The Judges

Thank you to our 2019 judges.

Nigel Redwood

Nigel Redwood

CEO of Nasstar

“Having worked strategically with law firms since 2002 focusing on the use of technology in the sector, I am always interested to see how firms technically innovate to drive efficiencies and improve client service. I was honoured therefore to be asked to be a judge of these awards as I really enjoy learning how the legal sector is positively embracing change.”

Simon Mccrum

Simon Mccrum

Consultant at McCrum Consulting

In 2016, Simon formed McCrum Consulting, a management consultancy for law firms. He helps firms to strengthen what he calls the “Foundations for their Future” and then uses those foundations as a platform for real growth.

Lakshmi Turner

Lakshmi Turner

Solicitors for the Elderly Chief Executive

Lakshmi is a marketing specialist with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of marketing in the commercial, public and not for profit sectors. She worked her way up to director level, taking time out to do a full time MBA in 1990 – 91. 

Alex Holt

Alex Holt

Expert in Outsourced Legal Cashiering

Alex’s background is in the legal profession and is a qualified solicitor, having been a litigation Partner at Hill Dickinson. He then founded and ran an executive search business, before joining a global outsourcing company to head up their strategic move into the legal sector. Alex joined the Cashroom in 2014 to lead the company’s Business Development. 

Paul Saunders

Paul Saunders

Managing Director at Legal Eye

Paul was appointed Managing Director of Legal Eye in 2016 after 28 years as a solicitor in the legal profession. During his time in practice Paul has been at Board level in a number of firms including roles as CEO and COLP for five years at a large Midlands law firm and most recently as Head of Lender Services and Residential at Shakespeare Martineau.

Claire Smith

Claire Smith

Head of Business Development

Having joined Moneypenny’s sales team in 2017, Claire is no stranger to the Legal Sector and the world of Business Development. Claire qualified as a Solicitor before moving into the exciting world of Business Development specialising in the legal sector. Claire headed up Connect2Law the UKs largest referral and support network for law firms before moving to join the national legal brand QualitySolicitors.

Matthew Lagden

Matthew Lagden

Chief Executive of the Institute of Legacy Management

The professional organisation for charity staff who work in legacy administration. Our members are responsible for managing the income that is left to charities each year in supporter’s wills. This is worth approximately £3bn each year, and is one of the largest single sources of voluntary income for many of our members.  

Rita Leat

Rita Leat

Chief Executive of the Institute of Paralegals

Rita Leat is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Paralegals and a founder and Managing Director of the overarching voluntary regulator for Paralegals, the PPR. With over 25 years experience in the Paralegal sector, representing the interests of Paralegals Nationally, Rita has become known as the Chief Executive of All Things Paralegal.

Professor Ian Cooper

Professor Ian Cooper

Professor Ian Cooper is Britain’s most experienced business development consultant and skills trainer specialising in the legal sector. Over 34 years he has helped over 900 firms of all sizes and is the author of 16 books – including the ‘Financial Times Guide To Business Development’. He is published in 13 languages and 56 countries

Ian Floyed

Ian Floyed

Deputy Chairman at MyHomeMove

I have had over 20 years’ experience in the legal and financial sectors and feel strongly that sometimes, or even many times, the Professions take themselves too seriously putting technical skills and fear of regulators ahead of treating customers fairly and delivering world class service. In many cases it is innovation and hard work that differentiate.

Mark Solon

Mark Solon

Chairman Wilmington Legal

Mark is a solicitor and US Attorney. Wilmington Plc has revenues of over £125m and includes several legal training providers including Central Law Training, Bond Solon and La Touche in Dublin. He has a particular interest in evidence and has numerous articles on the subject.

 

 

Tim Farmer

Tim Farmer

Tim is a multi-award winning author and expert witness specialising in the assessment of mental capacity. He is the founder of the multi-award winning TSF Consultants, mental capacity assessors and co-founder of Obtego a software services company that has developed an app enabling the autonomous, online assessment of vulnerability and mental capacity.

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