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Vicky Ling


Vicky Ling, is a Chartered Quality Professional and Management Consultant. She 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.

Andrew Otterburn


Andrew Otterburn has advised around 250 firms on their management, future strategy and profitability. Author of “Profitability & Law Firm Management”, his latest book “From Recession to Upturn – financial management ans strategy for law firms” was also published by the Law Society. Andrew is a member of the Executive Committee of the Law Management Section, a core MBA faculty member and module leader for the Nottingham Law School MBA, and a lead tutor for the MMU Postgraduate Certificate in Legal Practice Management.

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


Colin Fitzpatrick is a Chartered Accountant and was a 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.

Chris Dennington


Chris Denington is 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.

Simon Tupman


Simon has advised lawyers and law firms globally for over 25 years. A former practising lawyer in England, he has spent the past twenty years in Australasia consulting and speaking on ‘the business of law’.  He has written two ‘best-selling’ books, ‘Why Lawyers Should Eat Bananas’ which was translated into Russian and ‘Why Entrepreneurs Should Eat Bananas’ which has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese. His latest book, ‘Legal Eagles’ features interviews with leading lawyers who are making a difference in the world. He is a founding member of the New Zealand-based Law Management Group.

Simon Young


Simon Young, a founder member of the Law Consultancy Network, died unexpectedly on 3rd July 2010.

Simon was a solicitor and former member of the Law Society council. He was elected to the council in 1999 to represent the Law Management Section, which he did for the next eight years. He served on the council’s standards board and regulatory affairs board, and was chair of its rules and ethics sub-committee.

A graduate of Cambridge, Simon undertook his articles with Veitch Penny in Exeter, leaving as managing partner in 2002. He became a highly respected consultant and author, advising in excess of one hundred firms. His publications include the Limited Liability Partnerships Handbook (Tottel), the partnership title of the Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents (LexisNexis Butterworths), the New Partner’s Guide to Management (Law Society Publishing) and, jointly, the Money Laundering Reporting Officer’s Handbook (LexisNexis Butterworths).

Simon was able to combine technical excellence with humour and had the rare skill of being able to make complex subjects both interesting and enjoyable. He was a gentle giant with a very clever mind. He will be very sadly missed.