-sized companies, trusts and individuals on corporate; company commercial contracts and dispute resolution. 

A regular speaker on webinars on company commercial issues, Tim is also a classically trained pianist and actor, and 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.”

Expertise

A media, technology and data protection lawyer, Julia is also a business owner (Creative Counsel Law), and an entrepreneur. Passionate about the creative industries, Julia provides strategic advice to SMEs and copyright counsel/ virtual GC services to media and technology companies.

Outside the office, Julia is a Non-Executive Director and active Board member of the Ivor’s Academy where she also chairs the Finance & HR Committee.  She is also a member of BLACA, and is an 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, Rio de Janeiro

“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.”

Expertise

With over five years of experience, Jessica specialises in corporate and commercial law with a particular focus on M&A transactions. Currently she advises clients operating in LatAm and EMEA.

And because balance is important in every aspect of our lives, when she is not working you can find her with her family, somewhere quiet near the sea or in a fitness studio.

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.”

Expertise

Rosita brings a broad range of experience to her role at the London Law Collective. A multiple award winner for her contributions as an adviser for the University of Exeter’s Community Law Clinic, Rosita has also previously interned at the Access to Justice Foundation and worked part-time as a paralegal alongside her Masters.

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.”

Expertise

Lisa is our expert on compliance, risk and regulation. A highly-valued member of our team, Lisa helps us ensure that our policies and procedures are up to date. Her knowledge of SRA compliance, Anti-Money laundering and Professional Conduct requirements is vital to the London Law Collective.

Lisa enjoys spending time outdoors and is a keen runner and with a young family, much of her spare time is spent in the park.  She is a supporter of social enterprise and works closely with third sector businesses and promotes the ethos of ‘business for good’. Lisa is a people person and likes nothing more than sitting around a fire pit on a warm evening with a glass or two of wine!

previous organisations

Jonathon Bray Ltd; NewLaw Solicitors; Capital Law; Harrisons Solicitors

Qualifications

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

Tom Connor

CFO

“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.”

Expertise

Tom understands that every start-up and SME needs support on profitability and cashflow management, as well as help as they move towards a full-time CFO. Using his experience from working with big corporations, Tom helps start-ups and SMEs grow with sufficient structure and process so that they can comfortably grow beyond the next raise. 

Tom was on the board of The Edinburgh International Book Festival between 2003-2018, and has recently joined the board of The Alexandria Trust, a charity for the promotion of educational opportunities in the Arab region.

previous organisations

PwC; Sanofi Pharma (Paris); Waterstones; Thomson Reuters Foundation

Qualifications

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (1987); Bachelor of Accountancy (Glasgow 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.”

Expertise

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…..).