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 including, at present, West London Welcome that supports refugees and asylum seekers.

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 and start-ups 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).

Tim Herbert

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

Tim has over 20 years advising start-ups, medium-sized companies, trusts and individuals on corporate and company commercial matters, as well as maintaining a dispute resolution practice. 

Tim moved back to England after practising in New Zealand as a barrister and acting as an instructor for the College of Law in interviewing, negotiating and advocacy.  In his role as a barrister, Tim was involved in commercial dispute resolution at all levels of the New Zealand system, including multiple appearances before its Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.  

A regular speaker on webinars on company commercial and dispute resolution issues, Tim is also a classically trained pianist and actor but his greatest passion 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.

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).

Sinead Haysom

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

Sinead is a commercially-focussed employment lawyer with over five years’ experience within private practice. Sinead trained at Gowling WLG, an international law firm, and has most recently worked at Kemp Little, a specialist technology boutique. 

 

She has a number of years’ experience in advising start-ups, growing, and established businesses on a range of employment law matters, including the engagement of contractors, employment contracts, handbooks and policies, due diligence ahead of a sale or funding round, senior exits, and general day-to-day employment advice. 

 

Sinead is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association. She is passionate about pro-bono work and has previously acted as an advisor at the Islington Legal Advice Centre.

previous organisations

Kemp Little, Trowers and Hamlins, Gowling WLG

Qualifications

Solicitors Practicing Certificate (2017 to date); BSc Computer and Business Studies, (Warwick University)

Jessica
Kimelblat Adler

Associate

SRA Registered Foreign Lawyer (Brazilian Qualified)​

“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); a fully certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPPE/E) and an Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) with IAAP – International Association of Privacy Professionals.

 

 

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)

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)

Sarah Chiappini

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

Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 1994.  Following many years in private practice as a specialist charity lawyer (most latterly with Farrer & Co and Charles Russell Speechlys), Sarah advises charities and not for profit organisations of various types and sizes.  Sarah provides a wide range of services including establishing new charities and not for profit organisations; governance and regulatory; trustee training; constitutional reviews and amendments; tax, trading and fundraising issues; restructures and reorganisations; grant-making procedures; and commercial legal issues.

Sarah has participated in two Charity Law Association Working Parties. She writes regularly on charity law and related matters and speaks at charity law seminars and workshops. Sarah is also a member of the Charity Law Association.

previous organisations

Berwin Leighton Paisner; Farrer & Co; Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Qualifications

College of Law (Lancaster Gate); LLB Law (Queen Mary University of London)

Francesca Yardley

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

Francesca has a background in supporting a range of companies with funding. Throughout her 18 years of experience from her early days at Linklaters to R&R Ice Cream and Hambro Perks, she has advised Boards of companies on buyouts, fundraising, portfolio management and exit strategies. She now focuses on advising start-up and scale-ups on matters including employee incentive schemes (including EMI option and growth share schemes), general employment law and corporate matters.


Outside of the office, Francesca is an accredited mediator and brings those skills to her role as a magistrate in Guildford’s Family Court and is also an avid ice-skater.

previous organisations

FAY Consulting Limited; Hambro Perks Limited; R&R Ice Cream plc; Linklaters LLP

Qualifications

The Lawyer Awards – Hot 100 (2015); Accredited Mediator – Civil and Commercial (2022); Justice of the Peace – Family (2021); Solicitor of Supreme Court of England and Wales – (2007); Legal Practice, BPP Law School, London, 2003-04 (Distinction); BSc Biomedical Science, Kings College London

Amy Wong

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

Amy joins London Law Collective having recently completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) with an MSc in Law, Business and Management. During her LPC she completed a pro bono placement at Citizens Advice, where she advised clients on a range of social welfare issues.

A keen traveller, Amy frequently visits Hong Kong to see family and practise her Cantonese and has enjoyed volunteering expeditions teaching Maths and English to local children in Morocco and Fiji.

previous organisations

Citizens Advice

Qualifications

LPC with an MSc in Law, Business and Management (University of Law, London); Law LLB (University of Exeter)

Fehime Cekic

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

After completing a one-year internship in Istanbul, Fehime qualified as a lawyer in Turkey. Prior to this she completed an MA in international commercial law in Manchester. Alongside her degree, Fehime has done a variety of voluntary legal work in different fields of law such as immigration law, litigation and commercial law.

Aside from her career, Fehime is passionate about the environment and has volunteered for various environmental projects such as planting trees, distributing educational books to kids and selling products for cancer charities.

previous organisations

Immigration Advice Service; The Growth Company; Oncel, Aydin & Uygun Attorney Partnership; Ersan & Co Solicitors

Qualifications

Turkish Qualified Lawyer; L.L.M degree (University of Salford)

Kim Berkeley

Professional Support Lawyer

“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

Kim has been a practicing lawyer for over 14 years specialising in dispute resolution representing clients before the Magistrates’ Court, High Court and Court of Appeal of Trinidad and Tobago. Kim readily applies anti-money laundering, compliance, regulatory, business commercial acumen and civil procedure rules expertise in providing legal advice for private clients and corporate entities, and has served as the Head of Legal Departments in government Ministries in Trinidad.

Kim has undertaken pro-bono work for charities in the UK and Trinidad and volunteers with a soup kitchen in Trinidad. She is formerly a trained actress appearing in productions in the UK and Trinidad and spends her spare time attending art exhibitions, the theatre, salsa dancing and is an avid runner.

previous organisations

Trinity Chambers (Chambers of Desmond Allum S.C.); Lex Caribbean a regional commercial law firm; Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad and Tobago

Qualifications

B.A. 2.1 Hons (University of the West Indies); GDL Law (Commendation) BPP Law School; Called to the Bar 2005 (The Honourable Society of Inner Temple); Admitted as an Attorney-at-law (Roll of Attorneys, Trinidad and Tobago) in 2006; Professional Member of the ICA (UK) holding a Diploma in AML (Merit). 

Maheya Mirza

Executive Co-ordinator

“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

Maheya joins LLC from King’s College London where she worked for Student Services on compliance and student enquires. Maheya recently graduated from SOAS, University of London with an LLB, where as well as studying, she supported charities with fundraising for causes such as the Maa Charity that provides maternal healthcare in Bangladesh.

Outside of work, Maheya enjoys visiting art exhibitions, photography and travelling.

previous organisations

King’s College London

Qualifications

LLB (SOAS, University of London)

Katherine Shea

Executive Assistant (to David Farquharson, Co-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

Katherine brings a wide range of administrative expertise to the London Law Collective team, having worked in many different sectors including finance, newspapers, television, fashion and more recently retailing where she was Executive Assistant to the Chairman of a large UK retailer.  Katherine has developed and adapted a diverse range of organisational and life skills across her career.  Katherine enjoys Pilates, paddle boarding, cycling and hiking.

previous organisations

John Lewis Partnership; Sky Media; Granada Media; Zurich Financial Services

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology

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)

Miki Lentin

Communications 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

Miki has over twenty years’ experience working in communications across the public and private sectors. In that time, he has been Head of Corporate Affairs at the British Library and has led consumer PR campaigns for major global brands. He now runs his own consultancy offering support to cultural, creative and other organisations.

Miki is also a writer, recently released a collection of short stories and is working on his next book. He volunteers with refugees in Greece with the charity FoodKIND, works with the refugee charity Breaking Barriers and is a Governor of Highgate Wood Secondary School.

previous organisations

British Library; Burson-Marsteller; Ketchum PR

Qualifications

MA Creative Writing (Birkbeck, University of London); MA History Hons (University of Edinburgh)

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…..).